Seasonal and regional ingredients, waste avoidance, recycling, appreciation of food, and social commitment: more and more restaurants are doing their best to work sustainably in all areas and to burden the environment as little as possible. This weeks favorite:
STEDSANS IN THE WOODS, SWEDEN
Dinner at her Copenhagen restaurant "Stedsans ØsterGRO" was a real experience. It was located on the roof terrace of an old factory, in the middle of an urban farm. Now Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen have fulfilled another dream. Their hotspot has moved from the big city into the middle of nature. And an inspiring restaurant has become a unique experience - the "Stedsans in the Woods", on a picturesque lake in western Sweden. "The owners call their little idyll a "laboratory for the lifestyle of the future", here everything really revolves around sustainability and life in harmony with nature. You spend the night in Bedouin tents and wooden cabins with glass fronts and a view over the water, to relax there is a floating lake sauna. Around it there are gardens, meadows, and fields where vegetables and fruit are grown. A really magical forest restaurant open only on Fridays and Saturdays. At long wooden tables the guests sit together and feast on a 6-course menu. Large platters serve dishes made from fresh local ingredients, such as forest flower salad with elderflower syrup and crispy buckwheat or sautéed porcini mushrooms. At "Stedsans" you eat mainly vegetarian, only occasionally meat or fish are served. The cooks work with the simplest means: instead of a fancy super stove, the meat is grilled over an open fire, a small permaculture farm supplies the kitchen; furthermore bees, chickens, and endangered Swedish Linderöd pigs live here. www.stedsans.org
The "Stedsans in the Woods", a cabin overviewing a picturesque lake; the owners Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen; some delicious vegetarian food
Credit: Stine Christiansen
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