ICEHOTEL Restaurant, with Michelin-trained head chef Alexander Meier and ICEHOTEL’s sommelier Sofie Nordefors leading the team, proudly presented a new meeting place at ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. Jukkasjärvi means ”meeting place” in Sami, and that has been the core in the creation of Chef’s Table on The Veranda. The guests are welcomed to a food experience with the local food culture in focus – as well as meetings between chefs, guests, artists and locals.
The best produce that the region has to offer
The new food experience welcomes the guests ‘home’ to ICEHOTEL and also home to Sweden. As in every Swedish home, the guests take off their shoes when entering the dwelling. A drink or alcohol-free option is served and there is an opportunity to mingle with the other guests and the staff. After that, you are invited to sit down at the huge wooden table with the rest of the guests. Two chefs from Meier’s brigade cook and serve a twelve-course menu with accompanying beverages in front of the guests. While the guests enjoy the food, the chefs talk about the produce.
“We will work with the best produce the region has to offer, in combination with classic Swedish and continental cooking techniques, to create small well-cooked dishes,” says Meier who worked at the two-starred Michelin restaurant Le Béarn in Geneva before he came to ICEHOTEL seven years ago.
“The producers are protecting the quality of their products as much as the nature and soil they farm,” says ICEHOTEL’s sommelier Sofie Nordefors.
Chef’s Table on The Veranda invites guests into a sphere with a warm atmosphere at a place usually associated with cold and sub-zero degrees. “Each year around 50,000 guests visit the hotel from all over the world and we have noticed that they like to exchange experiences with each other, and that’s what we focused on for this food concept. We hope that locals, as well as guests from around the globe, can meet and enjoy food and drinks together at ICEHOTEL,” says Christophe Risenius, CEO.
Inspired by the nature around Jukkasjärvi
The design of The Veranda has influences from Swedish design and the raw nature in northern Sweden and the culture around Jukkasjärvi with handpicked local details like colors, Sami art and handicraft.
Marjolein Vonk, Maurizio Perron and Viktor Tsarski are recurring ice and snow artists at ICEHOTEL and normally work as designers, furniture designers and architects respectively. They have also created the design for The Veranda at ICEHOTEL.
ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi opened in 1989 and beside a hotel it is also an art exhibition with ever-changing original art made of ice and snow. ICEHOTEL is created in a new guise every winter, completely made from natural ice from Torne River, one of Sweden’s national rivers and last untouched waters. When the winter season’s hotel made from ice and snow has melted back into the river in the spring, a part of the hotel still stands, a place where visitors can experience the ice and snow year-round.