Across Scandinavia, the closing weeks of summer are celebrated with special foods and musical traditions. In Sweden and in Finland, there is a strong affinity for crayfish. The Swedish artist Carl Larsson captured his love for this summer meal in his painting “Crayfishing.”
On Sunday, September 20th at 12:00 noon, Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church will host our first fall Scandinavian Smorgasbord with tribute to the crayfish. In addition to the usual buffet, prepared by LOTI member, Swedish born and trained chef Anna-Lena Sköld, the meal will begin with crayfish and quiche. Before emigrating from Sweden in 1995, Chef Sköld studied at the culinary school in Göteborg and worked in numerous restaurants in the ski resorts of northern Sweden. She also opened her own restaurant on the island of Öland in the Baltic.
The $27 per person (the cost for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old is $12.50, under 5 is free) the all inclusive brunch includes the following menu:
Two dill flavored Crayfish – The Swedish style
A Variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter.
Creamy Caviar & Red Onion Herring
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Two kinds of Swedish Cheese
Eggs topped with Dill Pesto and Greenland Shrimps
Gravlax – Marinted Salmon – served with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast
Creamy Mimosa Salad
Fresh Fruit platter
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin served with Cream Sauce.
Home baked Chocolate Cake flavored with Hazelnut served with Whipped Cream
Seating is limited, please make reservations at
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway,
The monthly smorgasbord not only offers an opportunity for LOTI friends and neighbors to gather for fellowship and enjoy genuine Scandinavian hospitality, but the meals also support the benevolence work of our congregation. Proceeds are directed towards those less fortunate in our immediate community. Through the proceeds of the monthly smorgasbord, LOTI supports NIP Neighborhood Involvement Program, Joyce Community Food Shelf, Our Saviour’s Housing and Community Emergency Services.
LOTI Lutheran Church ELCA
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55405