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Wild Food from Finland now has a name, a brand and an ambassador. Sami Tallberg talks for the wild ones. Graphic illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi draw a little bit more than just a logo. It became a statement for the wild ones, heard from the woods and bushes in the middle of nowhere into the tables, kitchens and food markets around the world.

The sea, nature, forests and lots of wonderful things for the table surround Helsinki. Everyday food is a mix of fish and seasonal ingredients such as mushrooms, berries or vegetables. Summer being naturally the high season of the fresh everything that is then being stored in all kinds of forms for the winter months. Helsinki has inspired some Scandinavian restaurants to open doors in late in some of the most attractive addresses. The names come from the North and nature, too.

Chef Sami Tallberg is Finland’s wild food ambassador making the back of our forests to front of the menus. All the chefs go crazy in the spring when parks and paths get green after a long winter. For Sami, wild food is not only game but also everything that grows in nature you can eat. He uses wild
herbs not only in decoration but also preparing an entire menu. Recently he also published a cookbook called Wild Herb.

Nordic flavours have also found they way in Helsinki drinking culture. Latva serves some drinks inspired by the Nordic nature mixing for example beetroot, nettle or birch leaves. Here you’ll also find Finnish beers and ciders produced by the independent local breweries.

/ SPIS
Kasarminkatu 26
Tue-Sat: 5pm-12midnight
http://www.spis.fi

/ Ask
Vironkatu 8
Tue-Sat: 6pm-12midnight, Tue-Fri: 11:30am-1:30pm
http://www.restaurantask.fi

/ Sami Tallberg
http://www.samitallberg.com

/ Latva Wine Bar
Korkeavuorenkatu 25
Mon-Tue: 4pm-12midnight, Wed-Fri: 4pm-02pm, Sat: 2pm-02pm
http://www.latva.fi

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