Ditch the turkey and shelve the mashed spuds—this season, we’re looking north for edible inspiration: a Scandinavian* holiday buffet (or julbord) laden with exquisite meatballs, pickled fish, mulled wine, and spice-perfumed cookies. For our very Portland take on the traditional Nordic party—staged at Ned Ludd’s homespun Elder Hall—we’ve tapped the city’s finest Scandinavian-leaning chefs, bartenders, and even a local knighted by the King of Sweden himself. Think of it as the season’s merriest potluck—everybody grab one recipe to tackle, and report back for aquavit-infused winter revelry. Skal!
By Kelly Clarke & Benjamin Tepler, photographs by Stuart Mullenberg, styling by Ashley Marti, photographed on location at Elder Hall.
*Scandinavian recipes highlight the traditional foods of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and even Iceland (the inspiration for Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”). Non-sticklers might rope in Nordic neighbor Finland, too.