BOSTON – A Taste of Iceland comes back to Boston this week with Chef Siggi Helga from Grillio restaurant flying in to create an Icelandic dinner menu at The Merchant at 60 Franklin St. here.
The four course meal is priced at $68 per person. Chef Helga will present the meal with Chef Edwin Morales and Brennevin’s 2015 cocktail champion, Kari Sigurosson, will also join the restaurant’s Bryan Ames to create special cocktails with an Icelandic vodka, Reyka and Brennevin aquavit.
A four course dinner is available from 4 to 11 p.m. March 17-20 and may be reserved by calling 617-482-6060 or by going to http://themerchantboston.com/#reservation.
The Boston culture festival highlights the best of the country’s culture from Nordic cuisine to music, art, film and literature. On March 18 at The Middle East, Boston hosts the free Reykjavik Calling concert with WERS in Cambridge. It will feature artists such as Fufanu, who just released a new album, and Mammut who received a best album of the year award and best song at the Icelandic Music Awards. A pop-Motown band, Dirty Dottys, will also perform and the concert will be live streamed over IcelandNaturally’s Facebook page.
On Thursday, March 16, the country’s rich tradition of storytelling is featured in a talk with Iceland’s first lady, Eliza Reid who is also co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat , taking place from 5:30-7 p.m. at WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston.
Other events include a Premier Shot Film Festival, Stockfish, on March 19 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, highlighting the works of up and coming Icelandic filmmakers from noon to 2 p.m., free. RSVP at Eventbrite. And on the 17th the Icelandic Art Center presents offer insights into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist-driven community and The Icelandic Art Center at the event at SoWa Open Market at 460 Harrison Ave., No. 43.