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    Oct 15, 2020

Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson Launches New Fäviken Book at ASI

Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson Launches New Fäviken Book with Virtual Talk at 11 a.m., November 7 at American Swedish Institute

  • A VIP FIKA breakfast talk with Magnus is also being offering at 9:30 a.m., November 7.
  • Tickets go on sale to ASI members October 16, and to the public October 19.
  • FIKA Café at ASI also welcomes back visitors with a November 15, Drive-Through Lutfisk Dinner, and new take-out options including Swedish Meatballs through FIKA Marketplace.

MINNEAPOLIS — Critically acclaimed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson will launch his new book Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End (2020 Phaidon) on November 7, 2020 at 11 a.m., during a special online talk at the American Swedish Institute. ASI is a frequent Nilsson host and the first U.S. venue on this worldwide, virtual book tour. Nilsson, who recently closed his beloved restaurant at the height of its success, will share what it was like to run an establishment like Fäviken and the lessons he learned along the way––from virtual obscurity to the bright lights of the world stage. Lee Svitak Dean, esteemed food journalist and former Star Tribune Taste Editor, will moderate. An exclusive VIP Fika, a virtual breakfast talk hosted by Karl Benson of Cooks of Crocus Hill offering more highlights and additional access to Nilsson, will proceed the book launch at 9:30 a.m., on November 7.  

Admission to the 11 a.m. online talk begins at $75 and includes the new Fäviken book (retailing at $59.95). With shipping, the event and book price is $81. An optional $250 package includes the talk and all of his books (for pick up only). The VIP FIKA (limited availability) comes with a signed copy of the book and access to both talks for $125. For details and to purchase tickets, please visit, or call 612-871-4907. ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Mpls., Minnesota 55407.

At the end of 2019, when the world-renowned Nilsson decided to close his highly respected restaurant, he, among other things, bought an apple orchard. In the latest of his five books, Nilsson provides a fascinating first-hand account of the Fäviken evolution — a candid, insightful and thought-provoking an ode to the extraordinary restaurant.

Magnus Nilsson is one of the world’s most creative and celebrated chefs. He is the author of bestselling books, Fäviken (2012), The Nordic Cookbook (2015), Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes (2016), and The Nordic Baking Book (2018), all published with Phaidon. He closed his critically acclaimed restaurant Fäviken, in Järpen, Sweden in December 2019. He is featured in the Emmy Award-winning US PBS TV series, Mind of a Chef, and the Netflix documentary series, Chef’s Table. In 2020, Nilsson became academy director of MAD, where he will develop an educational institution that equips the restaurant world with the skills, tools, and perspectives to make positive change.

Food and Programming Highlights

In addition to the Magnus Nilsson talk, the ASI welcomes back visitors with a variety of food-related programming such as the Drive-Through Lutfisk Dinner, new and continuing art exhibitions, online language classes for all ages, a mix of in-person and virtual Nordic Handcraft workshops, and other talks, plus a combination of outdoor and virtual activities for youth and families. ASI has also extended extra/ordinary, its 90th anniversary exhibition that showcases stories behind objects in our collection, through January 2021.

Drive-Through Lutfisk Dinner

Sunday, November 15, 2020 – pickup times between 4 and 6 p.m.

ASI’s annual Lutfisk Dinner is alive and ready for pick up! The reconstituted, baked cod is a culinary experience that everyone should try at least once. This year we are keeping tradition alive drive through-style! Pick up your meal to-go or enjoy from your car on site. Reservations are required by Sunday, November 8 (non-refundable). Menu: baked lutfisk, Swedish meatballs, baby red potatoes, cucumber salad, lefse, butter and cream sauces on the side. Dessert is rice pudding with lingonberry sauce and pepperkakor cookies.

Register for your preferred 30-minute window of pick-up time between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Call 612-871-4907 during public hours for additional information.

Cost: $40 ASI members / $45 non-members

New! Dine in or Check out FIKA Marketplace –

Pick up a Swedish Meatball Dinner, Soups, Bread or Pre-Order Pastries

FIKA Café at ASI is open for business and featuring the delicious new Nordic fare of talented Executive Chef, Blake Meier. You can dine in and try out the new menu which includes soup specials and items like Roasted Duck Confit and an open-faced Rock Shrimp Sandwich, and then check out the latest ASI exhibition.  Through our new FIKA Marketplace, you can also take out a Family Style Swedish Meatball Dinner which feeds four (5 meatballs per person, 1 quart of mashed potatoes, sides of pickled cucumbers, lingonberry sauce and creamy mustard sauce), or order a mini loaf of our famous house-made Danish rye bread, quarts and pints of soups and lingonberry or mustard sauce. You can also pre-order pastries including cardamom or cinnamon buns, cookies and seasonal specials like semla buns. Go to for the complete Marketplace Menu and directions to order and pick up. Pre-order FIKA's traditional Swedish pastries, including by calling 612-524-5108 or email

The ASI Museum, Museum Store and FIKA Café are open to the public with new hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To visit the museum, please make advanced, timed reservations at, or call 612-871-4907. Please call during public hours, Thurs. -Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., for best access to in-person staff. Distancing restrictions will apply and face masks are required.  The Store and FIKA will accept walk-in customers. The full FIKA lunch menu and table service is available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407.


Museum Admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors ages 62 +, $6 ages 6–18 and full-time students with ID.

Free for ASI members and children ages 5 and under.

Hours:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The ASI, FIKA and the Store are closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Full FIKA menu is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE is a museum and cultural center that is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  It encompasses the historic Turnblad Mansion and the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center as well as the ASI Museum Store and the critically acclaimed FIKA Café. Founded by Swedish immigrant and newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad in 1929, ASI has grown to engage many audiences through innovative art exhibitions, public events, community and school programs including Story Swap with Wellstone International High School, language classes and Nordic craft and food-related workshops.

The Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55407. For more, visit or call 612-871-4907. 

Minnesota artist activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

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