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Get Hooked on Scandinavian Cuisine at

Denver’s Trillium

Seated at a small, intimate table tucked away just steps from a gas fireplace bringing you that much needed warmth on a cold Colorado winter day, you can slowly work your way through plates of finely crafted seasonal ingredients presented to you in a style firmly rooted in American and Scandinavian cuisine. With each bite and subsequent dishes, you won’t just be looking on your calendar for what day you can return, but you will be on your phone googling the name of the dish you just ate with its origins in a land far far away.

If your idea of dining out is trying a food you cannot even pronounce then there is no better place to introduce yourself to Scandinavian cuisine than at Denver’s Trillium. With the highly acclaimed Chef Ryan Leinonen at the helm, Trillium will take you on a journey to the lands of the Vikings. Despite these foreign inspirations, Chef Ryan Leinonen is most inspired by his relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and organic purveyors. Plate by plate, Ryan brings to his guests an artfully conceived taste of what Colorado’s bounty has to offer during each season.

For a dish full of almost every winter vegetable currently available from Colorado farms, stick your fork into the Oxford Garden Winter Salad composed of greens, rutabaga, cauliflower, carrot, and onion, drizzled with a vanilla vinaigrette, and topped with crunchy bites of heaven in the form of cheddar caraway croutons. If you want to jump head first into Scandinavian cuisine, start out with the Cold Lemon Smoked Steelhead Trout Raaka, Finland’s version of tartare, formed from an inventive and unexpected medley of apple, fennel, shallot, quail yolk, whitefish roe, just whipped horseradish cream, and a few cracker-sized pieces of marbled rye.

If you are with a rather social group, sharing a meal over a smorgasbord of rustic Scandinavian delights, fine cheese, and/or caviar can make for a night full of conversation over plates of food that will keep people talking late into the night. Of course, if you arrived with a hunger pain strong enough to make the thought of sharing entirely unappetizing, Trillium has bigger plates that will satisfy even the strongest of appetites. Open Ravioli of Grilled Blue Prawns served aside fresh pasta, roasted Hazel Dell mushrooms, butternut squash, kale, and lobster dill “bisque” will make seafood pasta your new favorite food group. For another seafood dish with an Italian flair, try Trillium’s Pan Seared Scallops made complete with braised beet risotto, aged sheep’s milk ‘ewephoria,’ a few handfuls of kale, and a couple slices of crispy and yet tender belly ham.

“Unexpected” is the word best suited to describe Trillium. From beginning to end, Trillium offers its guests a fusion of cuisines that brings the best of American, Scandinavian, and perhaps even a little Italian onto one dish using Colorado’s best ingredients. When all is said and done, a night at Trillium will provide you with a night of educating your taste buds with foreign flavors that will prove so irresistible that it might just transform you into a more adventurous eater than you ever deemed possible!

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Trillium is located at 2134 Larimer St. Denver CO 80205; Tel: 303-379-9759.

Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!

True/False: Chef Ryan Leinonen of Trillium got the chance to cook at the famous James Beard House in San Francisco, California in August of 2010.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “Which city do the vintage pieces decorating the walls of Central Bistro come from?” Answer: “The eclectic mix of vintage finds hanging on the walls at Denver’s Central Bistro were all discovered around the city of Denver.