Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

As a part of the urban culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), a new Kärbes Kitchen & Bar in Vaba Lava premises will hold Trash Cooking dinners on March 29th and 30th, with the overall aim of informing the public about smart and sustainable use of food waste. The author of this dinner concept is Peeter Pihel – the sous chef of Swedish restaurant Fäviken Magasinet. Of each dinner ticket, 5 Euros will be donated to Estonian Food Bank charity aimed towards children living below the subsistence level.

Peeter Pihel has launched Pädaste Manor’s restaurant that has been recognized multiple times as the best restaurant in Estonia and is the sous chef at Fäviken Magasinet, Sweden’s premier fine-dining restaurant. His visits to Estonia are much anticipated and highly valued by the foodies of his home country. This time, Pihel is about to create dinners from food that has been deemed by supermarkets to have gone off.

Pihel is convinced that if there is a lack of fresh produce, one should be creative. Having been raised in a family that was always resourceful in planning meals, he uses the same practice in the kitchen daily: “Obviously, me and my view of the world and working habits are largely shaped by my roots. It is my joy and privilege to be born and raised on an island. There is a peculiar rhythm of life there, which is also reflected in the way I cook. If the raw materials are scarce, one must use his creativeness – It motivates and forces one to think of something new and perhaps even make better things.”

According to the European Commission 88 million tons of food waste are created every year in European countries. This year’s TMW Trash Cooking dinners focus on sustainable development, teaching the public to better understand the “best before” markings, characteristics of various raw foods, and clever ways of economical consumption.

“Common sense tends to remain in the background and it is sad that people throw out food so light-heartedly. Our goal is to show that the food that usually ends up in the bin can actually be used to make a very tasty meal if one puts his mind to it,” promises the sustainable sous chef Peeter Pihel.

The dinner menu includes, among other things, “best before yesterday” toasted bread with whipped brains, buttermilk pancakes, algae, as well as beer malt. The meal is accompanied by selected wines and a special brew of Mjuk kombucha – a probiotic green tea beverage that has been fermented using the residues of organic HeyDay juices.

Trash Cooking Dinners take place on Wednesday, March 29th and Thursday, March 30th, at 6pm in Telliskivi Creative City, in the new Kitchen&Bar Kärbes at Vaba Lava premises. Dinner price is 65 EUR.

Dinners are on sale at TMW web store.

Trash Cooking Dinner partners are: Solaris Centre, Kärbes Kitchen & Bar, Telliskivi Creative City, Food Bank and “Lapsed söönuks” charity event, Umami, Mjuk kombucha + Heyday, ABC Supermarkets and suppliers of various raw foods.

The TMW’s environmental awareness and sustainable development initiative is supported by Estonian Ministry of Environment, NGO Mondo, the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia and Embassy of Sweden.Tallinn Music Week, the urban culture festival taking place from 27th March to 2nd April in the capital of Estonia presents more than 30 eateries as part of the TMW Tastes programme. The menu of the TMW pop-up restaurant will be created by Ungru Resto from Hiiumaa island.

Tallinn Music Week, the urban culture festival taking place from 27th March to 2nd April in the capital of Estonia presents more than 30 eateries as part of the TMW Tastes programme. The menu of the TMW pop-up restaurant will be created by Ungru Resto from Hiiumaa island.

More info about TMW Tastes programme

TMW festival passes are available for €60 at TMW web store. Festival pass grants access to all concerts, provided the venue is not sold out, and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival. (In case the venue is sold out entry will be granted on first-come-first-served basis.)

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €250 until 19th March (from 20th March 295€) at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass. TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the data-base of registered contacts.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale for €150 at TMW web store.

This year’s edition of TMW from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a kids and youth special programme for the first time.


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