A story of heritage, community and traditions... the ingredients that keep all of us bound to each other.
Written by Twin Cities author Anne Gillespie-Lewis.
This is the story of Ingebretsen’s, a general store for all things Scandinavian, located in what was once the midst of Minneapolis’ Scandinavian immigrant community. Descendants of these immigrants have scattered all over the Upper Midwest and beyond, but Ingebretsen’s remains and exerts an almost gravitational pull on its customers. Every fall, when the leaves have dropped from the trees and the North wind blows and Christmas is coming, the pilgrimage to the warm and welcoming store on the corner of East Lake Street and 16th Avenue begins. Four generations of Ingebretsens have kept the store a vital presence in the neighborhood and in the hearts of its loyal customers. Ingebretsen’s turned 90 years old in 2011 and is still going strong. Stronger than ever, in fact, and it’s not just for Christmas or for Scandinavian-Americans anymore! Join us for a look at Ingebretsen’s - past, present and future - and an introduction to some favorite aspects of Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American culture. And, because food is linked so strongly to our heritage, we have made this a cookbook, too. You’ll find plenty of recipes for contemporary uses for some of the favorite ingredients Ingebretsen’s sells, as well as recipes for Scandinavian comfort food.
Look for still more recipes to be added to our website...
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