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What’s all the hype about Brooklyn?
During the past couple of years, Sweden and Brooklyn have developed a special relationship. While Brooklyn is experiencing an influence of Scandinavian culture and cuisine, the New York City borough has become the epitome of “cool” in Sweden.
For entrepreneurs, Brooklyn is in many ways a different market compared to Manhattan. The artisanal vibe is evident in the borough, some even go as far as to call it a creative renaissance. What can we learn from this creative community, and where does their inspiration come from? Do also the ways of running a business in Brooklyn differ from Manhattan?
Join the Entrepreneurs Club on September 17 for a panel discussion on “The Brooklyn Phenomenon” featuring successful entrepreneurs from the restaurant and beverage industries: Emelie Kihlström of Colonie and Gran Electrica, Fredrik Berselius of Aska - the only New York City restaurant to make it onto Andrew Knowlton’s coveted “Hot Ten” list in Bon Appétit this year - along with Emil Jättne of Brooklyn Gin.
Emelie Kihlström, Principle, Colonie and Gran Electrica
Emelie Kihlström grew up in a food-loving family in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved to New York in 1998. While working as a waitress on the side of her International Marketing studies at Baruch University, Ms. Kihlström developed a passion for the hospitality industry. After working at renowned restaurants such as PUBLIC, Double Crown, and La Esquina, Ms. Kihlström teamed up with Tamer Hamawi and Elise Rosenberg and opened seasonal American restaurant Colonie in February 2011. The team soon decided to leverage their success with Colonie and opened Gran Electrica, focusing on Mexican cuisine, in March 2012. The restaurants have impressed both critics and members of the media and Colonie and Gran Electrica continue to be packed on a nightly basis.
Emil Jättne, Founder & Co-Owner, Brooklyn Gin
After developing and managing products at one of the largest spirits companies, Emil Jättne decided to break free to start Brooklyn Gin, a local independent company that handcrafts small batches of gin using traditional methods and fresh ingredients. He was born and raised outside of Stockholm, Sweden, and received his BA from Middlebury College and his MBA from Dartmouth College. Emil Jättne lives with his wife, his two children, and his dog Cleo in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Fredrik Berselius, Chef & Partner, Aska
Fredrik Berselius is a partner in, and chef at, the critically-acclaimed Nordic-influenced restaurant Aska in Williamsburg. Mr. Berselius, originally from Stockholm, Sweden, came to New York in 2000 and started his first restaurant in 2012, a pop-up open three nights a week named Frej. Thanks to the instant success of Frej, the pop-up was soon made permanent under the new name Aska. Fredrik Berselius’ inventive Nordic cuisine has taken both critics and gourmands by storm, and Aska was recently the only New York City restaurant to land on Andrew Knowlton's coveted "Hot Ten" list for Bon Appétit.
Ingrid Carozzi, Founder & Designer, Tin Can Studios
Ingrid Carozzi is the founder of Tin Can Studios Brooklyn, a company that creates one-of-a-kind floral arrangements in upcycled containers for corporate and special events. With years of experience in event management, Ingrid wanted to make a conscious effort to recycle and reduce waste in that field. She hand-constructs her own designs from reclaimed wood sourced in Brooklyn and repurposes vintage vases and vessels, as well as containers she has salvaged from the food industry.
Date: September 17, 2013
Time: Reception 6 pm
Presentation 6.30 pm
End 8 pm
Location: Colonie, 127 Atlantic Ave (between Henry & Clinton St), Brooklyn
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for non-members
RSVP: No later than September 13, 2013
Please note that no cancellations are accepted after noon September 13.
Tel: +1 212 838 5530 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 Entrepreneurs Club Series is generously sponsored by
Nixon Peabody LLP
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SACC New York
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.