Friends! Neighbors! It's going to be a chocolate and wine kind of evening at Pod on Thursday February 13th, 5-7p. We're excited to bring back Kim Park of The Wine and Cheese Cask for a Winter red tasting. So lovely and supremely knowledgable, Kim will be bringing over a few of her favorites this season and she'll be sure to let you know why. There will be a 10% discount extended on any bottles pre-ordered at this event. THEN, if she's not already on your radar, we'd love to introduce you to Alexandra Whisnant of gâté comme des filles. For the last seven years, Alexandra has been making her divine, hand-made chocolate bonbons in Paris, San Francisco, and now right next door in Somerville. People, I don't know if you fully realize just how lucky you are. Come and meet Alexandra. She'll be offering a tasting and, boxes of these freshly-made tiny wonders on hand for sale. Valentines, Galentines, Palentines, Shmalentines--call it what you will. We'll call it a good time and hope you can swing by.
It's true. We came for the packaging, but stayed for the candy.
Malmö-based Kolsvart is making a big mark in the licorice world. The product is super-delicious with both classic and unique flavor combinations, a give-back ethos, and enviable packaging design. We stock the brand in our shop. You are devouring it. And, we wanted to learn more. Jonathan Roos, CEO of Kolsvart, provided some details.
Is your work for the love of licorice or the love of fish?
Tough question! Our foundation is really the love for simple beauty and not making things more complicated than they have to be. Candy is such a fun product to work with, but we try to also mix in some serious elements. Supporting the restoration of water environments is one of those elements. It feels good doing these extra things but it is really our customers who are making it possible so we hope they feel part of this too.
Yes! I noticed that the white-packaged fish (Turbot, Cod, Pike) mentions this. Can you tell us a little more about these?
That's right. We donate part of the proceeds from these products to a local Swedish organization that uses the funds to restore fish habitats, promote healthy fish stocks, and raise awareness about water environments. We've custom-made all of these molds after real Swedish fish—Turbot, Cod, Pike. Surprisingly, often people think that the candy contains real fish, but that is not the case!
Dogs or Cats?
I'm a dog person, but finding new appreciation for cats after seeing all of these funny cat compilations on YouTube and Instagram.
How did you decide to make licorice? What does Kolsvart mean?
It was a coincidence. It all started as a cafe in Malmö that sadly failed. Our licorice was the one product that worked, so the love of pure and real flavors took new shape in the form of Kolsvart. The name itself means pitch black or charred black. We joke that it was also the general outlook after the cafe went belly up :)
We're suckers for great packaging. Can you tell us a little about the design?
I can't take any credit for the packaging but I love it as well! The design is the work of my dad and the thought behind the waxy paper was to choose a material that conveys the same real and genuine feel as what's inside. It's also a nod to how produce used to be packaged in the old days. We used the typeface Arial simply because it was first on the list in Word and it worked.
Favorite flavor or fish shape?
Right now I'm really into sour stuff so the Sour Roding or the Turbot.
When in Malmö, where MUST one eat?
For fine dining, Lyran is a great choice. For everyday eats, Spoonery is one of our favorites. But, Malmö is also great for quick international street food. They say "if you've seen Malmö, you've seen the world." Maybe that's silly, but there's at least some truth to it when it comes to food!
We're ready to start decking the halls. Are you?
Join us December 7th (11a-6p) & 8th (12-5p). We'll have fresh holiday greens and wreaths of fresh and foraged materials courtesy of Erin Heath, creative force at Forêt Desgin Studio. Forêt is a floral and event styling company and Erin’s love of flowers and the natural world, combined with her background in art and visual display, give her arrangements a sculptural quality, highlighting the natural movement and seasonality of the flowers, vines and fruiting branches she uses. We're over the moon that she'll be creating one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths for Pod this holiday season.
Freshly baked lemon/almond tortas from Russo's will at-the-ready / boxed and bowed. Seriously, these are divine and make a wonderful hostess gifts. In short, we'll have plenty of holiday cheer for your while you're picking out your greenery and plenty of gifts will be in-store to help you to start OR complete your lists.
This annual weekend event is especially important to us because we'll be donating a portion of our weekend sales to Rosie's Place, a local organization whose mission is close to our hearts.
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter in the United States. Located in Boston, their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie's Place not only provides meals and shelter, but they provide a range of support from housing to education services. Rosie's Place relies SOLELY on the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporations and DOES NOT accept any city, state, or federal funding.
But wait! There's more.
As a heartfelt 'thanks', we'll be running a Super raffle. Anyone who makes a purchase at Pod this weekend can throw their name into the 'hat' to win. Presently, we have very generous donations from Cutty's, Luce, Bagelsauraus,
Breadboard Bakery, Savenor's, Patch NYC, Covet + Lou, Hi-Rise Bread Company,
Family Dinner, Field & Vine, and Lekker Home.
It's a fun time. We help you out, you help us out, we all help Rosie's out. There's a lotta love around this weekend and we hope you will find a moment to participate. XO