Where our food comes from?
Here we tell you where the good incredients come from.
Edgar Reppanen – Wild herb and mushroom forager, painter
I go by the name Edgar ”VonHerring” Reppanen. For Grön I forage mainly wild herbs but sometimes also mushrooms. One can also see my art on the wall of Grön. I create paintings by using the fish I’ve caught as “stamps”. Ever since I was young I have been into nature and spending time fishing, foraging and berry-picking. I started to concentrate on wild herbs when working with a high-class “wild herb guru”, Jouni Toivanen. Since those days my passion for wild herbs has been growing even more when discovering new areas and species. Also the aspect of picking wild herbs sustainably and getting to know where they are naturally occurring, have kept me motivated. As a way of minimizing my personal carbon footprint I forage and deliver by bike. I know Lauri and Toni by our shared profession. Toni I met when doing my apprentice at Luomo. With Lauri we worked together at Kuurna. Since the first days of co-working we’ve got along very well, both with Toni and Lauri.
Anna Kantanen – Ceramist
I am a Helsinki-based product designer concentrating mostly on utilities and small
decorative home objects. I designed and did the plates to Grön for starters, mains and
desserts. I am interested in everyday life and the fact that it tends to be something blunt and glamourless. As a designer I want to change this perception by bringing beauty to people’s lives in a more concrete and broader way than a festive cutlery set. The base for my designs comes from culinary and cooking – the whole experience of it. I appreciate the fact how the ideology of “nouvelle cuisine” approaches gastronomy by giving value to presentation, plating, colors, produce, flavors and plates, which I like to think as the frames of a dish. This is what feeds my creativity. My relationship with Restaurant Grön started actually by accident. I ran into Lauri and an old friend of mine. After a while chatting with them, ceramics came up. We picked a date for a meeting instantly.
Mikko Haveri – Mushroom-hunter, berry-picker
One could describe me as a ”forest man” in it’s very concrete way. I have foraged mushrooms and berries to Grön for two falls now. Ever since I was a kindergartener I have been foraging almost obsessively. I have a graduate diploma of Forest Science. I also did a special vocational examination on product supervision concentrating on collected produce. About ten years ago, when I was on my parental leave and the season for boletes was full on, I got an idea of serving mushrooms for everyone in need. Yeah, that was it. I knew Toni and Lauri from their previous job places, to where I also delivered my “catch”. I started co-working with Grön when Toni and Lauri asked for salted mushrooms the fall 2015.
Merja Nieminen – Gardener
I am a gardener and a painter working at the Långötorp garden. When we ten years ago moved to Långötorp with my husband we would only grow vegetables for ourselves. Now, because we got “a little” excited, our garden is already 2000 square meters big. We grow organically about hundred different species of vegetables. For us it is very important to take care of the beautiful land which we are gratefully able to be gardening. Both making art and having a garden for me represent two different sides of the same thing. They are both encouraging and motivating due to their endless possibilities and the changing nature of them. I noticed Toni’s pictures on Instagram and thought that something really wonderful is happening. The minute Grön opened it’s doors I called Toni. He actually knew our produceway back when he was working at Sundman’s, where we delivered two-three times a week.
Arda Yildirim – Barista, content producer
I am born and raised in Helsinki but the other side of my family comes from Turkey. I am soon-to-be Master of Social Sciences. Coffee I have been doing professionally since 2012 in Helsinki and in Copenhagen. Every time I visit my grandparents I get to hear the same story all over again. Apparently one morning, when I was 3-4 years old, I sat down at the breakfast table and asked for “a coffee, please”. I started working with coffee by accident trying to make a living while studying. However, from the very first days of working at Kaffecentralen I noticed that I enjoyed making coffee and learning about it more than anything. Since then, in addition to Kaffecentralen, I have been working at many different places in Helsinki, Good Life Coffee and Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo to name a few. I was also honored to be asked to be one of the “coffee professionals” to be helping with the openingof Mirabelle Bakery in Copenhagen 2014. That time of my life turned out to be very challenging but for the most part very rewarding. Nowadays the things that keep me motivated are the social and economical aspects of coffee as well as service design. In the end, it is always taste that matters. I would bump into Lauri at Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo’s Päiväkahvibaari quite often. He probably heard me and my boyfriend (also a barista) talking about some work related issues, obviously about coffee. I guess I said something that caught his attention. So when they were opening a restaurant with Toni they asked me to be the one in charge of coffee, and later the one producing website content. Of course I said yes.