Krawfish + Kraftor Party Photos

Last night we kicked off crayfish season Red Rooster style with a traditional Swedish Crayfish party and menu. Our great friend and DJ, Paper co-founder, Kim Hastreiter helped the crowd the crowd get pumped to legendary hits from classic to modern times. There was plenty of crayfish to go around and lots of friends stopped by. Our Krawfish + Kraftor Party was a Swedish delight! Check out a few photos below from the festivities.

Photos: Cyndi Amaya

Kim Hastreiter on the Rooster's 1's and 2's

Are you excited about Red Rooster's "Krawfish + Kraftor Party" tonight, yet? You should be! This party will be poppin'! Crayfish season is huge in Sweden and it's a great tradition to have a crayfish party. So we're kicking off crayfish season at the Rooster in style with a special prix fixe menu and our good friend Kim Hastreiter as the Rooster's DJ tonight.

Kim Hastreiter, the co-founder of Paper Magazine, is known as the "coolest person in New York" and we're lucky to have her pick our music selection for this festive night at the Rooster. We're excited to hear what she has in store for us.

Photo: Rrifdani Nugraha

Come Try Our House-Infused Aquavit at Red Rooster Tonight

A few weeks ago, we showed you how to make your own aquavit, a traditional Swedish infused vodka, right at home. Red Rooster's bar director Christian Post, helped us with this recipe and showed us step-by-step how to prepare this cherished Scandinavian spirit.

For those of you that have followed along with us and tried this recipe at home, we have an update on our aquavit progress.  After three weeks, our infusion process is complete with all three flavors (lemon, dill, and horseradish) set well into our vodka.

We first tasted our aquavit to see if the flavors were where we wanted them, that one ingredient didn't overpower the others. Since our measures of each ingredient was pretty balanced, our aquavit came out just as we wanted- with the first taste of horseradish followed by the citric taste of lemon and dill. Satisfied with our final outcome, we took our jar of aquavit into the kitchen to strain.

You then simply strain the aquavit and then using an automatic funnel, place it back into your recycled vodka bottles for storage.

Christian advises storing the bottles in the refrigerator and even the freezer to serve the aquavit ice cold later on. Because of the alcohol content , the aquavit will not freeze, although it might thicken a bit. Christian suggests to serve this as a shot for your guests, as Red Rooster will do tonight for all those joining us for our "Krawfish + Kraftor Party."

So stop by the Rooster tonight and join us for our special 4-course Crayfish-inspired menu and ask for a complimentary house-infused aquavit shot!

Hope to see you all there!

Photos: Cyndi Amaya

"Krawfish + Kraftor Party" at Red Rooster

Like we do with all special occasions, we're kicking off crayfish season at Red Rooster with a bang. Join us tonight, August 15, 2011 in Harlem for our "Krawfish + Kraftor Party" where we feature an incredible 4-course prix fixe menu that highlights the brilliance of crayfish.

The $60 4-course menu includes:

  • Peel & Eat Crayfish
  • Chilled Yellow Tomato Soup with Crayfish & Coconut
  • Blackened Catfish with Crayfish & Lemon-Dill Slaw
  • And our famous Summer Shortcake

But that's not all folks! The prix fixe meal also comes with a shot of our house-infused aquavit and Radeberger Beer.

Wait, wait...there's more. If crayfish, and only crayfish, is on your mind- Red Rooster guests also have the option of just ordering Peel & Eat Crayfish as a single menu item. The price is $25 for 1-pound of Peel & Eat Crayfish and other fixins' like Dill Roasted Potatoes, Corn and Cornbread. And you guessed it; this option is also served with aquavit and beer.

To pop off the party, Paper Magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter will be spinning in our Nook that night. Crayfish galore and a live DJ- now that's what we call a party!

So don't miss our awesome "Krawfish + Kraftor Party, tonight, August 15th starting at dinnertime at Red Rooster. For more information on where to find us and for reservations, click here.

This should be one colossal crayfish bash!

The Swedish Crayfish Party: Who, What, Where, When, and Why?

As you may know by now, Red Rooster is hosting a special "Krawfish + Kraftor Party" on August 15th to celebrate the start of crayfish season in Sweden. The night will be filled with plenty of crayfish, beer, and aquavit and the event is not to be missed. But with our party falling right in the middle of Harlem Week (or better said, Harlem month) and our Harlem Week Menu, you may be wondering why have a crayfish party at all? Since the Swedish Crayfish Party is so important to the Scandinavian tradition, we wanted to share with you the meaning of this beloved tradition and give an insight to our first crayfish party at Red Rooster.

Who: Swedes throughout the country celebrate it in the beginning of August, at the start of crayfish season. Since the Swedes love their summers, the crayfish party is a great excuse to stay outside and enjoy this joyous event with all of the family and friends. Warning: if you find yourself in a crayfish party, you will be asked to wear a crayfish party hat and bib! Not very flattering for most people!

What: A festive foodie party where Swedes enjoy home-infused aquavit, beer, and of course- tons of boiled crayfish! To get its unique Scandinavian flavoring, the crayfish is boiled in water with lots of salt, a little sugar, beer, and flowering dill. The flowering, or crown, dill is dill that is harvested after blossoming, which has a very distinct flavor compared to fresh dill. The crayfish is also served alongside boiled potatoes, bread, and cheese.  Also the decorations at the party are adorable, to say the least! Smiling-face lanterns are hung outside, as well as crayfish-themed table cloths and cutlery.

When: Traditionally, the first crayfish party is held right at the beginning of crayfish season during the first week of August. Crayfish season starts on the first Wednesday of August. Crayfish are always caught at night, after it gets dark. So that first Wednesday that crayfish are caught leads into the first crayfish party the next day on Thursday, after the first catch is cooked.

Why: The traditional Swedish Crayfish Party first originated from a restriction in Sweden on the crayfish fishing season. Swedes were consuming so much crayfish that the crayfish population was being depleted in the area. Hence, there was a restriction put on the season to just a period of a couple of months, starting in August. When the season finally came around, the Swedes were so elated that crayfish parties started popping up everywhere.

Where: Since crayfish is so popular in Scandinavia, crayfish parties can be found all throughout Sweden and in a few other Scandinavian countries. We've even brought the crayfish party here to NYC and are hosting our first crayfish party at Red Rooster Harlem. For more information of our special event, click here.

We hope you all join us on August 15th at our "Krawfish + Kraftor Party." It should be one great Swedish party!

Photos: 1: Robert Young 2: Andrew Crookston