Welcome to Sverigeskafferiet
We are Pia and Lasse Schönemyr. We have worked in the restaurant industry throughout our adult lives. Basically, we are chefs but we have also had the privilege to develop and operate several hotels and restaurant facilities.
We nurtured for a long time a dream of our own small delicatessen businesses to craft the development of modern Swedish-made quality delicacies that worked both every day and on special occasions.
It was the rapeseed oil our friends from Skåne gave us that, along with a pot of parsley together with an forgotten garlic vine in the back of the pantry, became the embryo of our first delicacy. And the result was good. Very good.
The dream of a Sverigeskafferiet suddenly became something more than just a dream. Our entrepreneurial souls kicked in and we started to develop and in a small scale manufacture quality delicacies of the type normally imported from Mediterranean countries, but with our own exclusive twist. The result was modern Swedish-made delicacies, with a hefty dose of attitude. Far from gooey, juicy and sweet.
And the conditions could not be better. A burning creative urge, combined with excellent conditions. Sweden is a world leader in husbandry and food laws, healthy rivers, well-kept grounds and forests with a great variety. We could not see any obstacles to the possibility of presenting a modern small delicatessen collection “in Swedish”.
Our home was transformed into a flavor lab, and we began to grow herbs, spices and chili in the garden, window frames, porch and balcony, and we learned the basics of extracting flavors. Chefs from some of Gothenburg's best restaurants along with the neighbors on the street were invited to try our new, bold flavors. It was a success and gave us the guts to dare to continue.
Background in biotechnology
Lasse founded the biotech company Appeartex in 2003, in cooperation with Chalmers Innovation, where he worked for four years as managing director and innovator. Knowledge, networks and input from wise people from there led to the extraction technique we use today.
In 2008, Lasse left Appeartex to be able to fully devote to the development of Culinary Sweden, along with Pia and her son Robert. But two years later, we turned back to Chalmers.
Culinary Sweden asked in 2010 for help by Science 3D - Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg, in a project that involved an international team of eight master's students in the Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg, led by Pia and Lasse. The team analyzed "The Good choice" concept in order to propose management, logistics and process for extraction and flavor extraction from fresh herbs, berries, fruits, vegetables and root crops.
We have since developed and refined various techniques to extract natural flavors of fresh ingredients. Flavors with it and attitude. A tablespoon of Sweden, mixed with a pinch of the world.
The result? Easy prepared "Each day luxury 'to enjoy every day or on special occasions.
Sverigeskafferiet means "The Swedish larder"