Last Saturday was quite a day. Actually it was one of the busiest we’ve ever had. While our designer Elli Hukka was representing Paloni at the Design District Market at Vanha ylioppilastalo, our sushi chef Thomas was preparing international sushi rolls for our Restaurant day at Paloni, and I was running Paloni’s stand at the huge event Suomen kädentaidot in Tampere.
The preparations for this weekend had already started many weeks back when our designers made the products for the markets and when we started planning on the Restaurant day with Thomas. Our stand was built at Tampere on Thursday, and I drove there with the rest of the products that same night. Luckily the PaaPii toys kept me company on the way, although some of them were already sleeping…
Building a stand (especially if you want to stand out with it) and taking all the products to such a big event as Suomen kädentaidot with its 36.000+ visitors and three halls is not something I wouldn’t call a small task. But it’s always worth the effort. I get a big dose of energy from these events, from meeting all those old and new friends of Paloni’s.
There was one person that I especially enjoyed meeting at the fair, as I’ve admired her work for a long time. Anu Harkki, the editor-in-chief of the brand new mook (book/magazine) Koto living, fell in love with the Vietto Neppari dress that was presented to the customers for the very first time ever at this event. The next day Anu wore the dress as she was giving crafting tips on the “Idea stage”, and we soon run out of the dresses… Luckily the designer Minna Kaartinen is already preparing a new set of them to Paloni.
But while all this was taking place in Tampere, the most patient clients of our International Sushi Kitchen waited for 45 minutes while our chef Thomas was preparing more sushi for them. The restaurant run out of sushi a couple of times during the evening, but Thomas persistently made more and kept the restaurant open until the promised 7pm.
Thank you to all who visited the restaurant! It’s always great to have such a buzz in here, and to do something unexpected together. My big thank you also goes to Molla Mills for running the restaurant, and for our chef Thomas who made it all possible, came all the way from Amsterdam just to have this restaurant at Paloni and prepared all the delicious sushi in an apartment hotel kitchen. Like my mom said: “I’ve seen quite much, but this is utopia for me.” You guys made utopia reality.
Minna / Paloni