A close up of the fastnachts.
It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason, folks. Head down to Brauahaus Schmitz today for pastry chef Jessica Nolen‘s “fastnachts.”
Fastnachts are a traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch potato donut, fried up and dusted with a combination of nutmeg and sugar. They’re the perfect pre-Lent indulgence–or if lent isn’t your thing, they’re just the perfect indulgence for a Tuesday. Also, there’s nothing like hot donuts to make you feel a little less cold and miserable during these arctic temperatures.
You can get a half dozen donuts for $8 or a dozen for $14.
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Tonight, Brauhaus Schmitz is hosting its annual Karneval party. The German version of Mardi Gras kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Brauhaus Schmitz will be offering half-priced Kölsch for the women and raffling off a kegerator at 10 p.m. Each Kölsch gets you a ticket in the raffle and an order of a Kölsch Kranz gets you five tickets.
A costume contest will also be held with the winner walking away with a $50 Brauhaus gift card.
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Brauhaus Schmitz, the South Street German restaurant and beer hall, is hosting a book event for exec chef Jeremy Nolen and pastry chef Jessica Nolen on Wednesday Feb. 4 at 6 pm. As we have mentioned before, the Nolens just released a cookbook called New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited on Jan. 27, which they’re celebrating with the release party next week.
Regarding the recipes, Jessica Nolen says, “Many German recipes, especially cookies and pastries, are rich with tradition – making them as fascinating and fun to prepare as they are delicious.”
Light appetizers and dishes featured in the book will be served in the restaurant’s Bauer Bund room, complimentary for all those purchasing a copy of New German Cooking.
New German Cooking [Amazon]
Brauhaus Schmitz executive chef, Jeremy Nolen, and pastry chef, Jessica Nolen, release their first cookbook this Tuesday, January 27. But if you’re eager to get your hands on a copy, head over to Brauhaus Schmitz.
New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited is a contemporary, ingredient-driven revival of traditional German dishes. The Nolens hope to make classic German recipes more approachable by bringing them to the modern table.
“At Brauhaus Schmitz, and with our new cookbook, we’ve tasked ourselves with bringing this overlooked culinary style the recognition it deserves,” Nolen said.
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Starting on Tuesday, November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, and ending on December 21st, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing traditional a German Christmas Dinner for parties of eight or more. The dinner will feature a 10-pound whole roasted goose, served family-style, stuffed to the brim with house-made pretzel, apple and sage stuffing.
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What better way to spend your Saturday than doing a Philly bar crawl? And what better way to do a pub crawl than to have you and your friends chauffeured by the Craft Beer Express? This Saturday, November 8th, The Craft Beer Express will be hitting up a slew of beer bars from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Bus tickets are $10 each, or you can start at the bar of your choice and pay as you go. Each participating bar is hosting a different theme, so check the list out below to decide where to begin your crawl:
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Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos
Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Of course you do. Because while even a normal ticket to this Saturday’s huge party being thrown by the Brauhaus crew is awesome, a VIP ticket is truly something special. And since they’ve been sold out since mid-August, there’s no way to get your hands on a pair except to play our little game.
Why is it worth it, you ask? Because here’s what a VIP ticket gets you:
· Exclusive Access- VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund with Special VIP Draft List
· Full wait staff and bar staff, with 5 PRIVATE bathrooms (no waiting in line for porta-potties)
· Complimentary Bavarian Buffet Courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen (Served 1-6PM)
· 6 Tickets Good for Beer from the VIP list or outside stands
· Official Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest T-shirt
· 1 Liter Glass Beer Stein filled with Oktoberfest survival supplies
So yes. VIP tickets? A very cool thing to have. And as we did last year, we’re deciding on who gets this last remaining pair by way of a poetry contest. Or, more accurately, a sonnet contest. And only the very best one will win.
Of course, there are a few rules…
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This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
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