One of the perks of being a Chicago Food Blogger is that I get really cool emails inviting me to really cool events. (Insert invite to The Berghoff‘s media preview of their Taste of Oktoberfest menu.)
Going to The Berghoff was on my to-do list from the beginning of this blog. I have to admit, I’ve been twice, with my friend Mike. I am a pretty big fan of their corned beef, so when this email came through, I wanted to be there.
Fast forward to the event. Not only eat we eat fantastic German food and drink delicious beers, we also received a history lesson about The Berghoff.
The menu, a collaboration between Berghoff Executive Chef Mathew Reichel and the Berghoff brewmaster, created excellent authentic German options paired with a tasty variety of brews. The menu included:
1. Pretzel with Beer Cheese Sauce and Berghoff Hopeenstomper Hop-Fest Lager
2. Bratwurst and Berghoff Oktoberfest
3. Quinoa & Grilled Vegetable Salad and Berghoff Lager
4. Pork Stew (gluten-free) and Omission (a gluten-free beer)
5. Apple Strudel and Berghoff Shambler
So…which pairing do you think was my favorite? Drum roll, please…#4: the Pork Stew and Omission beer! This is the first year The Berghoff is offering gluten-free options, and my gosh, this pairing was the perfect fall combination. Then I would have a bratwurst and strudel, of course!
The Berghoff’s Oktoberfest is taking place September 10-12, from 11 am-9 pm at Federal Plaza (corner of Adams & Dearborn). Enjoy live music daily, a raffle, and this wonderful German fare.
Whether you go on your lunch hour or meet up with friends after work, don’t miss a great way to start off the fall season.
In other news, this is my 100th post! Special thanks to everyone who has read a blog post (or all 100!), given advice, bravely came with me on a new adventure, or supported me over the last 21 months. I thank you and appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.