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Saturday, October 11, 2014

OKTOBERFEST BY CHAINE

Chaine des Rotisseurs is the oldest gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1248.  Last night at the Pacific Club the Kauai/Oahu Chapter had our first German-themed gathering:  OKTOBERFEST.

Oktoberfest in Munich is the world's largest fun fair, a 16-day festival from late September to the first weekend in October, with 7 million celebrants.  Pearl and I were there a long time ago, and we might have been the only participants in the history of the event (started in 1810) who wanted to, but never had a chance to drink any beer.  Some day I'll explain why.

The affair was arranged by Vice Conseiller Eric Leterc (left, with Kathryn Nicholson, Bailli and Consul Societe Mondiale du Vin, which mainly means she is the president of our society--and, with the chefs, did all of the planning and everything), a member of the club, who is also executive chef at the Pacific Club.  He announced a future event here in January, focused on caviar.  In attendance was Chef Donato Loperfido, also a member, and quintessential Italian chef, who talked about our next Chaine feast, at Wolfgang's, featuring steak and spectacular Italian wines.

Although there were liberal pourings of white and red wines, the five specials were beers from Europe:
  • Pressor Fritz Briem 1809 Berlinner Weise
  • Pinkus Munaster Alt from Westphalia
  • St. Bernardus Extra 4 from Belgium
  • Ayinger October-fest Marzen
  • Celebrator Doppelbock (scored 100 points on ratebeer.com)

They were all no doubt incredible, but beer, to me, is beer.  I can say almost the same about wines.  Certainly, too, sakes.  I'm not too discriminating.  But I'm learning.
Ein Prosit is the song sung at Oktoberfest.  The first course included, German potato salad, carrots/n/raisin, roasted beet salad, celery roulade, and spinach and bleu cheese with bacon herb vinaigrette.

The main entrĂ©e involved slow braised beef in beer, roasted salmon, knackwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, spatzle, mashed potatoes and pretzels.  I learned that sauerkraut is not today particularly popular in Germany.  The food was plentiful and the platter huge:

Christel, from Munich, and Hawaii, is wearing her traditional wear.  The desserts were extravagant:


Apple strudel, German chocolate cake and a vanilla ginger cinnamon beer float.  Here, some of the leadership:


From left, Bruce (#1 boss in the Pacific), Qi and John (they mostly just show up, like me), Judith (vice Boss#1), Mirella (who helped in the setup) and, not sure.

Let me close with Bobbette, who scolded me that a photo I posted of her in one of my previous Chaine gatherings was horrid.  Hope this one is more acceptable


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There are five ocean storms:


The Atlantic disturbances are rather puny.  Super Typhoon Vongfong is now only a Category 1 at 85 MPH, and getting ready to roll over the entirety of Japan:


The killer storm is Tropical Cyclone Hudhud at 125 MPH and still  strengthening:


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