My miniature dachshund George (girl George) is the light of my life. What is a better way to celebrate her and her German heritage than with an Oktoberfest party? A drunken weekend at the real deal in Munich inspired my classic menu: sausages, sauerkraut, soft pretzels and plenty of mustards. And the farmers market inspired my asian pear applesauce which begged to be paired with potato pancakes, creme fraiche & chives. My husband Greg (aka George’s dad) mixed fall cocktails (crowd favorite: ‘the lederhosen’ with muddled cranberry, apple cider, ginger beer, lemon & gin) and of course we also had a hefty selection of Oktoberfest beers. Amy set a beautiful table, shying away from a kitschy interpretation of the theme, instead focusing on all things October: white pumpkins, fall foliage, and greenery. Always the theme-a-holic, I managed to slip in a detail of kitsch with pretzel shortbread, tied up with red, black and yellow, for favors. You have one more week: celebrate Oktoberfest!

The Menu

the lederhosen
cranberry, apple cider, ginger beer, lemon, gin

the munich
hard cider, applejack brandy, dry vermouth, bitters, orange twist
das biers
franziskaner: hefe-weisse & hefe dark
ayinger: ur-weisse & weizen-bock
avery kaiser: oktoberfest


radishes, butter, sea salt
smoked trout, creme fraiche & dill on pumpernickel
wild mushroom crostini with thyme
hard cheese, gherkins, german dijon & salami on rye crisps

sausages: bockwurst, knackwurst, andouille & hungarian
with sauerkraut
soft pretzels
mustard assortment: sweet hot, stoneground, horseradish, sweet bavarian & extra hot!
potato pancakes with asian pear-applesauce, sour cream & chives
red cabbage braised in vinegar with caraway seeds
spicy greens with lemon and peppery extra virgin olive oil


apple streudel ala mode with caramel sauce
black forest cake
haribo gummy bears

pretzel shortbread