Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis MN


asparagus spear

The Germans go crazy for asparagus (spargel) this time of year. There - as here - asparagus is a sure sign of spring... or, as the Germans say, asparagus is the "Joy of Spring."

In late May, the Black Forest Inn will devote a menu to asparagus! We'll serve fresh, local asparagus in as many delicious ways as we can think of. We will have asparagus with pork, with chicken or with fish. We'll be making asparagus strudel, soup, and salad. We will wrap asparagus, roast it, mash it, soufflé it and we will infuse vodka with asparagus to make the delicious Spargeltini. If you aren't an asparagus lover already, you will be at Spargelfest!

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Enter our Spargelfest drawing for a Summer Share from Turnip Rock farm. Enjoy a 3/4-bushel of farm-fresh produce every week for 16 weeks this summer! Convenient drop sites metro-wide. A $500 value! Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Entries taken through June 2. Winner will be drawn June 3.

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We are pleased to serve the freshest possible asparagus. Our green asparagus is brought to us by the Southeast Minnesota Food Network, a collaborative effort to change the way southeast Minnesota purchases and consumes food. The participating farms operate under guiding principles of sustainability, land stewardship and fair prices.

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Live music!

We're starting off Spargelfest, and Spring, the best way – with Alphorns! The Matterhorn Trio joins us again with the magical, mysterious sounds of these twelve foot long horns. Then, stay for Mark Stillman on Accordion, and Dale Mendenhall on Clarinet.
Friday, May 24, 2013
6:30 – 7:30 pm Matterhorn Trio (Alphorns)
7:30 – 9:30 pm Mark Stillman (Accordion) and Dale Mendenhall (Clarinet)

Friday, May 31, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 pm Dreamland Faces (an accordion and saw duo)

Friday, May 31, 2013
On May 31, we will donate 20% of our food sales to Harvest for the Hungry, a program of the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Our support helps them deliver fresh, local produce to food shelves and meal programs in the Twin Cities. With the money raised, EFN purchases produce from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin farmers; so Harvest for the Hungry both supports local growers and provides fresh produce to hungry families!

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The Black Forest Inn will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day

asparagus bunch