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. If you aren't an asparagus lover already, you will be at Spargelfest!

» Take a look at this year's Spargelfest menu!

Spargelfest menu cover contest!
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» see this year's Spargelfest Menu cover contest winner!

Enter our Spargelfest drawing for a Summer Share from Turnip Rock farm. Enjoy a half-share of farm-fresh produce every week for 16 weeks this summer! Convenient drop sites metro-wide. A $385 value! Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Entries taken through June 1. Winner will be drawn June 2.

For more info about the farm and their CSA program visit:

We are pleased to serve the freshest possible asparagus. Our green asparagus is brought to us fresh off the farms 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 Edelweiss Alphorns join us again with the magical, mysterious sounds of these twelve foot long horns.
Then, stay for more live music from Mark Stillman on accordion & Greg Lewis on trumpet.

Friday, May 23, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 pm The Edelweiss Alphorns
7:30 – 9:30 pm Mark Stillman(accordion) and Greg Lewis(trumpet)

Friday, May 30, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 pm Dreamland Faces, an accordion and saw duo

Friday, May 30, 2014
On May 30, 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 Hungrysupports both 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