WeinKüche Supper Club // Berlin
New ideas are bubbling up all the time in Berlin’s supper club scene. One of the most recent new entrants is Kerstin’s and Holger’s WeinKüche (Wine Kitchen), based in Mitte, close to Rosenthaler Platz. So what’s in that name: A supper club or a private wine tasting? The good news is: No need to make up your mind, it’s both in combination. Each WeinKüche event is focussing on a particular wine-growing region, that’s the concept: You get introduced to up to 8 different wines plus a digestive alongside a 5 courses meal, inspired by the respective region’s local delicacies.
In other words: You can travel the World of food and wine without moving far! Which is not the way Kerstin and Holger are making their discoveries: They will actually have visited each of the regions and many of the wine-growing estates that they present. That can be the Markgräflerland in the South-Western corner of Germany, Tuscany or even some place on a different continent. Just before me writing this article they’ve got back from an exciting 2 weeks trip to South Africa. So have a guess what this month’s WeinKüche dinner on Saturday, 15th March will be about…!? Fortunate coincidence: 2 places for last-minute bookers are still available, see details at the bottom. But whatever event you chose, a bunch of meticulously distilled first hand impressions will always be guaranteed at WeinKüche.
For those of you keen for some profile information in advance: Holger is a management consultant in “real life”, father of 2 kids and an active beach-volleyball player. Kerstin comes from PR for the movie industry but has already taken a gastronomic side step some years ago and set up a café with a couple of friends. Currently, she’s again investigating a new professional approach: Something that will allow the foodie and the event organizer in her to merge and become one, that’s the basic idea. Both together, Kerstin and Holger, have discovered their passion for Swing dancing – and for gourmet travels, followed by sharing their culinary highlights with guests. The outcome is always some sort of edible and drinkable ‘slide show’ as they paraphrase it, dinners spiced up with a fair amount of anecdotes or occasionally even short video snippets to entertain all senses. What originally used to be a privilege of close friends has recently opened to everyone like you and me. So take your chance!
Coming back on the question what’s in a name, a charming detail to be mentioned is that WeinKüche does actually reside in the hosts’ kitchen itself: An impressive 40m2 eat-in kitchen with furthermore a large rooftop terrace – take this as a small appetizer for the barbecue season, likely to arrive rather sooner than later this year. So you will be seated right in the middle of action and see your hosts juggle with steaming casseroles and frying pans before sitting down and eating together with you – or unexpectedly climb a ladder to fight the noisy smoke detector’s alarm system as it happened once. Sort of standup-comedy show for also entertaining the guests’ sense of humour…
If you are up for a short trip into wine and great food without booking a holiday, check out the WeinKüche blogsite or Facebook page. WeinKüche will usually open once per month, for a maximum of 10 people at a time and no more than 4 per each single reservation. Vegetarians and also guests with food allergies are welcome, but please don’t forget to give the hosts some advance warning. The recommended donation per person may vary between €40 and €59, always including wine. Special group events can be arranged on request.