Part 2 – The Food
As I wrote in Fantastic Jumeirah Frankfurt Rheingau BBQ Event – The Wine, the best days and events are the ones where at the end of the day it didn’t matter whether it rained or shined! Jumeirah Frankfurt’s Rheingau BBQ was one of those events! And it was a wonderful, relaxing day with food, wine, music and special people.
The Rheingau, the largest Riesling region in Europe is a mere 35 minute drive from Frankfurt City and offers all the wine towns, grape vines and small and large wineries one could wish for almost on Frankfurt’s doorstep.
Jumeirah’s chartered bus drove us in comfort to Weingut Spreitzer, a family-run winery in the town of Oestrich-Winkel. The Spreitzer brothers and their wives run the winery and live together in the main villa built in 1870 and have recently added a lovely new building called the Vinothek, that fits right into the setting and offers a beautiful combination of rustic and modern that reflects the family’s tradition and wine history. This event building has a wine tasting bar, a terrace, a dining area, a great comfortable leather reading couch and a small fireplace for chilly evenings.
Jumeirah Frankfurt has strong links with Austria, it being the homeland of Max One, Jumeirah’s restaurant’s Chef Martin Steiner, who has a talented liking for combining regional Hesse specialties with an Austrian touch. The food served at this event by Chef Martin Steiner to accompany such illustrious wines as I described in my previous post was excellent, local and seasonal, the side dishes suited the mains and were generous and well presented.
The salad and appetizer buffet had good variety and was very tasty. The mains included beef short ribs, pork crown roast, spring chickens (poussins) grilled on prosecco cans, halibut wrapped in fresh grape leaves, shrimp or vegetable kebabs. Salad & Appetizer Buffet
- Free land cucumber with dilled sour cream
- Variations of primal tomatoes
- Noodle salad
- Potato salad
- Tomates with buffalo-milk mozzarella and aged balsamic vinegar
- Wild herb salat with edible flowers and three types of dressing: balsamic dressing, lemon dressing, herb dressing)
- Grilled and marinated vegetables including eggplant, bell peppers, marinated mushrooms – the mushrooms were delicious and had a gorgeous crimson color
- Various dips
From the BBQ
- Spring chickens/poussins grilled on Prosecco cans – a bit under done to our taste
- Hailbut grilled in a wine leave with Riesling sauce – a bit dry to our liking, tasty though
- Ox short ribs with Zweigelt onion jus – excellent with the special Jumeirah grill salt herb mixture
- Suckling pig cutlet crown – our favorite, tender crusty, tasty
- Shrimp kebabs
- Vegetable kebabs
- Cheese Kransky suasage
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Small La Ratte potatoes baked in foil
Dessert & Cheese Buffet
- Riesling cream with marinated grapes
- Strawberries served on crushed ice with vanilla sauce
- Fresh red and white grapes
- White chocolate mousse on brownie with marinated raspberries and chocolate straws – had to have two the ywere so good!!
- French cheese selection with Cosack bread - read selection below
The desserts were delightful and not too heavy. The French cheeses served were: Brillant Savarin, Picandou, Roquefort, Reblochon, Pont l’Eveque, Camembert, Comté presented with butter, breads and homemade Cosack bread crackers. I was so happy to have a good Pont l’Eveque which is seldom on a cheese buffet because of its aroma. All the cheeses were served at their respective perfect point of ripeness.
Along with the wine, water, coffee and soft drinks were equally included in the event price.
All the Jumeirah Frankfurt staff who accompanied the event were perfectly groomed, well-trained, extremely pleasant and helpful.
This picture shows Ulrike Baumann – PR Jumeirah Frankfurt Hotel, Tim Hillemann – Food & Beverage Manager, Alejandro Coto – Sommelier an amazing team!
The jazz duo from Upperclass played live background music well suited to the event and atmosphere.
The highlight of the afternoon was the tour through the wine cellar underneath the winery which included several hand-carved barrels from the Spreitzer family and a look into their “treasure vault” where their best bottled wines are kept, some as old as Grandfather Spreitzer original “303”.
Now that we have covered the food and the wine – who was there?
We were a small group of only about 25, more had planned on attending but some canceled because of illness or the weather. We were an internationally mixed group all of whom enjoy good food, good wine and good company. Much laughter was heard and discussions amongst previous strangers flowed effortlessly – a very enjoyable “crowd”.
Among them the lucky winners of the Jumeirah Facebook giveaway: Udo and Nathali from Frankfurt Rödelheim, he is Bavarian, she is Columbian and they have been married for nearly 20 years. They took part in the giveaway on a whim loving wine, good food and new discoveries and they thoroughly enjoyed their “prize” and they praised how simple taking part in Jumeirah’s Frankfurt Facebook giveaway was. They left smiling and holding hands just as they did when they arrived.
The Frankfurter Rundschau offered the second giveaway attendance to a lucky couple from Frankfurt who received the tickets as a surprise from their in-laws who also took care of the two children so they could attend this special day undisturbed. A great treat for them!
Whether it rained or shined on 25th August 2013 is of no importance to the memories gathered wining and dining with Jumeirah Frankfurt in the beautiful Rheingau region!
The Jumeirah Rheingau BBQ giveaway – Chef Martin Steiner grill salt mixture and a recipe to go with it.
Very tasty! Thank you Jumeirah Hotel Frankfurt!
Disclaimer note: I was an invited guest at this event and received no further compensation for writing this post – all opinions are my own!