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Special Spargelfest Dinner at the German Embassy House (Friday May 24th, 2019)

May 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

(This event is fully booked.  No further registration will be accepted.)

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Wine Society are pleased to co-sponsor the traditional annual GWS Spargelfest dinner at the German Embassy House on the evening of Friday, May 24, 2019.  

“Spargelfest” is a feast of asparagus-themed dishes, including white asparagus, paired with wines.   We will begin this memorable evening with a welcoming Sekt paired with hors d’oeuvres, served outside on the Embassy House terrace if weather permits.   The dinner will be served in the Embassy House itself, with three plated courses followed by dessert pastries served at each table. The Embassy will begin admitting guests at 6:00 pm through the main Embassy entrance at

4645 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC,

with dinner beginning at 6:45 pm.   You will need to ascend the stairs from the Embassy courtyard to the House, or be escorted through the main Embassy building to use the elevator to reach the House, which is located on the upper side of the Embassy grounds on Foxhall Road.   Only guests with special needs can be admitted through the Embassy House doors on the street side, 1900 Foxhall Road NW, and only if they notify GWS in advance so that we can inform Embassy security.   Street parking is available along Reservoir Road within walking distance of the Embassy entrance.   Guests can also arrive by taxi or the nearest bus lines (D6).

Dishes for this dinner will be prepared by the Embassy’s talented Chef Daniel Labonne, who was also responsible for the delicious food served at our 40th Anniversary reception at the Embassy in June 2017, our Oktober Weinfest at the Embassy House in September 2017, and our last Spargelfest at the Embassy House in May 2018. Chef Labonne, who hails from Martinique in the French Caribbean, was trained as a chef in Toulouse, France.  He has been a chef in Washington, DC for the past 19 years, most recently at the French Embassy.

The price for this very special event will be $95 for GWS members, as well as guests from the German Embassy, and $105 for non-members.   Register early, as attendance will be limited to 50 German Wine Society guests and 15 Embassy guests.  Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for Embassy security, and late reservations cannot be accepted.

The evening will unfold as follows:

Welcome on Embassy House terrace –

Passed Hors d’oeuvres (2 types)

2017 Winzerhof Stahl Spark (Scheurebe/Riesling Sekt Franken)

First Course –

Green Asparagus Veloute served with White Asparagus Tempura

2016 Kruger Rumpf Munsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe  (91 WA)

2017 Villa Wolf Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) Pfalz

Second Course –

Salmon Terrine with White and Green Asparagus served with Sautéed Shrimp, Toasted Sesame, Lobster Jus

2017 Winzerhof Stahl Silvaner Franken

2016 Clemens Busch Vom Roten Schiefer Riesling Trocken Mosel

Third Course –

Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs served with a Green Asparagus Risotto Topped with Grilled White Asparagus with Truffle, and a Brandy Green Peppercorn Sauce

2012 Ulrich Stein Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Estate Mosel

2016 Clemens Busch Marienburg Fahrlay Riesling GG Mosel

Dessert  –

Assortment of Pastries (4 per guest), Tea and Coffee

2011 Max Ferdinand Richter Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel  (91 WS)

2014 A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Riesling Spätlese Mosel (92 WA)

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All Society members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication, and therefore Society members and their guests are expected to drink in moderation.   It is advisable to provide designated drivers or other modes of transit where available, or mostly to taste rather than consume alcohol where such drivers or alternative means of transportation are not available. 

Event coordinator:   Carl Willner, 202-674-9044, carl.willner1@verizon.net

You can register or pay for this event, as a GWS member or non-member guest, in one of two ways.   First, you can register for events on our website, http://germanwinesocietydc.org , and make payment by Paypal.   You will need to set up a GWS account on our website to register if you have not already done so for past events, and also have a Paypal account ready to use for payment.   Alternatively, you can send in a check to the German Wine Society, using the reservation form below.   Please be sure to use the appropriate amount due based on your membership status.   German Embassy guests may also provide their names and payments directly to Hermann Huckert at the Embassy.

Please fill out the form below if you want to register by mail and check rather than electronically using Paypal, and send your check made out to the German Wine Society, to the acting chapter Secretary, Carl Willner, as shown below.

Carl Willner

1014 Reserve Champion Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

Cut the reservation form to send – do not mail in the entire page.



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May 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


German Embassy House
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States
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