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May 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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 25, 2018. 

“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 a dessert buffet. The Embassy will begin admitting guests at 6:30 pm through the main Embassy entrance at

4645 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC,

with dinner beginning at 7:15 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 food served at our 40th Anniversary reception at the Embassy in June 2017, and our Oktober Weinfest at the Embassy House in September 2017. 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 18 years, most recently at the French Embassy.

The evening will unfold as follows:

Welcome on Embassy House terrace –

Passed Hors d’oeuvres (2 types)

2016 Winzerhof Stahl Spark (Scheurebe/Riesling Sekt Franken)

First Course –

White Asparagus Veloute with White Truffle Oil Drizzling Top with Crispy Roasted Parmesan

2010 J.J. Prüm Riesling Kabinett Mosel

Second Course –

Duo of White and Green Asparagus Wrapped in Cured Westphalian Ham, Served with Hollandaise Sauce and Salmon Caviar, Baby Arugula

2016 Hans Wirsching Iphöfer Kalb Silvaner Trocken Franken

2016 Selbach Oster Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) Trocken Mosel

Third Course –

Surf and Turf – Bronzini Filet and Beef Tenderloin Served with a White Asparagus Flan, Fingerling Potato Confit, Green Peppercorn Sauce

2011 Ökonomierat Rebholz “Tradition” Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) Trocken Pfalz

2014 Hans Wirsching Julius Iphöfer Scheurebe GG Franken

Dessert Buffet –

Assortment of Pastries, Tea and Coffee

2010 J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

2001 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese Mosel


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. 

The price for this very special event will be $87 for members, as well as guests from the German Embassy, and $97 for non-members.   Register early, as attendance will be limited to 60 guests.  Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 22, 2018 for Embassy security, and late reservations cannot be accepted.

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May 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Carl Willner


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