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July 2005

Fresh from the gourmet scene

Things are hotting up—and we don’t just mean the weather. Yes, it’s Chili Cookoff time again! Launched in 2000, on the back of an old Texan tradition, the annual competition aims to find the city’s best chili cook or cooks. This year’s event, which is being held at the Deutsches Museum on July 23, gets underway at 2 pm. Anyone wishing to enter should prepare their chili according to competition rules (see and submit it by 3 pm on the day of the event. Chilis will be heated up in the museum’s kitchens for judging. The event also features a country hoedown and DJs, and promises to be a true party. Yee hah!

Prefer to let someone do the cooking for you? Then check out the new mobile chef at Café Kubitscheck. From € 46 per person, Frenchman Oliver Marchand will put on a three-course dinner party for up to 30 guests, in the comfort of your own home. Check out “Mietkoch” at for more details.

If Asian food’s more your thing, the café also has a few Thai chefs on its books. From just € 25 per person, they’re certain to make your party the most talked about in town! If, on the other hand, you think you’re up to stir-frying your guests into a frenzy without the help of professionals, you could just hire a mobile wok with a giant gas burner. Guaranteed to give your garden party a touch of pizzazz, the woks cost from € 150, including transportation and gas. See for more information.

If you’re feeling really flush, why not treat your guests to the ultimate carnivorous delicacy? Wagyu beef, known as the caviar of beef, is a Japanese specialty, reputed to be exquisitely succulent and tender, like no meat you’ll have tried before. The secret, apparently, lies in the breed and treatment of the cattle, which are given regular massages and fed on beer. Previously impossible to come by outside Japan, the meat is now available in the food hall of Kaufhof at Marienplatz for € 129 per kilo. So that’ll be sushi-sized portions all round then?

For those who prefer to eat out, the newly opened Café Ludwig is guaranteed to impress guests. Bang in the middle of the Petuel Park, this hip spot promises a true “Manhattan feeling,” with a view of Munich’s modern Highlight Towers. Run by the same people as Cord on Sonnenstrasse, Ludwig (Klopstockstrasse 10) is set to become the new “in” location in the north of the city. See for details.

For another breath of fresh air, head to Thalkirchner in Sendling. The cozy bar at Thalkirchner Strasse 145 has undergone a few changes and now has a revamped menu and a number of new offers, including a schnitzel happy hour, from 5 pm to 7 pm, Mon. to Sat., when mustard-coated schnitzel with chips costs just € 5.90. What’s more, the bar has also extended its beer selection. Unusually for Munich, it now offers ales not only from Löwenbräu, but also from Augustiner. It’s gonna be a great summer…


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