The Schnitzelwirt Foodtruck is offering Austrian/German deliciousness!

Meet Mario Milkovics, born and raised in the eastern part of Austria, Burgenland, Mario came to the US in 1985 to visit family. As it happens to many Austrians, once they get to know the American way of life, they stay! Mario worked in IT for a financial service company for a period of 20 years, but felt like something is missing. His first job ever was working at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna as a “Koch-/Kellnerlehring” – translated waiter in training – and since then he was always drawn to the gastronomy. So in 2018 Mario and his partner Erika began to cater as a side job for little get-togethers, weddings and offices lunches. In 2019 they started building out their food truck. But not just any food truck of course. With his heritage it needed to be a food truck catering German cuisine with Austrian style, called The Schnitzelwirt!

Mario and Erika’s side-business became really successful and in July 2020 the Schnitzelwirt food truck was in business full time! The timing of this was challenging – the COVID-19 pandemic just started. But it turned out it was actually a very good timing. People were starved to eat out and food trucks offered an option that people don’t have to cook at home and still were able to enjoy a cooked meal while keeping the social distance.

The Schnitzelwirt food truck usually services Aurora, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, but goes further north up to Thornton and Longmont and south to Castle Rock. Other areas can be serviced too, but Mario needs to double check if his license extends to this area. Unfortunately, he cannot work in the City and County of Denver because he let his license expire, but this may also update as there had been a lot of interest in him serving the residents of Denver proper.

The regular menu includes Wiener Schnitzel, Jägerschnitzel German Style (breaded since American like it that way, not the Austrian Style), Bratwurst, Currywurst (nach “Bayrischer Art”, which is far more complicated to create than the Berlin Art, just being Ketchup with Curry powder) and of course Käsespätzle and Apfelstrudel.

Seasonal items offered are Ungarisches Rindsgulasch in the Winter as well as delicious Palatschinken with Marillenmarmelade.

The Food truck usually resides at a variety of places that offer drinks, such as Breweries, but Mario is able to offer drinks (even Almdudler!) if requested in advance.

To learn where the Schnitzelwirt is available each week, follow them on on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also pre-order by Sunday for the following week. If you want to have the Schnitzelwirt come to your location for a special party, contact Mario! But just to give you a warning, he is usually booked out 3 months in advance!

Learn more at Schnitzelwirt.us.

Slice of Life – Stories of Austrians in the US: Eva from Village Roaster

Meet Eva, owner of Village Roaster in Lakewood, CO

The Austrian Honorary Consulate would like to introduce Austrians who are living abroad and tell a bit more about what they are doing here and how they ended up in the US.

Eva was growing up in Baernbach – which translates to “Bear Creek”. It is a little city in Styria/Austria and apparently also a park in Colorado close to Lakewood, which Eva realized when moving to Colorado. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a postdoc in chemistry for almost five years. There she met Eric, an American citizen and, at the time, a Kindergarten teacher. They fell in love and decided to move to Colorado where Eva and Eric got married in the summer of 2018. Both switched careers and purchased a café and roastery close to Eric’s old home in Lakewood, Colorado.

History of Village Roaster – coffee, tea and spices

The Village Roaster was established in 1979. The store was opened by Gary and Maryellen Mencimer. At the time, it was one of the very few coffee roasters in the country, bringing in specialty coffee from all over the world.

Image: Jim Curtis, Maryellen Mencimer, Kate Curtis, Gary Mencimer, Eva Pump and Eric Bakken

The main store at Alameda Avenue and Garrison Street was expanded in 1993 when the espresso bar opened. In 1994, Maryellen’s sister Kathleen and her husband Jim Curtis purchased the business and further expanded to three different locations: the main store on Alameda Avenue, a café at St. Anthony’s Hospital and a coffee cart at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Image: Espresso bar at the Alameda/Garrison location.

Eric and Eva took over in 2018 and still roast premium coffee on premise in small batches to ensure freshness. This is what makes Village Roaster so special as Eva explains:

The coffee beans are carefully chosen. We work closely with our supplier and discuss the coffee market a lot. The process of evaluating the quality of the coffee beans and the taste of the coffee is called cupping. We cup all our coffees to make sure that we really like the coffees that we purchase.

Image: (1) Green Coffee from Sulawesi (Indonesia), (2) Probat sample roaster for evaluating coffee samples (around 100 g), (3) cupping of coffee samples to ensure quality and freshness of the beans and (4) the SCAA flavor wheel indicating taste profiles of coffee beans.

 

But not only the quality of the green coffee, but also the craft of coffee roasting is important to give the best experience to the customer. Since Eva and Eric arrived, they have been working on improving the coffee roasting process and roast profiles. Eva likes this process since she can draw from her experience as a chemist:

Every bean needs a certain roast profile depending on origin, density and water activity. Once you find the right profile for a certain bean, you don’t want to change it. With this digital tool, the roast profile is visualized as the coffee is roasted. There is a lot of science behind this process.”

Customers can purchase a cup of coffee or fresh roasted coffee beans by the pound. Over 30 different coffees are roasted all week long. In fact, about 4000 pounds of coffee are imported and roasted each month of coffee from all worldwide growing regions:  Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Central America, South America, and yes, Hawaii.

 

Image: Bins filled with (1) fresh roasted coffee beans from all over the world, (2) candy jars and (3) spices to be weighed out for the customer.

The store stocks a full range of coffee makers, filters, fine loose teas, bulk spices, and everything needed to prepare your favorite drink at home.

Eva follows up:

We love the concept of the store. It is not just a coffee shop, but also a coffee roastery, a specialty tea and spice store, a gift store. There is something for everyone. It reminds of a Greissler in the old days, where customers find a wide variety of fresh food and delicatessen. Foods are weighed out in front of you rather than being pre-packaged. In our case, we offer anything related to coffee, tea and spices. Some people come back for their daily cup of coffee, some people come for their pound of fresh roasted coffee beans, some people love to browse around to find little treasures. We even carry Manner Schnitten.”

Image: Little treats can be purchased at Village Roaster.

 

The store also focuses on sustainability ever since they opened, a concept which becomes more and more important nowadays. Eric mentions:

At Village Roaster, we try to encourage customers to bring back their own cup or containers. We give discounts if customers bring back their cups for their coffee drinks and containers or reusable bags for packaging fresh coffee beans, teas or spices and compost our used coffee grounds.”

Come by Village Roasters – see address below or order your bulk coffee and tea online.

Village Roasters
9255 W Alameda Ave Unit L
Lakewood, CO 80226
Phone: 303-238-8718

Upcoming events at Schweiger Ranch

A very precious spot in Colorado has strong Austrian roots: The Schweiger Ranch, a revived homestead founded by Austrian immigrants back in the 18 hundreds. You can read more about the history on our blog.

 

As we approach the holiday season, you can visit the Schweiger Ranch to attend their signature event:

December 7, 2019 – Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Market | 1:00-5:00 pm

The Schweiger Ranch Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Market celebrates the cultural heritage of the Austrian brothers who homesteaded Schweiger Ranch in 1874. There will be fun for the whole family! Visit Santa Claus and his real reindeer, have your face painted, enjoy story time and crafts making, or take a horse drawn carriage ride. There will be giveaway baskets, wreath making workshops for the adults (for purchase), an Austrian band, Austrian food and a free cup of hot cocoa or cider to keep you cozy. Stop by the Christkindl Market for presents that will add a local handcrafted touch to your gift giving. The event culminates with the awe and wonder of the annual holiday tree lighting.

If you cannot make this event, come by the Ranch for the display of holiday lights, daily from 5:00-8:00 pm from December 7, 2019 – January 26, 2020.

If you are more a history buff, then the self-guided tours of the historic house and buildings might be more up your alley. Offered during the monthly open houses from 1:00-5:00 pm on the 3rd Saturday of the each month from April– December.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, also bake some holiday cookies at home. Get recipes of typical Austrian cookies such as Kokosussserln, Vanillekipferln and Linzeraugen on our blog.

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Where to find Austrian/German Food & Drinks in Colorado

Missing your favorite Austrian or German chocolate? Or even some special tea that is hard to get here in the us (for example “Hagebuttentee”)? Most expats will return from their vacation in their home country with luggage full of chocolate and other goodies. If you don’t want to wait until your next trip, check out our list below with some of the local stores that stock Austrian and German food.

We are striving to update this list on a continuous basis for all the Austrian newcomers who desperately are missing their favorite foot items! So please let us know if you know of some store that should be added!

And while you are looking forward to this shopping trip, don’t forget to check out our blog post about restaurants in Colorado that offer German or Austrian food.

This list was started by brainstorming on the Facebook page Austrians in Denver and Colorado – thank you all for your input!

 

Stores:

Wimberger’s Old World Bakery & Deli

2321 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Part butcher, part bakery – it will make you happy going there (Fleischkäsesemmel anyone?) You find a big assortment of typical German delicatessen and also a variety of German sausages, deli meat, cheese and bread (Laugenstangeln!).

Cost Plus World Market

To find locations or shop online click here.
It is a chain of specialty/import retail stores, selling home furniture, decor, curtains, rugs, gifts, apparel, coffee, wine, craft beer, as well as several international food products. With almost 300 stores across 35 US states, this is a safe bet to get international food items not far from your home. The Austrian assortment includes Darbo Marmelade, Manner Schnitten, but other German favorites like Maggi, Haribo, Leibnitz Kekse, Rittersport Chocolate or Hengstenberg Gherkins will make you happy!

Edwards Meats

12280 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Originally a family-owned butcher shop with hand-cut meat, game & charcuterie it also sells a variety of German food. If you are looking to spice up your sausages with Curry ketchup or German Mustard and Horseradish you came to the right place. You can also find a variety of pudding mixes, soups and more, all imported from Europe.

Rheinländer Bakery

5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80002
Touting itself as “Colorado’s best German bakery” offering an abundance of cakes, tarts and the like. It’s very similar to a typical “Konditorei” and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth for sure.

Andy’s Meat Market

2915 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Family Owned and Operated Since 1952 Meat Market in Colorado Springs, CO. We heard that there is a selection of German imported food, but please let us know what kind to update this listing.

Kneisel & Anderson

511 6th St, Georgetown, CO 80444
It’s the oldest store in Georgetown with roots from Austria and Sweden! You can find specialty and imported Scandinavian, German, English, Swiss, and Swedish foods along with imported cheeses, European chocolates, and Colorado products.

 

Catering options:

Chef Neuhold from Styria Catering

Chef Neuhold is well known in the Denver area and can be found at various Christkindlmarkets or Bierfests. His usual menu includes Wiener Schnitzel and Salmon. Contact him if you want to have him cater a party Austrian-style!

Andy Grogger from Andy’s Kitchen

Andy can be found at Oktoberfests and he is also offering catering. He makes his own Speck, Leberkäse, Grammeln and such.

 

Random finds:

 

We heard about a few spots in Colorado where Austrian goodies can be purchased, but only on a very limited basis.

Total Wine & More

Denver 3905 East Evans Ave. Denver, Colorado, 80210 stocks Manner and Stiegl!

Brewing Market

It’s a local coffee shop with three locations in Boulder and you can get Ritter chocolate and Manner Schnitten!

Peppercorn

1235 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
We found Darbo Elderberry syrup (Holundersaft) and some Darbo Marmelade. Unsure if this was a temporary offering or you can always find it there.

Applejack

3320 Youngfield St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Has a really big selection of Austrian wine’s and liquor!

Online shopping option:

If you are more into online shopping, try this online store: www.austriansupermarket.com

 

As this is an ever-changing and growing list, please leave a comment if you happen to know of any addition to this list!

Restaurants in Colorado offering Austrian/German Food

Updated – May 2021

One of the hardest things of being an expat is that you miss all the good food and drinks you actually grew up with. Some are just incredibly delicious, others are giving you this special “Heimatgefühl” – this special fond memory that you have when you think about where you come from or grew up – expats will know what I’m talking about here!

But, do not despair, there are plenty of ways to get your “fix” here in Colorado.

This list of restaurants that offer Austrian/German type food was compiled by brainstorming on the Facebook page Austrians in  Denver and Colorado – thank you all for your input!

Denver area:

Bohemian Beer Garden

Located on 13th Street in Boulder it’s a rustic, Czech-style place offering a wide beer menu & traditional eats, plus live music & Karaoke. Famous for its variety of German beers like Warsteiner, Paulaner & Koenig Ludwig, Pilsner Urquell. Go there to find your Bavarian Spätzle, Curry-Wurst and Jäger Schnitzel. Oh, and don’t forget the Apple Strudel!

German Eatery

245 S Harlan St, Lakewood, CO 80226
Located on Harlan Street in Lakewood. It’s a small eatery, similar to a German ”Imbisstube” and sits about 20 people. Gaby is a happy-go-to lady with great sense of humor. She offers home-style cooked meals and cakes.

Golden Europe Restaurant

6620 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
Located on Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. It’s a mix of Polish, German & Czech dishes on the menu with typical family recipes with an old-county vibe.

Helga’s German Restaurants/Deli

14197 E Exposition Ave, Aurora, CO 80012
A European vibe mixes with classic German fare & plentiful beer at this longtime restaurant/deli. Helga is serving Rouladen, Sauerbraten and lots more of typical German food.

The Mountains:

Almresi

298 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657
It’s a fairly new place run by a German family offering typical German and Austrian food, such as Schweinshaxe, Kaiserschmarrn, Brotzeitbrett and Käsefondue.

Alpenrose

100 E Meadow Dr STE 25, Vail, CO 81657
This German-Austrian restaurant established in 1974 also serves housemade pastries plus beer & wine. It was taken over by the same German family end of September 2018 that also runs the Almresi!

Pepi’s

231 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO 81657
Pepi’s is the restaurant that is part of the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, established in the 60s by Pepi, a famous Austrian ski racer and his wife. Wiener Schnitzel, Jägerschnitzel, as well as the typical Käsespätzle Allgäuer Art are waiting for you.

Swiss Chalet

20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657
Vail is located inside the Sonnenalp Hotel and offers traditional European Cuisine. According to their website, Authentic regional hearty favorites such as Schnitzel and delicious fondues make the Swiss Chalet a delectable dining experience rich in flavor and aroma.

 

Colorado Springs area:

Uwe’s German Restaurant

5913, 31 Iowa Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
From the typical Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel to Bratwurst ad Frikadelle Uwe’s German Restaurant seems to be an affordable way to get your German food “fix”

Edelweiss Restaurant

34 E Ramona Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
It’s fairly big restaurant serving authentic old world German cuisine. With an impressive selection of Cakes and tartes (Linzer Torte and Sacher Torte included!) and a nice Biergarten it’s a great option to hang out on a Sunday afternoon. But you’ll get German specials including Weinbergschnecken! (Escargots) Flammkuchen and Kartoffel Pfannkuchen.

The Little Imbiss

With owner Patty, hailing from Berlin, you can find a German food you typically find in an Imbiss in Germany or Austria! Döner Kebab, Schnitzel Brötchen and Curry wurst are ready for you together with a Streussel kuchen! – Update May 2021: It looks like the owner is now only operating out of a food truck. 

 

As this is an ever-changing and growing list, please leave a comment if you happen to know of any addition to this list! We would love to know it and update this list.