Josef Hoffmann at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art presents Josef Hoffmann’s Vienna Jan. 21 through April 3, 2022, offering visitors the chance to travel to early 1900s Austria to revel in the influence of Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) in the Vienna Secessionist movement and subsequent Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops).

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Tues–Sat: 11am to 5pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm
Closed Mondays

Free admission for Kirkland Museum members
$10 General admission (ages 13+ only)
$8 Seniors (age 65+), Teachers, Students (ages 13+) and active duty military personnel with ID

1201 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204

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!

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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.