Deutsche Spargelzeit – German White Asparagus Season: Get the Real Deal in San Francisco!

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White Asparagus

Traditionally, “Spargelzeit”, the white asparagus season, starts in Germany around mid-April and lasts until June 24th. But this year, because of the harsh winter, the harvesting time had been moved out to the end of April. It was just too cold for the asparagus to grow and the only ones available, until recently, arrived from other European countries with warmer climates.

But now it’s finally here! Germany’s Spargel season has officially started and with great anticipation connoisseurs are looking forward to tasting the new season’s  “royal vegetable”.


A Spargel Dinner – the traditional German way in San Francisco

During the season, the vegetable also referred to as “edible ivory” or “white gold”, is prominently featured on menus everywhere in Germany. In order to bring this tradition a little bit closer to everyone in California, the German American Chamber of Commerce will import fresh white asparagus from Germany to San Francisco!

White Asparagus Dinner Banner

100 kg of fresh harvested Spargel will be imported directly from  the “Spargelhof Schulze” in Rheinland -Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) and  go straight to the plates and palates of the German American community in San Francisco.

The second annual White Asparagus Gala Dinner will take place in San Francisco on May 10th, 2013 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Tickets will include a Champagne Reception, 3-course Gala Dinner and beer, wine & soft drinks.

Get ready for an original Spargel Dinner, the traditional German way!  Tickets for the dinner are available on the German Chamber website and cost $135 for members and $165 for non-members.


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