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A TASTE OF STATESIDE HOSPITALITY — THANKSGIVING DINNER DELIVERED FROM FORTUNA’S TABLE

A TASTE OF STATESIDE HOSPITALITY — THANKSGIVING DINNER DELIVERED FROM FORTUNA’S TABLE

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a special holiday celebrated by sharing classic heartwarming meals with your near and dear ones. The celebration – this year on 26.11.2020 – offers time to reflect and give thanks, letting US expats return to their roots. Suzy Fracassa, chef and founder of Fortuna’s Table Catering and Stella, profoundly understands this tradition. Originally from Detroit, Suzy has been delivering authentic American comfort food to Berlin’s expats and locals for over 20 years. Her nostalgic Thanksgiving feast is hard to beat: Butternut squash sage soup, extra-creamy mashed potatoes, and gravy, stuffing with apples and rosemary, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. As for the turkey, it comes pre-sliced – ideal for Corona-safe gatherings that don’t warrant a whole bird (don’t worry: there are vegetarian options too). “The ritual of sharing a Thanksgiving meal fortifies body and soul. I truly believe we all need that right now, more than ever,” says Suzy. I couldn’t agree more. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Kevin Mccutcheon, Gaelle Marcel & Fortuna’s Table)

Fortuna’s Table Thanksgiving; deliveries available 19–29.11.2020. You can book a delivery online (a minimum of two people).

@fortunastableandco

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ORGANIC BAVARIAN SAUSAGE DELIVERY SERVICE FOR A SOUTH-GERMAN FEAST — WEISSWURSTKISTE

ORGANIC BAVARIAN SAUSAGE DELIVERY SERVICE FOR A SOUTH-GERMAN FEAST — WEISSWURSTKISTE

Beer and sausage – two crucial elements for a Bavarian feast. Now you can get this classic combo delivered to your door with the Weißwurstkiste. Available in several Berlin districts, these tasty packages come with five traditional, ready-to-eat south-German Weißwurst (veal sausages) complete with all the trimmings: perfectly-baked pretzels, sweet mustard, butter, radishes, spicy Obazda cheese and – of course – Weißbier. The pretzels – “Brezn” in Bavarian – are a real highlight, with a doughy center and crunchy shells. Ideal for a radical breakfast, this treat couldn’t be further from your standard avo toast and, best of all, the food comes in totally reusable packaging with glass jars, cutlery, and cloth napkins which get collected afterwards. Behind these wooden boxes are Bavarian Peter Foyse and Katharina Küpper from Hesse, so you know you are getting a genuine, hearty German meal. And, this being Berlin, there is of course a vegan alternative available, and you can also swap the beer for sparkling wine. To complete the experience, the man delivering your meaty box will come wearing lederhosen. What’s not to love? (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Peter Foyse & Weisswurstkiste)

Starting 29.11.2020 you can complete your order with a festive wreath from Garage Des Fleurs.

Weißwurstkiste ready-to-eat boxes are available for delivery on Sundays. The “Weißwurstpfandkasten” variant that you cook yourself is available on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit the website for delivery areas and to order.

@weisswurstkiste

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KOLYMA2: FAIR FOOD DELIVERY FOR LUNCHES AND DINNERS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

KOLYMA2: FAIR FOOD DELIVERY FOR LUNCHES AND DINNERS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

We are big fans of #supportyourlocal, but what about the riders and drivers who bring that tasty dinner to your door? Kolyma2 is a food delivery service that puts the rights of these committed couriers front and center, offering a truly local and social alternative to multinational takeaway startups. Named after a character in the film Burn After Reading, the rider-owned delivery collective was launched in August 2019 by former Deliveroo couriers Stefano Lombardo and Christopher Mäuer. Kolyma2’s platform is modest, prioritizing personal and sustainable service over fancy apps and free all-hours delivery. Their 40 restaurant partners are mainly in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Neukölln, with Cee Cee picks such as GoldiesHoly Flat and Chez Dang all on board – check out the delightfully lo-fi website or app to see your local options. Our tasty lunch from the Friedrichshain branch of Mercosy came courtesy of rider Max, who delivered homemade Korean favorites including salmon sashimi and a bibimbap with sea asparagus and tofu. What made it all the more tasty: knowing that our rider was as well cared for as the food itself. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Michael O’ Ryan)

Kolyma2 delivers for lunch and dinner, daily 12–22h. The selection varies by location and time – check the website for delivery options and prices.

@kolyma2u 

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RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

While this gem of an italian restaurant opened in 2019, for us Re Cucina was a summer 2020 discovery. We spent warm evenings sat on the simple curbside benches, but things are pleasant inside too, with just five tables for a casual, family atmosphere. Founders Allegra and Giuseppe from northern Italy are as warm, charming and casual as the cuisine itself. The small menu is vegetarian-friendly and highly seasonal: the handmade burrata with peach and hazelnut and the autumnal pumpkin casarecce now give way to a wintery wild boar lasagne. As for the ingredients themselves, the organic produce is sourced from both Brandenburg pastures and Italian suppliers. Re Cucina fits every function, whether an intimate dinner for two or a group feast where you share the whole menu with a bottle of wine. And while this compact restaurant has had to close its doors to diners during the lockdown, you can still get the dishes to go – just the thing to bring the summer back into a winter-tinged living room. (Text & Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Note: the photos above are for illustration purposes only and were taken before the lockdown. The Cee Cee team are observing all current Covid–19 rules. This feature is intended to support restaurateurs throughout the current period and beyond.

Re Cucina, Graefestr.78, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 12h30–21h
See here for details of how to order takeaway. 

@recucinabar

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FISH AND SEAFOOD ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER: PERUVIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AT RESTAURANT LILA

FISH AND SEAFOOD ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER: PERUVIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AT RESTAURANT LILA

It’s well-known that Peruvian cuisine borrows some of its flavors from Japan. But spaghetti with truffle and caviar? “I cook what I like,” explains Lila’s Omar Ben-Hammou with a smile. And it works! After stints at New York’s Le Bernardin and Melbourne’s Attica, the half-Peruvian chef has now settled on the Paul-Lincke-Ufer. In a Hinterhof behind Zola, Omar has opened an eclectic dining room, with oversized dreamcatchers and a sea-blue tiled open kitchen. Everything on the menu gives us deep wanderlust: a tuna tartare Nikkei style with wasabi roe and sushi rice crackers; barbecued razor clams; crescent-shaped octopus with hummus and a rich chorizo emulsion; and salmon in a dashi broth – it’s enough to make you forget you’re not by the sea. The desserts are anything but ordinary: a panna cotta with white chocolate and crumble, and an unbelievable caramel flan served with a dollop of cream. For liquid accompaniment, pisco is the way to go. Lila is the perfect place to get a taste of Peruvian cuisine – not to mention the excellent truffle pasta. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Lila, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tues–Sun 18h30–23h
@lila.restaurant

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