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BERLIN FOOD WEEK — FESTIVAL OF CUISINE RETURNS WITH SUSTAINABLE FINE DINING EVENTS AND A HAMBURG CHEF IN BERLIN

BERLIN FOOD WEEK — FESTIVAL OF CUISINE RETURNS WITH SUSTAINABLE FINE DINING EVENTS AND A HAMBURG CHEF IN BERLIN

Open lasagne topped with smoked paprika foam, Brandenburg-inspired pepper and kohlrabi risotto, and Oberhavel peaches served with honey ice cream and plum jelly. If dishes like these get your palate stimulated and your stomach rumbling, this year’s Berlin Food Week (20–26.09.2021) is not to be missed. After a Covid-enforced break last year, the food festival is back with a program of dining, events and markets that focus on the most pressing of topics: sustainability and regionality. A highlight is bound to be the Küchentausch series, where prominent chefs swap their kitchens for the day. On 21.09 Sebastian Junge – from Hamburg’s Wolfs Junge – will be heading to Kreuzberg to take over Lode & Stijn for five courses of experimental cuisine. The same night, Lode van Zuylen and Remi Stijn will be serving up their modern seasonal dishes at Wolfs Junge. If you want to follow the Berlin pair to the Hansestadt, you might also want to make a few other reservations: Hamburg has long been a favorite among gastro connoisseurs with its honest Nordic-inspired cuisine. In fact, the city’s restaurants have been awarded seven Green Stars in the Michelin Guide – a record in Germany for sustainable fine dining.

There is plenty to enjoy back in Berlin, not least the Stadtmenü which will see 50 of the city’s restaurants serving special climate-friendly menus. Among them is the locally-sourced brunch from Frühstück 3000 and a hearty vegetarian three-course meal at the revived Clärchens Ballhaus. Don’t miss the House of Food at Bikini Berlin where you can sample the likes of Nordic Oceanfruit’s seaweed-based treats. Much like the rest of the program, they’re sustainable, experimental – and tasty.       

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Thilo Bendig Beck & Bonvivant / Visual: Sarah Illenberger

Berlin Food Week (20–26.09.2021)

Links to table reservations can be found on the individual event pages. To help you plan your Hamburg visit, check out the city’s tourism portal.

@berlinfoodweek

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BONVIVANT GOES LOCAL — CUISINE FROM FORAGED INGREDIENTS AND INNOVATIVE COCKTAILS

BONVIVANT GOES LOCAL — CUISINE FROM FORAGED INGREDIENTS AND INNOVATIVE COCKTAILS

As a gastronomer, how can you make sure you get the best ingredients? One way is to just gather them yourself – and that’s precisely what Bonvivant’s chef Nikodemus Berger does. He looks after the cuisine at the Schöneberg cocktail bar and bistro and has been rolling up his sleeves to collect some very special supplies for next week’s Berlin Food Week (20-26.09.2021). Berger and the kitchen team have been on foraging trails around Berlin to source the yarrow, cornelian cherries, redcurrants and wild apple that feature in a three-course vegetarian menu they will serve all next week as part of the festival’s Stadtmenü program. The focus: sustainable, seasonal organic ingredients served in a relaxed way (“Eat-Easy Cuisine”, as it’s called here). The venue for the feast is the vibrant copper and velvet interior that has been catching our eye since we encountered Bonvivant in 2019. As for the dishes, you’ll just have to try them yourself, but expect the likes of parsnips served with smoked yeast, quince, chervil, sunflower seeds and cornel cherries. To accompany are three cocktails which take bold and beautiful blending to the next level (apple cider vinegar, carrot, ginger and chilli, anyone?) If you want to enjoy these innovative flavors outside Berlin Food Week, you can book a table at Bonvivant any time and sample the latest treats gathered by the kitchen team. Like we said: tasting is believing…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bonvivant & Johanna Rademacher-Flesland

We are giving our readers the chance to sample the Bonvivant menu free of charge. For the chance to win a dinner for two, send us an email with your name, telephone number and Instagram account if you have one. Deadline for entries is 19.09.

Bonvivant, Goltzstr.32, 10781 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Dinner: Wed–Sat from 18h
Brunch: Sat & Sun 10–15h

You can make a reservation online or by telephone on 0176 6172 2602.

@bonvivantberlin

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THE COLOR OF SILENCE: NOTHINGTOSEENESS AT THE AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE

THE COLOR OF SILENCE: NOTHINGTOSEENESS AT THE AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE

If you wanted to depict silence, what would it look like? The late composer and artist John Cage dealt with this very question with his concept of Nothingtoseeness. Fast-forward to now and the Akademie der Künste is making the term that Cage coined the starting point for its latest exhibition. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations, more than 50 artists trace the path from fullness to emptiness. The show covers the concept’s whole development, from the color field paintings of the 1950s to newly-created works. Raimund Girke demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the “non-color” white in his paintings, a theme which Isaac Julien’s film “True North” – shot in the Arctic – also touches. Silence itself can also be experienced with Pierre Huyghe’s score “Silence”, which revisits Cage’s legendary musical work 4’33” in which not a single note is played. With this show the Akademie der Künste invites you to meditate on the idea of seeing itself, showing how nothingness can be many-sided if only you look a bit closer.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: AdK; Stephan Huber; Thomas Rentmeister; Rutherford Chang

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
Nothingtoseeness – Void/White/Silence, until 12.12.2021, Tue–Sun 11–19h

Tickets cost €9/6. Free entry for under 18s and for all on Tuesday from 15h and the first Sunday of the month.  Tours: Thur 17h & Sun 12h, €3 in addition to the ticket price.

@akademiederkuenste

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AFTER WORK MUSIC SESSIONS WITH A FUTURISTIC AGENDA — DRIVE LIVE NETWORKING LOUNGE

AFTER WORK MUSIC SESSIONS WITH A FUTURISTIC AGENDA — DRIVE LIVE NETWORKING LOUNGE

Music and movement go together in endless different ways, but if you want to experience just a few of them, Drive Live might be the event for you. This series of networking get-togethers unites musicians and DJs with the latest mobility tech in a lounge-like environment. The venue for these after-work sessions is the Drive venue in Mitte, which from 16.09.2021 will be the home to an interactive show from Audi that offers a sneak peak at the future of motoring. While the musicians take care of the soundtrack, you are invited to explore the techy exhibits and share your thoughts with your fellow forward-thinking guests. The kick off on 16.09. features beats from DJ Anja Schneider before tech-house producer Sascha Braemer takes over the decks for the second event on 28.10. If the networking part of the series sounds like thirsty work, make sure you pick up your complimentary welcome beverage. With your batteries charged, it’s off to meet a conversation partner so you can start creating your vision for all things future mobility…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Jacqueline Wiesner Volkswagen AG

Drive Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84, Berlin–Mitte; map
The latest program (some events TBA) can be viewed online.
Tickets are available on the website.

@drive.berlin

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DISCOVER THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY OVER DRINKS AND BEATS — DRIVE LIVE NETWORKING LAUNCH

DISCOVER THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY OVER DRINKS AND BEATS — DRIVE LIVE NETWORKING LAUNCH

Looking for an after-work hangout with a bit more oomph? For a serving of drinks, music and a vision of the cars of the future, the Drive Live event on 16.09.21 might just be the evening you’re after. Celebrating the launch of a new mobility exhibition, DJ icon Anja Schneider will be filling the Drive space with beats while you take a tour of the newest automotive tech. The event is the first of a four-part series of networking parties to be held at Volkswagen’s Mitte exhibition and event space, which has been showing off whizzy wheels and modern mobility concepts since 2017. For this latest round, car brand Audi has taken over the reins for the worldwide premiere of their latest (top-secret) model alongside interactive exhibits which let you get hands on with cutting-edge motoring technologies. It’s not just about discovery though: being a networking event, you will have the opportunity to engage with fellow guests on everything from sustainable transport and environmental protection to dreams and fears about the digital future. To get the conversation flowing, you will be served a complimentary welcome drink upon arrival with further drinks and snacks available for purchase at the bar. If you want to participate in this special evening, you can register for a ticket online.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Jacqueline Wiesner Volkswagen AG

Drive Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84, Berlin–Mitte; map
Drive Live launch with Anja Schneider – 16.09.21, doors at 18h30.
Register for the event here.

@drive.berlin

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