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Schnitzel trumps steak at weekend festival

Date Posted: 2010-10-21

Normally a premier steakhouse, the Seamen’s Club at Naha Military Port is heading a totally different direction this weekend as it hosts its first ever Schnitzel Festival, fresh tastes of German cuisine.

The Schnitzel Festival Saturday and Sunday presents a half-dozen different German schnitzels to the local community, along with traditional German lentil soup, several different types of potatoes, red cabbage and vegetables, and the show-stopper, three different German cakes. “Totally authentic,” says United Seamen’s Service director Walt Christiansen, who runs the non-profit Seamen’s Club. “Everything on the plates and platters this weekend is exactly as you’d get in any German gasthaus or restaurant.”

Schnitzels are, in this festival’s case, hefty slices of pork carefully prepared for maximum tenderness, breaded, and cooked in a half-dozen different ways. The Wiener Schnitzel is best known around the world for its simplicity, while Jaeger Schnitzel—which translates to a hunter’s schnitzel—features a rich sauce filled with mushrooms. Other schnitzels on the menu this weekend are Schnitzel a la Holstein, Paprika Schnitzel, Kaese Schnitzel and Zigeuner Schnitzel.

The Schnitzel Festival runs 11 a.m. ~ 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with complete dinners ranging from $14.95 ~ $17.95. “It’s a tremendous meal,” says Christiansen, who explains the desserts are just as special as the rest of the schnitzel dinner. “There are three popular German cakes: the Schwarzwaelder Kirsch Torte or Black Forest Cake, a German Cheesecake, and Jaegermeisterkuchen, a cake made with Jaegermeister Schnaps.” He guarantees the authenticity of the German foods, as his wife’s a native German from Berlin.

Aside from the Schnitzel dinners, the Seamen’s Club will be offering a variety of German beers from different areas of the country, German white wines and European red wines, plus chilled Jaegermeister liqueur.

The Seamen’s Club, which usually operates with its “Steaks are Totally Us” theme with daily steak specials, is located between Naha Military Port and the Okinawa Free Trade Zone in Naha City, on the road to the airport. The Seamen’s Club is open to all U.S. military and civilian personnel and dependents, Japan Self Defense Forces, and all local national employees of the U.S. Forces and their guests. Reservations are available at (098) 857-1753 or DSN 648-7493.

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