Local chefs fired up about this German-style technique that uses a swinging grill, set dates for schwenking dinners.
Portland, Ore. – Forget the old gas-grill. The schwenker is what’s hot this summer. The schwenker (or schwenk for short) is a swinging grill that cooks meat over an open flame, supervised by a schwenk meister.
This contraption, which uses a pulley system giving the schwenk meister better control over the cooking process, originated in the Mosel Valley and Saarland region in Germany. It’s easy to use and portable, and people love to stand around the schwenker and watch the meat (or other food items) swing, swivel and circle around, cooking the meat slowly to perfection. A three-day marinade is the secret to tenderizing the meat. While traditional recipes for marinades vary, all include a lot of onions.
Barnaby and Olga Tuttle, proprietors of Teutonic Wine Company, encountered the schwenker grill during a wine buying trip to the Mosel Valley. Most wineries they visited cooked traditional schwenkbraten (a cut of marinated pork) using schwenkers. Soon, the Tuttles were hooked and wanted to bring this tradition home.
Barnaby constructed three schwenker grills which the Tuttles will take “on tour” this summer to 12 Portland restaurants. Chefs at each restaurant will create their own schwenk dish based on a basic formula; a cut of marinated meat cooked on the schwenker, side dish, paired with a glass of Mosel Riesling imported by Teutonic Wine Company. The Tuttles will attend each dinner event, serving as co-hosts to explain the schwnenker tradition. The variety of schwenk dishes will give customers a reason to attend more than one schwenk dinner.
“I thought I had cooked on every conceivable wood fired contraption known to humanity until I was introduced to the Schwenker!” expressed Jason French, Executive Chef, Ned Ludd who is part of this year’s Schwenk Portland tour. “There is a simplicity and honesty to its design and I am stoked to join the growing tribe of global schwenker enthusiasts!”
Schwenk dinner locations and dates:
o SE Wine Collective – June 2
o Foster & Dobbs – June 8
o Lucky Strike – June 15
o The Hop & Vine – June 29
o Raven & Rose – July 13
o Accanto – July 14
o Ned Ludd – July 21
o Olympic Provisions NW – 7/28
o Wildwood – August 1
o Old Salt Marketplace – August 10
o Sauvage – August 11
o Grüner – August 17
o Cheese Bar – August 18
For more information, contact Olga Tuttle at 503.705.6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Teutonic Wine Company
Teutonic Wine Company was established in 2009 by Barnaby and Olga Tuttle who produce a little less than 2000 cases of wine per year. They strive to produce the style of wines that are typical to the Mosel region in Germany and Alsace France. They also import wines from small family estates in the Mosel and Saar regions. Their wines are sold and distributed in various states in the US including Oregon, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts and New York. Website: www.teutonicwines.com
About Mosel Riesling
The Mosel Valley produces some of the world’s greatest Riesling wines. Steep slopes of slate and gravel combined with old vines with deep roots are what make Mosel Rieslings so unique. They are terrior focused, mineralic and pair beautifully with fatty and salty foods.