It’s that time again. Time to make reservations and make them fast.

John Shields and his Gertrude’s Kraut Krafters are gearing up for their Seventh Annual Krautfest, always a night to remember. Fact is, Krautfest is so popular that this year it’s going to be two nights to remember.

Here are some of the buffet highlights:

  • Roasted Beet Borscht with Kraut
  • Charcuterie Platter – Binkert’s Bavarian Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Weisswuurst and Ostrowski’s Kielbasa
  • Veggie Wurst Platter
  • Sour Beef with buttered noodles
  • Pork Meat Balls and kraut
  • Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Meat and Veggie
  • Sausage & Kraut Corn Dogs
  • Kraut Seitan with garlic spinach and farfel
  • Kraut Braised Red Potatoes and Carrots

Desserts will include:

  • Double Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake
  • Krauty Berger Cookie Cheesecake
  • German Chocolate Ice Cream (no kraut)

And the Cash Bar! Offering “Krautinis” and seasonal beers! (I have it on good authority that Krautinis are an excellent remedy for hangovers. Really good authority.)

There will be dancing, also. If piles and piles of kraut dishes aren’t enough to keep your toes tapping, theJoy of Maryland will be playing big band polka music both evenings. Word has it that Joy of Maryland is one of the most celebrated bands on the East Coast.

If you’re not a Baltimore regular or have been under a rock for years and years, Gertrude’s is the sophisticated, highly-acclaimed restaurant in the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Gertrude’s chef, John Shields, also cooks the best single fry oysters on the planet. I’m just saying…

Krautfest. January 8th and 9th. 6 – 9PM. 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218 Reservations 410.889.3399 or online.