Schoene Heimat - a Culinary Exploration of Berlin & Beyond, Berlin

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Explore Germany’s rich culinary heritage of seasonal and regional vegetable, fish and meat dishes, fruit desserts, while learning about herbs, their healing powers, and the century-old tradition of organic gardening.

Join native German cook Kit Schulte on a culinary journey! Beginning in the morning, we’ll shop in one of the most famous farmers markets in Berlin, the Winterfeldtmarket. You will enjoy delicious samples of Berlin’s local produce, shop farmers’ stalls for fresh organic greens, local fish and meats. Then just steps from the market you will arrive in Kit’s home kitchen to prepare and enjoy a typical German lunch dish, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Exploring regional nuances, as well as the influence of neighboring European cuisines, Kit will share her healthy take on traditional German cooking, including freshly prepared Bratwurst, Currywurst, knuckle of pork, meats with cabbage and potatoes.

If you love food and cooking and are tired of impersonal tours and tourist attractions, then this unique experience offers an authentic and private look into Berlin culinary lifestyle.

Why Schöne Heimat ? There is no exact English translation. Literally, it means “beauty of home,” but the deeper resonance is 'home where your heart is'.

MARKET TOURS + COOKING CLASS

DISCOVER SCHÖNEBERG

Schöneberg, centrally located in former West, is Berlin’s most colorful and multicultural district. Many film stars, authors, poets, and scientists have felt at home here – David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Albert Einstein, Hans Fallada, Klaus Kinski, Hildegard Knef, Else Lasker-Schüler, Rudolf Steiner, and Billy Wilder– to name a few. When John F. Kennedy visited Berlin in 1961, he made his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech at the Schöneberg Town Hall. Since the 1920s, Berliners have come to Schöneberg to dance and party, especially with Berlin’s gay and lesbian district located around Nollendorfplatz.To this day, innumerable restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs keep this tradition alive.

THE WINTERFELDTMARKET

The Winterfeldtmarket in Schöneberg, located at the Winterfeldtplaza next to the St. Matthias Church is one of the best farmer's markets you can find in Berlin. One can find produce of fresh, local organic and/or regional vegetables, fruits, fish and meats. On Saturdays with around 200 stalls present, you may discover rare ingredients like wild herbs, edible flowers, foraged mushrooms, wild game, as well as handcrafted condiments, household goods and wonderful freshly-made Turkish delicacies.

MARKET TOURS, COOKING CLASS

AND LUNCH

In a small group, you will meet in the morning (9:30 Wednesdays, 8:30 Saturdays) in front of the main entrance of the St. Matthias church. While shopping together for ingredients for a seasonal German dish, Kit will guide you through aspects of German food culture, seasonal customs, and its history of organic farming. On the way to Kit's home, we will stop at wonderful specialty shops, including chocolate and wine!

In Kit’s home kitchen, we will cook a typical seasonal three-course menu and discover a healthy and delicious take on German cuisine, with particular emphasis on regional nuances, the culinary influences from Italy and France, and Germany’s very special cultivation of herbs and their healing powers. The afternoon culminates as we enjoy our home-cooked meal, served with beer and wine available.

Tours end around 2 pm, giving you plenty of time to explore the market independently or to shop at the beautiful specialty food and designer clothing stores, wine shops, antique stores and cafés along Goltz Street and Akazien Street.
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  • Wonderful private class for me and my wife. Takes you through the purchase of meat and produce at the market to cooking and eating the final product. Kit does a good job of understanding what your.....  more »
  • While planning to attend a one-day business meeting in Hannover in February, a colleague and I decided to include Berlin in our plans before heading home. Found Schoene Heimat online and was...  more »

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