Ditmar Perner, a manager at Biergarten Boca Raton, has been champing at the bit to host an authentic German brunch -- or Frühschoppen -- for nearly three months. Sunday, April 1, will mark the inaugural run, he said: "No joke."
The brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Perner said it will be something of a mini-Oktoberfest (perhaps making it the ideal brunch destination for post-New Times Beerfest revelers who want to keep riding that beer wave).
In addition to offering regular menu items, Biergarten will have a few brunch specials available, including a German pancake (Perner refers to it as the German equivalent of French toast), eggs Benedict with veal sauce, and a take on a farmer's special with a cold-cut board, sausages, pickles, and horseradish.
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For entertainment, Biergarten will host Orlando-based German oom-pah band Alpine Express. Perner also will lead a few traditional alcohol-related games, like selecting members of the audience to hold a liter of beer at arm's length for as long as possible. This harder-than-it-sounds challenge often nets amusing results, Perner said, adding that winners will get a $50 gift certificate to Biergarten.
Based on initial feedback, Perner expects Sunday's brunch to be well attended, and if it's a success, he'd like to make it a regular activity, held the first Sunday of every month.