This Week in Pop-Ups (with Accents): Local Motion, Riesling at RN74, New Zealand


Schnitzel and potatoes from Little Red Riding Truck. Photo from Facebook.

The Local Motion series continues at the W’s ~TRACE~ on Tuesday August 20th. This time around, they’ll be joined by Little Red Riding Truck, purveyor of German vittles—it certainly is cold enough these days to enjoy a big, hearty, German feast. It all kicks off at 7pm with cocktails and appetizers (currywurst!), and then continues with a family-style meal of dishes including potato pancakes, pork schnitzel, beef short rib sauerbraten, and Black Forest cake for a strong finish. The dinner costs $55 per person (including tax, tip, and service fee), and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $25; tickets here.

For more German delicacies, check out an evening of riesling at ~RN74~ on Thursday August 8th. From 5:30pm-9:30pm, bottles of riesling will be flowing and flipping on the market board (including a 42-year-old one) alongside dishes from chef Adam Sobel like mini pork schnitzels with glazed peach and toasted almonds, or warm pretzels with riesling fondue. Glass prices will range from $8-$40.

And this is not German, but how about a pop-up dish for you? On Tuesday August 6th (that’s today!), ~BLUESTEM BRASSERIE~ is hosting New Zealand chef Al Brown (and New Zealand wine expert David Strada) from 6:30pm-7:30pm for a guest appearance. Starting tonight, you can try chef Francis Hogan’s dish inspired by classic steak frites but using New Zealand ingredients: pan-seared Cervena venison loin (you have never tasted venison like this) with taro frites, a pinot noir gastrique, and peach and blue cheese salad, plus kiwi-pluot pavlova for dessert, all for $35. (It will be on the menu for a week.)