Friday, December 17, 2010

German Food Meets Durham Art

Guglhupf’s German Holiday Market was another in a recent string of combination art-food-music events that display Durham’s unique personality and boost holiday spirits. The restaurant’s unique outdoor patio played host to this seasonal event complete with local artists, live Christmas music, authentic German snacks, and a bonfire to keep things toasty.
Artists squeezed into the cozy space to showcase their goods to holiday shoppers, while a line of people waited to order authentic pastries, bratwursts, and winter drinks. Our favorite art pieces included a cute kitchen chalkboard and 2D figurines made from roofing paper. We also browsed displays of colorful paintings, jewelry and sculptures, but saved our money for the food and drink table.
To fight off the especially cold weather, the drink menu offered warm cider (with and without rum), hot toddies, and mulled wine. We each opted for cider with rum and were comforted by the sweet and toasty beverage—a nice compliment to the fresh doughnuts filled with berry jelly. The smoky smell of bratwursts on the grill floated through the air, tempting one of us to give it a try. Served to order on a signature pretzel roll, the bratwurst was topped with signature sauerkraut and mustard making for a perfect lunch.

If you’ve not been to Guglhupf, you should know it is special for many reasons. It has a fabulous restaurant perfect for a causal brunch/lunch/dinner with a friend or as a quiet study place. It has a bakery full of fresh breads, savory snacks, and decadent desserts. It is housed in a unique building full of charm and individuality. It also knows how to host a great event complete with local artists, good foods, and stellar winter drinks.