At Gaumenkitzel almost everything is made in-house, from milling the wheat berries for their whole wheat bread, to making yogurt and jam, to slow braising red cabbage. They choose ingredients and suppliers that respect their farmers, workers, animals, and the environment. Their “zero-waste kitchen” pledge allows them to bring more vintage dishes back to the table, without their unsustainable practices.
Gaumenkitzel has received the highest and most prestigious Acterra Award for Sustainability in 2018. Aside from making environmentally friendly contributions to the Berkeley area, they also frequently contribute to their community. Gaumenkitzel supports their local community by donating/partnering to education, arts, social justice, and environmental protection. They are also a partner with Sprouts Cooking Club where they host cooking classes for kids. Slow Food is the opposite of Fast Food, so the microwave and deep-fryer get the boot. The key to serving top quality wholesome dishes is to use traditional cooking methods, fresh organic and sustainable ingredients, and cruelty-free animal products.
Above all, hospitality is the most important in German culture, and there is even a saying: “Fünf sind geladen, zehn sind gekommen; gieß Wasser zur Suppe, heiß alle willkommen!“ Which translates to: "5 are invited, 10 came, don’t worry, add water to the soup and welcome them all!" Sharing is the name of the game at Gaumenkitzel, so bring your friends, bring your family, bring everyone!
Don’t miss their Oktoberfest 2019, starting September 21st! They'll be featuring special seasonal beer imports from Germany and delicious specials for four weeks, and then in November they start baking Stollen!
Oh and definitely splurge for the homemade bread, it's gaumenkitzel! Don't believe us? Watch
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