My good friend Erwin Schröttner is a co-owner of Cafe Katja (along with my good friend Andrew Chase) and no mean master of Central European culinary arts himself. Soon (and watch this space for more details), you’ll be able to pick up his secrets on the television series Erwin Cooks. As the web site for the show tells you:
Erwin Cooks is a journey through the cuisine of the Alps and Middle Europe. Currently there is no cooking show that represents the diversity of this region and enjoyment of its cuisine. …
Let us take a look at Austria, where you will find different specialties in each of its nine provinces. If you live in the southern, alpine part that borders northern Italy and Switzerland you will find down-to-earth, simple dishes like “Gröstl” or “Tiroler Leber mit Polenta” on the menu. Further east, next to Hungary, the soil is more fertile and the topography flat; an ideal climate for free roaming chicken and geese, and of course great wines! In contrast the cosmopolitan grandeur of cities like Vienna and Salzburg will give Erwin a chance to introduce the latest innovative cuisines of some of the top chefs working in Europe today.
Below, Herr Schröttner unleashes a fine beef goulash on you, and recommends some appropriate beers to boot. Prost! And I’ll see you at Katja — an oasis of genuine Austrian gemütlichkeit in a city that sorely needs it — for a glass or three of grūner this afternoon.