Restaurant Scene: Fall festivals, events feature classic cuisine

2013-09-13T00:00:00Z Restaurant Scene: Fall festivals, events feature classic cuisineEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Carlyn Berghoff, owner of The Berghoff restaurant, kicked off the legendary Chicago eatery's 28th annual  Oktoberfest celebration Wednesday at John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza in Chicago.

The outdoor celebration continues through today with authentic German food offerings, beer, and live entertainment. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oktoberfest specials and other in-restaurant celebrations continue through Oct. 26 at The Berghoff.

Beer tastings will also be held during the celebration from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in the VIP tent. Tastings are $15 per person. An Oktoberfest charity raffle continues through today for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50. Grand prize features a trip for two anywhere in the continental United States on American Airlines. For more information about upcoming Oktoberfest activities, visit the

Ethnic Buffets

During The Center for Visual and Performing Arts's Comedy Night at the CVPA series, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase  dinner/show packages on Sept. 27 and Oct. 18. The center is located at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. On Sept. 27, comic Jeff Jena will perform and the buffet offering that night will be Mediterranean-themed. Among offerings will be Greek chicken, cod fish with fresh herbs, roast pork with stuffing, pepper steak with rice and more.

On Oct. 18, comedian Larry Reeb will perform and the menu offering will be an Oktoberfest buffet featuring veal cutlet, roast pork with sauerkraut, apples and bacon, bratwurst, hot German potato salad and more. Comedy shows begin at 8:15 p.m. with buffet from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost for dinner and show is $35. A cash bar is available. FYI: (219) 836-1930

Polish Heritage Festival

Culinary specialties and various entertainment will be part of the Polish Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at International Friendship Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. Highway 12 in Michigan City. In addition to a variety of Polish recipes, among activities featured will be a Polish/English mass at 11 a.m. and musical entertainment. Paulina Kapuscinska, the consulate-general of the Republic of Poland (Chicago) will be in attendance. Admission is $5 per person; free for children 12 and younger.

Serbian Cuisine Highlighted

Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church, 4021 Elm St., East Chicago, will have its annual Fall Festival today and Saturday. Serbian cuisine and live entertainment will be featured. Among food on the menu will be BBQ lamb, pork, cevapcici (Serbian sausage) roast chicken and muchkalica (Stir Fry). Traditional Serbian pastries will also be featured. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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