Definitive proof just dropped showing the local craze for German food and biergartens is still in full effect: Even Suzanne Goin's Lucques is holding an Oktoberfest celebration this year! Held at the restaurant on October 9th, this will fortunately be more like the market-lead Oktoberfest of locavore dreams, as it is less about drinking beer and doing funny dances than it is about the fall harvest.
Goin and company are introducing a menu plump with winter squash, figs, apples, pears, and wild mushrooms. Which doesn't mean there won't be sausages (house-made, of course), ham-hocks (smoked and braised in beer), spaetzle (herbed and served with wild mushrooms), pretzels, and sauerkraut. Even sommelier Caroline "Steins by" Styne is lending a hand on beer duty. See Lucques' full $55 Oktoberfest menu below.
Oktoberfest at Lucques
$55 for pre-fixe menu, with additional pricing for libations
-arugula and pear salad with dandelion, figs and walnuts
-warm potato salad with whole grain mustard, cornichons and caraway
-grilled and pan-roasted house-made sausages with roasted apples and sauerkraut
-smoked ham hocks braised in beer and slathered in onions
-herbed spaetzle with wild mushrooms, winter squash, bavarian cheese and chestnuts
-horseradish and mustard, dark rye bread and pretzels