The Food Guy, Steven Keith Eating his way through the state, plate by plate

Friends, Family, Fun … And a Fine Fall Feast!

I’m still in a German food coma following this past weekend’s Blocktoberfest, an annual blowout the wife – she of Austrian heritage – and I host for friends and family this time of year.

Although we scaled back the bash several years ago when kids came along, we’ve been ramping it back up recently by incorporating everyone’s little ones into the festivities.

My Little Lederhosen Boy
Ryan Keith, 5, wears authentic German lederhosen that once belonged to his Austrian-born uncle. Needless to say, he was a hit at the par-tay!

Saturday night’s soiree drew about 80 guests to our house, with adults sampling a dozen different German beers around the firepit, while the kids bobbed for apples, tested their limbo skills and toasted marshmallows for s’mores.

And a bigger crowd means more food, so we biggie-sized the buffet as well.

While I was outside grilling sausages and brats (shipped in from Germany, this year) Amy was inside setting up a table full of her homemade German potato salad, sauerkraut, cooked purple cabbage, sautéed peppers, cucumber salad and apple salad, along with assorted pickles, mustards and jumbo pretzels.

Guests added to the bounty by bringing pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, appetizers and more. From fine friends and family to fantastic food, it was an affair to remember.