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Christophe Slagmuylder, the new artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen

Challenging Conservatism

Christophe Slagmuylder, the new artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen,  presents his first program.    In an arts-obsessed city like Vienna, the Wiener Festwochen,  the city’s premier cultural festival, carries  a lot of weight – something that its  new head and artistic director, Christophe  Slagmuylder, is quite aware of. When asked what the Festwochen, which […]
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Say Grace! Casual Fine Dining

The Anglo-Austrian couple of Oliver and Petra Lucas offers seasonal casual fine dining. “When Grace is open, I’m in the house,” said UK-born chef/owner Oliver Lucas one recent Wednesday afternoon in his restaurant. It’s quite refreshing to meet a “chef” with a small “c,” a master behind the stove rather than a brand. “I make […]
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Taubenkobel | Doves & Decoys

The award-winning restaurant Taubenkobel lures you to its Vienna popup – and with good reason Despite its off-the-beaten-track location in SchĂĽtzen am Gebirge, Burgenland, Restaurant Taubenkobel is an icon of Austrian gastronomy: serving Pannonian cuisine firmly rooted in the European culinary tradition, chef Alain Weissgerber and his wife, Barbara Eselböck, have received numerous accolades by […]
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Wine

Austria’s Underappreciated Wines | Which to Taste Now

Lower Austria’s Thermenregion is home to several signature varieties, as remarkable as they are rare. In a wine world dominated by a limited number of superstar grapes like Austria’s GrĂĽner Veltliner, it is illuminating to talk to a vintner who keeps old favorites alive. “Two hundred years ago, Zierfandler and Rotgipfler were among the most […]
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Wrenkh Brothers

Wrenkh | Ready for Prime Time

The brothers Wrenkh build on family and history. Practically growing up in the kitchen of their parents’ pioneering vegetarian restaurant in the 1980s, the siblings Karl (31) and Leo (29) Wrenkh are no strangers to the world of gastronomy. The family ate vegetarian six days a week, and on their day off, like flexitarians avant […]
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wine

Good Grape Hunting | The Search for New Varieties in Klosterneuburg’s Wein...

The Weinbauschule Klosterneuburg continues to innovate new grape varieties. Austrian wine lovers all know Zweigelt, the quintessential Austrian red wine and the foundation grape of the Neusiedlersee DAC. Undemanding, Zweigelt wines can range from young, fruit-rich daily quaffs to complex, barrique-matured regional specialties. The eternal Austria grape…except that Zweigelt didn’t exist before 1922. It’s the […]
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third wave coffee

Vienna’s Third Wave Coffee Shops Make a Splash

Vienna Kaffeehauskultur shifts to third wave coffee shops There is so much more to coffee than just caffeine,” Philip Feyer sighed while we enjoyed a cup at his coffee bar, Jonas Reindl, across f...

Austrian Wines’ Toxic Legacy

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Parémi | Le Nouveau Boulangerie Has Arrived on Bäckerstraße

An Austro-French couple serves viennoiseries to the Viennese. Barely half a year in business, Parémi, the new boulangerie/patisserie by the young Austrian-French coupl...