“What’s Cooking in the Desert” presents traditional Austrian Christmas Dinners in Joshua Tree, California!What do Schinken, Nudelsuppe, Schnitzel, and Stollen have in common? Two traditional Austrian Christmas dinner events in the desert on December 11 and December 16, with Austrian Personal Chef Karin Winkler, in cooperation with the “Rosebud Ruby Star Bed & Breakfast” . Austrian Cuisine, a bit of old world tradition, in Joshua Tree, California. For those in search of their own special Christmas memories this holiday season, there is no need to fly all the way to Vienna, a short trip to the desert does the trick.

On December 11th and December 16th, Sandy Rosen, artist and owner of the “Rosebud Ruby Star Ranch” will provide overnight accommodations for a very special and unique dining experience with Karin Winkler, a Personal Chef specializing in Austrian cuisine. “Whats Cooking in the Desert” presents two traditional Austrian Christmas dinners in the desert wonderland of Joshua Tree, California.
Take a break from the city with it’s frantic Christmas shoppers and treat yourself to this fine dining adventure that is offered with the option of over night stays in artist-embellished guest rooms in a gorgeous desert surrounding which will intrigue your curiosity. Personal Chef Karin – a native from Austria – will cook an elaborate authentic Austrian Christmas meal for guests to enjoy. Think of these special dinner events as a wonderful vacation for guests who want to taste homemade authentic meals with history and experience the countryside as a refuge for quiet traditions.Cost for dinner only participant is $75 per person, for dinner participants including room accommodations and breakfast is $245 to $345 per person; cost for companion sharing a room is $89.

Traditionally in Austria, after Christmas Eve dinner is served, the ringing of a bell signals the opening of a door that was long locked for the children. For the first time they are permitted to look at the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, who’s candles have been mysteriously lit by the Christkindl (Christ child), that came through the open window and brought all the presents that surround the bottom of the Christmas tree. Our dinner participants will be treated to a similar event with a traditionally decorated dining room and a lovely gift to be opened after dinner.

Dinners will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons. Please make your reservations now. Mastercard/Visa and Discover cards can be accepted.

The menu for the upcoming two Christmas dinners is as follows:

First Course:
Christmas Ham cornucopias filled with ham mousse (gefüllte Weihnachtsschinkenrollen), served with poppy seed breads (Mohnweckerln).

Soup:
Clear broth with soup noodles (Nudelsuppe).

Main Course:
Viennese Style Pork Cutlets (Schweinsschnitzel Wiener Art), which are breaded pork cutlets, fried to golden perfection. They are the ne plus ultra of the Viennese cuisine.

Side Dish:
Parsley potatoes, cranberry jelly and lemon wedges (Petersilkartoffeln, Cranberry Geleé und Zitronenspalten).

Side Dish:
Red cabbage with chestnuts (Blaukraut mit Kastanien).

Salad:
Viennese cucumber salad (Wiener Gurkensalat).

Dessert:
Viennese Christmas stollen (Wiener Weihnachtsstollen), which is a buttery cake with fruits, nuts and marzipan.

After this night of indulgence you might enjoy a stroll under a starry sky in the crisp high desert air before retiring to your own cozy room to snuggle under the comforters with pleasant dreams and fond recollections.

For more information please contact:
Sandy Rosen
Rosebud Ruby Star