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THE FOOD OF ZION: SOUR BEEF

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SOUR BEEF EVENT
For Nearly 100 Years, A Delicious Zion Tradition Lives On!
BALTIMORE CITY PAPER WINNER 2011 BEST CHURCH SUPPER


THE traditional sour beef dinner. Complete with homemade potato dumplings, red cabbage, green beans, rolls, cake and coffee or tea.  This dinner has been prepared for years by the Frauenverein, or ladies aid society, mostly without recipe and dependent upon what they were taught by their mothers.  Their mothers called it sauerbraten, but the German immigrants wanted to adopt the name to their new home and thus the name was translated to ‘sour beef’.  The ladies work tirelessly for more than a week in preparation of this feast.  “For the people that work on this dinner, it is a labor of love, it is perpetuating our heritage and our roots in the Baltimore community”, says Freddie Herbert, a Co-Chair of the dinner.

Zion Church's Famous Sour Beef Plate

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR ROGGELIN AFTER THE OCTOBER 2012 EVENT:

We want to thank everyone who once again, or for the very first time, supported Zion by participating in our annual Sour Beef Event. Whether you donated a little or a lot of your time, made a monetary contribution or purchased one of our dinners, you contributed to the event’s success. We are happy to report that approximately 1,200 meals were prepared and served. We could not have done it without you.

You not only supported Zion but also helped to preserve a Baltimore tradition. Sour Beef suppers were once commonplace here due to the many German immigrants that settled in Baltimore. A dwindling volunteer base in many churches leaves Zion as one of the few remaining church suppers in the City.

Both Zion’s volunteer and fan base are growing, thanks to the welcoming atmosphere you create. We were proud to be named “Best Church Supper” by City Paper. The good food, live music, traditional appearance of our Adlersaal with the beautiful Alpine backdrop, welcoming spirit of Zion’s members and friends, create a magical event. Our musicians were even moved to surprise us with their Alpine horns, a real treat for everyone.

We were also fortunate to have the support of local businesses and the German Society of Baltimore. The Wine Source in Hamden, Hickory Chance Farms, Woodlea Bakery, H&S Bakery, Wagner & Sons, Doug Heinle Graphic Design, and Bay Imagery provided donations or special pricing. Please support our partners.

We offer a heartfelt thank you to each of you for your support of Zion Church and a proud long standing Baltimore tradition.

Sincerely,

Pastor Roggelin and the Sour Beef Committee

Ladies Prepare

Bavarian Beer Hall in the Adlersaal



Join us for a bit of German Gemütlichkeit!

Pastor Greets at Adlersaal

Adlersaal Lights at Zion's Bavarian Beer Hall

City Paper Award Winner 2011

Zion Recipes Book for Sale

A book of old-fashioned German Recipes created by church members, "From Zion's Kitchens", is available for $15. from the church office.  -Details/Samples Zion's German Sour Beef

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