Jagerfest, the German festival that celebrates the start of the local hunt each autumn, comes to Preston Street. Beginning Nov. 5, Lindenhof restaurant — which just celebrated its 36th anniversary — offers a rotating game menu all the month.
“Germans like to hunt and they like game meats,” says Alison Geehan, who took over the Lindenhof from the previous owners six years ago. Geehan began working at the restaurant when she was 15 years old as the pantry girl. “I like the food and I like the customers,”
she says. Apparently her regular customers eagerly anticipate the annual event. She says the shoulder roast of wild boar is particularly popular, but there will be everything from venison ragout and buffalo ossobuco, to rabbit stew and elk roast. At lunchtime, game sausage will be on the menu, evenings there will be three game items, and on weekend there will be up to five specials.
This is hearty, traditional full-flavoured fare, to be sure. Game meat tends to be lean so it is often marinated with wine to keep it tender. Nearby Bearbrook and Mariposa farms will provide some of the key ingredients.
Lindenhof, 268 Preston St., 613-725-3481, www.thelindenhof.com