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German dinners at Deutsches Haus 

  We are still six months from Oktoberfest, but there is a big feast of traditional German foods at Deutsches Haus (1023 Ridgewood Road, Metairie, 504-522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org) on March 30. The German cultural group is launching a new German dinner series where you can dig in and learn about the food, wine and beer of different German regions.

  "We want to show people something a little more than bratwurst and sauerkraut," says Deutsches Haus Ladies Auxiliary President Rose Mancini, who is coordinating the series.

  The March 30 dinner features foods of Swabia, a region in southwestern Germany. The menu includes maultaschen in bruhl (German ravioli in broth), salad, roast pork, spaetzle, Schwabish potato salad and strudel. There is a vegetarian menu available as well. If all goes according to plan, the Deutsches Haus bar will serve Schwaben Brau, a beer produced in the region.

  Short films about the region will be shown during the dinner, and Mancini says as the series continues the Haus will bring in speakers familiar with featured regions. Future installments are scheduled for July 18 and Sept. 21, and Mancini says a Black Forest-themed game dinner will be scheduled as well.

  The March 30 dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25. Advance purchase is required. Call (504) 522-8014 or visit the events page on www.deutscheshaus.org.

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