Enjoy a Chef’s Creation from Washington DC

Congratulations, Mr. President, and to all newly elected Members of Congress. Now that the election is over, you may want to try two decidedly unpolitical, home-made recipes by Chef Peter Schaffrath, master of cuisine at the historic Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC. These recipes are exclusively created for the readers of germanfoods.org.

Located across from the White House at the corner of 16th and H Streets just as you enter Lafayette Square, the Hay Adams is a landmark, award-winning luxury hotel with one of the greatest rooftop views in the nation’s capital. The site was once the location of the homes of John Hay, secretary of state under Presidents McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt, and Henry Adams, a descendant of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams. Hay and Adams were neighbors and good friends.

Both the hotel’s General Manager Hans Bruland and Chef Peter Schaffrath are true German-Americans. A native of Aachen, Germany, Schaffrath learned his culinary craft at the Catering College of Aachen and hotels in Canada and the US. He was appointed Executive Chef of the Hay Adams Hotel in 2002 and has been featured on the Food Network. Among his creations that are served to heads of state, business magnates, celebrity actors and other guests frequenting The Lafayette Restaurant and Off The Record Bar are Edamame Dumplings and the Nutella-swirled Chubby Baked Alaska dessert.

At the bar you can order a Gin Rickey. This classic drink, made from half a lime, gin and mineral water, was created by Colonel Jim Rickey, a Washington lobbyist in the 1890s, who used the imported German Appolinaris brand as the water of his choice.

Whoever occupies the White House, we want to celebrate the modern world’s oldest democracy with Peter Schaffrath (who will likely cook up some great meals for the elected president, his family and friends) and his exclusive recipes for the readers of germanfoods.org.


Spinach Spaetzle
Lentil Vegetable Soup With Smoked Pork Shanks
History of the Hay Adams Hotel