thank you all for your suggestions...i still have a few questions, but have more or less come up with a working menu(always subject to change). please give me your thoughts on it...
~ grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut
~ roasted pork loin with a sauce...i like the sound of the gingersnap brown sauce...greg, would you give me that one?
~ spaetzle, potato pancakes, egg noodles or german potato salad
~ platter of pickled veggies,pickled herring, liverwurst, cheeses, radishes
~ cucumber salad.....any specific dressing for that? i'm thinking red wine vinegar, red onion kinda thing
~ dark bavarian bread,rye bread,onion rolls...butter!
~ german chocolate cake.....what else could it be!
did i miss anything?
i like the rouladen idea as well, but too labor intensive for me, i think..the pickles in the filling leaves me completely cold...don't think anything that people have to pick up and eat with their fingers would work for this well heeled group, so the ribs are out...still thinking about the potato salad though. any particular cheeses that i should use on the platter? another salad idea would be great..gingersnap sauce for the pork loin, greg, don't forget...thanks all..i really really do appreciate the input...now maybe one of you can come cook it for me!...not my type of cuisine or taste, but will be good for me to expand my horizon, i guess...gavolt!!!(sp).... by the way, what is rotkohl? german for roadkill?