Raleigh’s Capital Club 16 is hosting its third annual Spargelzeit celebration featuring that spring treat: jumbo white asparagus.
Starting Wednesday and through Saturday or as long as the white asparagus lasts, the restaurant will be offering nightly specials featuring it in several dishes. Some of the dishes include a crepe called a “pfannkuchen” with sautéed white asparagus, shiitakes, spinach, brown butter and a poached egg; sautéed asparagus with shaved ham, boiled potatoes and hollandaise sauce; and other dishes, including soups, marinated salads and paired with seafood. They also will offer German and Austrian wines pairings that go well with the prized ingredient.
Jake and Shannon Wolf, the couple who owns the restaurant, described how white asparagus is different from green. It is harvested before the stalks pop out of the ground because the stalks turn green once the sun’s rays hits them. While it has the same earthy flavor of green asparagus, the texture is more tender and delicate.
The New York Times recently published a story about France’s obsession with white asparagus. To read the story, go to goo.gl/NIhsH.
To make a reservation, call 919-747-9345. The restaurant is at 16 W. Martin St. Info: capitalclub16.com