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F L AV O R S

LEFT: Ingrid Moore makes German rotkohl, red cabbage, the way her mother
and grandmother taught her, but in much larger quantities.
BELOW: Edelweiss is located south of the city of Staunton and just off Interstate
81 and U.S. 11.
BELOW LEFT: Ingrid Moore says the keys to great schnitzel are sufficient
pounding and pan-frying.

JOHN MOORE

FRED SAUCEMAN

She ended up settling in Virginia because
it reminded her of the Black Forest
region of Germany where she had lived.
COURTESY OF EDELWEISS RESTAURANT

them, so her mother rarely did.
Jim Harrington says his favorite dish at Edelweiss is
"number four," the Wienerschnitzel. We met Jim in the
parking lot as we were walking to the restaurant. He's a retired education professor from nearby Mary Baldwin University. He visits Edelweiss not just to eat but also to play
the accordion. Some nights Willie Hayes brings a full brass
band, but on other nights, it's just Jim and his accordion.
"I have a clear recollection of when I first saw and
heard an accordion," Harrington tells us. "We lived in
London, where my dad, an army officer, was stationed.
Some carolers came to the house one Christmas when I
was five, and there was a woman accompanying the singers on a small accordion. I was mesmerized by the look
and sound of the instrument and even more so when
she let me play some notes on the piano side while she
worked the bellows."
Harrington plays almost entirely by ear, and his repertoire is extensive. He never looks at a piece of music.
John Moore says the clientele at Edelweiss is a good
mix of locals and travelers. "One couple who lives in New
York, every time they make the trip to visit relatives in

Georgia, they call ahead for ham hocks and then stop
again on their way back."
John and Ingrid have designed the restaurant to look
like a rustic German lodge.
"The atmosphere there is very much a part of the total
experience," adds Jim Harrington. "The rustic architecture, the plantings on the grounds, the lovely front porch
for dining in the warm months, and the cozy fireplace in
the wintertime all contribute to the overall ambiance of
the place."
But the most endearing feature is undoubtedly Ingrid herself, the first person there every morning. By 10
o'clock in the morning, she has finished her day's work
and is ready for water aerobics at the Staunton-Augusta
Family YMCA.
The cycle begins again the next day, long before daylight, as Ingrid joyfully brings the flavors of the Black Forest to the Shenandoah Valley.
Fred and Jill Sauceman celebrate the foodways of Appalachia and beyond from their home base in Johnson City,
Tennessee.

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