On the Oktoberfest menu: homemade Bavarian chicken breast from Vogel Family

Oktoberfest fan notice: save the date of Friday October 29 for Oktoberfest at AmVets Post 66 at 700 McHenry Rd. In Wheeling from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The fundraising event is sponsored by the Regina Knights of Columbus Council # 4837 of Wheeling.

This is the first year that Oktoberfest has been held at the AmVets site, said Dave Vogel, former grand knight and council administrator, and currently wheeling village administrator.

The cost of dinner (at the door) is $ 12 for a menu that includes Bavarian chicken breast, kids, sauerkraut, German potato salad, rye bread and butter, and dessert at apple base as well as coffee and water.

Bavarian chicken breast is a recipe from the Vogel family, said Dave Vogel.

“The German Bavarian chicken breast recipe comes from my grandparents,” Vogel said. “It’s a dark sauce mix, we grill the chicken and let it simmer in this sauce mix.”

The sauce mix includes “a very tough German beer, it really gives it a unique flavor,” Vogel said, adding that the small amount of alcohol burns, leaving a rich flavor of beer seasoning in the European sauce.

And no, Vogel doesn’t have a written family heirloom recipe to share. Vogel makes the Bavarian chicken breast dish from memory and to taste like his grandmother did, with a little of this and a little of that.

So come hungry. Vogel expects to have 200 kids, 40 pounds of boneless chicken breast, four gallons of sauerkraut and 40 pounds of German potato salad internally for its event.

Proceeds will go towards the community service efforts of the Regina Knights of Columbus Council # 4837.

“Most of (the proceeds) go to local pantries, local charities, people in need,” Vogel said, adding that some of the funds help visually impaired youth served by an organization in Glenview so that these children can participate in the camp.

The Regina Knights of Columbus Council # 4837 has also helped “families in distress,” Vogel said, including local families displaced by emergencies such as fires. Profits could help needy displaced families with rental security deposits to secure new housing, for example.

And for everyone sharing a meal this Friday night, Oct. 29, Oktoberfest creates opportunities for “good fellowship and you can meet the Knights of Columbus and your neighbors,” Vogel said.

“It benefits the community.”

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