Hannes Richter

Dear Readers,

As we are approaching the colder time of the year, let’s investigate some of the comforts of good food. Did you know that Austria is said to be Europe’s “organic farming country number one?” In this issue, find out why that is and meet a tireless advocate of healthy, organic food – Austrian chef and D.C. local Nora Pouillon.
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Hannes Richter

Organic Food in Austria

Organically grown tomatoes, pesticidefree lettuce, and meat from healthy animals - more and more Austrians seem to have a growing appetite for organic food. Austrian consumers not only buy organic food because they feel that it is better for their health, but they also appreciate its rich taste, as well as the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

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Hannes Richter

Promoting Organic Food in Washington, DC

A tireless advocate of the organic food movement since coming to the U.S. in the late 1960s is Nora Pouillon, famous chef of Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C.

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Hannes Richter

At the Wiener Festwochen, June, 2012

by Dr. Cecelia Porter
Contributing Classical Music Critic, The Washington Post

The final weeks of the 2012 Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) sped to the finish line in the historic Musikverein’s magnificent Grosser Saal. Sir Simon Rattle, director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, led the Vienna Philharmonic (which also serves as the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera) in its finest hours with electrifying versions of iconic works by Brahms, Schumann, and Webern.

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Hannes Richter

Kurt Gutenbrunner

An Austrian Chef in New York City

When Americans are asked what they associate with Austria, their response might include thoughts about waltz music, high mountains, or the famous intercultural cuisine. People in New York, however, might skip the music and mountains cliché, since they consider the famous Austrian chef Kurt Gutenbrunner a fellow New Yorker.

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Hannes Richter

Aloha! An Austrian Pastry Chef in Hawaii

Austrian Information introduces you to another successful Austrian in the U.S., Michael Radeczki. During his childhood years, he recognized his aptitude and love for baking while helping his mother make exceptional desserts. Some years later, he is the owner of Michael’s Cookies, an international company, which provides ready-to-bake frozen cookie dough to elite purveyors throughout the U.S. and abroad. For this issue of Austrian Information, we asked Mr. Radeczki a few questions about his work and life on the wonderful island of Hawaii.

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Hannes Richter

Meet the Consul

Peter Fredericks, San Francisco, CA

As part of our ongoing series, Meet the Consul, Austrian Information spoke to Dr. Peter Fredericks, the Austrian Homorary Consul in San Francisco, CA.

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Hannes Richter

The Heurigen Tradition

Walking through a charming town in one of Austria’s numerous wine regions in late summer, one will sooner or later come across a curious sight: a bundle of twigs or branches fastened to a door or a house wall.

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Hannes Richter

Auf Wiedersehn... Until we Meet Again!

Hanno Settele was born in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, where he first worked for Austrian Public Broadcasting (ORF) both in radio and television. After moving to Vienna, he held several positions within ORF headquarters, ranging from the domestic politics desk for both TV and radio to the weekly television format Report and the main TV news format Zeit im Bild. Hanno Settele served as correspondent in Washington, D.C. from 2003 until 2006, and directed the ORF office in Washington, D.C. from 2007 until 2012. Upon his return to Vienna, Austrian Information had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Settele about some of his impressions during his time in the United States.

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Hannes Richter

Austrian Places

Skiing Nostalgia in Lower Austria

Our correspondent Markus Reiterer continues his series on these special Austrian places with a story to tell. For this issue, his wife Mathilde Reiterer-Ertl co-authored the article.

He was a one-eyed teacher and painter, a pioneer and sculptor, Czech and Austrian, an author and an army captain. At 61, an avalanche smashed his bones to smithereens and some counted as many as 80 fractures. He survived and eventually died in 1940 at the age of 84.

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