Potomac State Prof. Sydow to serve as Celebrity Chef in memory of late Chef Vieli

On Saturday, October 24, Tom Sydow, an assistant professor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, will serve as the Celebrity Chef at the Candlewyck Inn and Restaurant in Keyser, W.Va. 

Tom SydowIn addition to teaching writing, literature, popular culture, and humanities, Sydow also teaches a community class on beer brewing and wine making with colleague Professor Donna Ballard. The class has a yearly tradition of closing with an Oktoberfest banquet for students, which in the past included authentic German cuisine prepared by friend and colleague, the late Chef Thomas Vieli.

Sydow has many fond memories of cooking with Chef Thomas over the years and learning everything he could under his direction.  “I am thrilled,” says Sydow, “that Fred and Sharon have invited me to serve as the guest chef for Oktoberfest, where I can carry on the tradition of our yearly feast and share it with the Keyser community and do so in honor of my friend, Chef Thomas.”

‘Wycktoberfest,’ as it’s been termed, will donate a portion of the evening’s profits to Relay For Life in memory Chef Thomas.

The menu for the night includes a choice of appetizers: Butternut Squash Soup with bacon and roasted red peppers; Potato Pancakes w/sour cream and dill; or Reuben eggrolls.   

The main course will consists of 1) Jaegerschnitzel (veal) with Jaegerwyck sauce, a blend of bacon, mushrooms, onions, Riesling, German mustard, sour cream, and thyme; 2) Pan Fried Trout with a pan sauce of Riesling, brown butter, shallots, cream, and thyme; 3) Artisan Bratwurst and Sauerkraut; and 4) Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated in Schwartzbier, molasses, and brown sugar; 5) Sauerbraten Beef Shank

Side choices will include asparagus, cheddar/Swiss mashed potatoes, a green vegetable, warm German potato salad, or braised red cabbage.  Delicious desserts will be available as well.