Carlo Bet & Jürgen Schmid
Twice as good – Carlo Bet & Jürgen Schmid
Appenzellerland lies in a land of milk and honey. At least that’s what chef Jürgen Schmid says, and his co-chef Carlo Bet thinks Chäshörnli with Siedwurst and apple sauce is a phenomenal dish. The two should know. After all, Jürgen Schmid has been working in Appenzell for about twenty years, and Carlo Bet grew up in Waldstatt, Ausserrhoden.
They want to make their connection with the region tangible in the kitchen as well and are focusing even more on local offerings in both the rustic tavern and the traditional Bärenstobe. Jürgen Schmid and Carlo Bet, who have long had the dream of opening a restaurant together, describe it as a stroke of luck to now be jointly responsible for the gastronomic offerings in this historic house dating back to 1602 – after all, it is Gonten’s oldest building.
Open daily thanks to the dual management
With the dual leadership in the kitchen, the culinary offer at the Bären was expanded at the beginning of December: The restaurant operations now welcome their guests seven days a week. While the Tavern serves simpler cuisine by the crackling fireplace, the Bärenstobe offers gourmet cuisine.
Jürgen Schmid lived in Thailand for a while and also lets Asian notes flow into Gonten. Carlo Bet, on the other hand, brings a Mediterranean influence with his Italian roots. The two complement each other perfectly: here the pedantic perfectionist, there the down-to-earth practitioner. What they have in common is their mutual respect.
So how does the cuisine of the two chefs taste? The New Year’s Eve package offers an ideal opportunity to find out. This is completely in the indication of the benefit: It covers two overnight accomodation with two hearty Bären breakfasts, a welcome drink, a 4-course dinner and the high point with a six-course New Year’s Eve menu in the Gourmetrestaurant Bärenstobe. On New Year’s Eve, Franz Manser, commonly known as “Baazli,” plays Appenzell dance music. The package can be booked from December 30 to January 2.