Photography by Molly Anne Sandefur
In our June issue, Kim Lane’s Danish-inspired backyard party takes the cake (strawberry cake, that is) for a summer solstice event. Since Danish food heavily relies on seasonal and local availability, Kim reached out to WunderHaus, a Conway restaurant that specializes in “farm-to-table European soul food,” the perfect pairing for the soiree. The restaurant originated as a food truck, The Wunderbus, serving German food in the Conway area starting in 2015. Just two years later, owners Jacqueline and Jason Smith and Auguste and Kacy Forrester turned the popular food truck into a brick-and-mortar. Jacqueline, who focuses on the sweet and savory menus, social media, and is the founder of WunderMarkets, a seasonal market under the WunderHaus brand, describes the restaurant’s cuisine as “food that takes a little more time to prepare” featuring “lots of braising, butter, and handmade noodles.” Kim’s backyard party menu included smørrebrød, an elderflower-soaked strawberry cake, and a variety of other seasonal fare.
WunderHaus’s focus on the relationship between their cuisine and those who enjoy it is evident: “We can learn a great deal about different societies through the how its people relate to food,” Jacqueline notes. “For us, that is paramount. This business is rooted in the effort to get people to slow down a bit and enjoy food that is planted, grown, harvested, and prepared with love.” Read below for a WunderHaus staple recipe.