Guest Entry: Austrian BuTa (National Convention) by Alex Unterberg

The Austrian National Conference 2017 Senator Program

Sigrid called and a lot of senators from half of Europe came. The prelude would have been a city tour, but from Bayreuth this was unfortunately not possible for me.

In the evening followed the party in the middle of the old town in a wonderful location, I suppose which was once a movie theatre or something, full of food and drinks and entertainment was also provided so that nobody got bored. Since the weather was already going towards golden October, the night was still relatively warm and one could still spend the late hours outdoors.

Saturday was all about Red Bull, Hangar 7 and the 3-star restaurant “Ikarus”. There we first had a guided tour through the famous Hangar 7 and to the private hangar 8 of the “Flying Bulls” where one or the other treasure of aviation history can be seen and kept airworthy. Afterwards we went to Ikarus, where a project was started that no other restaurant of the world: the guest chef concept. Every month a different top chef in Hangar-7, no matter from which continent, whether from the USA, South Africa or Japan. Whether traditional cuisine, fusion cuisine or molecular cuisine. What is important is variety. And, of course, the high quality of the food.”


Our guest chef was JORGE VALLEJO from Mexico City, his restaurant occupied 12th place in the “50 World’s Best Restaurants” in 2016, the menu was somewhat exotic but of the highest quality.

After this exhausting lunch we were allowed to go to the Sky Bar directly under the roof of Hangar 7 for a digestive schnaps and to finish off we had some relaxing in the sun in the beer garden of the hangar.

The evening event starts with a beautiful warm up in the Hotel Sacher with a beautiful terrace in the sunset at the Salzach where we had a few snacks with sparkling wine for a house concert with a quartet that offered us a classic feast for the ears.

Afterwards, the “Haus für Mozart” called for a “concert evening” with snacks and drinks, where “The Makemakers” heated up the atmosphere.

All in all a great organized BuTa 2017 and a great advertisement for the next BuTa 2018 in Bregenz.

Yours Axel