Friends of Goethe
Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI)
Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FOGI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and assist the mission of the Goethe-Institut. Through its support, FOGI enhances the activities of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC and promotes these activities in the region.
Please contact us for further information (see below). You may also print out and mail in your membership application.
1990 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: +1 (202) 847-4700
Fax: +1 (202) 847-4727
- Invitations to special Goethe-Institut events
- Free or reduced admission to films, concerts, and lectures sponsored by Goethe-Institut and its partner organizations
- Invitations to members-only events
- Invitations to German-language events
The Goethe-Institut offers a 10% discount on language classes to all current members of Friends of the Goethe-Institut.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Area DiscountsOld Europe
2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW
15% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)
Since opening its doors in 1948, Old Europe Restaurant has become a true landmark in Washington D.C. The food is well prepared, beautifully presented and authentically German. Customers are greeted and served by waitresses dressed in traditional German Dirndls. Old Europe offers an extensive selection of fine German wines as well as excellent imported German beers.
322 Massachusetts Ave. NE
10% off lunch or dinner (excluding tax and gratuity)
Café Berlin has been serving authentic German and traditional cuisine on Capitol Hill since 1985. The traditional dishes are authentically prepared with lighter touch by chefs with extensive experience in German cuisine. Its front yard serves as a patio for outdoor dining in warm weather. The interior features a small bar and two cozy dining rooms. The restaurant is located within a short walking distance of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol.
1331 H St. NW
Buy one entree, get one for 50% off
Café Mozart is a German restaurant and deli. Live piano and accordion music are highlights, along with their store selling freshly-made and imported German foods.
3519 Connecticut Ave. NW
15% off any non-sale wine
Importing since 1987, Peter Weygandt has built an international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines. In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, with more than 100 producers in all. Peter’s imports are a near constant feature of top wine journals, and Peter himself has appeared in Time, The New York Times, Business Monthly, and Food and Wine, among others.
Inner Circle BenefitsMembers of our Inner Circle of supporters enjoy the following additional benefits:
- Recognition in the Goethe-Institut cultural events calendar
- Invitations to additional special events
- Weimar Circle and Corporate Members receive an invitation good for two people to a dinner with one of the eminent lecturers or artists appearing at the Goethe-Institut
- Weimar Circle and Corporate members receive a discount on the use our public spaces at Goethe-Institut annually for an appropriate private event
During this series, participants are invited to bring their lunch and join us for a presentation and discussion in German only. After twenty minutes for lunch, a topic of interest from German culture, history, or contemporary affairs will be presented (15-20 minutes), in German, by a selected speaker. Discussion on the topic will take up the last 20 to 30 minutes of the Mittagstisch.
Deutsch am Mittag is open to all who wish to hear or speak German.
Tickets are $5. No charge for Friends of the Goethe-Institut.
Beverages and sweets are provided.
See upcoming Deutsch am Mittag topics and dates under the "Events" button.
- Marion Deshmukh, President
- John Schmitz, Vice President
- Willy A. Flegel, Secretary
- Michael Brenner
- Martin Dean
- Dieter Dettke
- William Gilcher
- Dale Medearis
- Amanda Sheffer
- Andreas Stroehl
- Jean Abel and Jürgen Zilling
- Caroline Esche
- Marianne Ginsburg
- Bill and Myra Hillburg
- John Loth
- Christa McClure
- Darlene Smucny
- Thomas Zielke