Enjoy a Communal Meal

lady in period dress cooking in old-timey kitchen for communal meal

Special Offer during our 5-year Anniversay Celebration in July

Marc and I have poured our hearts into Die Heimat Country Inn for the past five years and now it’s time to celebrate our five-year anniversary of owning this place.

We have planned five days of special things for you; something unique each day. On Wed. July 17 we have arranged the main event of the celebration; a communal meal in the Ruedy kitchen for only $25/person if you book two nights with us.


Die Heimat building was once a communal kitchen when the Amana religious group was communal. We have arranged with the Amana Heritage Society to provide us with an exclusive and private communal dinner experience at the one remaining communal kitchen over in Middle Amana. You will feel like you are stepping back in time as you are served a delicious and traditional dinner communal style. You will be entertained with stories of the past while you eat and learn more of the history of the Amana folks. 

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Eating communally, in one of the 60+ kitchens in the seven colonies, was a hallmark of the Amana communal days. To efficiently feed the population back in the 1850’s, the group decided to assign 35-45 people to eat together in Communal Kitchens. They came together for food three times a day: 6:00 am, 12 noon, and 6:00 pm, and had 15 minutes to eat before returning to their work assignments. These communal kitchens were run by a “kitchen boss”, who oversaw her staff and the preparation and serving of the food, the 2-3 acre garden connected to the kitchen and canning of the fruits and vegetables for consumption in the colder months.

This system operated 24/7, 365 days of the year until the “Great Change” in 1932 which marked the end of the communal era. At that time the kitchens were closed and family units began cooking and eating in their own homes.

One by one the kitchens were converted into additional living quarters or storage space; except for the “Ruedy kitchen” in Middle Amana. It is the only remaining kitchen and is part of the Amana Heritage Museums. To better understand those communal days, you can now take a step back in time and experience a true communal meal in the Amana Colonies only surviving intact communal kitchen. The menu is straight out of the collection of the original recipes used at that kitchen. Along with the meal come interesting facts and stories of life in Middle Amana during the communal era.