Bavarian Meats Nominated

Bavarian Meats Nominated for Two Categories in Seattle Magazine’s Best Restaurants Poll!

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We are pleased to announce that our Bavarian Meats Deli located in the iconic Pike Place Market has been nominated for two categories in the Seattle Magazine Best Restaurants Poll. The two categories are:

“Best Lunch Around $10” (Group 5) and “Best Sandwich.” (Group 19)

As many of you know, our fourth-generation family business was started by our Grandpa Max in 1961 when he decided to sell his hand-crafted snappy wieners at the Seattle World’s Fair.

When Lynn Hofstatter and Lyla Ridgeway, twin sisters and the granddaughters of Max, took over the family business in 1998 they added the restaurant to the deli and it has been a delicious addition, focusing on traditional German fare with updated and contemporary twists to meet the tastes of today’s savvy food lovers.

Lyla Ridgeway says, “We really love that our hot handcrafted lunches are in the running for this category. Our lunches and sandwiches are made to order by our store manager Gabi or one of her team members, and over the years we have worked to keep the price point accessible and the flavor superior and authentic.

Our handcrafted artisan meats, sausages, cold cuts and bacon are, of course, the key components of each and every lunch and sandwich at Bavarian. Please join the poll and vote for Bavarian Meats!”

Lunch menu and sandwich options around $10 include: Bratwurst Plate ($9.99), Brat on a Bun ($7.99), Max’s Pastrami Sandwich ($11.99), Cold Cut Combo ($9.99) and the acclaimed Bavarian BLT ($10.99) as well as others.

For the poll, the editorial team at Seattle Magazine takes great pride in offering balanced representation on a wide array of options around town and there is a total of 56 categories in the poll. Voting takes place online between now and May 24 and results will be in the September 2019 issue.
 
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Sprint 2019

Hot Doggin’ It Spring 2019 Edition

We’ve been grindin’, stuffin’ and smokin’ since 1961 and we are especially stoked for our latest newsletter. Thankfully, snowpocalypse is a distant memory and the local tulips are appearing at the market every day! The Market Front is taking on a new air now that the Viaduct is gone, and fresh sea breezes and cheerful red tables make it a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. So, with that in mind, here’s the latest from the crew at Bavarian…

The Adventurous Pike Street Popper

Spring is here and Pike will soon be bustling with visitors…that’s why our flagship brat, the Pike Street Popper comes to mind! We created this a few years ago as a fundraiser for the Market Front Campaign and we ran a competition seeking ideas for what to name it. A visitor came up with The Pike Street Popper and it stuck with us like, well, gum to the Gum Wall.

That said, it’s an adventurous creation. It encompasses everything you put ON a hot dog, but we decided to put those extras IN the dog. The snappy casing envelopes cream cheese, our flagship bacon, onion, jalapenos and a hot heap of kraut. It’s on the menu at the deli. Served with chips, it will set you back $11.99.

The poppers are also available in five- and six-piece packages at the deli and at The Cheesemonger’s Shop in Leavenworth as well as at Haggen and other markets in the region. Ask for it if you can’t find it.

 

Convenient Meat: The Packable and Portable

With brighter days ahead discover our packable and portable convenient meats! Landjaeger.  Salamis. Custom cut cold cuts. The Germans were ahead of their time when they mastered these foods generations ago because they offer ease, simplicity and convenience.For today’s busy lifestyles, these traditional foods are perfect. Our hand crafted Landjaeger tucks right into a fanny pack or backpack for a bike ride.

Our cold cuts, sliced to order at the deli, craft the core of a custom sub. Our salamis,  Cervelat, truffle, fennel and others,  build the bones of an easy impressive picnic.  Stop by the deli or look for many of these items at grocers throughout the PNW.

Gabbing with Gabi at the Deli

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this is NOT the day to drop the ball! Gabi has a special breakfast planned for that weekend. In addition to the usual menu, we will be offering Eggs Benedict and a glass of champagne as a special.

Also, it will be the 11th Annual Flower Festival at the Market so let’s hope for some sunny weather and a little TLC for the special ladies in your life!

 

Meaty Media

Read All About It! We have received lots of media this year.  In February, Seattle Magazine listed our BLT as one of the “100 Best Things to Eat” in Seattle and Seattle Met gave our bacon a shout out in their article, 16 Breakfast Sandwiches to Start  Your Day off Right. Leslie Kelly featured us in her article, Secret Food Finds at Seattle’s Pike Place Market in Forbes.com

And on March 3rd Kiro’s Seattle Kitchen with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau hosted a bacon tasting featuring our flagship bacon.  We are also in the current edition of Alaska Beyond Magazine. And, the Summer Edition of Visit Seattle will feature our products in a picnic lineup!

Next edition of Hot Doggin’ It? Summer 2019. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter…or Hot Dog It to the deli and grab some convenient meat!

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November 2018

Hot Doggin’ It Holiday Edition

November 2018 – Ho Ho Holidays!

The holidays. Let the celebrations begin!

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!

In Germany, Christmas is a nostalgic season filled with history, merriment and tradition and here at Bavarian Meats we have a long legacy of celebrating and bringing this season of joy to our customers. Whether we are cranking up the smoker for our flagship bone in hams or rearranging the deli to make way for a parade of imported treats, we cherish this time of year and look forward to sharing it with you!

Our wonderful German born store manager, Gabi, starts planning for the season back in May when she carefully makes her list, checks it twice, and orders endless specialties from purveyors in Germany. As the seasonal magic unfolds, marzipan, pfefferkuchen, stollen, and lebkuchen arrive at the shop and it all begins.

Gabbing with Gabi and a Taste of Germany

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!

Gabi is gearing up quickly and tastes of Germany are arriving daily! The stollen (fruit bread) and lebkuchen (gingerbread) are already flying out the door. The selection of specialties, such as the colorful foil-wrapped chocolate Santas, ornaments and Saint Nick’s, offers a delicious taste of the homeland for under $10.

Bavarian Meats - Ho Ho Holidays!

(That’s certainly more affordable and convenient than a flight to Germany, eh?)

Ornate musical cookie tins filled with lebkuchen delight both young and old.  And the rosy marzipan pigs, which sell quickly and are sprinkled throughout the deli, are a German New Year tradition as they bring good luck and fortune for the year ahead.

NEW: Our Holiday Salami Sampler

Bavarian Meats - Seattle's Best Sausage

For 2018, we have created a special Holiday Salami Sampler, which will be sold at the deli and will feature 4 five-ounce salamis: our classic Cervelat, flagship German Salami, Sherry Fennel and Truffle.  It makes a great addition to a gift box or convenient hostess gift.

 

The Holiday Table with a Classic Update!

In Germany, ingredients such as apples, nuts and almonds, play a traditional and symbolic role in the holiday dinner table but Gabi reminds us that one item, the main course meat, can vary from home to home and run the gamut from goose to beef to ham, pork, schnitzel or kassler ripchen.

Bavarian Meats - Kassler Ripchen

Here at Bavarian, the tradition of our bone in holiday hams runs deep in many Seattle households, but with the next generation taking the helm at the stove, we say why not reach for our kassler ripchen?  These robust fully cooked and smoked bone in pork loins are full of smoky salty flavor and only require a simple gentle reheat in the oven, which clearly lightens the load for the season’s harried cooks.  Easily sliced by even a novice, kassler ripchen readily stands in for Mom’s more elaborate roasts and can be served with those classic sides. And, perhaps best of all, it requires no preparation and minimal cleanup. We’ll drink to that!  Kassler ripchen is available at the deli and can be ordered in advance.

Holiday Orders

To save time during this busy season, call ahead for any special orders or for gift baskets. Order holiday hams early, they will sell out.

From all of us here at Bavarian Meats, we send our best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season!

 

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September 2018

Hot Doggin’ It – September 2018

We’ve been grindin’, stuffin’ and smokin’ since 1961 and are especially stoked to now introduce Hot Doggin’ It! This quarterly newsletter is where we will inform you about happenings here at Bavarian. Whether it’s a new item,  a look at a flagship favorite, tidbits from Gabi at the deli, or juicy tips for using, Hot Doggin’ It is here to light you up and fuel the love for our handcrafted sausages, bacon, smoked meats, and authentic imports from Germany. Like the goods? Chime in at info@bavarianmeats.com. We love hearing from you!

Brewing a Love for Local Partnerships!

Pike Brewing Beer Brat featuring the Pike IPAHere at Bavarian we take our family sausage business seriously and that’s why we are proud to announce that our newest product, the Bavarian Meats pike brewing Beer Brat, is just another example of how we keep it local and “in the family.” A variation on our classic brat, the Pike Brewing Beer Brat features the pike ipa.

Made at the brewery right here in the Market, the IPA is delivered to us weekly and is skillfully incorporated into Grandpa Max’s classic brat, resulting in a robust sausage with hoppy undertones. Available just in time for Oktoberfest, the Pike Brewing Beer Brat can be found at our deli in the market, at haggen supermarkets (in October 2018), and on the menu at the pike pub where Chef Gary braises it in beer and serves it with his apple sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and a side of Pike Stout Mustard.

Reflecting on the new partnership and shared legacy, the Pike Brewing Founder, Charles Finkel, says, “Our love for the Pike Place Market was a big factor in our decision to establish the Pike Place Brewery in 1989.  We were inspired by other family owned, independent businesses like Bavarian Meats. Their pride in producing extraordinary sausages, landjaeger, and other specialties we had experienced on our travels in Germany, their knowledge, and quality of service, established a perfect role model. That we are now partnering with our neighbors, this venerable family firm, to produce a delicious Bavarian Meat/Pike IPA bratwurst makes us proud.”

Sausage: The Convenient Meat!

Bavarian Meats Seattle's Best Sausage

A recent USDA study on the food purchasing decisions of Millennial households reports that Millennials have a higher preference for convenience than other generations when making food purchase decisions. Can our sausages play a role? You bet they can because they are the ultimate meaty convenience.

Many of our sausages are fully cooked and, of course, come in their own tidy little casings. There’s no need to mess up the kitchen or even drag out a cutting board. Our sausages go from package to pan in one swift swipe. They reheat quickly. Clean up is a breeze. Some of our favorites for a full-flavored meal? Smoked Cheddar Sausage, Smokin’ Hot Cheese Sausage, Smoked Bratwurst, and Smoked Chicken Andouille.

Gabbing with Gabi at the Deli

Our beloved German born and bred deli manager, Gabi, is gearing up for the homeland’s favorite feast– Oktoberfest.

What’s on our deli menu from September 21st to October 21st?  Schweinehaxen, Schweinebraten, Schlachtplatte for Two, Weisswurst with Fried Potatoes and Red Cabbage, Pretzel with Obatzter, and Apple Strudel for dessert. Or, if you want to craft your own Oktoberfest party at home for a football game, make it easy with a bunch of brats or bocks from us. Simply heat the grill, cook the sausages, heat the kraut, add some buns, good mustard and you’ve got a great German gig for halftime.

Tableside around Town

Celebrate Oktoberfest around the region and look for our sausages and specialties at the prost german pubs in Seattle, Portland and Boise, at bruno’s european restaurant in Lakewood, at the oktoberfest german restaurant in Billings, Montana, and…well, it practically goes without saying but at many of the restaurants in leavenworth!

Next edition of Hot Doggin’ It? November 2018. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter…or hot dog it to the deli and grab some convenient meat!

 

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Seattle’s Hometown Bacon Since 1961

Bacon Slab.
Seattle’s Bacon.
Award-Winning Bacon.
The Best Bacon.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Call it whatever you will but here at Bavarian Meats we call our bacon a delicious family legacy.
You see, the bacon we crank out each week here in Belltown on Western is the same bacon that Grandpa Max started making for our shop in 1961.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Made from fresh local pork bellies delivered every week, our bacon is hand trimmed, dry rubbed, dry brined under refrigeration for two days, and smoked over alder in our fifty-year old smoker for more than twelve hours. Other bacon makers nationwide often inject their pork with a brine, but we have never done that. And, we never will.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

And, for those Emerald City bacon lovers with an adventurous palate, we recently introduced a hometown bacon sibling– the Bavarian Meats Whiskey Bacon. Developed by our Production Manager Jamie Simmons and infused with locally crafted Fremont Mischief Distillery whiskey, the results are dynamic, rambunctious and down-right award winning.

A ramped up tweak of Grandpa’s original, it made its boozy debut at last year’s Bourbon & Bacon Fest at the Seattle Design Center and later snagged Champion in Specialty Bacon Cured Meats Category at the Northwest Meat Processors Association Annual Convention in 2017.   This year it will be featured at our booth at both Bourbon & Bacon Fest on March 10 and at Bacon and Beer Classic at Safeco Field  on April 28.

So, whether your choice of the hometown bacon is classic or whiskey, rest assured our family legacy is rooted in Seattle.

Bavarian Meats Bacon Sticks

Both bacons can be purchased in slabs or sliced at our deli in the Pike Place Market and at the Golden Steer in Bellevue.

And, for those who want to try it at one of Seattle’s restaurants, look for it on the menu at the following:

Geraldine’s Counter

Frank’s Oyster House

The Tin Table

Honest Biscuit

Café Campagne

Americana

Bis on Main

Tom Douglas Restaurants

            Etta’s

            Dahlia Lounge

            Lola

            Seatown Seabar

            Carlisle Room

            Palace Kitchen

            Tom Douglas Catering