Hermann, Mo. Brothers’ Business to Be Featured on Food Network Aug. 8

Story by:Guest Contributor

First posted on 07-25-2007

Swiss Meat & Sausage Company, a Hermann, Missouri area family business, will be featured on the Food Network Channel’s new program “Road Tasted” on August 8 at 9 p.m. The show is hosted by Jamie and Bobby Dean, the infamous sons of Paula Dean, a noted author and host of the Food Network program “Paula’s Home Cooking.”

The brothers have frequently appeared on their mother’s show and several weeks ago launched their own program. Swiss Meat, located in the tiny village of Swiss just south of Hermann on Highway 19, was one of the stops made by the Dean Brothers on a cross country trek from New York to California seeking fabulous tasting food.

The program seeks out specialty and family run businesses that make unique food products across the country.

“The Road Tasted film crew pulled into Swiss one Saturday afternoon in May. Jamie and Bobby and their producers were anxious to start making sausage so we showed them how to mix up a batch of mushroom and swiss brats, one of the 40 varieties of brats we make here,” explained Mike Sloan, one of the owners.

We had a great time doing the show with Jamie and Bobby and the entire crew. We are excited to have our business showcased on the Food Network again.”

Mike and his father, Bill, are featured in the segment, which is part of an episode called “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Besides Swiss Meats, the episode also features Volpi’s Meat Shop on the Hill in St. Louis, and the Blue Owl Restaurant in Kimmswick.

Sloan pointed out that the Dean boys sampled a variety of Swiss Meat products and seemed particularly taken with the Smoked Apple Cinnamon Sausage, just out of the smokehouse. “They really seemed to like the apple flavor; the mildness of the pork and the tartness of the apple naturally complement each other, along with the hickory smoked flavor,” said Sloan.

Bill Sloan founded the company in 1969 and it offers more than 70 varieties of smoked meats and sausages that are sold around the country. Swiss Meat has had its products recognized in both state and national competitions. Its smoked bratwurst is served nationwide on Amtrak.

Swiss Meat is just one of many family owned businesses in the Hermann area. Located on the banks of the Missouri River, an hour west of St. Louis, Hermann offers visitors a real sense of Old-World hospitality and the quiet charms of an earlier time. With more than 100 buildings on the National Historic Register, several museums, a large historic district with restaurants of every kind, shops and galleries, and spectacular views at every turn, Hermann is a perfect getaway destination for fun and relaxation any time of the year.

Hermann’s world renowned vineyards offer visitors a unique experience, with award winning wines to taste, beautiful grounds and buildings to explore and hospitality that is unmatched. Another highlight of the Hermann experience is its more than 60 exceptional lodging choices, including B&B’s, guest houses, and luxury inns. Many of the accommodations are in historic buildings and are available in a wide range of prices and amenities.

Earlier this year, readers of Rural Missouri Magazine selected Hermann as Missouri’s “Most Beautiful Town.” Additional information about Hermann is available at http://www.hermannmo.info or by calling 1-800-932-8687.