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5 Things Volume 6

5 Things Volume 6

Fish, meat, bread, boxes – yes, these are just some of the staples of the Smokehaus. While we churn through a lot of sandwiches, shipments, spices and slices, we’re still inspired and we’re endlessly proud to hold ourselves to high standards in tradition, quality and uniqueness.  Here’s 5 things that happened this week!

#1. A batch (a catch?) of wild-caught Alaskan King Salmon made its way to the smoker. If you’re on our website looking to get these choice chunks shipped right to your doorstep, check out The Royal Pound. The fish is caught by local fisherman Dave Rogotzke. Read more about these salmon over on Dave’s website. Don’t you love the color of the fish??

wild king salmon

#2. We’re catering a wedding this Saturday! Lots of prep has been taking place, including these miniature meatballs rolled by TK one by one.. by one.. by one… until  you get to 300. These meatballs are being made for a soup – fun, right? Plus, crostini! I personally never met a crostini I didn’t like. Jerry and Addison sliced these one by one.. by one.. by one… until you get to 400? 450? Lots. Just lots.

meatballscrostini

#3. We received our order of new boxes for Mail Order. We’re in the process of changing insulation from styrofoam to a more earth-friendly box liner (it’s biodegradable, and compostable), and have had to adjust our box sizes a little bit. Our new small box now has our logo printed on it again! New font (we love fonts around here), and the adorable fish bundle has become the official logo of our Mail Order business. Pretty cute for a box, no?

mail order box

#3. This week down in the shop, we’ve had King Collars for sale. These can look intimidating to some, but to others they are pure magic. Buttery, flakey, and full of Omega-3s, you need to set your palate for adventure, and get on down to the Smokehaus while supplies last. ($19.99/lb) They’re smoked! Of course.

king salmon collars

#5. We ran out of our truly popular pepperoni earlier this week. It happens when you are making everything by hand. But rest assured, that salami case will be chock-full again soon. Check back with us in a couple weeks for a freshly harvested batch of dry-cured pepperoni. And in the meantime, the chorizo is just killer right now.

pepperoni

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5 things volume 2

Volume 2

It’s Friday, and the weekend is just gearing up. Our busy shop season is nearing the end. There is sure to be a bustling shop this weekend and all the shenanigans that go with it, but here’s 5 things that happened this past week, at #thesmokehaus:

  1. As we have probably all forgotten already, Monday was the Solar Eclipse. The country seemed to be a buzz with the impending total eclipse, but NOT HERE IN DULUTH! NOPE! Go figure, a cloudy day here and we were stuck inside making sandwiches, processing meat, prepping food, and packing box after box of bacon. They tell me I will learn to love this “cool” weather in Duluth. They also tell me these 70 boxes that went out this week ain’t nothin’ compared to the holiday mail order season. Eeek! :/

  1. Taylor and Eric make a giant Porketta. We’re talking almost 20 pounds of butterflied pork loin and pork belly smothered in herbs and rolled to perfection. Several hours in the smoker will have that belly caramelized just right. Have you ever seen such beauty? And look at that Porketta! 🙂 This Tuscan-style porketta will be the focal point up our upcoming and final Barn Dinner of the season. We love putting on these events. We get to showcase our skills outside of the Smokehaus, and be creative and innovative. We get to bring people together over food (what we do best).

  1. Jerry made some bread this week (as he does every week). By the numbers: 1 guy, 80 loaves of bread, 1 tiny oven! Impressive, no? Jerry’s evil plan is to be a full time baker for the shop. YAASSSS! Right now he bakes all of this in a 2x2x2 Blodgett oven, a true testament to his commitment and love of bread-making.

  1. Can we talk for a minute about how we all hate packing peanuts? They are the worst! Always sticking themselves to your clothes and hands. We’re practically swimming in them here. But sadly they are a necessary component for shipping. 🙁 These 20 cubic foot bags are just ridiculous. With only 1 very over-used elevator at the DeWitt-Seitz Building, our employees hoisted these prodigious packs of peanuts up 3 flights of public stairs and public stares! A hilarious sight to see. Now they loom and tower over our ever enclosing office space.

  1. And unto us, a Smokehaus baby was born. Well, not exactly to us, but to our dear employee, Woody! We waited with anticipation all last week and as the silly due date came and went. Woody finally took his leave and we all blankly looked at each other wondering how we would know when it finally came. And finally this week, we get to say, “Congrats to the happy couple!”
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5 things that happened this week

Volume 1

Hello folks – there are so many things that happen at #thesmokehaus each week, it’s high time we start sharing a little more of the day to day from our island of food weirdos. Come along for the ride and catch up with 5 things that happened every week. We’ll share on Fridays. It’s not guaranteed to be a revelation or an earth-shattering event, but more of the laughter, food and quirkiness that keeps us coming together every week.

Here’s 5 things that happened at #thesmokehaus this week:

  1. Finished a little bacon project – that’s 120# sliced and packaged for a major order going out next week! People came together to get it done. It’s nice when we come together over bacon.

  1. Made “The Big Meg” on Thursday for lunch. Another sandwich on our “hidden menu” that has existed behind the scenes over the years. This one exists from the mind of a former great, as far as Smokehausers go. Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, corned beef, red onion, cheddar, chopped pickles – toasted, baby!

  1. Speaking of babies, a baby was not born – Woody and wife have been expecting a baby any day now for the past week. We all come to work each day in hopes the little Smokehaus baby has come. Nope! A big fat, NOPE! Hang in there Kiah!

  1. Some folks go to Hoops – We deliver sandwiches to #HoopsBrewing, and wanted to catch up with our friends over there. It’s nice to tell the people that matter to you that you like them, are here for them, and want to feed them.

  1. Someone calls for mail order smoked eel – Uh, we don’t have smoked eel. FYI, if you thought we had smoked eel, we do not carry smoked eel.

Xoxo

Team Smokehaus

 

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The Art of Gift Giving

Let’s face it, not everyone is good at giving gifts. Remember that Seinfeld episode? The one where Jerry gives Elaine 182 dollars to her snarky response, but then weeps when given a beautiful wooden bench she asked for, complete with a Yeats-quoted card (from Kramer, of all people).  Now, there’s the art of gift giving.

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such a friend.” – Yeats

At the Smokehaus, we appreciate fine and thoughtful things, and pairing certain items together for special gift boxes throughout the year brings us great joy. We know many of our mail order customers have been to the Canal Park deli on a special trip to Duluth. They have fond memories of being in our small shop, of traipsing around the Northland for summer fun and whimsy, all coupled with the mouth-watering goodness that filled their bellies and their memories. And perhaps, you’ve thought about how to bring the feelings of the Smokehaus into your own dining room.

We do understand giving the gift of specialty food mailed right to your door is a luxury, and that’s why we send the freshest product, handle and package each item with care and respect, and are sure to email or call you with any questions about your order or desired delivery time. (We even accept custom gift box orders.) We hope you feel giddy when you receive these special boxes of smoked delicacies. And we hope you will send a gift box to a friend someday, or a mother, for a special occasion, or to share together over beers on the deck, recounting all the hilarity and inside jokes from that last trip up the shore.

Gift Boxes Courtesy of the Smokehaus

Order Mother’s Day Gift Boxes by Wednesday, May 10th to ensure delivery before Mother’s Day.

Order Father’s Day Gift Boxes by Wednesday, June 14th, to ensure delivery before Father’s Day.

Order Northern Bagel Sandwich Kits anytime for that special someone, or special people. The Northern Bagel has been featured on our menu since 2001.

How many times have you been to the Canal Park deli? Who did you come with? Leave comments above.

Cheers, friends! And Happy Gift Giving!