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Fri, Feb 09


Osborne Nature Center

Rural Iowa Sausage: History & Tradition of Brats on the Back Roads

The Iowa Gallivant, Jay Goodvin, will be coming to Osborne for a presentation about the history of Iowa meat lockers. Mark your calendars for this event!

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Rural Iowa Sausage: History & Tradition of Brats on the Back Roads
Rural Iowa Sausage: History & Tradition of Brats on the Back Roads

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Osborne Nature Center, 29862 Osborne Rd, Elkader, IA 52043, USA

About the Event

Presentation Feb 9, 2024

10:00 AM

Osborne Nature Center

About the Book

In 1882, City Meat Market opened in New Albin with what became its famous ring Bologna. It is one of the oldest meat shops in all of Iowa, a state that held more than 400 of these shops at one time. Locally famous institutions like the Holy Cross Locker closed its doors in 2018. But customers can still get a taste of their popular products with their recipes sold to other trusted sausage makers keeping the tradition alive. In Early, Ray Nellis and his locker made it through the Great Depression and World War II rationing. Dayton Meat Products even offered some of the best pies in the state. Author Jay Goodvin recants the history of the famous lockers, famous products and dedicated Iowa customers.

About the Author

Jay “Jay Jay” Goodvin has always told people to never make someone smile when they don’t want to. Make’em laugh! His writing, traveling, history seeking, and the constant search for memorable food is what steers his daily life. He is a stunning husband, dad joke aficionado, loyal buddy, shameless storyteller and all-around interesting dude that never got his application completed for Jeopardy. He always tells folks that you can’t spell routine without rut so set your heading in a different direction whenever you can. For many years you could have caught up with him in some random kitchen in some random locale and now you must try to catch him during his constant travels in Iowa and beyond. Jay is Chief Explorer on The Iowa Gallivant, Host and Voice of Iowa Irish in Downtown-Waterloo, regular contributor for Little Village Magazine Bread and Butter Magazine, KXEL Radio, and constant promoter of communities all over the map.

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· Title: Rural Iowa Sausage: History & Tradition of Brats on the Backroads

· By: Jay Goodvin

· Pages: 160

· ISBN: 9781467148542

· Price: $24.99

· On Sale Date: 11/6/2023

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