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Made in Oklahoma - In Germany with Chef Kurt

Travel to Europe and there is a fascination with the American West, not just out culture, but our food. One of the reasons a group of Oklahomans traveled to Germany to attend a giant food show and show off Made in Oklahoma products.
Made in Oklahoma - In Germany with Chef Kurt

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Show 1103: Made in Oklahoma - In Germany with Chef Kurt

Air date: January 16, 2011

 

Transcript

Rob McClendon:  Well travel to Europe and there’s a fascination with the American West; not just our culture, but also our food.  One of the reasons a group of Oklahomans traveled to Germany to attend a giant food show, to show off Made in Oklahoma products.  Once again, here’s our Alisa Hines.

Alisa Hines:  They’re just as pretty chopped, as they are whole.

Kurt Fleischfresser:  We’ll be getting a lot of purple asparagus, it’s just beautiful this time of year.

Alisa Hines:  Oklahoma grown vegetables.  Kurt Fleischfresser is owner of The Tasting Room in Oklahoma City and says he made a choice to use Made in Oklahoma products in his restaurants.

Kurt:  I wanted to have Oklahoma cuisine; I wanted, I didn’t want to order my meat from, you know, Kansas and get my fish from, I wanted to get as much of a local cuisine as I can.  So when people travel, they come here, they go, “Wow, that’s what Oklahoma tastes like!”

Alisa:  And Made in Oklahoma products are just as good as any other.

Kurt:  Just as good, or better, and any of the products I use, I, I won’t use a product that’s less just because it’s Made in Oklahoma; and, that doesn’t further Made in Oklahoma, that doesn’t do anybody any good.

Alisa:  Now not only does Kurt use Made in Oklahoma products in his restaurant, but he also promotes them around the world in places like Germany.

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Kurt:  This is my third trip to Germany and it’s, there’s a little exclusive food show called Essen & Trinken, and its uh, its products that are imported into Germany.

Alisa:  Made in Oklahoma’s Barbara Charlet says Oklahoma products sell well outside the US.

Barbara Charlet:  They’re growth market, and the unique thing about Germany is that it’s a, what we call a very sophisticated market.  It’s a mature market, so to get new products into the German market is really quite a feat.

Alisa:  Especially with how we prepare our food.

Kurt:  Things like, you know, like pancake syrup and, and like, it sounds weird but, we have pancake mixes and stuff, and they, their mixes are more sweet whereas we put more sweet things on a more savory type of, like a, waffles and pancakes.  So I mean to them it’s like, you know, it’s a little different, but they like it.

Alisa:  And that’s good for Oklahoma’s economy.

Barbara:  You know from an economic standpoint, it’s the fact that they continue to purchase the products.  You know, surprisingly, the importer that we work with in Germany has been purchasing container loads of these products for the past 10 years.

Alisa:  Selling Made in Oklahoma products around the world, while creating jobs in Oklahoma.