Say what you will about sausages. Make all the jokes you want. But these two aren't kidding. When it comes to combining flavors and different kinds of meats, Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann are experts.
What was formerly just a stand at a weekend farmers markets has turned into a storefront in Miami Shores. Proper Sausages went brick and mortar a few months ago when slinging gourmet sausages to local restaurants (like Blue Collar and Eating House) wasn't enough for Miami.
They make custom blends like The Proper, with Berkshire pork, black pepper, mace, and sage; and The Romagna, with rosemary, lemon zest and garlic. Sourcing locally, and giving an enormous push to Miami's artisanal food movement, the Kaufmanns are ones to keep under close watch.
The most influential person in my career has been:
Danielle would tell you I taught her the value of Kosher salt, and I'd say she got me off the line and into this shop, so this question is easy, each other...we wouldn't be here if we weren't together
When I'm alone and in need of comfort, (and no one is there to watch or judge) the one food or drink I turn to is:
A bag of pretzels and a jar of peanut butter... smear, eat, repeat.
What does Miami need more of?
Danielle: Fish & Chip shops.
Freddy: Good Chinese Food
You get to vote one food or beverage trend off the island forever -- what is it?
Overpriced small plates of food. Some people call it tapas.
You have unlimited funds to open a restaurant or bar -- what's the name and what do you serve?
There is always a budget, and we're really living the dream.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Exhausted, and 10 years older.
Dream dinner party for six: Who (living or dead) are you inviting?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, party animal. Daniel Day Lewis, milkshake for dessert. Maud & Nikki, they've been there since the beginning. King Leonidas, as portrayed by Gerard Butler. Princess Di, needs no explanation. Chris Lilly, have you seen Angry Boys?
New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in each post.
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