This 70-minute television documentary celebrates the food culture of the Germans from Russia who emigrated to south central North Dakota beginning in the 1880’s. Visit the kitchens of 10 local cooks who make strudels, sauerkraut, kartoffel-kurbis strumbus, fleischkuechla, borscht, rahmnoodla, pickled beets, stirrum, knoephla soup, and kuchen. Spend a morning at the historic Model Bakery in Linton where kuchen is hand crafted, and tour Grandma’s Kuchen in Ashley to see a mechanized method for mass marketing. Learn the tricks of making sausage at Schmitt Locker in Napoleon and the Supervalu Grocery in Zeeland; and explore the church fair and supper in Strasburg, Octoberfest in Napoleon and the 91st annual Sauerkraut Days in Wishek. The food is great—but the stories are even better.
Producer: Bob Dambach
Editor: Kelly Johnson
Contributors: Sue Kaseman Balcom, Acacia Jonas Stukle, Carman Rath-Wald
Executive Producers: Bob Dambach, Michael M. Miller
Production funding provided by Tri-County Tourism Alliance, Michael M. Miller, Julie Opp Burgum, and the members of Prairie Public.