Q: When was this episode taped?
A: Anthony and crew were in Cleveland for about a week taping the Cleveland-area segments. They visited The Sausage Shoppe the morning of January 24, 2007. The taping occurred before the Shoppe opened to the public that day--that's why the sign near the entrance door outside says "Closed" as Tony is first entering. We crammed what would normally be 3-4 days' worth of production into about a day-and-a-half to prepare food for the taping. The episode was first broadcast on August 27, 2007 on The Travel Channel, and continues to be shown in rebroadcasts periodically.
Q: All the food looks delicious! What foods were shown on the episode?
A: The items shown, in the order that they appear in the episode:
Q: Tony looks like he enjoyed the food. What happened after the cameras stopped rolling?
A: Pretty much what happened when the cameras were rolling: Tony and his crew ate. And ate. And ate some more. His producer was quick to note that if Tony keeps eating long after the cameras are done taping, that's a sure sign the stuff was beyond good. There are photos of the crew devouring the post-shoot spread on the No Reservations Web site.
Q: Okay, I want some! Do you ship?
A: Unfortunately, our food inspection license does not permit us to ship (it's a long story about the need for federal inspection, the need to have full-time on-site inspectors, astronomical costs, and the fact that we lost a drag race years ago to a guy from the USDA). If, however, you know someone in the Cleveland area who can come to our retail store, we will be happy to package your order for shipment, and that person can then ship your order to you via whichever package service (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) you wish. Our license just doesn't permit us to do it ourselves. There is legislation pending in the state of Ohio that would permit businesses with permit types like ours to be able to ship, but until that happens, we are not able to.
Q: If I visit Cleveland, can I order your products and have it waiting for me?
A: Absolutely! You can use the order form on our Web site or call us at (216) 351-5213. Please allow 2 business days to process your order. Because some items may take some time to produce, we ask that you give us as much advance notice as possible. We also have reusable ice packs for sale as well, in case you happen to bring a cooler or three. It is not uncommon for customers from out of town to visit our store with multiple coolers in tow who are "stocking up" for the next few months, until the next time they make it back to Cleveland.
Q: How long do I cook your products?
A: Many of our products, such as our bratwurst, for instance, are already cooked. All you have to do is reheat them on the grill, or in your oven or microwave. We do, though, have cooking suggestions and recipes located on our Web site here, here, here, and here. We also have nutrition information for a few of our products.
Q: I see that some of your products are only made at certain times. How can I know when they will be produced?
A: You can sign up to receive e-mail notifications of when our feature items are being produced. You can always special-order our products, too. Just be sure to give us sufficient advance notice. Some products may also require a minimum order amount (10 pounds of a bratwurst flavor, for example).
Q: Can I freeze Sausage Shoppe products?
A: Yes. In fact, we strongly recommend it, if you won't be eating the products within 5 days of purchase. Because our products are all-natural and do not contain any preservatives or other chemicals, it is almost a requirement. We also sell some of our products already vacuum-sealed and/or frozen, and can vacuum-seal just about any product for you by request.