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Beaver Dam Pepper Centennial Celebration

Sep 21, 2013 - Sep 22, 2013

This September, it has been 100 years that Joe Hussli brought the pepper seeds with him, when he came over to the new world from Hungary. He settled in Beaver Dam , Wisconsin, and started cultivating the pepper that must have meant so much to him. If you were to pack two bags only and move to the other part of the world – what would you pack!?

Joe passed the seeds to neighbors and friends and the pepper became known as the Beaver Dam Pepper. Unfortunately today, when you meet someone from Beaver Dam, chances are they have never heard about it, because most farmers abandoned the pepper’s cultivation as hybrid varieties became widely available. The new peppers did not require trellises and were much easier to grow, so over time, the Beaver Dam Pepper was forgotten.

To change that, The Scrumptious Pantry started pickling the Beaver Dam Pepper last year and have been very happy about the great success the pepper has had. It’s just too tasty not to fall in love with the warm, flavorful heat.

For September, we have teamed up with the Scrumptious Pantry to organize the “Beaver Dam Pepper Centennial Celebration” in Chicago and Milwaukee. For the weekend of (Sept 21-23 in Milwaukee), some of the cities’ best local restaurants will be creating special menu items to showcase the Beaver Dam Pepper to share the story of the pepper. There will be a number of tastings in retail stores where we will pass out samples and recipes and we will be popping up at select Farmer’s Markets, to boot.

Be part of the Beaver Dam Pepper Centennial Celebration – and eat it to save it!


Beaver Dam Pepper Tour de Menu September 21st

Bavette La Boucherie

Glorioso’s Italian Market


Juniper 61

La Merenda



Demos and in-store tastings

For the curious home cooks, Slow Food WiSE will be showcasing the Beaver Dam Pepper in cooking demos

September 7th: South Shore Market  

September 14: Fondy Market 

September 21: Glorioso’s Italian Market (this is a 90 min cooking class, tickets are available through Glorioso’s!)


Community Potluck

On September 11, we are partnering with Friends of Real Food for a Community Potluck that will highlight the pepper not only in the dishes, but in a cooking demo, to boot.


Sep 21, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
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