It's a little hard to believe, but the Proper Sausages shop is turning 1-and-a-half today. The Miami Shores meat boutique opened March 23, 2013, after Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann's sausages, sold mostly at farmers' markets, caused a sensation in Miami.
Proper Sausages' Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann make a "proper" sausage in Miami.
The couple began making sausages, partly out of necessity, about three years ago, not really intending it to lead to a career. Freddy Kaufman explains, "I was moving back to Miami after being in New York for culinary school. It was right around Obama's inauguration, and I met Danielle. We were both working in restaurants -- she in the front of the house, me in the back. I was working at Michy's. I ate there all the time, and I considered it a dream to get to work there. But it's a bit of a bittersweet thing, because it's a business like any other and the reality of cooking is that sometimes it can be thankless and anonymous and you start to lose a connection to the food.
"Danielle and I would eat around town, and she was continually remarking that the sausage wasn't as good as it was in England. It was just that the quality there was something you take for granted, and it just wasn't present here. Danielle said we should be making our own, and we did and got a really good response from friends. We started selling them at farmers' markets, and we took pride in the quality of the meat and in breaking all these sausage-making traditions. Before you knew it, we were opening a shop that sells meat and bacon and wine and beer. But it all starts with Danielle being attuned to the fact that there wasn't a proper sausage in town."More »