Robert Gokey Earns Master Meat Crafter Certification


On Friday, January 22nd 2016, Robert Gokey, Owner of Karl’s Sausage Kitchen & European Market was awarded the distinction of Master Meat Crafter by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.  This was the third graduating class of the Master Meat Crafter program—a two year training course focused on meat science and specialty meat product manufacture.


The Master Meat Crafter commencement ceremony took place on the evening of Friday, January 22nd,  2016.  Featured speakers included Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Ben Brancel, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate Vandenbosch, and UW-Madison Department of Animal Sciences Chair, Dan Schaefer.


“Congratulations to all the Master Meat Crafters for their commitment to developing and perfecting their skills,” said Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel. “The breadth of projects completed by these graduates will benefit not only their individual meat businesses but the entire specialty meats industry.”


The Master Meat Crafter Training Program is a unique, one-of-a-kind program that provides participants with a well-rounded, in-depth, and comprehensive knowledge about meat science and meat processing principles. This unique program started with humble beginnings as a means to strengthen and improve the meat industry in Wisconsin.  As the initiative gained momentum, the Master Meat Crafter graduates have traveled from the East Coast and Canada to learn the latest in meat science techniques.  It was created and is currently organized by Dr. Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist.


The Master Meat Crafter program comprises several meat science short courses and workshops, an extensive mentorship program to share the knowledge gained with employees or coworkers, and individual research projects based in the candidates’ processing plants. Topics covered throughout the two year training course include general meat processing, fresh meats, curing, fermented & dried products, cooked & emulsified products, food safety & meat microbiology, and development/implementation of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).


Bob Gokey completed a yearlong plant project that studied the effects of adding beer to emulsified sausages.  “We have passionate customers that love sausages and craft beer.  I was intrigued to see if I could combine them in a tasty sausage.” stated Bob Gokey.   Bob turned to a long term partnership with Sam Adams Brewery and produced over nine test batches using Sam Adams Boston Lager, Noble Pils and Boston Ale.   He then looked at the effects the beer had on the sausage’s ph, water activity and flavor.  The final test of the success of the sausage was a blind taste test by Sam Adams beer lovers at the Sam Adams Brewery.  The top favorites were  a new twist on a Karl’s favorite- German frankfurter made with Sam Adams Noble Pils Beer.


Karl’s Sausage Kitchen & European Market is well known throughout New England for its authentic, old-world European sausages, cold cuts and smoked meats, made on the premises with the finest meats and spices. We also stock imported products such as jams, chocolates, cheeses, pickles, cookies and bread in our grocery.  The move to the larger Peabody facility has enabled owners Anita and Robert Gokey to add a European Café, where customers can now enjoy sandwiches, grilled sausages, traditional German fare and imported beer and wine before stocking up on meats and imported goods to take home.

Photo: Dr. Jeff Sindelar, University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist awarding the Master Meat Crafter distinction to local sausage maker, Bob Gokey owner of Karl’s Sausage Kitchen and European Market, Peabody, MA.


For more information contact, Anita Gokey at 781-249-4366 or

Wear Your Folk Costume for Oktoberfest at Karl’s!

Dust off your dirndls and straighten your lederhosen! Anyone coming into Karl’s September 19th through October 4th wearing traditional German or Northern European folk costume will be entered into a drawing to win an overnight stay at the Windham Hill Inn, VT!

We’ll also be having daily drawings for lots of other great prizes like t-shirts from Weihenstephaner and Ayinger, 1 liter glass beer boots, bottle openers and more!

The cafe will be offering up some awesome specials for Oktoberfest, and of course we’ll have imported German Oktoberfest beers on tap and in the bottle!



Karl’s at A Wild Affair

This June 20th, will be at A Wild Affair, Stone Zoo’s annual fundraiser!

The event runs from 5:30 – 9:30 at Stone Zoo in Stoneham and features a wide array of food and drink offerings, as well as live music and an auction.

Tickets are still available, so help support a great cause, and come see us on June 20th!

More information can be found HERE. 

Karl’s Christmas Market 2014


Our Christmas Market is just around the corner, can you believe it?
This year our market will be better than ever, as we’re welcoming a second vendor to the event.

November 15th and 16th will be the only days they’re here, so mark your calendar and make sure you stop in to find that perfect traditional European gift!

We will of course be stocked to the brim with our usual Christmas goodies, check out this small sampling of items we stock HERE. 

We will once again be welcoming back Troll Valley European Imports to offer our customers traditional Christmas gifts and collectibles from Germany, Austria, Russia, and more! Austrian crystal ornaments and jewelry, German Edelweiss jewelry, hand blown ornaments, beer steins and so much more!

We will also be welcoming A Swedish Shop, from West Bridgewater MA, to our Christmas Market! A Swedish Shop will be offering traditional Jul gifts from across Scandinavia, including ornaments, textiles, Dala horses, and decorations, among other things. Check them out HERE. 

New Product Tastings at Karl’s!

Join us on Saturday, September 6th from 11 am – 2 pm for a tasting of new products from three great local companies!

Didi Davis, owner of Salt Traders, will be here to answer all your questions about cooking and finishing with different gourmet salts. Salt Traders is based in Ipwsich, and procures gourmet salts and salt blends from around the world, including the Himalayas, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Canada, and much more!

Lisa Griffiths of That Nutty Redhead will also be joining us, bringing along samples of her all natural home made European style praline nuts. These snacks are made by hand, in small batches, in Rockport.

Also joining us will be Elvine Weijnschenk, who makes the Dutch treat Bitterballen. Bitterballen are a deep fried seasoned meatball, popularly served as snacks to go along with drinks, and the pub or in various other settings.



Peabody Chamber of Commerce Summer Fest

On Wednesday, July 23, Karl’s will be at the Peabody Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Fest, held at the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm.

The theme this year is “Eat, Drink, and be German!” There will be a raffle and games such as Pretzel Toss, Beer Stein Golf, and a Keg Rolling Contest, as well as a prize for the best dressed so be sure to wear your Lederhosen!

More information can be found HERE.


Boston Sculptors Gallery Opening: Ovid’s Girls

Karl’s is proud to be providing refreshments for the opening reception of Ovid’s Girls – Overlaps and Undercurrents, a new exhibition at Boston Sculptors Gallery, this Thursday June 26th.

From the press release:
Boston, MA: Boston Sculptors Gallery and Gallery Kayafas present companion exhibitions
“Ovid’s Girls” featuring 12 sculptors, half from the US and half from Germany, all of whom share
an aesthetic of the evocative and enigmatic. The exhibitions will highlight parallels and
relationships in the artwork, creating a cross-continent dialogue of ideas, materials, and
conceptual approaches. 

The full press release can be found here.

Meet the Brewer with The Tap Brewing Company

Join us on Friday, June 20th from 5-7 PM to meet Brian Davis, head brewer from The Tap Brewing Company in Haverhill!

If you’ve been in and tried our Berliner Weisse beer special, you’re familiar with The Tap! They provide the Berliner Weisse beer, and we mix it with flavored syrup to make a traditional German drink. It’s a great hot weather refresher!

Brian will be on hand pouring Berliner Weisse and answering any questions you may have, so stop by and say hello, and enjoy dinner and a beer while you’re here.

A Wild Affair at Stone Zoo

Karl’s will once again be participating in A Wild Affair at Stone Zoo! A Wild Affair is a great fund raiser, promising an evening of food, fun, and live entertainment! Follow the link below for more information.

A Wild Affair

A Visit from St. Nicholas!

St. Nicholas and his companion, Knecht Ruprecht, will be here this Friday, Dec. 6th at 6pm to visit with kids of all ages! The German St. Nicholas visits children to find out if they’ve been good and deserve treats, or if they’ve been naughty and deserve unwelcome gifts of coal, sticks, and stones. In Germany, children put empty boots out on the evening before St. Nicholas Day, hoping to find them filled to the brim with presents in the morning.

Knecht Ruprecht is St. Nicholas’ most familiar attendant in Germany. He is a servant and helper whose face is sooty from going down chimneys leaving children’s treats. He carries the sack of presents and a rod for disobedient children. “Just wait until Ruprecht comes” is still a common threat in German homes.

Stop in and visit with St. Nicholas  and Ruprecht while you get some of your Christmas shopping done!