Old World Care & Craftsmanship Alive & Well at Viroqua Food Co+op!
We would like to officially welcome Ethan Schandelmeier to the VFC in his new position as Meat and Seafood Assistant Manager.
Ethan moved to Viroqua with his family from NW Illinois when he was 14. Like many teenagers, his first job was as a short order cook and barista at the Common Ground Café (now Encore) on Main Street in Viroqua. Thereafter he worked as a line cook until 2006, when he became the Assistant Manager of the Meat and Seafood Department at People’s Food Co-op (PFC) in La Crosse, WI. He furthered his role and became the Manager of Meat, Seafood and Cheese at PFC’s second location in Rochester for the last seven years.
Ethan is passionate about sourcing local animal protein products. For over a decade he has strategically sourced meat from many farmers whose products we have all grown to recognize on our shelves. His dedication to high-quality product sourcing is an extremely valuable attribute – and for that, we are very lucky to have him at VFC to share his craft and knowledge. While he is skilled at staying true to the traditional aspects of butchery, he enjoys finding ways to incorporate artisanal charcuterie aspects into your centerplate.
Now that the Co-op has an in-house butcher – heritage breed pork, grass-fed beef patties, house-made bratwursts and more are freshly made with skill and pride. You’ll find primal cuts of beef, steaks and kabobs for grilling. Ethan is also sourcing fresh, never frozen, sustainably-harvested seafood including salmon, cod and walleye.
We are very excited that Ethan has returned to the Viroqua area and brings 13 years of skill and experience as a meat cutter and manager to benefit VFC’s newly expanded meat department.