Oneota Community Co-op Chef Featured on IPTV “Iowa Ingredient”

By: David Lester, General Manager

The Oneota Community Food Co-op’s Café Manager/Chef, Mattias Kriemelmeyer, was featured in an episode of Iowa Public Television’s series, Iowa Ingredient.

The Iowa Ingredient episode, “Herbs,” debuted on Saturday, June 1 and is available for viewing on IPTV’s website at: http://www.iptv.org/iowaingredient/story.cfm/full_program/10544/iai_20130608_203_herbs/video

IPTV began filming for this episode in the Fall of 2012 and focused on two of northeast Iowa’s providers of local products, the Oneota Community Food Co-op and Rolling Hills greenhouse located in West Union, Iowa. The first part of the episode visits the greenhouse and hydroponic operation, Rolling Hills, located in West Union, Iowa. Owned and operated by the Unruh family, this large indoor facility provides locally grown lettuce and herbs twelve months a year.

Later in the episode, Kriemelmeyer uses fresh basil, cilantro, thyme, and several different herbs to make his dishes: Rosemary and Thyme Chicken, Five Herb Pesto and Penne Pasta, and Herbal Salad with Mint Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese. Kriemelmeyer’s cooking style can be described as creative fusion of eclectic and traditional. As Manager/Chef of the Co-op’s Water Street Café located in the downtown Decorah store location, Kriemelmeyer was recognized on the show as one of Iowa’s top creative chefs.

Water Street Cafe Manager/Chef, Mattias Kriemelmeyer commented, “It is a great honor to be able to represent the Co-op and the Decorah community. I am passionate about local, sustainable foods and I enjoyed the opportunity to share some easy and delicious ways to use my favorite local herbs.”