Fishers says ‘Willkommen’ to Inge’s German Market
As Fishers continues to grow, it continues to attract residents and entrepreneurs from all across the country, and even from around the globe. Two of our community’s newest members are the owners of Inge’s German Market & Deli, located at 8395 East 116th Street. Chris Kauth and Jacqueline Belus-Kauth recently settled here from out of state, and they have established their deli/market in the heart of downtown Fishers, in the new Fishers Center shopping district. This means that we no longer have to travel all the way to downtown Indy to the Athenaeum’s Rathskeller or Claus’ German Sausage & Meat Market (formerly Klemm’s) when we’re in the mood for some German food.
The daughter of German parents, Jacqueline was raised with an appreciation and understanding of the culture, and she learned to cook the dishes of her heritage. Her mother, Ingeborg Belus, helped her get the new business going and has gladly lent her name to the store. Now that things are up and running, however, Inge has left Fishers for a warmer climate, leaving the namesake deli in her daughter’s expert hands.
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When Inge’s German Market & Deli opened its doors for business on March 25th of this year, Fishers gained an opportunity to experience a traditional German menu inside a quaint yet modern deli atmosphere. ‘Imported’ from Chicago, the menu includes a variety ‘Würste,’ such as Knackwurst, Bratwurst and Wiener, as well as Jacqueline’s own homemade Brötchen (bread rolls), Sauerkraut and Rotkohl (red cabbage). To add to the cultural draw, Inge’s German Market also offers several shelves full of popular imported goods, including chocolate and coffee.
According to Ms. Belus-Kauth, her main focus is to provide tasty, healthy dishes to people seeking quick meals … a much more nutritious alternative to fast food. She states that all of her Schnitzel entrees are created from lean cuts of pork tenderloin, and her homemade potato salad is made in the style of Southern Germany with a vinaigrette base rather than with mayonnaise. Contrary to the common American misconception, she points out that German food is actually not fattening. But to reinforce her personal commitment to serving healthy dishes, she explains, “Even our Reuben sandwich is made from very lean, high-quality corned beef.”
During their seven months of operation, Inge’s German Market has appeared at several local events in order to attract customers and enable the community to become acquainted with them. Fishers and Indianapolis residents might remember seeing them at the Renaissance Festival, A Taste of Fishers and the International Festival. Next summer, they plan on being a vendor at the weekly Fishers Farmers Market. As newcomers to our community, they are working hard to establish themselves and gain recognition, having also recently joined the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.
At the present time, Jacqueline states they are in the process of obtaining their license to serve beer and wine, which they plan to use as a means to upscale their atmosphere on weekends. Seeking to promote “… a kind of ‘Saturday Night Bistro’ at Inge’s,” she hopes they can attract a wider audience, enticing new customers to come and see how they are more than just a simple deli.