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Berks couple to compete on new televised food show

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 10 2014 04:42:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 06:17:41 AM CDT

A Berks County couple will soon debut a unique, homemade treat before a nationwide television audience.

LEESPORT, Pa. -

A Berks County couple will soon debut a unique, homemade treat before a nationwide television audience.

On a date to be determined, Katie and Michael Meyer, owners of Uncle Paul's Stuffed Pretzels, will compete amongst other chefs on "Frankenfood," a new Spike TV series highlighting unique, edible concoctions.

"It was just a great experience," said Michael Meyer, who had to remain tight-lipped surrounding the show's outcome. "But we were very pleased with how the show ended up and how we did."

For almost three years, the Hamburg couple has been selling the savory baked pretzels at fairs and events across the region. They started out in a food truck, and are now expanding with a stand at the Leesport Farmers Market, set to open next Wed., Mar. 19.

"We take homemade, gourmet soft pretzel dough… roll it out and fill it with various types of meats and cheeses," said Michael, who developed the dough recipe himself, after almost a decade of experimentation.

"Fine-tuned the recipe and came up with something I think is absolutely delicious," said Michael.

Customers seem to agree.

During each vendor event, the Meyers fresh bake and sell up to 1,000 pretzels. Stuffings range from buffalo chicken to pepperoni pizza, and cost between $4 and $8.

"Now we have a following and it's been incredible to see people that will follow us from fair to fair. We've made so many great friends out on the fair circuit," said Katie.

The business venture was somewhat unexpected for the pair, who took the leap after both lost their corporate jobs.

"We were like… 'what are we going to do? The economy is horrible'… He's like 'let's make my pretzels'… so that's what we decided to do," said Katie.

"It's been very rewarding working for ourselves," said Michael, who named the business after his late father.

If you'd like to book Uncle Paul's Stuffed Pretzels for catering, call 610-413-1096.