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On September 13 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the Spidle Hall kitchen, a well-known figure in German heritage communities, Rolf Meyer, joins the Culture and Cooking class of the Year of Germany at the International Cultural Center for give a hands-on cooking demonstration of authentic German dishes. Meyer is a German immigrant engineer turned chef and restaurateur. The event is free and open to Auburn University faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. Places are limited to the first 40 participants.
“I can’t wait to show my passion for German cuisine and awaken Auburn’s taste buds to fill dishes with spices and other ingredients from around the world,” Meyer said. “For Germans, food is culture and community, so get ready to experience a taste of my homeland.”
In addition to his cooking classes, Meyer will talk about his determination and indomitable spirit that drove him to follow his passion in his new home in Alabama. He is the youngest of six children and was born in 1961 in the small rural town of Hoya, Germany. Growing up, he was a volunteer firefighter with a group of young people and played sports, including handball and soccer. He has always been interested in cooking and baking, having learned most of what he knows from his mother. From 14 to 17, Meyer worked in a local butcher’s shop to learn how to make sausages. He hoped one day to take over the business and begin his apprenticeship, but his parents urged him to join the manufacturing industry on a rotating basis.
Meyer then went to work for Mercedes-Benz in Bremen, Germany, where he worked for 12.5 years before becoming independent in industrial engineering. As a consultant, he has worked in Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria and the United States. While working in the engineering industry, Meyer developed many talents. He plays guitar, speaks five languages and is a black belt in taekwondo.
After coming to work at the Mercedes-Benz Vance factory in 2013 and working there for several years, Meyer decided to retire and pursue his childhood culinary dream. He started with a food truck, then opened his deli and restaurant in Northport, Rolf’s Café and Bistro. The restaurant opened in December 2020 and specializes in homemade German breads, desserts and sausages. Its most popular dishes include bratwurst, spaetzle, schnitzel, sourdough bread, pretzels, windbeutel, and Black Forest cake. Meyer is proud to serve clean products, free of colorings and preservatives.
The Culture & Cuisine course is just the first of several Germany Year events throughout the fall semester. Find out how to participate by clicking here.
For more information on the International Cultural Center of the Office of International Programs, visit the ICC website by clicking on here.