Valbella Chimney Sticks

Smoky, salty, rich, dense and meaty - these cured sausages are not for amateurs. In fact, they’re expertly crafted in Canmore by the von Rotz family. Chimney sticks are made with hand trimmed beef and pork, then smoked with Birchwood for a week and finally hung to dry. It’s a labour intensive process, but at Valbella, it’s the process that makes the product (although the clean fresh mountain air doesn’t hurt).

Regular Price $5.99/pair

About Valbella Gourmet Foods

Thirty-five years ago, Canmore was much different than it is today. The once-mighty Canmore Mines Ltd. shut its doors and few tourists traveled the empty gravel roads. It was all but a ghost town.That didn’t stop Walter and Leonie von Rotz from setting up shop in a 1,000 square foot downtown building, and prospering. “It was the quality of everything,” explains Jeff von Rotz, who is slowly taking over operations from his father. “No one knew what a Landjaeger was back then, but the quality was there.” That quality impressed Sunterra Market President Glen Price so much that Sunterra stopped curing its own meats about 15 years ago, and decided to partner with Valbella. Valbella had already been using Sunterra Farms pork to make their pork products, and continues to do so today thanks to a handshake agreement between Walter and Glen.

Walter and Leonie von Rotz

Nowadays, Valbella (meaning beautiful valley in Swiss German) has moved to a 25,000 square foot production facility and deli overlooking the Three Sisters, and is largely run by brother and sister team Jeff and Chantal von Rotz. Otherwise, not too much has changed. “Technology can’t speed things up,” says Jeff. At Valbella, it’s the process that makes the product. Both Jeff and Chantal have spent time in their parents’ native Switzerland, and the company always has one or two Swiss butchers on staff. Meats are hand trimmed, smoked with birchwood and hung in the clean, fresh air to cure. Some products take weeks to make (anyone for double smoked bacon?), while other products (like the ever-popular bundnerfleisch) take months. Our suggestion? Stock up on chimney sticks now and enjoy the unique European flavour of Valbella

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