Breinwurst: “Why Eat the Best When the Wurst is Better!”

With chef Mathew Unger and author Porcshe Moran Murphy
| 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Festival Stage

Missouri chef Mathew Unger will demonstrate how to make Breinwurst, an Austrian cooked sausage made from pork and millet. He’ll start by grinding the millet with pork, rice, and garlic. Then he’ll incorporate pork shoulder to ensure the perfect blend (forgoing the traditional ingredients–pig’s head, skin and internal organs). Matthew will be joined by Porche Moran Murphy, prolific food writer and Mathew’s co-author for the forthcoming book, Missouri Comfort.

Mathew Unger


Mathew Unger

Mathew’s love of food and cooking started at the age of 9 after taking a cooking class from the Sisters of Notre Dame. Mathew received his BA in business from Missouri State University in Springfield, and, after spending a few years as a stockbroker, he decided to turn his passion for food into a career. He’s taught culinary classes, worked in kitchens at local restaurants, and owned and operated his own restaurant, Mathew’s Kitchen. Mathew is currently the Director of Foodservice at Midwest Petroleum, where he oversees Dottie’s, a truckstop diner in Cuba, Missouri, and develops programs for convenience stores throughout Missouri and Illinois. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Maggie, and their two children. He is the coauthor of the upcoming Missouri Comfort with Porchse Moran Murphy.

Porcshe Moran Murphy


Porcshe Moran Murphy

Porcshe Moran Murphy is a marketing and communications professional based in central Missouri. She creates digital and print content for global and regional brands, covering topics like food and drink, travel, home design, healthcare technology and business. Porcshe holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys being at home with her husband and furkids, reading mystery novels, attending arts and culture events, and exploring restaurants, wineries, state parks and museums. She is the coauthor of Missouri Comfort: Recipes and Stories from Favorite Places, coming next Fall.
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Washington, MO, August 25–27

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