People Behind the Plates with Ken Schafer

By on April 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered how a restaurant’s roots can affect the unique flavors and taste of the fare it serves? With this very special People Behind the Plates interview, we talk with Ken Schafer owner of Boston Deli Grill and Market.

A favorite for nearly a quarter of a century, Boston Deli is known for its natural and organic meats, rubs, artisan breads, and so much more. Many items available on the market side allow you the option to take them home and experiment in your own kitchen.

Whether you are in the mood for seared salmon, chile gingered pork tenderloin, or a succulent back of baby back ribs, Ken and his team have you covered. And, for those with less extensive palates, their burgers are top-notch!

In this video, Ken shares with us how his upbringing influences the way he approaches food, his passion for upscale grilling, and how family tradition has played a major part in the dishes the restaurant offers. (Hint: His team even utilizes a summertime backyard favorite Hasty-Bake Smokers and Charcoal Grills!)

But what is even better than the food at Boston Deli is Ken’s passion for the business after over two decades. “If you do something that you love, you don’t work a day in your life,” he explains. “Even though it is tedious and trying, I love challenges like that.”
Learn more about Boston Deli and the story behind the flavor by watching the video. The restaurant is located at 6231 E. 61st Street in Tulsa.

This is a People Behind the Plates interview with Ken Schafer, owner of Boston Deli. In this interview we learned more about Ken’s roots and what drives him. Special thanks to Restaurant Equipment and Supply for making this amazing video series possible.


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