Salamis to Troops effort continues through January

Salamis from Mister Brisket, packed and ready to go.

Mister Brisket’s goal for this extended holiday season is to send 200 salamis to troops serving in troubled spots around the world.

In what has become a holiday tradition, now in its fifth year, the Cleveland Heights butcher shop prepares and ships salamis to members of the armed forces.

Customers purchase the salamis, and the shop sends them to a service member specified by the customer, or to one on a list compiled by Mister Brisket, suggested by community members. 

“We accept names of recipients all year and try to put together a package for every name,” said Hank Kornblut, owner of Mister Brisket.

The cost of $20 per salami includes shipping, as well as a bottle of Cleveland’s renowned Stadium Mustard.

Kornblut will continue to accept salami purchases through the end of January. As of mid-December, Kornblut estimated that Mister Brisket had shipped 50 so far, with another 50 being prepared for shipment.

“Each salami is all beef and starts off weighing around 2 lbs.,” said Kornblut. “We turn it into a hard salami by hanging until it's wrinkled. Then we ship it along with notes of encouragement as well as the names of all purchasers.”

Mister Brisket’s website,, has a dedicated "Salamis to Troops" link. There, one can find more information on the program, as well as notes from many grateful recipients and a list of past contributors.

Mister Brisket is located at 2156 South Taylor Road. For more information on the Salamis to the Troops effort, stop in or call 216-932-8620.

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:57 PM, 12.30.2013