Foods, Inc. was established in the early 20th century. The Schwarz
family founded Frommer & Schwarz – known
today as Schwarz Fine Sausage – in 1911.
the street on Mission
When John Engelhart grew up next to a small butcher shop in Allmendingen
Germany, he knew his future was working with meats. At 14, he began
a traditional German butcher apprenticeship program — a six
day a week program that included schooling and hands-on training.
In 1959, at age 20, John’s aunt sponsored his coming to America.
While living in San Francisco, John’s aunt introduced him
to her husband’s niece, Margaret. One year later, they married.
1987 Margeret, John and Rob Engelhart
1989 Home Sausage
1911 Schwarz Buidling, across the street
from Home Sausage on Mission
Margaret’s father, Ted Wetzel was a butcher and sausagemaker
who founded Home Sausage with his partner, Mr. Heim, in
1928 (note: Heim means home in German.) John and Margaret
bought into the business in 1962 and in 1982, they took control
of the company after buying out the last partner.
1987 Distribution Center 1726 Mission Street, San Francisco
In 1998, the Engelhart’s purchased another great San
Francisco sausage company, Schwarz Sausage. Home Sausage also
added Oakland-based LePique-Nique poultry sausage in 1999
to its family of brands.
2004 Ann Engelhart
Together, the combined company – now known as Engelhart
Gourmet Foods, Inc. – continues to make the finest
sausage including traditional German and gourmet poultry
sausages. It’s brands include Schwarz, Home, Le Pique-Nique
and Leon’s BBQ.
2004 New facility at 2475 Courage Dr., Fairfield,