Emils Gourmet is a local deli meat producer located in the Olde Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, and is featured in the Kimberton and Malvern Cafés. Emil, the son of Polish immigrants, came up with the concept of the cooked turkey breast when he served as a ship’s cook for the Merchant Marines. Emil discovered how to increase the yield of turkey meat by boning the breast and cooking them. He later refined his ideas by folding two raw breasts together, seasoning them, and oven roasting them in foil.
Emil then set out to sell his product, using his father’s basement to make his first commercial samples in 1948. Howard Johnson soon became his first account, to be followed by Woolworth and Marriott. By 1979, Emil grew Northwestern Foods into the largest turkey breast manufacturer in the country.
After selling the company in 1979, Emil saw a big change in the quality of turkey products. In 1987 he decided to go back into business and reintroduce the high quality oven roasted turkey breast he made popular 40 years earlier. He established a processing facility in Philadelphia, PA and the company continues to build on his history of excellence.
Emils’ meats are raised without the use of antibiotics and are fed a vegetarian diet. They do not use nitrites or nitrates, carrageenan, preservatives or hormones, artificial or paprika coating, filler added and low to no sodium. The entire cooking process takes place in their Philadelphia location, so there is no sub-contracting. They hand apply their rubs to ensure proper dispersion of herbs and spices that will enhance the flavor of our slow cooked products. After cooking they remove the product from the cooking bag. This eliminates excess moisture held in by the bag. Their products are then naturally browned in high temp browning oven – not dipped in a coloring agent to improve appearance.
You can find Emils deli meat available for purchase in the deli case at our Malvern location and in the sandwiches featured on our Cafe Menu, available at the Kimberton and Malvern Cafe.