THE CHEF- Brian Ehrig, Meskwaki Casino

By Eleni Upah

How long have you been cooking?

Brian Ehrig has been executive chef at Meskwaki Casino for 14 years.

Brian Ehrig has been executive chef at Meskwaki Casino for 14 years.

I’ve been cooking since I was 13 years old. I started with breakfast cooking.

What is your favorite food?

I’m going to say Italian, but specifically lasagna.

What is your favorite dish to prepare?

Anything with French sauces, the classic sauces. I can’t see a favorite that sticks out. I love making different sauces, grilling steaks, of course. I’m very good at that.

What do you like to do in your spare time to de-stress from work?

I go fishing. We have a place down at Holiday Lake. And then camping.

Why should people come to eat at Meskwaki Casino?

We have the best food in the Midwest.

What is your favorite dish on the menu?

I’m going to say frog legs. We serve the most frog legs in the tri-state area. We have them on Seafood Night (every Friday night), and I would say our Seafood Night stands out as the best night of any. We have jumbo fried shrimp, shrimp scampi, crab legs — but it’s all you can eat. It’s just something you need to experience.

Do you have any cooking tips for customers?

Do not overcook. I think that’s the biggest problem of many people. They try to get it too done when you’ve got to let that heat continue to rest and it will continue cooking. That’s with any food, but especially meat. RELISH

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