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An Ode to Pepperoni Rolls – Chef Ambassador Story


Written by Chef Ambassador, Matt Welsch.

I’ve often said, “there are many beautiful places in the world, and West Virginia is one of them.” But I’ll tell you something that those other beautiful places don’t have – and the absence is glaring – pepperoni rolls.

Now, I feel like it’s a well-worn road here to say that everyone knows about pepperoni rolls and how they were developed by our mining immigrants as a stable staple of lunch pails, one that didn’t need refrigerated, and one that had both the flavor and the fuel to keep WV’s hard-working forefathers digging deep into the earth. Everyone knows that, right?

Well, here’s something you may not know, West Virginia is more than coal mines. We didn’t stop making history on Blair Mountain in 1921, and we didn’t stop making pepperoni rolls as we’ve stepped into the 21st century.
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