Whole foods cuisine at the fairgrounds

Michael Ganster of Bio am See in Friedrichshafen to take over a portion of Messe Friedrichshafen food services

Fresh ingredients, most from the local region, and a whole foods cuisine that is of the highest quality: those are the hallmarks of professional chef Michael Ganster. The experienced organic food pioneer from Friedrichshafen opened what was then the first organic food store and bistro in the Zeppelin city in 1990. Today he operates the only organic supermarket in the new Quarter Metzstrasse development. Starting December 1, he will take over a portion of the food services and catering at the Messe Friedrichshafen fairgrounds. He will succeed Thomas Zehrer, who was responsible for the food services and catering at Messe Friedrichshafen for several years before announcing in early 2017 his intent to end his contract with the exhibition center. In the future, Zehrer’s kitchen and service team will focus their efforts on the guests and convention visitors in the Graf Zeppelin Haus and the Zeppelin employee cafeteria in Friedrichshafen.

"This is a wonderful challenge for us,” said a pleased Michael Ganster, speaking about his new responsibility to supply exhibitors and visitors at the Friedrichshafen exhibition grounds with delicious culinary fare. Grilled organic fish from a locally based organic food wholesaler and Asian dishes will be the new focal points of the cuisine that the experienced chef will serve in the Konstanz and Säntis bistros and Messe Friedrichshafen restaurant, alongside classic dishes. The busy cook knows what guests like, thanks to his many years of experience as the organic caterer for all of the five largest organic food expos in Germany and at large events like the Kulturufer cultural festival and the whimsical Seehasenfest in Friedrichshafen. The contract with Messe Friedrichshafen management has now been signed. Starting on December 1, 2017, Michael Ganster and his team will be hard at work in the Messe Friedrichshafen kitchens.

This agreement ensures a smooth transition from the caterer up until now, Thomas Zehrer, to Michael Ganster Event Gastronomie, which the professional chef has founded especially to handle his activities at Messe Friedrichshafen and which represents yet another pillar of his organic food business. "It is very important to us that we achieve a good transition,” emphasized Thomas Zehrer, speaking about his departure, which is planned to take place immediately after the Faszination Modellbau show in early November 2017.

A seamless transition is also very much in the interests of Messe Friedrichshafen management. "We are very pleased that we have now found a good way to management the succession at the Messe Friedrichshafen catering services. During all their years at the exhibition grounds, Zehrer Gastronomie did very good work and ensured a high level of food quality,” said Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann after the contract signing. "Michael Ganster also stands for very high quality cuisine which that visitors to our exhibitions can look forward to. After all, organic food is a very strong trend at the moment. We are convinced that the dishes will be very well received by the Messe Friedrichshafen public.”

The change means that two companies will continue to be responsible for food services at the exhibition grounds. In addition to Michael Ganster, the caterers Event-Gastronomie Klink-Eberhard have also been operating some of the bistros on the exhibition grounds and also provide exhibitor catering in the exhibition halls and the east and west conference centers. This year, the company opened the new Messe Alm restaurant modeled on a rustic Alpine hut - proof that an Alpine restaurant need not be on the top of a mountain to capture the Alpine spirit.

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