Our Beginnings

Maybe you never knew Mary Fabiola “Fab” Schmitt, but if you live in New Orleans and you like to eat, chances are you’ve had her sausage.

Fab and her husband Frederick “Ricker” Schmitt were the local entrepreneurs who started Creole Country, the Mid-City sausage company still run by their son, Vaughn and business partner, Deanie Bowen. Creole Country makes the Cajun charcuterie, from alligator and andouille sausage to tasso and hogshead cheese, and has, for more than 30 years, supplied local eateries, from the finest restaurants to corner po-boy joints.

They paid $500 for the recipes and equipment of Skinny Harmon, a retired sausage maker from Church Point, and opened Creole Country in a converted shotgun house at 512 David St.in 1979. They made a big splash at the World’s Fair in 1984, ran a retail shop in Lakeside Mall for years and built a client base supplying a dizzying number of restaurants, hotels and even sports venues.

Creole Country was flooded by the levee failures of Hurricane Katrina, but Vaughn and Deanie were determined to rebuild. The business reopened on April 17, 2006.