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expansion project


Rainer’s Bavarian Grill has been a great boost for European’s longest market street in Walthamstow for the most part in 2016 and I know people would want to see them rolling out their Oktoberfest concept at this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party in July. They also want to see them organizing their own event’s in typical Bavarian Oktoberfest style.

Oktoberfest food and fun

It would be wonderful if this crowdfunding campaign is successful and Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil can expand with the proposed portable beer bar.

The food operator’s Chief Creator Stefan Schenkelberg, a business graduate from Germany and business man for many years in England, said: “I’m so thrilled that this campaign has been launched, it’s very exciting to think Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil will offer Oktoberfest themed parties with beer, music and good food for years to come.”

Anywone wishing to back the project or who wants further information should visit Rainer’s Bavarian Grill’s crowdfunding campaign release page.

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil is owned and operated by Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg, a husband and wife team. “Unfortunately, the business couple is not in a position to fund the project outright so they have launched the crowdfunding appeal to allow the communities to back the expansion drive of Rainer’s Bavarian Grill with a portable beer bar if they also believe this would be a positive addition to the UK festival scenes.”

Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg
Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg

Listen to the founder’s message. Go here:

the people's advocate
the people’s advocate

Warm regards,

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill | The Business Development Team

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Beer tent and more..

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Thought about everything for the Bavarian-esque catering?

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering coordinates events. More, go here

Within the meaning of Oktoberfest and Hofbräuhaus entertainment (dancing to traditional tunes etc) we are interested to streamline the coordination in terms of food and drinks….”as to what is most essential:” Coffee and Tobacco. Because we know that coffee, tobacco and sea air alone won’t fill you up, we better ask for your opinion of the choice of stalls on a scale from 1 to 5 (while 5 means the highest importance or ‘very good’).

Bavarian marquee
hofbraeuhaus themed marquee
customer area
extraordinary hospitality, Bavarian food, fun and entertainment


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We are continually looking to improve our services. Our aim is to bring the enjoyment of the culture we have been brought up with to London.

We would love to ask you a few questions on your expectations of village fetes and how we can help these festivals to be most enjoyable events.

The survey will take no more than 5 minutes of your time and at the end you can
enter our prize draw for a £10 Rainer’s Bavarian Grill voucher*. Please, when you finish, leave your email address and send a short message to news(at) with ‘Service Testing Small Bavarian Style Village Fetes’ in the subject line.

You have until Friday 30th of September to take the survey and enter the prize draw.

Terms and Conditions apply. For further details click here


Thank you!


Warm regards,

Stefan Schenkelberg
Gourmet Express Mobile Catering – Business Development

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Walthamstow Market has lots to offer….

Some impressions of the market..






Just a few traders around our own stall. Oh, I forgot, there is one more I should mention..


…so common bargain hunters. And there are clothes, further up the road.



p style=”text-align:left”>Enjoy the browsing…

Warm regards,
Stefan Schenkelberg
Gourmet Express Mobile Catering

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Marylebone village



p style=”text-align:left”>We got, it seems, the ball rolling. Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without food and beer will be a thing of the past I hope. To a good Bratwurst a good beer is mandatory. I am sure this is no concern as the people of Westminster are well accustomed to German culture. My email to the organisers of Marylebone markets.

Here it goes:
Hi again……. ,

Thanks for your kind response.

I have now had the opportunity to look at the offered market in the church grounds off the high street. I also did some research. It appears that a German bakery/restaurant ‘fischer’ is on the high street.

I was surprised that you haven’t had any traders yesterday. The pitch area is fine and it looks like we can only use a generator for the power supply.

Our food trailer is unique in terms of the shape but also in terms of the offerings. As you may be aware we have a Bavarian Hofbrauhaus themed stall (the Hofbrauhaus is famous in the world for the birthplace of the Oktoberfest). Having said this we would need to facilitate both, quality food and quality beers. The church ground offers an idyllic place to serve the quality footfall of Westminster’s prestigious Marylebone village.

I will now need to make inquiries with the LB of Westminster to find out about TEN’s. As I have some friends among the councillors I wouldn’t expect any problems or concern.

Please can you confirm the trading hours on a Thursday and also on Saturdays.

I look forward to your further reply.

Kind regards 

Stefan Schenkelberg 
Gourmet Express Mobile Catering 
Freephone 0800 012 6945 
E-Mail: s.Schenkelberg@gourmetexpres
We’ll keep you updated of things. Well, if you prefer a taste of real Oktoberfest atmosphere with live performances beers and a large barn go here to find out:

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering will be the caterer of this mega event ‘uk Oktoberfest Professionals’ this year in October. All welcome!

Warm regards
Stefan Schenkelberg
Camden Bratwurst Pillar Ltd


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Prospective events this summer

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill has become somewhat popular among events organisers. We have managed to discuss possibilities for our ‘can’. The following events have been made available to us to attend:

1 Upwards with Downs Charity fun day on Sunday 17th July 2016 at The Link, Harlow, Essex

2 regular events: Cabbages and Frocks Market at Marylebone Thursdays and Saturdays

3 Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations Hip hip hooray! London Marylebone
Sat 11th June 11-5pm & Sun 12th June 12-6pm

4 The Big Event with our friends at Southend Community in Harmony – 18th September

5 Coggeshall carnival, every year a must-attend event. This year on Saturday 16th July

In addition we look at attending the Basildon and Pitsea Carnival in September where we will need to have back a prime location in the centre of the festival grounds.

We will make decisions very soon, based on our viability checks etc.

It will be a challenging few months and we look forward to grow our business.

Warm regards
Stefan Schenkelberg
Camden Bratwurst Pillar Ltd

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill is a trading name of Camden Bratwurst Pillar Limited


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moving to Enfield

Our blog post entitled

Family to name Islington food outlet in memory of their “loving” Rainer                           READ THE FULL STORY


has sparked some interest.

Tribute to Rainer
Tribute to Rainer

It didn’t take too long for the food operators to locate another pitch in the North of London and they were actually looking to move to Edmonton Green to resume trading on a busy car park.

This time, they hoped, with some more enthusiasm and dedication by the finance company to whom they turned for their funding requirement. But, as sometimes happen with these organizations, they are not efficient and Schenkelberg responded in stronger terms when he stated: “They are not geared up to the job. We needed a decision within a reasonable time but a reasonable time to process any cash flow related funding requirement mustn’t take months but weeks. We are not waiting until we are running out of cash! This afternoon I have withdrawn our application for funding with immediate effect. We have other prospective locations in the pipeline and we will now laser focus on these.”

What happens next?

Unprecedented, family and friends last week have been able to put together funds to assist the business couple with the monies they need to give their ‘can’ a new dress and to hopefully enable them to resume trading in the interim until resolving issues in relation to their London trading pitch.


new dress for 'can'

The Islington food outlet plan, a take away shop that was to be named after Rainer Schenkelberg, hasn’t been materialized but the tribute is not forgotten; “Tribute to whom tribute is due. It is certainly the late brother of my dad ‘my beloved uncle Rainer’ to whom tribute must be paid.” Gian Schenkelberg, the Junior Director, explained and he points to a story posted last night by his father on social media:

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Facebook – 03/09/15
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new shop London Islington

A dream comes true

The Schenkelberg’s are right on target. They eventually managed to move their business into a prominent trading area of London.

Gourmet Express M C moved into London

“We are not yet ready. The brand-new-refurbishment is still ahead of us and.. of course… the beer and the sit-in at our new Bavarian take away. We are not yet Rainer’s Bavarian Grill as we are planning but a big step closer,” Stefan made clear when asked about the new set up. “This is all provisionally at present. The real wow factor will come,” Stefan explained.

Tribute to Rainer
Tribute to Rainer

“Progress to us means a calculated approach to things. We are not rushing. For now people can sample our food but what what they don’t know yet is that we are not ready to roll full steam. We’re out spoiling taste buds and that was our main concern. Our operation is up and running for now.”… Regina explained.

The details:

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering
Unit 3 – Nags Head ‘Covered’ Market
Holloway Road
N7 9AG
Freephone: 0800 012 6945

Opening times:

Monday to Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Stefan’s message to you:
“I hope to see you all soon. Today we have a day off in order to source more delicious food because tomorrow, Friday the 31st of July, we will have a full assortment of delicious freshly cooked products for you to sample.

For those of you who are interested about our history, feel free to visit our new webpage entitled ‘History of the Coca Cola Shaped Food Wagon’ click here

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Rainer’s Bavarian Grill hit 1000 Twitter followers

We just hit 1000 Twitter followers!


Thank you to everyone for your support and watch for good things to follow!

Tribute to Rainer
Tribute to Rainer

Off to Germany tonight, so I wish those who have to sweat more days remaining in the current heatwave in London a successful week. We’ll back by Monday the 13th of July 2015.

Be well and eat well!

From all of us at

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering

warmest regards

Regina & Stefan
introducing Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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Rayleigh School Fayre

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering – developed to become your one-stop-shop

In the Summer of 2011 they started off the season with a bang. Our Lady of Ransom’s Catholic Primary school was the host of a spectacular Back-To-The-Future themed Summer school fayre.

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Back-To-The-Future themed summer fayre

The Parents Association Summer Fayre was attended by hundreds of pupils, ex pupils, their families and members of the community. The sun shone and what a roaring success this event proved to be! The ‘can’ proved to be versatile as always; Gourmet Express delivered hot snacks and another stall run by parents of the parent’s association spoiled the many visitors with home-baked cakes and pastries.

kids storming the German stall
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This Year’s fayre will take place on Saturday 4 July 2015 and the food wagon owners hope to be able to repeat the success when they spoiled hundreds of children and their parents. Details to follow…

Bavarian themed marquee
new Bavarian themed ‘Giant Can restaurant’
Gourmet Express M C one-stop-shop
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A story update..

At noon on a sunny Sunday in ‘windy’ to a large airfield, customers roam past brightly painted food outlets before they scroll through the offers of Sunday’s largest outdoor market in Blackbushe Surrey.

what's new at Gourmet Express M C?
what’s new at Gourmet Express M C?

They perusing menus for vegan barbeque, Southern food, Korean-Mexican fusion, and freshly squeezed juice and of course our German food offerings.

The smell of fried food and the tent-covered seating bring to mind a carnival, but we take a healthy approach to street food. The stall with the many flying American flags (we have not been authorised to advertise their services), for instance, serves sandwiches and wraps made with organic farm-fresh eggs, balsamic caramelized onions, and arugula. Their food wagons are compostable, and next to the order window is a list of local farms where they source their ingredients.

“We don’t mix our offerings with British food we stick to German food, sourced from Germany via our supply chain in London, because we know that we have everything to offer to spoil the Brits. And that’s the way we want it,” says Gian Schenkelberg, who runs Gourmet Express Mobile Catering with his father, Stefan Schenkelberg and his mother and pastry head chef, Regina Schenkelberg.

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s ‘Giant Can shaped kitchen’ usually sells out, says Stefan Schenkelberg as he hands a customer the last Bockwurst in the roll, one meaty one made with delicious cheese and lots of spices.

The Schenkelberg’s dreamed of opening a restaurant for years. They had food service experience, saved money, and spent their free time developing menu items. “Then 2010 happened,” says Stefan Schenkelberg. Difficulty getting business loans after the recession convinced them to downsize their dream to a custom-designed food stall.

Chelmsford’s (Essex) permissive land-use regulations allow vendors to open on layby “pods”—like the one that hosted Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s Giant Can between 2011 and the 2013.

Despite their initial success, the Schenkelberg’s then consisting of the couple, Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg have found that running a mobile food trailer isn’t easy money. They both worked 70 hours a week, most of it prepping menu and soucing authentic German ingredients. But they’re grateful for the experience and they have already moved on to relocate next to the heart of the City of London. They planned on expanding to get into festivals with their crowd pulling trailer, and, if successful, they plan to open a restaurant like a growing number of he city’s most popular vendors.

Many of those vendors, especially the ones you find on the London Camden Lock Market, are first-generation immigrants who’ve found a way to make a living by sharing food traditions.

Expert Advice is currently being investigated and a suitable adviser has just been located. Mr. Schenkelberg conducts demographic researches to understand the markets but this has so far not helped to develop our sales pitch strategies in the areas of interest. “We seek out areas of high footfall and have therefore found that Central London is the company’s preferred location. As the business develops the company’s online store will ultimately develop at the same pace or better.”

Mr. Schenkelberg is seeking from the advisor recommended solutions to help overcome pitch strategy implementation difficulties over a two year period and delivered in a digital report format.”

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s food trailer has added a self-designed Bavarian themed marquee and is now ready to grow, and they are considering applications for medium and large events for the 2015 saison. “There’s a feeling of opportunity in and around London, and I think the rise of mobile food vendors is representative of that,” says Stefan Schenkelberg.

Bavarian themed marquee
new Bavarian themed ‘Giant Can restaurant’

The Schenkelberg’s have made the most of that opportunity with their food stall, Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s Giant Can, famous for their signature sauce (German curry) and their alternative cooking methods (healthy cooking without using oil!). Stefan Schenkelberg describes theirs as the best kind of fast food: “Fast service but not fast cooked and using quality ingredients. It’s meaty. We serve happiness.”

bayzelt2The Schenkelberg’s arrived from Koblenz, Germany, in 1994 with 500 Deutsch Mark. They did casual work in the United States and Stefan worked on his project to write an autobiographical account of happenings in their old homeland of Germany before returning to Europe back in 1996. Mr Schenkelberg waitressed at two different restaurants, working every day and night of the week, before running an online translation service business and investing, with generous help of family and friends, in their own customized food stall in 2010.

Now they have the Giant Can in addition to a customized Bavarian themed marquee.

Mr Schenkelberg likes the sense of community in the food stall pods, “even though competition is fierce,” but especially the cultural exchange with customers, many of whom they know by name.

With the right support the business is about to get Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s innovative concept will succeed. The business will be able to strive and remain a healthy alternative and a serious contender for high quality foods among the street food vendors for many years to come.

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Christmas Craft Fair – Wendover/Bucks

Today I have been speaking with the organizers of the fair and I managed to arrange a good space for the can.


They have each year visitors to their craft fairs and they are even coming from abroad. Last year they attracted over 23,000 visitors. This year, for the first time, they have a grotto, a very exciting extension of the garden centre where Father Christmas will be present to spoil the children.


We have, also for the first time this year, plans to obtain the license needed to serve German beer at Wendover’s World End Garden Centre.


So please put the following dates into your diary:
Saturday, 15th November 2014 launch

The fair lasts until Christmas eve, so you have plenty of opportunities to visit the German food stall in front of the centre for a XL Bratwurst and a Becks.

Warm wishes,
Stefan Schenkelberg
Camden Bratwurst Pillar Ltd.
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