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Join us in Berkeley for The Art of the Butcher

Posted in Community, Events on March 2, 2009 by bestbyfarr

butchery

Hosted in collaboration with Meatpaper

Thursday, March 5

Reception at 6:45 pm.  Lecture starts by 7:30 pm sharp.

105 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley Campus [directions]

No tickets necessary!  Suggested $10 donation at the door.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

With panelists Ryan Farr (Ivy EleganceCHEFS Program), Nate Appleman (A16SPQR, Urbino), Melanie Eisemann (Avedano’s), David Budworth (Marina MeatsAvedano’s),  Mark Pasternak (Devil’s Gulch Ranch), and Marissa Guggiana (Sonoma DirectSecret Eating SocietyMeatpaper) as moderator.

Our panel will discuss how butchering whole animals delivered from local slaughterhouses stands in stark contrast to the plastic-wrapped grocery store steak.  They will talk about the retail component of the local meat system and how this changes the relationship of chefs, home cooks, and diners with meat.

The discussion will be followed by a demonstration by Chef Ryan Farr on how a whole carcass is broken down into cuts of meat.  Meat CSA shares will be available the night of the panel. SOLD OUT! Rancher Mark Pasternak will be available to coordinate more CSA shares of his delicious, Marin County-raised pork.

Contact SAFE for more information.

Posted in Community, Events on January 24, 2009 by bestbyfarr

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heartpig On behalf of all of us at the C.H.E.F.S. program I would like to thank Sasha Wizansky of Meatpaper and Mark Pasternak of Devils Gulch for there gracious donation of the pig that we butchered at the issue #6 party.  Since the live butchery demo at Acme Chophouse, the students and I have completely made hot dogs, consomme, rolled face, rendered lard and bacon.  We currently are curing curried copa.  In the future the step by step process with the finished product will be posted when complete.  

Thank you again to everyone at Meatpaper, the volunteers, all the meat loving guests and the chefs that killed it that night.

Chef Thom Fox (Acme Chophouse)
Chef Staffan Terje (Perbacco)
Chef Leif Hedendal
Sam White & Chris Kronner & Friends (OPENrestaurant)

CHEFS

Posted in Community with tags , on October 7, 2008 by bestbyfarr

I am very excited to be involved with CHEFS.  CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Service) is a great program that teaches the culinary arts to some of San Francisco’s homeless and formerly homeless adults.  The 24 week program starts with 12 weeks of hands-on training followed by a 12 week internship program.  The goal of the program is to provide culinary training and job placement for certain San Franciscans aspiring to an independent life.  CHEFS is an organization developed by the great people at Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco

http://www.ecs-sf.org/programs/chefs.html

At the market with the good people from NEXTCOURSE

Posted in Community on September 30, 2008 by bestbyfarr

Nextcourse is a non profit in the bay area, they are really doing a great job promoting local and sustainable products.  

The beginning of this month I did a dinner with Nextcourse and we documented our travels to the Alemeny farmers market.  During the dinner our guests watched this video of us picking out the vegetables they were eating.  It was a awesome experience and I feel fortunate to work with them and look forward to the next time we work together.

http://www.nextcourse.org/

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