About an hour’s drive from Sacramento in Vacaville, according to a September 15, 2010 news release, “A Day of Artisan Butchery,” Soul Food Farm and Slow Food Solano will be hosting an October 30, 2010 butchering demonstration and also host an al fresco (out in the fresh air) pastured meat dinner. (The word is pastured, not Pasteurized, meat dinner.
Four Bay Area chefs will unite to benefit the U.S. Butcher’s Guild and regional farm initiatives. Dinner for 200 will be served in the gardens and fields of Soul Food Farm. Are you attracted by the scent of cooking meat–grass-fed beef?
That means you get to sit through a butchering demonstration al fresco, out in the open air, and soon afterward, you get to sit down and eat outdoors a pastured meat dinner. It has to be for people who can watch a butchering demo and then eat after the demonstration. But then again,you could watch the four Bay Area chefs doing this demonstration, uniting, not competing, to benefit the US Butcher’s Guild and regional farm initiatives.
Three local farms striving to improve access to healthier, wholesome food choices in Northern California will benefit from an artisan butchery demonstration and fundraising dinner October 30 at Soul Food Farm’s 55-acre pastured chicken and egg farm in Vacaville. Four Bay Area star chefs will join celebrity Dave the Butcher to donate their time and talents to “A Day of Artisan Butchery,” co-sponsored by Soul Food Farm, Slow Food Solano, and Avedanos Butcher Shop & Market. Proceeds from the event also will support the U.S. Butchers Guild, the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, and Slow Food Solano.??
Butchery was nearly a dead art until a recent renaissance turned progressive meat cutters into culinary cult idols, Inspired by a locally driven, nose-to-tail approach to butchery, this new wave of meat mavens is redefining the way Americans buy and cook beef, pork, fowl, and game.
The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at 6046 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville. Tickets are $99 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.??
Using a steer donated by Agricola Grassfed Beef, “A Day of Artisan Butchery” will begin with a live butchery demonstration on one-half of the steer, followed by a meal using the other half and prepared by chefs Paul Canales of Oliveto’s, David Tanis of Chez Panisse, J.W. Foster at the Fairmont, and Tia Harrison of Social, (also co owner of Avendano’s). Ingredients for the meal will be sourced by Soul Food Farm owner/farmer Alexis Koefoed and will feature organic olive oil donated by local purveyor Katz and Company.
Dinner for 200 will be served in the fields and gardens of Soul Food Farm. The afternoon’s entertainment will be provided by Brazilian band Aza Azu. Featured wines and beers for the festivities will be poured by LaTrappe, Pacific Brewing Lab, and Winter Hawk Winery.
The U.S. Butchers Guild will use the proceeds from the event to sponsor talented, passionate butchers and chefs from across the country and assist them in joining the Guild. ??”Resources raised at the Soul Food Farm event will help us build a national union that will support small family farms by supporting whole animal butchery,” said Marissa Guggiana, food activist, writer, and fourth generation meat purveyor.
Guggiana created The Butcher’s Guild after writing her first book, “Primal Cuts,” which tells the stories of 50 our nation’s most gifted butchers; their favorite dishes and cooking techniques. “Butchery is now an entrepreneurial effort, not just a trade,” she says. “We hope The Butcher’s Guild will help resurrect some of the ancient knowledge and fraternity that has b een lost here in the U.S.”??
Other local beneficiaries of proceeds are:
- Alamany Farm, a 4.5-acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. The Farm is collaboratively managed by volunteers, San Francisco city officials, and residents of the Alamany community.
- City Slicker Farms in Oakland, which helps West Oakland community members grow healthy, organic food for their families through high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens.
- Shooting Star Farm, a 10-acre, CCOF-certified organic farm located in the Suisun Valley, California.
- Farmer-Veteran Coalition, which helps create healthy and viable futures for America’s veterans by enlisting their help to rebuild rural communities.
- Slow Food USA in Solano, supporting school gardens in Solano County and offering children hands on opportunities to explore where their food comes from. ?
About David the Butcher
(aka Dave Budworth) teaches butchery classes and prepares the finest meats weekly at both Marina Meats and Avedano’s (Bernal Heights) in San Francisco, CA.
About Soul Food Farm
Under the direction of Alexis Koefoed, founder of the Solano County chapter of Slow Food, and Eric Koefoed, a former engineer, Soul Food Farm produces pastured chickens for meat and eggs on a 55-acre ranch in Vacaville, California.
It also hosts a cooking club and runs a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Soul Food Farm protects community land use, supports workers’ rights, and guarantees the humane treatment of animals — sustainable practices that represent the true cost of feeding peopleIn August 2010 the farm was the first of its kind in California and the second in the US to received Animal Welfare Approved certification for its chickens and laying hens.