Carnivorous carnival! A meat-and-greet among local farmers, top chefs and meat lovers alike.
Do you know where your meat comes from? Jimmy Carbone, the owner of Jimmy's No. 43 and the man behind Meatopia and Pig Island, hopes to give you some answers. On Monday, he held a kickoff party at City Winery to celebrate Meat Week (Nov. 7 to 12), which he says is “meant to be an awareness builder for sustainable meat practices.” Awards were given to a few “Local Meat Heroes,” including Daniel Hogan (Heritage Foods USA), Dan O’Brien (Wild Idea Buffalo Co.) and Chip Allemann (Local Infrastructure for Local Agriculture).
The opening-night fete, dubbed "Meat with a Twist—From Farm To (Cocktail) Table," highlighted the importance of supporting local and sustainable farmers by bringing out chefs like Nate Smith (Allswell), Patti Jackson (I Trulli), and Simon Genn (Tchoup Shop) to serve up tasty carnivorous treats like curried chicken pot pie, lamb sausage and boudin balls.The night also gave a chance for supporters of the Slow Food movement to unite and chat over goat crostini and vodka cocktails before embarking on a week of panel discussions, butchering demos and more meat tastings.
Text and photos by Vicky Wasik