I hardly know where to begin......
Since meeting the co-founders & many members of the Butcher's Guild back in August 2010 we have kept up with them thru Facebook, blogs, websites & emails.
When Lee saw that they were hosting The Butcher's Guild Retreat in San Francisco we knew we had to go!
For those of you who are saying 'What is the Butcher's Guild'?
This is what their website says:
The Butcher's Guild is a fraternity of meat professionals bound to create a support system for our industry.We focus on education and camaraderie to achieve a communal goal: a network of successful, skilled, independent butchers all across the country! We also need courageous carnivorous consumers to insist on Good Meat!
We spent our mornings in workshops learning about branding, HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point), profitability & handling publicity. We had a lot of great speakers & we all learned a lot.
In the afternoons we all headed to the California Culinary Institute where Dr. Gregg Rentfrow (University of Kentucky) talked to us about Meat Science & Adam Tiberio demonstrated his skills using beef, pork & lamb. Marissa Guggiana, co-founder Butcher's guild