Meat Story (An Incomplete Chronicle of Butchery)
The fall and rise of the American butcher shop, according to the Butcher's Guild
To know your butcher, is to love your meat. The resurgence of butcher shops over the last decade has brought with it many benefits. Purchasing meat at the local butcher shop results in the opportunity for a more fulfilling culinary experience. The offerings you will find may inspire you to try a new nose-to-tail recipe made with items not available at the average grocery store. You will likely discover chefs most beloved ingredients like hard to find off-cuts of meat and offal (from the phrase, "off all" which is the animal parts which fall from a carcase when it is butchered). And perhaps most importantly, you will find it is nearly impossible to find a butcher who does not respect animals. That cannot be said for industrial meat producers who fill many grocery store cold cases.
Butcher shops allow us to support the local economy, eat more responsibly raised animals, and waste less.
Now explore with the Butcher's Guild the history of the butcher shop and learn how we are transitioning back to the traditional days of these brick and mortar shops:
Preserving our trade means knowing the past, as well as teaching the next generation. Here is a timeline of the butchers’ marks on history. Guilds have long been the recorders for meat cutters. We are telling your stories. We are all part of the same story.