Spago Quality Turkey
- madonna Jun 23, 2005 03:08 PM
There is this turkey called Willie Bird Turkey. They are supposed to sell and grow the most superior quality wild turkeys and are located in Sonoma, California. Their customers include Spago's and many other fine restaurants and also are sold through the Williams-Sonoma catalogue. A 10-12 lbs turkey is sold for $75 which includes the overnight Fed-Ex shipping.
Has anybody tried these turkeys, are they worth it for a special occasion?
If I did purchase one; How would you recomend cooking it? Always have the problem with the dryness, especially the white meat.
As far as I know, Willie bird is a good quality free range turkey. If I recall the got a lot of press in the mid to late 90s. However, the Spago reference is at least ten years out-of-date. Spago Hollywood hasnt been in business at least that long. My guess is that Chef Lee Heftner has moved on to heritage birds or something sexier.
If I was going to spend big bucks on a turkey, I would buy a bourbon red from Heritage Foods.
I haven't had them enough times to say yes, for sure. But the hertiage birds I have had have been excellent. I am still fighting to get Thanksgiving away from Mother or MIL but I think we might make one later this summer for a taste off.
I much prefer the flavor and texture of free range meat.