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Robert Lauriston Apr 16, 2004 11:47 AM

I got Fergus Henderson's "The Whole Beast," and want to cook some of his offal dishes, but through my usual butcher (Cafe Rouge) a lot of stuff either isn't available or is available only frozen in a 10-lb. box. In particular, I'm looking for (preferably fresh and organic):

lamb's brains
lamb's kidneys with a thick layer of suet left on
pig spleen

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    gordon wing RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 16, 2004 01:43 PM

    Chinatown butchers would be a good place to try....especially for the pig spleen - lamb is not as popular as pork but they do have both in most places. 99 Ranch might be easier to deal with - as far as the language barrier but some of the Chinatown butchers have a bigger/broader range.....don't remember seeing pig uteri (sp?) at 99 Ranch but it's more common in Chinatown - Oakland.

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      ChowFun (derek) RE: gordon wing Apr 18, 2004 03:04 AM

      I've been searching for "fresh-not frozen" veal or beef sweatbreads!
      Any leads in San Fran???

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      nankasi RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 16, 2004 02:15 PM

      You can get innards from organic, grass-fed animals from Potter Family Farms at the Ferry Building, but you may have to call ahead to order 415-378-2917. Fergus did a dinner at Chez Panisse last Monday. There was nothing too outrageous on the menu; pig's ears, pig head and goat liver and kidney. You might call and ask where they got the meat.

      Also, you can eat some of those kind of dishes at Incanto in Noe Valley. I've had lamb brain ravioli and all kinds of funky stuff there. They had beef heart on the menu the other night and it was delicious.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: nankasi Apr 16, 2004 03:40 PM

        Thanks for the tip on Potter Valley.

        I was at that dinner, that's where I bought the book. They got whole pigs and goats from Laughing Stock Farm and Mavawalla Ranch.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 22, 2004 07:56 PM

          Potter Valley never called me back.

          For future reference, I found a great selection of lamb and goat innards at my local halal butcher (Indus Foods at 1964 San Pablo in Berkeley), since they get whole beasts and break them down.

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