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Nov 3, 2006 04:24 AM

Fatted Calf type charcuterie shop in LA

does it exist here? Fatted Calf makes a wide range of artisanal, handcrafted charcuterie in Berkeley and they sell their wares in the farmer's markets over there.

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  1. Alas, there is no one. I was bemoaning that fact with a chef friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. WE can get the best of other localities, but no local artisans.

    1. that's not EXACTLY true, though we certainly don't have the variety there is up north. We do have La Espanola in Harbor City, which is a superlative sausage maker. Their stuff is sold all over the country, including Spanish Table in Berkeley.

      1. FC is actually located in the city..SF They sell at the Ferry Building on Sat. and Berkeley FM on Sat. Next year they will opening a shop in Napa...

        Look for Framani..Paul Bertolli, ex-chef at Oliveto, has started his own line of salumi..I believe it is available at Bristol Farms in LA

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        1. re: donbonus

          As of my Sunday shopping trip, Fra'Mani was being sold at Whole Foods on Fairfax/Santa Monica. This is the first time I've seen it there.

        2. Fatted Calf is very, very good. Somehow they manage to create a product that tastes both light and fresh. I would love to be able to buy FC at the farmer's market.

          Several places in town make their own charcuterie (AOC, Little Next Door) and at least one place is in the works (Bottle Rocket). Cut serves both Framani and FC.

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          1. re: JudiAU

            Yesterday we had some fatted calf Fennel Salami from Cube... It was OUTSTANDING... :) We also loved the Lamb Procuitto from Armando Batali we got from there. It was not exactly how we thought it would taste, but it definatly had a lamb flavor that worked astoundingly WELL the with curing technique. :)

            The service from Cube was a little slow, but they really impressed us with their selection and care they take with the products :)


          2. Haven't been here, and don't know the Bay Area reference, so can't personally vouch or rate comparison... but I heard just yesterday that the owners of The Little Door on 3rd (just west of Crescent Heights) opened a French gourmet-food shop next door, (easily, or uncreatively, named) The Little Next Door. There's also Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica ((310) 452-6277), though Italian and not French. Maybe Marcel or somewhere else in the Farmer's Market on Fairfax and 3rd street? ((323) 935-9451; Good luck.