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Butchery Classes

morphone Nov 24, 2009 11:25 PM

I live in the East Bay and want to take butcher classes. Not pro classes, but like one day workshops or a few nights to learn how to take apart basic cuts of beef, chicken, lamb, etc. I know Cafe Rouge in Berkeley teaches classes, but their schedule is pretty sparse.

Is there anywhere else I can take a class? I live in Oakland, but I could travel a bit for a worthwhile session. Would also be willing to work one on one with a butcher, but can't pay a fortune for training.

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  1. wolfe RE: morphone Nov 25, 2009 05:25 AM

    I know that working butchers just can't wait to teach novices while they are working but if you want classes see what Ryan Farr is doing.

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      Windy RE: wolfe Nov 25, 2009 06:50 AM

      I loved Ryan's class, but while it's educational, the emphasis is on fun. And all the meat you get to take home. He charges a fraction of what Avedano's does, although their classes are scheduled more regularly. Neither is a multi-session class: they're three hours total.

      The holiday season is not when butchers have a lot of spare time. So I'd check after January.

      The alternative is to find a more formal class through a culinary academy or CCSF. CCSF would not be expensive, but they've had to cut back on their schedule considerably.

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      skwid RE: morphone Nov 25, 2009 06:35 AM

      Avedanos in San Francisco has butchery classes on the 3rd Sunday of the month. A friend went and said it was great. The butcher a pig and lamb (no beef as they tend to do whole of half animals and a cow would be too large).


      1. Melanie Wong RE: morphone Nov 25, 2009 09:48 AM

        Here's an on-farm slaughter and butchery class coming up soon at TLC Ranch to the south of us in Aromas, CA about 1 1/2 hrs from Oakland.

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          skwid RE: Melanie Wong Nov 25, 2009 09:52 AM

          Looks interesting, but this class is only for pig.

          are there any classes where you get to break down a side of beef (the Avedano class is lamb and pig)?

        2. wolfe RE: morphone Nov 25, 2009 10:53 AM

          Maybe Bud's will let you watch.
          7750 Petaluma Hill Rd.
          Penngrove, Ca.94951
          (707) 795-8402
          Based on this post maybe not Bud's

          Bud's Custom Meats
          7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

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