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Nov 24, 2009 11:25 PM

Butchery Classes

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. 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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    1. re: wolfe

      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.

    2. 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. 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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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          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. 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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