Butchery Demo and Fundraising Dinner at Soul Food Farm


Photo by Bart Nagel.

On Saturday October 30th from 2pm-6pm, Soul Food Farm, Slow Food Solano, and Avedano’s Butcher Shop & Market are co-hosting ~A DAY OF ARTISAN BUTCHERY~, a fundraiser event featuring an alfresco pastured meat dinner with four Bay Area chefs and an artisan butchery demo with Dave the Butcher. The event will be held at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, and will benefit three local farms, as well as the U.S. Butchers Guild, the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, and Slow Food Solano.

The event will begin at Soul Food’s 55-acre pastured chicken and egg farm with a live butchery demonstration using half a steer donated by Agricola Grassfed Beef. Then chefs Paul Canales of Oliveto, David Tanis of Chez Panisse, J.W. Foster at the Fairmont, and Tia Harrison of Social (also co-owner of Avedano’s) will use the other half to prepare a dinner for 200 to be served in the fields and gardens. Ingredients for the meal will be sourced by Soul Food Farm owner/farmer Alexis Koefoed, and will feature organic olive oil donated by local purveyor Katz and Company.

Featured wines and beers for the festivities will be poured by LaTrappe, Pacific Brewing Lab, and Winter Hawk Winery. The afternoon’s entertainment will be provided by Brazilian band Aza Azu.

The three local farm beneficiaries are striving to improve access to healthier, wholesome food choices in Northern California: Alemany Farm (a 4.5-acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco collaboratively managed by volunteers, San Francisco city officials, and residents), City Slicker Farms in Oakland (which helps West Oakland community members grow healthy, organic food for their families through high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens), and Shooting Star Farm (a 10-acre, CCOF-certified organic farm located in the Suisun Valley). The U.S. Butchers Guild will use proceeds from the event to sponsor talented, passionate butchers and chefs from across the country and assist them in joining the Guild. The Farmer-Veteran Coalition helps create healthy and viable futures for America’s veterans by enlisting their help to rebuild rural communities. Slow Food USA in Solano supports school gardens in Solano County, and offers children hands-on opportunities to explore where their food comes from.

Tickets are $99.

Event Info

Saturday Oct 30, 2010
Soul Food Farm
6046 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville