Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the neighborhood butcher shop that faded and slowly disappeared underneath the heavy shadow of one-stop mega-marts hawking factory farmed meat, is making a comeback. The biggest trend in food right now is caring about where the food you’re picking up in your local shop, market, or CSA comes from, and how it gets there.
Not everyone cares, but a lot of people do. One of those people is Brian McDonald, founder of Delmonico’s Heritage Butcher Shop. Growing up in coastal Massachusetts, Brian and his family grew and prepared home-cooked foods and had direct access to fresh fish right off the fishing boats. Those experiences created a love of natural foods and simple yet quality ingredients, as well as a respect for independent producers and local famers.