Cut Up An Animal, And Learn Something Too!

UPDATE:

We have a date...and an animal! February 10th at Artisanal in Wilmette, we're going to be taking apart a pig! I'm SO excited to partner up with Andy, the butcher, and to experience this event with you guys. He says the pork from his supplier is out of this world!

Here is an outline of what will happen, from the butcher's email:

In the class I break down half a pig in depth, breaking the whole thing down into primals, then sub primals, then specific cuts, etc. It will pretty loosely structured so I can go into more depth based on what the class' specific interests are. Everyone is open to ask questions. Throughout I go very specifically into anatomy, how the pig's anatomy relates to other animals (beef, lamb, etc.) and give thorough explanation on why specific cuts eat like they do. Included in the ticket price is the demonstration, a craft beer tasting before and during [this may change to spirits or add in spirits...some of us don't do gluten] and you leave that night with a giant bone in pork chop cut from that night's animal.

We will use a raffle system for the cuts of meat if we end up with more than 10 people. He can only get 10 chops off a side, so for the more desirable cuts, we may have to resort to luck! Either way, everyone goes home with meat!

NEXT STEP: For the sake of keeping this intimate and accomodating we must cap it at 15 people, sorry. So the first 15 people who email me and pay the $55 fee (this includes a small tip for the butcher, who is otherwise giving his time for free) are set to go to the demo. I am going to try to chat with Artisanal on ways to get this all setup, but if they cannot accept payment thru their website, you will either have to find a way to pay me through Paypal, Chase, or something else (send me a check, etc.) I am new to this, so I am trying to keep this as easy as possible for everyone. You can talk to Melissa on here--we've done some successful meat purchase on here, if you are wary about the payment system. I won't be able to accept refunds, but if you had to bail, you could probably exchange your seat for someone else's. Remember, this is way less expensive than seeing this done elsewhere in Chicago, and you go home with meat!

Payments must be made to me by next FRIDAY, FEB. 1, so I can get the payment to Artisanal on time. We must meet that deadline in order to reserve the shop time! I apologize for the short deadline, folks, but we are moving fast! Exciting stuff!

 

Best,

Vinnie


Hey all,

I just found out last night that a friend of mine's husband is a butcher, and we got to talking last night...for a long time. Long story short, he's interested in hosting a group of folks who'd be willing to come out and learn about animal butchering. We'd be able to see the animal go from whole to the finished product, and we'd be free to ask any questions as the process goes along. Wouldn't this be sweet?! We chatted about potential animals--he says he has access to some of the best pigs around, and lamb would be an excellent option as well.

He works just off the end of the purple line at a place called Artisanal. Don't worry about the location in Wilmette--he says it's literally just a block off the el.

Total cost would be $50 or less if we can get a group of at least 10 together, including food to take home! That would be a kickass price. Comparatively, prices in the city for this sort of thing cost upwards of $75 or more.

I am open on dates, but I need to gauge interest. Reply with any questions and ideas on days of the week that work best! Hoping we can do this before the end of February, at the latest. After I see some replies generated, I'll throw down a prospective date.

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  • Anne L.

    Fun and informative

    February 11, 2013

  • melissa m.

    If anyone can drive me from Wilmette to West Town afterwards, I would love to bring back some steaks my dad has at home in Wilmette from our farm to my apartment. I can pay in grass-fed steaks :)

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have reached 15. We are at capacity! No one else send me money, unless we talk first!

    January 29, 2013

  • Anne L.

    We're in! I just sent you the $ for myself and my husband.

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have 10 paid people! We are officially going to make this happen! And three more payments are on their way to me as well. I'll officially make this "last call" on the board and from here out will only email all the confirmed parties privately, to save you all the email clutter.

    Wheeeeee!

    V

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wheeeeeeee!

      January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, still 7-9 PM on Feb. 10

      January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, everyone. We are up to 7 people paid as of this post. Several others have told me they want to attend but have not yet paid. Please do get your money in as soon as possible, so I can have everything locked down by the end of the week. I have set up a Paypal account and Chase is also a possibility. Ive also done cash handoffs with two of you. It takes some time for $ to end up in my account thru Paypal, and my cash flow only allows so much. So I do appreciate everyone who has come thru right away. Let's lock this down so I can submit our payment and ensure this class happens!

    Coolness in the hunt,
    Vinnie

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are up to about 6 confirmed people. Keep emailing me so we can lock this down soon.

    January 25, 2013

    • Matt

      What's the minimum number of people you need to make this happen?

      January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Matt. We need a minimum of 10, but he cannot accomodate more than 15.

      January 25, 2013

  • Kimberly F.

    Just to clarify--is it $55 per person or per couple? My husband would probably join us, so we wouldn't necessarily need two chops for the same house. I know the fee covers more than the meat though, so I just thought I would ask!

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, $55 per person.

      1 · January 25, 2013

  • Marla S.

    This sounds like it'll be so much fun! Fingers crossed to do this again, something came up for us on that date. :(

    January 24, 2013

  • David J.

    This sounds very cool

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    GO MEAT!

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make this date.

    January 21, 2013

  • J.F. B.

    Depending on the date chosen, I'll be there.

    January 21, 2013

  • Kimberly F.

    I would be interested depending on the date. Weekends are best for me!

    January 21, 2013

  • melissa m.

    Sounds great! My parents live near here.

    January 21, 2013

  • Matt

    Sunday would be best

    January 21, 2013

  • Kathleen C.

    Weekends work best for me as well

    January 21, 2013

  • Dr. B

    Sat afternoon or Sun would be best!

    January 21, 2013

  • Kim

    Sorry Prime Vinister, I won't be able to make it this late on this Sunday.

    January 21, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi all, my name's Gary and am very interested. My uncles were butchers so it'd be interesting to learn about their work. thanks!

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd be interested as well. Sat. or Sun. are best!

    January 20, 2013

  • Will B.

    Me and my fiance would love it. Our schedules change but we could probably make it work

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm totally in! Best days for me are Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

    January 20, 2013

  • Richard G.

    This sounds awesome! I will totally drag my boyfriend along.

    January 20, 2013

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