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We Have a Wiener!

Charcutepalooza, The Year of Meat. Who could imagine that a single cookbook would inspire a nation to preserve meat competitively for a year?  If it’s Michael Ruhlman’s classic book “Charcuterie” and Cathy and Kim, then Charcutepalooza is the result.  A year ago, they threw down a challenge to a few dozen fellow food bloggers.  Make one charcuterie item per month for a year, and blog about the experience.  They figured a few online friends would poke around in the kitchen and learn together.  But their numbers grew to over 300 participants around the world.   It seemed like everyone wanted to be in on the fun!

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We were happy to support the meaty needs of the Charcutepalooza-ers with discounted pricing all year, and to serve on the judges’ panel.  The author of the best blog post—it’s hard to taste charcuterie over the web!—would win a week in France, and the admiration of fellow charcutiers.  Not to mention the happy side effect of eating lots of charcuterie all year. The stakes were high, the world of meat was watching.

Sausages hanging in curing room

Photo courtesy of Peter Barrett

And since we were not anxiously waiting for duck prosciutto to age on a deadline, it seemed like the Year of Meat flew past.   Before we knew it, we were reading the final blog posts.  They spoke of victory in the kitchen, education at the farmers market and the highs and lows that you encounter when cooking.   While all the blog posts were impressive, educational and even moving (yes, curing meat can be emotional!), the ultimate triumph went to A Cook Blog by Peter Barrett.

Peter Barrett in the Garden

Peter Barrett Outstanding in His Field

We congratulate Peter on his creative, charming, knowledgeable and stunning post Gratitude is the Attitude which clinched the win.  It left us breathless and hungry! His blog has always impressed us with its clever turns of phrase and ambitious recipes, and we look forward to reading more from his corner of the world.  And we expect a full report from France on his blog later this year.

Charcuterie 101: A Tasty Recap

On Saturday, we were pleased to host Charcuterie 101 for the Food Network’s New York Wine & Food Festival. Held in the intimate, cavernous wine cellar at Macelleria in the Meatpacking District, Charcuterie 101 brought together les deux Pierres – our own, Pierre Moreira and one of our favorite NY chefs, Pierre Landet, of Cercle Rouge, for an introduction to the art of preserving meat.  Both native Frenchman grew up in the Southwest of France (about 30 miles away from each other, actually!) where charcuterie is another stitch in the fabric of the good life. The event drew a diverse crowd of food lovers who all seemed to enjoy the meaty spread and convivial atmosphere. Macelleria’s brilliant staff kept the wine flowing while Pierre M. waxed on about curing basics and Chef Landet expertly demonstrated how to make a galantine (ok, not exactly 101 but we had some pretty advanced pupils!). The day was a great success & we hope to participate again next year. Until then… here are some photos. Enjoy!

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