The first series of classes went so well in July, I am offering another round this month!
We'll start with a bacon tasting to open your mind to the wide range of flavors and textures possible, then over three sessions we’ll cure with fruits, teas, coffee, cocoa and spirits and more. We’ll discuss the curing process and have plenty of time for experimentation as each person cures their very own slab! You’ll leave EACH session with a slab and directions on how to finish the cure, folks who attend all three sessions will take home a total of about 8 lbs. of bacon by the end of the series! Good thing it freezes well!
Sign up for one session or all three!
August 10th- CuringThe Ethical Butcher Way: Fruits and Flowers
More than just sweets, learn to cure with seasonal fruits, jams, and edible flowers like chamomile, lavender and roses.
August 17th-Curing The Ethical Butcher Way: Coffee, Tea and Spirits
Curing with your favorite beverage is a fun way to enjoy flavors you love in an entirely different way! Whether you prefer tequila, single-origin coffee or Darjeeling, you'll look at your next drink in a whole new light after this class.
August 24th - Curing The Ethical Butcher Way: After the Cure...Glazes and Crusts
This final session will focus on creative touches AFTER the cure. Some longstanding curing traditions call for rolling slabs in oatmeal or split peas before cooking, we'll also try cornmeal, rye flakes, shredded coconut and more!
Curing The Ethical Butcher Way Series Tuesdays August 10th, 17th & 24th at 6:30 pm $40/session, $100 for all three. 12 people max. each session 1902 NW 24th Avenue in Portland, OR.
Berlin Reed is the butcher, chef and author behind the The Ethical Butcher. His practice is driven by community engagement, personal relationships with small local farmers, a deep love of food, respect for the animals we eat and the environment on which we depend. After training as a butcher in Brooklyn, he was based in Portland, OR for 2 years. He then began a life of continuous travel, bouncing around the continent as a community chef/butcher and learning about local food scenes everywhere. He has poured his experiences as a nomadic ex-vegetarian butcher and renegade chef into a food memoir titled 'The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World', out on Soft Skull in Spring 2013.
This blog is no longer active but serves as an archive of Berlin's early culinary work. To link up with his latest gastronomic adventures and food politix, check out his new site at: http://chefberlinreed.tumblr.com/