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Fairway Upper West Side Does Food Demos Saturday

Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.

If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.

The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store  (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).

Here’s what’s on tap:

Michael Lewin—cookies.

Hannah Howard—cheeses

Benny Lanfranco—international coffees

Ray Venezia—Hereford shell steaks

Vinnie Olivieri—asparagus pasta

Produce—Uncle Vinnie’s green salads

Lori Levy—pancakes with maple syrup

Will Sneddon—shrimp salad

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Upper West Side Butcher Competes in Whole Foods Meat Meet

Butcher from Bilgit, Hunza, Pakistan. By Jobopa via Flickr.

Butchers and butchering are big. No big surprise then that Whole Foods, the organically-leaning supermarket chain, is trying to hop onto the trend. On June 22nd, you can cheer on Upper West Side butcher Orlando Vega (he wields his cleaver at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods) who will meet three other Whole Foods butchers in a face-off to determine who is the best knife man in the store’s northeast region.

Famed meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and food writer Josh Ozersky will sit on the panel of judges.

You’ll have to take the train to the Bowery store, but there should be some Upper West Side pride here. The only butcher to be selected for the meat meet who hails from Manhattan is an Upper West Side-based meat carver. Perhaps that’s appropriate. After all, we Upper West Siders love our grocery stores.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Whole Foods Market’s Best Butcher Competition brings together what the chain claims are Whole Food’s top butchers in the Northeast. Contestants will be graded on items like presentation and efficiency. Other categories include workmanship, visual appeal, cleanliness, knife-handling skills, and trim specification.

WHO: Whole Foods Market northeast region butchers tasked with cutting up their meat in less than three minutes. Butchers include: Orlando Vega(WFM Columbus Circle), Jim Crookston (WFM White Plains), Chris Durko (WFM Madison, New Jersey) and Sal Cacicia (WFM Lake Grove Commons)

JUDGES: On the panel are Pat LaFrieda, along wit food writer Josh Ozersky as well as a Whole Foods official.

WHEN: JUNE 22ND, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Whole Foods Market Bowery, 95 East Houston St.

 

 

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East Side Butcher to Move to Upper West Side

Schatzie’s Prime Meats, a butcher that’s been located at 88th and Madison for 30 years, is moving to the Upper West Side.   The new location is 87th and Amsterdam.

Why the move across the Park?  “I want to get closer to California,” joked butcher Schatzie, the owner of the longtime Madison Avenue meat market, who added that the real reason for the move is that ” “rents have tripled” on his stretch of the Upper East Side.

Right now, there’s a stop work order slapped on the front door of the Amsterdam Avenue space, but assuming that that’s taken care of, the shop is planning to open in early April, perhaps in time for Passover.

Known for its top-quality meat and poultry, Schatzie’s also has gained fame for its “Dirty Brisket Sandwich.”  And the butcher gets raves for his rendition of roast beef on rye.  “His roast beef sandwich is a model of simple beefy deliciousness,” says Serious Eats.

Schatzie’s is moving into the recently vacated gift shop next to the Popover Cafe.  On the same block is Barney Greengrass, the dairy eatery.  For an area with a sizable population of observant Jews, it’s perhaps significant that the row of stores will now be bookended by a dairy restaurant on one end and a meat purveyor on the other.

Many neighborhood residents still mourn the departure of Oppenheimer’s last summer.  That butcher, who used to be located on Broadway and 100th, shut his retail operation completely. Perhaps the arrival of Schatzie’s will help fill that void.

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