Burgers & Brew has been serving Niman Ranch products for over 12 years. We were thrilled when we had the opportunity to sit down with owner, Derar Zawaydeh, to learn about his journey and what inspired him to open this Northern California spot that’s known for the tasty burgers and a large selection of cold beers.
Industry leaders, Niman Ranch and New Belgium Brewing, team up to offer sustainably raised meat with award-winning craft beer taste. The products and beer were sampled for the first time at the 2019 Fancy Food Show.
Westminster, Col. (June 24, 2019) – As the craft beer phenomenon continues to grow, a new line of sustainably raised meat products featuring Fat Tire Amber Ale debuted yesterday at the 2019 Fancy Food Show in New York. The new partnership brings together two pioneers in their respective industries, Niman Ranch and New Belgium Brewing, both committed to creating the most delicious products sustainably.
Meet Joey Khalife, the General Manager of Fresh Bites, a family-owned and operated restaurant in Tampa Florida. Joey’s parents, Samir and Anissa Khalife, opened their restaurant in 2012 to provide their community an authentic Lebanese dining experience while only using the highest quality ingredients available, including Niman Ranch. Every meal the Khalife family makes is guaranteed to have the same level of authenticity and flavor as if it were made in their hometown of Jbeil, Lebanon.
Let’s take a moment to learn more about Fresh Bites and this wonderful family.
Meet Chef Evan Gastman. Growing up on Long Island, New York and spending the past 20 years living in Florida has inspired everything from his cooking to his outlook on sustainability. He’s the executive chef of four Siesta Key kitchens which include, The Cottage’s seafood-focused global cuisine; The Hub Baja Grill’s tropically inspired beach grub; elegant bar bites at the Beach Club; and, Sarasota inspired surf-and-turf, Summer House.
Let’s take a minute to learn more about this fascinating and culinary mastermind.
Once a Reluctant Farmer, Gina Gadient Reflects on the Joys of Life on the Farm
Hello, my name is Gina and I live in Eastern Iowa, on a farm I like to refer to as ‘God’s Country’. My husband, Randy, and I farm approximately 400 acres with the help of our children. Not only am I proud to be a farmer’s wife, I am proud to be a farmer! We have a farrow-to-finish operation with approximately 150 sows. That means we raise the pigs from birth to market. The market-ready pigs are sold to Niman Ranch. We also have 65 stock cows.
Guest post by Abby Larsen who farms with her husband Kyle for Niman Ranch in Iowa
My husband, Kyle Larsen, has been putting more gravel in his travel this winter. He is logging more miles not only because our farrow-to-finish hog farm has expanded to more sites, but also because he has eagerly attended as many Niman Ranch regional meetings as possible to tell other farmers about our “Pay It Forward” program. The new “Pay It Forward” program awards grants funded by Niman Ranch farmers for Niman Ranch farmers to support farm and breeding stock expansions and overall operation improvements.
April Wilson and her family have been raising hogs for Niman Ranch for more than 20 years on their diversified farm in Iowa. Established in 1959 by her grandfather, Ernest Wilson, Seven W Farm is a model for regenerative, earth-friendly farming practices. April works alongside her mother and father, Lorna and Dan, two brothers and their wives, together growing corn, soybeans, small grains and hay and raising chickens, sheep, cattle and an organic dairy herd.
Meet Niman Ranch family farmers, Brad and Kirsten Eckerman of Quit Yer Belly Achin’ Acres, a family-owned and operated farm located in Southern, Wisconsin. These two hard-working farmers raise hogs humanely and sustainably for Niman Ranch. Without these two and the help of their two kids, Brad’s dad and grandfather, Niman Ranch wouldn’t be the same.
We love sharing Q&A’s with Niman Ranch family farmers, and lucky for us, Brad and Kirsten took some time to come inside from their daily chores and a full-time job to answer a few questions about sustainable farming and what it’s like to be a Niman Ranch family farmer.
By: Wendy Meadley, good food evangelist and communications leader collaborating with the James Beard Foundation, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Chefs Collaborative and other leading organizations in the culinary arena.
The event took place at APL, in Hollywood. More than 150 industry notables oversold the event spilling into every space including the kitchen, which became part of the theater of the evening. These chefs, industry professionals and food system thought leaders truly care about how food is produced. I left the event convinced that the Good Food Movement is alive and well in Hollywood and throughout Southern California.