20th Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

It isn’t every day you get to throw a big party to thank the farmers who grow our food! At Niman Ranch we get to do it every year, and have been doing it for 20 years!

This year’s celebration was the biggest yet with more than 600 farmers, industry experts, journalists, thought leaders, chefs and restaurateurs, distributors, grocers, customers and partners at the sold-out event at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
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Chef Ann Kim to be Featured Chef at Niman Ranch 20th Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Ann Kim
Chef Ann Kim, Owner and Executive Chef of Young Joni, Hello Pizza, and Pizzeria Lola

Chef Ann Kim is redefining fine-dining. Wood-fired pizza in a modern atmosphere is the award-winning combination Chef Ann created at Young Joni. Her renowned pizzas and sandwiches are crafted with high-quality ingredients raised with integrity. Chef Ann’s devotion to providing her customers with an overall quality experience and her leadership with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs led to her partnership with Niman Ranch.

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Chef Charles Phan Named Featured Chef at Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Charles Phan
Charles Phan, Owner and Executive Chef of The Slanted Door Group

Award-winning chef, Chef Charles Phan, is returning to the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner for the 20th annual celebration.

The partnership between the chef and independent farmers began years ago. Chef Charles opened his flagship restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, the same year Paul Willis, Niman Ranch founding hog farmer, partnered with Niman Ranch to bring humanely and sustainably raised pork to the San Francisco Bay area.

In 2006, Chef Charles made his debut as featured chef at the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner to thank the independent family farmers for their dedication to raising animals humanely and sustainably. To further honor his relationship with founding farmer Paul Willis, Chef Charles listed his Niman Ranch specialty ribs as “Willis Ribs” on his menus. Chef Charles Phan will return for the exclusive 20th anniversary dinner and is bringing back what he once called “Willis Ribs” as his featured dish to share with the honorary family farmers.

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Chef Cal Peternell Returns for the 20th Niman Ranch Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner

Chef Cal Peternell
Chef Cal Peternell, Former Executive Chef of Chez Panisse

Chef Cal Peternell, the former executive chef of Chez Panisse, played a significant role in the creation of the first Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner.

Alice Waters, the owner and founder of Chez Panisse, and Chef Cal have been proud partners of Niman Ranch founding hog farmer, Paul Willis, for many years. Sourcing Chez Panisse with sustainably raised Niman Ranch pork, Alice Waters started a legendary movement in Berkeley, Calif. The successful partnership inspired Paul to organize the first Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner featuring Chef Cal Peternell.

We are happy to announce the first-ever featured chef, Chef Cal Peternell, will be back for the 20th annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner.

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Young Farmer Blog: Jaclynn Knutson in Colorado

Jaclynn KnutsonGreetings everyone! I am Jaclynn Knutson and my family has been raising pigs for Niman Ranch my entire life. I had the honor of receiving the David Serfling Memorial Scholarship in 2016 and was later asked to represent Niman Ranch in Denver, Colorado. I traveled to Denver July 14th-17th and had the opportunity to spend time with both Marczyk Fine Foods and Slow Food Nations.

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Young Farmer Blog: Anthony Scheer in Colorado

Anthony Scheer

Hi! I’m here again to tell about my second scholarship trip for Niman Ranch this summer! It seemed like I just got back from the beaches of Florida and I was already packing back up to go to the mountains of Colorado.  I have been to Marczyk’s Fine Foods once before in the summer of 2014, so I knew it would be a great time, but I had no idea what surprises were in store.  I arrived on Friday the 14th and spent a little time touring Denver with fellow scholarship winner, Jaclynn Knutson, and Niman employee, Danny Kirkovich. We didn’t have time to climb any mountains, but we did stand at exactly one mile above sea level on the stairs of the capitol building!

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