We were so excited to get the chance to sit down with executive chef and owner, Jeff Smedstad of Elote Café in Sedona, Arizona. We asked Chef Jeff everything from what inspired him to become a chef to what his last meal on earth would be…Trust us, we were not expecting it.
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.
Located in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, Pinch Chinese, is making headlines for their delicious dishes and are being featured on websites like The New York Times, Eater, and Chowhound. Of course, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview, Chef Hua Zhang and learn more about his passion for cooking and why he uses Niman Ranch at Pinch Chinese.
Can you believe 2018 is almost over? We can’t! As we look back, we wanted to reflect on Niman in the News and recognize our farmers and ranchers. They often do not have time to take stock of the national news they make from producing the finest tasting meat.
From a January feature on Dr. Oz about bacon that led to another invitation to come on again to talk about beef, we were thrilled to share vital information on the importance of sustainable, antibiotic-free meats that captured the attention of millions.
This year we were also featured in The New York Times for having one of the best bratwursts, Real Simple for hot dogs, and Southern Living for bacon, among many more.
Let’s take a moment to look back at our top 10 favorite media moments of 2018 and thank our farmers and ranchers who helped make it possible.
Prosciutto: Aligote & Sottocenere
Niman Ranch’s Prosciutto is a wonderful, butter and silky product that melts in your mouth. It is particularly elegant and should be paired with a cheese that is of the same caliber. Sottocenere is speckled with black truffle and is truly what dreams are made of. It doesn’t have to be truffle flavored, but any firm cheese striped with dill or paprika or washed in ale would be an excellent match for the prosciutto. This pairing is something that you and your guests would expect to find at a five-star restaurant, and a glass of Aligote, a white Burgundy from France that is citrusy but refined, is the perfect accompaniment. Aligotes are fresh and citrusy with hints of green apple and honeydew.
At Niman Ranch, we have amazing distributors from all over the country who make sure our product gets to the best chefs and restaurants. Today we spotlight our newest distributor from Southern California, West Coast Prime Meats.
West Coast Prime Meats is one of the largest independent distributors in the southwest. They focus on premium center of the plate products, including Niman Ranch beef and lamb, and deliver it to the finest restaurants, hotels, resorts, and country clubs throughout southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.
We asked Nathan Bennett, the President, and Chief Financial Officer, of West Coast Prime Meats to share why they are unique and why they chose to distribute sustainable and humanely raised meat from Niman Ranch.
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.
October 10, 2017 – Niman Ranch, a national leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, today announced their products will be available on AmazonFresh and ButcherBox to significantly increase nationwide availability of their popular sustainable and Certified Humane® meats raised by small independent U.S. family farmers.
NORTHGLENN, CO (September 28, 2017) — Niman Ranch, a national leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, awarded 32 scholarships totaling $106,000 through its annual Next Generation Scholarship Fund. Scholarships were presented to students from Niman Ranch’s network of independent farm families during its 19th annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner in Des Moines, IA. with more than 600 people in attendance. The scholarships are designed to raise awareness around the loss of traditional farming and ranching practices, and to ultimately help maintain agriculture opportunities by providing funding for college. The money raised for the fund far exceeded all other years.
August 28, 2017 – Miami-based Harry’s Pizzeria, recognized nationally for its genuine brand of thoughtfully-made, better pizza by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz, is committing to meat raised sustainably and humanely in partnership with industry-leader Niman Ranch. Beginning this summer, the pizza chain’s three current locations in South Florida will exclusively feature responsibly-sourced beef and pork products from Niman Ranch on its menu in pizza toppings including hot soppressata, shredded pulled pork shoulder, braised short rib, meatballs and bacon, as well as beef sirloin as an entrée.