BBQ season is a little different this summer, but you can still enjoy an outdoor meal with friends and family while social distancing. Whether you prefer burgers or hot dogs, steaks or salmon, here are the best places to buy top quality meat and fish online shipped right to your door. Don't worry, I didn't forget wine pairings and there's ice cream for dessert.
Marc Zimmerman founded A-5 Meats to deliver top quality meat, with an emphasis on full-blood Japanese wagyu, to chefs at restaurants like Alexander's Steakhouse, Avery and Maestro's. The meat is chilled, but never frozen, ensuring peak quality and freshness. “Freezing beef is the easy way,” Zimmerman says. “But unfortunately for the customer, you have know idea how long that beef has been frozen.”
In November 2019, Zimmerman opened ittoryu GOZU in San Francisco, where he curates a wagyu tasting menu serving diverse cuts from small farms and cooking everything, even vegetables and pastries, in rendered beef tallow. As restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, he quickly pivoted from selling to chefs to selling directly to diners nationwide. “We believe in a chilled, extremely high quality, fresh product,” Zimmerman says. “It's what chefs have always expected. Home chefs can now expect the same quality as Michelin-starred restaurants.”
A butchery and restaurant with six locations across California, Belcampo is known for the sustainability and high quality of all their meat, working with certified organic and humane farms using regenerative farming practices. Animals are pasture-raised and grass-fed and finished for the utmost nutrition and flavor. Their ground beef is perfect for shaping your own burgers or sliders and they have smoked kielbasa and beef hot dogs too. There are chicken wings and hindquarters, along with several cuts of steak. The summer grilling package includes a taste of everything.
Smoking Goose Meatery Sausages
At Smoking Goose, Chris Eley butchers whole hogs and cures and smokes meats, sausages and salumi that rival anything you'd find in Italy. Eley partners with small family farms in Indiana and the Midwest to source ethically raised, healthy ani