Pig In Your Pie

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

The farmers market is awash in blushing nectarines, fragrant raspberries, dusky plums and irresistible blueberries. With your market basket brimming with ripe fruit, it is high time for making summer pies. But don’t leave the market without stopping by the Fatted Calf for bakers’ essential freshly rendered leaf lard. While leaf lard has many uses […]

The Dad Who Has Everything

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

What do you get the dad who has everything? Electronic gadgets feel so impersonal. Ties and tools are too cliché. You want to give a gift he’ll remember and truly enjoy? Stop by the Fatted Calf where there is something nearly every dude can sink his teeth into. Why not the gift of a delicious […]

Meet Patrick Martins

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

With a title like The Carnivore’s Manifesto you might think the book you are about to read will be a glorious ode to “dude food”. Or perhaps, you may assume it is a revelatory edict on the wonders of the paleo diet. But you probably don’t know the author Patrick Martins quite like I do. […]

Feel The Heat

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

In winter, mustard is the first plant to bravely flower in the frost clad vineyards that flank the road to the Fatted Calf shop in Napa. And long after the rains have stopped and the hot sun has withered the wild flowers and parched the grasses, there is mustard, holding aloft its tiny golden flowers […]

The Fatted Calf Guide To Good Barbeque

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

Grilling is great anytime but smoking is a leisurely pursuit. You don’t need a spendy smokehouse or secret seasoning blend to make good barbeque. You just need quality meat, practice and patience. Quality meat, check. You already have your shopping list ready for a trip to The Fatted Calf. You’ll definitely need ribs, a Riverdog […]

In Basque Country

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

The sun is shining, the fire is hot and a bottle of crisp Txacoli is chilling on ice. It’s time to celebrate the return of Fatted Calf’s Basque sausage to the table! This irresistible sausage is made with heritage pork and seasoned with the fruity and delicately spicy Basque Esplelette pepper. Stuffed into natural lamb […]

For Every Mom

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

How do you choose the perfect gift for mom when every mom is so unique. The greeting card rack tells a typical tale of shopping bag wielding, pie baking, long stem rose loving ladies but that just won’t suffice for any of the wine maker moms, chef moms, artist moms and other radical women I […]

We, The Workers

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

May 1 is International Workers’ Day, a day that always makes me take note of the diverse group of people who work alongside me at The Fatted Calf. Perhaps you, too, have been curious about the people at the Fatted Calf? Who is the smiling man cutting your hunk of terrine de volaille and wrapping […]

To Cook A Mockingbird

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

The mockingbird starts it song shortly after midnight. High atop the oak tree he sits broadcasting his tune boldly into the night, a lengthy ballad, part red wing blackbird flourished with a barn swallow warble, punctuated with discordant snippets I can’t quite place. Weed wacker perhaps? This is the tenth night I have woken to […]

In Your Easter Basket

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Calf Chronicles

You’ve traded in jellybeans for fava beans but you still love a basket brimming with goodies. Hunt no further than The Fatted Calf. Bacon and breakfast sausage are brunch essentials. Forget the peeps and chocolate bunnies and fill your basket with finocchiona, Spanish style chorizo and pâté rustique. Chive laden bockwurst is perfect for grilling. […]

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