About The Guild

OUR MEATY MISSION
meat Good meat can change the world.The Butcher’s Guild is a fraternity of meat professionals bound by The Oath to sell good meat. While we encourage every butcher to use only whole animals from local farms, we are hoping to rebuild an industry and have a spirit of inclusion.The Butcher’s Guild stands in the guild tradition of maintaining a moral code within a trade. Butchers in the United States have lost their cohesion and support network as the food system has become dangerously centralized. The centralization killed the demand for skilled artisans. We see the future of food based in localized food communities that require the knowledge of the butcher and we are fostering this generation of craftsman. The Butcher’s Guild will be a reference place for butchers, as well as consumers that seek good meat.We recognize food as part of a greater system that affects our health, environment and economy.
THE FOUNDERS
meat Marissa Guggiana is co-founder of The Butcher’s Guild. She is also the author of Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers, founding president of Sonoma Direct, and author of Off The Menu: Staff Meals From America’s Top Restaurants. From 2008 to 2011, Marissa was an editor and contributor to Meatpaper, a quarterly magazine exploring the fleischgeist. She is an advisor to the charcuterie segment of the Good Food Awards. Marissa co-founded Secret Eating Society, and was a leader in Slow Food, for which she was the curator of 2008′s Slow Food Nation Charcuterie Pavilion. She is a past fellow with Roots of Change, an organization to create a sustainable food system as the new mainstream. She is also the owner and an instructor at a tiny yoga studio in the far reaches of Contra Costa county, California.

Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers
 is a nationally distributed fall 2010 release that profiles fifty of the most sustainable artisinal butchers in the country. Each profile includes recipes and inspiration for home cooks to get to the source of meat and look beyond factory-farmed protein.A new addition will be out in 2012.Sonoma Direct is a family run, USDA-inspected meat plant in northern California, which butchers whole animals raised on small, local farms. Since 2005, Sonoma Direct has been innovating local food systems and educating the public on the importance of farm to table eating. It also piloted a meat CSA [community supported agriculture] with UC Cooperative Extension, which facilitated over 300 members buying meat direct from local ranches.
butchers Tia Harrison is co-founder of The Butcher’s Guild, Executive Chef and co-owner of Sociale, a northern Italian-inspired Restaurant, and co-owner of Avedano’s Holly Park Market, a neighborhood butcher shop that focuses on whole animal butchery. Since 2003 Tia has been Executive Chef at Sociale working to expand her expertise as a food professional in San Francisco. In 2007 Tia Harrison opened Avedano’s; the first US women owned and run butcher shop with the inspiration of reviving the dying art of butchering by hand and supporting small farms as well as sustainable food systems. Tia Harrison developed a consumer butchery class that she teaches monthly at Avedano’s.Sociale is a neighborhood restaurant in the Presidio Heights district of San Francisco, which has been an integral part of the “farm to table” approach to dining in the Bay Area. Sociale is proud to serve only the best in locally grown produce, sustainably farmed meats and wild caught seafood.Avedano’s Holly Park Market and its owners are leaders in the butcher’s revolution whose focus is the support and education of the art of butchering, consumers, local farmers, community as well as whole animal events, and things that are meaty and delicious.


THE BUILDERS
meat A guild is always greater than the sum of its parts. But, we do have some really extraordinary parts. Warm thanks go to the generous builders of our vision.We would not be here without the enormous talents of:Stapley-Hildebrand- Logo Design
Stapley-Hildebrand is a San Francisco-based design firm specializing in branding, packaging and print production. They leverage the power of visual communication to build exceptional consumer experiences. Their process is swift, informative and fun.Anthony Stimola- Brand Development
Anthony believes in bringing design solutions to the table. Design is a process of creative problem solving, he is always looking for the most affective means to the end. He believes when it comes to branding and design that collaboration brings about the best results.Silvana Porceddu- E-Commerce
Silvana Porceddu is a ferocious force in the design industry. Raised on years of experience in fine dining and urban clothing companies her passions mingle both inspiring industries. A graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology, her expertise in fashion ranges from designing, marketing, consulting, public relations, styling, web-store management and trend forecasting. She only lives to get radical.

Berlin Reed- Digital Meat and Media
Berlin Reed is The Ethical Butcher, a meat cutter and writer focused on farm sourced products and educating consumers about the deeply personal affects of their food choices.

Amelia Posada- a.k.a Golden Fingers on the Twitter feed
Amelia is Lindy of Lindy & Grundy Meats in Los Angeles, a new butcher shop dedicated to local, organic and pasture-raised protein.

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Gabriel Cole- Business Consulting
Gabriel is a leader in the building of sustainable food systems and his consultancy, Fare Resources, provides structure and strategy for companies with a triple bottom line.

Tanja Nixx- Photography
Tanja settled in San francisco in 1989 with a degree in Graphic-design. She became a tattoo-artist and now owns Lyle Tuttle Tattooing. While taking pictures on the road for her oil-paintings, she discovered that she had a passion and eye for photography and she decided to pursue it as an additional outlet in her artistic career.

Angela Wilson, Melanie Eisemann- Photo Shoot location
Located in Bernal Heights, Avedano’s is an old-fashioned butcher shop and neighborhood market specializing in sustainably grown and raised products. We are committed to supporting local and responsible businesses.

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