|How do I become a member?
Membership begins with a conversation. Sign up for an interview in a free time slot on our BG Interview Calendar. Just add your name and phone number to the event details and we will call you. The interview is a time to answer your questions, hear about your work and see if membership is right for you.
Am I eligible for membership in The Butcher’s Guild?
If you are a butcher who lives by our oath, then you are eligible for membership.
If you build honest relationships with your customers, treat your staff and vendors well and believe that the power of inspiration and camaraderie can elevate our industry, you can be a member of The Butcher’s Guild.
If you are a scrupulous sourcer of products for your business, work with local producers and source whole animals from small farms, you can be member of The Butcher’s Guild.
If you do not yet source from small farms but desire to do so and are willing to present a plan with updates on your progress to The Butcher’s Guild, you can be a member of The Butcher’s Guild.
If you butcher whole animals in your business, you can be a member of The Butcher’s Guild.
If you or your business donates to your community, you can be a member of The Butcher’s Guild.
If all of these apply to you, you are eligible and we are eager to hear from you!
What are the differences between the different types of membership—Retail, Wholesale, Restaurant and Individual?
Memberships are crafted for particular businesses. Retail, Restaurant, and Wholesale memberships entitle you to two individual members. This way, you can involve multiple owners or an owner and key employee. (You can also add additional Individual memberships at a discount of 15%.) These types of membership also entitle you to list your business on The Butcher’s Guild website. Individual memberships are best for a butcher who may switch establishments. We also list Individual members in our directory and on our website. However, they do not receive a link to a business.
The merchandise you receive with your membership is also particular to your business. For example, Retail members receive reusable Butcher’s Guild shopping bags designed for retail environments.
What can I expect from BG and its members with my membership?
The Butcher’s Guild is a support network. So, for starters, you will gain access to a directory of members whom you can contact with questions. The Butcher’s Guild includes some of the most experienced and well-respected professionals in the fields of butchery, meat curing and whole animal cooking.
You will receive Butcher’s Guild merchandise that you can sell or use for promotions. You will also be able to purchase Butcher’s Guild gear, meat books and branding tools at a wholesale price, so that you can beef up your storefront and increase profits.
You will be invited to Meat Camp, an annual retreat to teach and inspire you to greatness in butchery.
You will have access to a network of interns and internships.
You will be able to access online forums to pose questions and participate in conversations that interest you with other meat pros.
You will remain informed in your area of interest with quarterly Butcher’s Guild Bulletins that will focus on specific issues in: Cutting, Curing and Creating/Cooking.
Most of all, The Butcher’s Guild will grow constantly around the issues that develop in our field. We are your fraternity.
How can I use The Butcher’s Guild brand for my business?
Link your brand to The Butcher’s Guild brand and we can both become stronger together. Use Butcher’s Guild merchandise to increase awareness and profits and to talk about your butchering prowess. When someone asks “What is The Butcher’s Guild?”, you have an opportunity to talk about how important butchers are, the work you are doing and what makes you special.
As a Retail, Wholesale or Restaurant member, you will be able to link to our site and we will provide a link to your site. We will promote your brand within the industry through member profiles and other communications and initiatives letting consumers and professionals know about your business and your news.
How will The Butcher’s Guild protect the integrity of my business by association?
As a Butcher’s Guild member, you sign an agreement and adhere to a code of conduct. The agreement is designed to maintain consistently high practices among all members so that we will all be proud of our association with The Butcher’s Guild.
Why do I have to chose a designation of cutter, curer or creator?
We recognize that we are all part of the same solution. Yet while we are all butchers each of us has particular needs and priorities. These designations help us to focus on your priorities as we develop educational tools and resources, address industry issues, and communicate with you to inspire industry growth and recognition.
Why the contract?
As a fraternity embracing many members, we feel a keen responsibility to protect our members’ good names and work. Our contract ensures that we speak with a unified voice and represent each other in an appropriate way. Our contract is proof that we take our job seriously and that you do, too.