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The Heart & Trotter Butchery, a whole animal butcher shop, will sell chemical-free and hormone-free meat from locally pastured animals.

The Neighborhood Butcher Shop is making a comeback in America and we think it's San Diego's turn to have its own whole animal butchery that sells sustainable and local meats. We're at the home stretch of our journey, ready to cross the finish line and we'd like you to break the ribbon with us.

Our Story
For years we have been hosting or attending BBQs and meat-focused meals where the same question was often asked, "Where did you get the meat?" The answer was usually, "the grocery store." We considered ourselves health-conscious people, and yet we were buying and eating meat from factory farm sourced stores. Why? Because we felt that we had no choice.  

As we learned more about meat and local agriculture we found ourselves at a point where it not only made sense to open a specialty butcher shop in San Diego, but we felt it was necessary. Five years ago we took a deep breath and made the decision to begin a journey that would bring a whole animal butcher shop to the city of San Diego.

Neither of us were the son of a butcher, so when we say journey - we mean it. For the past five years our passion for the craft has pushed us to study local production lines, garner relationships with sustainable ranchers, labor in the back of butcher shops and train at L.A.'s famous Lindy & Grundy Meats.

Now we are asking for San Diego to help us take those finals steps to bring a butcher shop to the neighborhood. 

Going Whole Hog - Courtesy of Pacific Magazine
Going Whole Hog - Courtesy of Pacific Magazine

Our Mission
Our mission is to re-invent the traditional meat counter by building the first exclusively local, whole animal butcher shop in San Diego. H&T will provide San Diego’s communities with the highest quality sustainable meats and products through a brick and mortar location as well as a CSA program. Our meats and products will never have been exposed to hormones, antibiotics or other synthetic chemicals.  In addition to customary cuts, we will offer non-conventional cuts of meats, meat products, produce and artisanal foods crafted in-house and by neighboring farms and small businesses. Moreover, in an effort to reverse the damage factory farming inflicts on animals, humans and the environment, we seek to educate the public on the benefits of sustainable butchery and supporting local, community-based agriculture.

Heart & Trotter at Alchemy Restaurant during "The Rancher, The Butcher, The Brewer and the Chef"
Heart & Trotter at Alchemy Restaurant during "The Rancher, The Butcher, The Brewer and the Chef"

Our Menu
•    Fresh and dry aged 100% grass-fed beef
•    All natural free-range poultry
•    All natural fresh pork
•    100% grass-fed Domestic lamb
•    Cured meats
•    Daily-made sausage
•    House cured bacon
•    Smoked pork chops
•    Pates
•    Rillettes
•    Porchetta
•    Lamb bacon
•    Roast beef
•    Pastrami
•    Beef, pork, chicken and lamb stocks
•    House made soups
•    Ragu
•    Dog Food
•    And more...

Still not sure how a butcher shop would fit in San Diego? Watch this video:

 How we will use the proceeds from this Kickstarter:

We are putting together this Kickstarter project in order to get us up and running beginning with our monthly CSA program and securing a storefront location (We are currently looking at several great locations in the North Park area).  The CSA program is a way for us to keep moving toward our final goal of a brick and mortar shop and continue to connect to our community.  We are also looking to fund several pieces of equipment including a commercial vacuum packing machine, coolers, and freezers that we will need in order to provide all of the aforementioned services in our shop when we open.   

We need your help and support in getting us further down the road to being a brick mortar whole animal butcher shop.  Any funds not used for equipment will be used toward securing our location, obtaining permits, and paying our architect, engineers, contractors, and attorney - All of which are required by state and local authorities to start a brick and mortar location. 

CLASS REWARDS:

Sausage, Pork and Lamb Classes - These are not run-of-the-mill butcher classes. You WILL actually learn how to butcher these animals and/or make sausage. You will be cutting, slicing, sawing, tying, and packaging meat. There will be NO more than 6 students per class. If the class does not fill up, we will still hold the class for the Kickstarter backers (even if its one student). The classes will be held at our shop after hours or on "No Meat Mondays" when the shop is closed. Each student will have full access to the shop. Students will see how we work from the inside out. Students will get step-by-step instructions from our head butcher on how to process these animals into retail cuts. A great advantage of having a processing area open to public view is: If you have any questions after you leave the class, come back and we will show you again!

Beef Classes - H&T will NOT be offering beef butchering classes to the public. This is exclusively for Kickstarter backers. Learning to butcher a steer is considerably more difficult than butchering a lamb or pig. There are only a handful of butchers in the United States that know the RIGHT way to butcher a steer. Beef butchering classes will be held on "No Meat Mondays" while our shop is closed. Only ONE student will be in each Beef Butchering class. You will spend the day one-on-one with our head butcher and learn how to properly break down a quarter or half of beef all the way to retail cuts.

These are amazing opportunities for anyone who wants to get into the whole animal butchering industry or simply wants to save money by butchering at home.

HEART & TROTTER T-SHIRT

Our Stylish Heart & Trotter T-shirt
Our Stylish Heart & Trotter T-shirt

FIND US:

Check out our website for more information on us and the benefits of what we do:

www.theheartandtrotter.com

Facebook & Twitter. You can also sign up for our Newsletter for up to date news about our progress and special offers.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Trey and I have been working on this project for the past few years. Our biggest risk is securing our spot and starting the construction process. Our biggest challenge is funding. We have the know how, we have the ranchers, we don't have the funds. We are pursuing a mix of Kickstarter funds, private investors funds and bank loans to make our dream a reality. If any set backs arise such as construction delays, permit delays, etc. we will keep at it until they are overcome.

We are expecting exponential growth in sales volume and we need to make sure there is no lapse in quality. To help ensure this we’ve developed strong relationships with a network of local farmers and ranchers to ensure that we will be able to get enough high quality, pastured meat we need to supply our shop. We have also built strong relationships with local restaurateurs, chefs, and culinary schools to recruit the best culinary minds we can find to work in our shop.

FAQ

  • The Heart & Trotter will be located in the North Park community of San Diego. Not close to North Park? We plan to have a CSA program in place to get as much of our product to different communities of San Diego as possible - Kickstarter funds will help spread that network.

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  • These are not run-of-the-mill butcher classes. You WILL actually learn how the butcher these animals. You will be cutting, slicing, sawing, tying, and packaging meat. Pork 101 and Lamb 101 will have NO more than 6 students. If the class does not fill up, we will still hold the class for the Kickstarter backers (even if its one student). The classes will be held at our shop after hours or on "No Meat Mondays" when the shop is closed. Each student will have full access to the shop. Student will see how we work from the inside out. Students will get step-by-step instructions from our head butcher on how to process these animals into retail cuts. A great advantage of having a processing area open to public view is: If you have any questions after you leave the class, come back and we will show you again!

    Click on the next FAQ for more information on the exclusive Kickstarter backer Beef Classes!

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  • H&T will NOT be offering beef butchering classes to the public. This is exclusively for Kickstarter backers. Learning to butcher a steer is considerably more difficult than butchering a lamb or pig. There are only a handful of butchers in the United States that know the RIGHT way to butcher a steer. Beef butchering classes will be held on "No Meat Mondays" while our shop is closed. Only ONE student will be in each Beef Butchering class. Our head butcher will teach the student how to properly break down a quarter or half of beef all the way to retail cuts.

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    BECOME A PART OF SAN DIEGO HISTORY! Your name will be put on our "Neighborhood" wall inside our shop to commemorate how you helped bring The Heart & Trotter to San Diego.

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    SAMPLE SOME SAUSAGE! You will receive The Heart & Trotter Sausage Sampler Package. Enjoy four house-made sausages for pick up AND your name on our "Neighborhood" wall.

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    STYLISH T-SHIRT! You will receive The Heart & Trotter Butchery "Our Meat Says No to Drugs" T-Shirt AND your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    Butcher's Dinner for Two - Cook a romantic dinner with steak from our shop. You'll receive (2) 8 ounce pieces of of Steak PLUS you will receive your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    SAUSAGE SAMPLER & T-SHIRT! You will receive a 4-pack sausage sampler for pick up PLUS an original Heart and Trotter T-Shirt to wipe your hands on AND as always, your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    BRUNCH WITH THE BUTCHERS - You will get reserved seats with Matt and Trey. The meal will be a 6-course brunch featuring Heart & Trotter meat in every dish; paired with Solana Beach Pizza Port Beers PLUS an original Heart and Trotter T-Shirt to wipe your hands on.

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    SAUSAGE NAMESAKE! Every week we will be featuring a new and different sausage and one of those weeks that special sausage could have your name all over it! That's right: We will name the sausage after YOU! And all week long, our employees will offer the sausage to customers by YOUR NAME (Great for businesses!) PLUS we'll give you a Heart and Trotter T-Shirt so you can point everyone in the right direction to get YOUR sausage AND as always, your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    POUNDS OF MEAT! One CSA sampler package: 1 lb. of pork, 1 lb. of beef and 1 lb. of lamb. (pick up from the shop) PLUS your own H&T cooler bag AND as always your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    SAUSAGE-MAKING CLASS! We'll teach you how to make your favorite meats and ingredients into a delicious sausage in one of our sausage making classes PLUS you will receive an H&T cooler bag to take home your 2-3 lbs. of sausage AND as always your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    HIGH ON THE HOG! You'll receive a 5 lbs. pork sampler pack with sausage, bacon and butcher's choice cuts for pick up with an H&T cooler bag PLUS an H&T T-shirt AND as always, you will receive your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    HOLIDAY ROAST BEAST! - You will receive one of our high quality 4-5 lbs. grass-fed beef roasts for pick up, just in time for the holidays, along with a sausage sampler pack PLUS you will receive an H&T T-shirt AND as always your name on our "Neighborhood Wall"

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    BUTCHERING 101 IN STYLE! You will receive entry into either a Pork or Lamb butchering class. We'll show you basic knife skills and grips, review the animal anatomy, show you how to break down and portion the animal into primal and retail cuts, show you how to tie roasts, and how to package the meat to last in the freezer. You will also bring home 2-3 lbs. of your choice cut of meat in an H&T cooler bag PLUS you will receive a one-of-many H&T original T-shirt. AND as always your name will be added to the "Neighborhood Wall" **Class schedule will be released one week after open date, so you can choose the class you'd like to join.

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    3 MONTHS OF MEAT **LIMITED TIME REWARD ENDS WED 5PM 10/2/13** - Every week for 3 months pick up your 1 pound meat reward (any available cut you desire). 12 LBS total. If you want Filet Mignon every week, you got it! Can't make it to the shop that week? Put in an order and we will have your reward ready for your next visit. We can only sell what we have available so if you want a specific cut be sure to pre-order it a week or 2 in advance. Pick up only.

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    BUTCHERING 101 MASTER - You will receive entry into both 101 classes (Pork and Lamb) where you will be able to bring home 2-3 lbs. of your choice cut of meat PLUS you will receive an H&T T-shirt AND your name will appear on our "Neighborhood Wall" **Class schedule will be released one week after open date, so you can choose the class you'd like to join.

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    3 MONTHS OF MEAT AND ADMISSION FOR 2 TO ONE OF OUR CLASSES **LIMITED TIME REWARD ENDS WED 5PM 10/2/13** - Every week for 3 months pick up your 1 pound meat reward (any available cut you desire). 12 LBS total. If you want Filet Mignon every week, you got it! Can't make it to the shop that week? Put in an order and we will have your reward ready for your next visit. We can only sell what we have available so if you want a specific cut be sure to pre-order it a week or 2 in advance. Pick up only. AND get admission for you and a friend to one of our classes (Sausage Making, Pork 101 or Lamb 101)

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    KS BACKER EXCLUSIVE - BEEF BUTCHERING 102 - Bigger is (sometimes) better. We'll teach one student at a time how to break down your choice of a HINDQUARTER or FOREQUARTER of beef and portion the animal into primal and retail cuts. We'll show you basic knife skills and grips, review the animal anatomy, and show you how to tie roasts and how to package the meat to last in the freezer. You will also bring home 2-3 lbs. of your choice cut of meat in an H&T cooler bag PLUS you will receive a one-of-many H&T original T-shirt. AND as always your name will be added to the "Neighborhood Wall" **We will not be offering beef butchering classes to the public. Beef butchering classes will be held on Mondays during closed hours.

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    KS BACKER EXCLUSIVE - BUTCHERING 102 MASTER! We'll teach one student how to break down a HINDQUARTER and a FOREQUARTER (that's a 1/2 a steer!) of beef and portion the animal into primal and retail cuts. We'll show you basic knife skills and grips, review the animal anatomy, show you how to tie roasts, and how to package the meat to last in the freezer. You will also bring home 2-3 lbs each class. of your choice cut of meat in an H&T cooler bag PLUS you will receive a one-of-many H&T original T-shirt. AND as always your name will be added to the "Neighborhood Wall" ****We will not be offering beef butchering classes to the public. Beef butchering classes will be held on Mondays during closed hours.

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    BBQ with THE BUTCHERS! We'll bring the meat, you bring the party. We'll cook it up, teach you and your friends about the process and break it down for everyone at the party. Just let us know when your BBQ is taking place (anytime between December 2013 - August 2014) and your local butchers will be there to feed the masses. ***Limit: 1/2 a pig, one whole lamb, or a quarter side of beef (feeds between 45-95 people)

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    BUTCHER APPRENTICESHIP - For five days of your choice you can be the Robin to our Batman, the Chewbacca to our Han Solo ... THE APPRENTICE TO OUR BUTCHER! For one week, four hours a day you can shadow our head butcher, assisting in breaking down a variety of animals, casing retail cuts, and preparing food items at our location.

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