Meet "not meat" Paula Markus, she has been cutting and butchering meat for over 11 years. She has been a butcher before it was cool, she did it because she liked too.. I am Paulas business partner and I would like to tell you what she means to me. I first met Paula 8 years ago when I applied for a butcher apprentice at the butcher counter that we now own. The first day that I did a stage with her to work there It was one of the most nerve racking experiences that I have ever had and she was only a employee at the time. She later became my partner in crime. Paula is a butcher, charcuterier and business woman. She doesn't pose cuddling pigs, she doesn't seek any fame and she doesn't have tattoos of cleavers and cuts of meat on her. Paula goes to work at 6:30 in the morning everyday and she leaves at 6 pm. She sets and rotates our meat case with care, washes the inside and outside the windows of our case, creates a prep list for our butchers, grinds, stuffs, cooks, cures, waits on customers, makes sandwiches, deals with the bullshit of her business partner and employees., waits on customers, brines, smokes, waits on customers and then when she is about to leave she waits on customers. She has been sexually harassed over the years. She has had to wait on customers that didn't want anything to do with her because she was a woman. Her hands are constantly touching blood. 11 years, 11 years as woman She was cutting meat before facebook. twitter and instagram. Before magazines and the machine started talking about "butchers" being the next new thing. She was doing it before everyone would just post a pork chop picture online and have 59 likes on it. She cut pork chops because it was her job. She kept her head down and worked and learned and crafted and cured and stuffed and grinded everyday. She is my mentor, she is the reason that I have stayed in our business. She is not a cool female butcher by any means. Paula Markus is a butcher.
Many of you may know us from our unique charcuterie and butcher shop. What you may not know about us is our design team and engine that has helped define us along the way. Factory North is responsible for a large part of the success of our company. Nicole Sakai & Tyler Segel own this company and we are very proud to be their first clients. They are throwing Art Takeover this Saturday 8/10 to raise money with the Timbers Army "for the second time" to build a 9,000 sq ft all season soccer field in north Portland. Last year they raised enough money with Art Takeover #1 to build Harpers Playground that is a place where special needs kids can play side by side every other kid. They do so by gathering local artists to design banners for the Timbers Army to sell. All of these artists donate their time and craft to this cause including our beloved Factory North. We will be there from 7-10 at 1050 se Water ave slinging meat for the people. please join us, look at the website and be a part of the solution. Thank You. CHOP
Join us this Fathers Day June 16th at Commons Brewery for the 2nd annual celebration of beer & cheese. World renowned cheese monger Steve Jones will be carefully curating a different cheese to go with each of the 10 breweries onsite. CHOP will be there to bring our own sausagefest with a amazing array of delectable charcuterie items. We did it last ear and it was a lot of fun. Tickets are $32 and it goes from 1-5, also the weather man says it will be 80 degrees.
Fire, Beer & Charcuterie. Nice nod.
Hey CHOPPERS join us this weekend Sunday 26th & Monday 27th, 11-5 at Ardiri Winery for a Memorial Day celebration. Not only will we be there sampling out our wares and selling salami but there will also be cheese and chocolate for enjoyment as well. Plus Ardiri is releasing their "Vino di Tavola" jug wine. Is there a better way to spend Memorial weekend than eating tasty charcuterie and drinking jug wine? We think not.