A Meat-Lover Returns to Our Kitchen

It’s not uncommon to meet a carnivore, but being a butcher no doubt qualifies someone as a true meat-lover. As a celebrity butcher, David Budworth of Marina Meats  in San Francisco brings a certain zest to his work that fuels anticipation of the finished edibles.

Dave the Butcher at Fresh Starts Chef Events

Dave the Butcher prepares to demonstrate his art

The team at Fresh Starts Chef Events looks forward to welcoming Dave the Butcher again for a hands-on class in making sausage on Thursday, Nov. 7. His lively teaching style helped spark a rash of “butcher parties” and has drawn attention from The New York Times.

To whet the appetite, enjoy this recipe from a previous event that paired him with Duskie Estes of Zazu to “Celebrate the Pig.” — Photos courtesy of Susan Adler Photography.

Recipe from Chef Duskie Estes for Pork Cheek Sliders with Salsa Verde

Pork Cheek Sliders with Salsa Verde

Pork Cheek Sliders with Salsa Verde — Makes 12 sliders

5 pounds pork cheeks
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
1 cup water
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 red onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 roasted peppers – peeled, seeded, and julienned
12 buns

For the salsa verde:
3 bunches flat leaf parsley, pick off leaves and discard stems
2 cups olive oil
1/2 cup capers
3 anchovy fillets
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Zest and juice of one orange
Zest and juice of two lemons
Kosher salt and chili flakes to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place all braising ingredients and the pork cheeks in a baking dish together and cover.
  2. Place in the oven for 3 to 4 hours, until tender. Cool in the braising mixture and remove the carrot, celery, onion.
  3. To make the salsa verde, combine the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Warm buns in 350-degree oven for 5 minutes. Warm cheeks in braising liquid. Top each bun with a few cheeks, top with roasted peppers and salsa verde.

About Fresh Starts Chef Events

Fresh Starts Chef Events offers a parade of presentations by celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and artisan producers in The Key Room. Visit the online calendar at http://bit.ly/FSchefevents for upcoming events. Our list of presenters includes luminaries from the worlds of food, wine and restaurants who share stories, demonstrate techniques and offer tips on making the most of our local bounty. You can register online for upcoming classes or call us for more details at 415-382-3363 x243. Proceeds from our events support shelter and job-training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin; learn more at www.hbofm.org and www.thekeyroom.com.
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