If you are considering operating a steakhouse, or if you have stepped in as the new managing chef, then locally sourced meat may be an option. You may already know, as the restaurant owner or chef, the benefits of this option. But, there are some benefits beyond the health factor that are specific to you as the owner or managing chef. Here are a few of those benefits to consider.
One of the first things to consider are the financial benefits to becoming a locally sourced steakhouse. You will be able to keep your cost lower because you are going straight to the source of the steak. This allows you to choose the cuts easily, make sure they are butchered to your needs, and that you are getting the best quality meat for your money. This reduces the chances of having meat delivered to the restaurant that would need to be thrown out or go unused due to poor cuts of meat that does not meet your quality standards.
Reaching a Wider Customer Base
Many customers are now looking for non-GMO labels or grain fed and free range labels on their food. This can be difficult to do for some resturants. It may be hard to stand by those labels or even prove those labels when necessary. If you are a locally sourced steakhouse then you can choose the sources that avoid GMO feeds, antibiotics, and other items that may harm the meat or taint it in any way. You can also guarantee a grain fed or free range label and advertise for the local farm as well. This reaches the customer base that may have avoided your steakhouse before and want that organic label and taste.
Helping Local Economy
Unfortunately, many small farms that have decided to not sign on with bigger companies tend to struggle financially. They may be able to sell meat to various sources, but staying away from bigger names that may not be as environmentally friendly can be tough on them. By supporting them as one of your locally sourced suppliers you are helping their farm, boosting the local economy, and helping your area community. This community support is noticed by various local organizations as well as customers who want to go with local instead of chain options.
These are only a few of the benefits to going with a stance as a locally sourced steakhouse. If this appeals to you, then consider making the steps towards this option and connecting with your local suppliers at farmer's markets and local butcher shops.