Bizarre Foods at Nicky USA
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods Visits PDX
We were honored to be featured in the Portland Episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre foods. Zimmern followed a locally raised Nicky Farms Roosevelt Elk from our butcher shop to the kitchen at Lincoln. You can catch reruns on the Travel Channel, or check out stills from the episode, and Zimmern's top 5 moments on their website.
Nicky Farms Sausage in Oregon Wine Press
Pasture to Plate
We had a great time introducing our sausage to Oregon Wine Press at Landmark Tavern in Southeast Portland. They wrote some lovely things about us, and our sausage line.
"Nicky Farms’ interest in this animal and its other wild siblings reflects a non-commercialized enthusiasm for sustainability and terroir. Much like a winemaker prides himself in showcasing the unique flavor personality of a site’s soil, exposure, climate, etc., Nicky Farms is fastened to the quality and taste inherent in not just the animal but its entire context."
Read the full article online!
Savor: A Fundraiser for Food Lifeline
Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope Saturday, Apr 20 Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle, WA
Nicky USA is proud be part of this unique multi-course dining experience features renowned local chefs and the region’s finest cuisines and wines. Hosted by Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge & Food Lifeline.Presented by Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge, the 2nd annual “Savor: Sustaining Lives, Nourishing Hope” is a celebrity chef dinner and auction benefiting Food Lifeline. Savor features a five-course plated dinner; wine pairings from Sozo; and opportunities to support Food Lifeline. A VIP option features an exclusive pre-party which includes book signings, hors ‘d oeuvres prepared by Salumi’s Armandino Batali, barrel tastings with John Bigelow of JM Cellars, and more. http://foodlifelinesavor.org
This year’s menu include a special partnership with local farmers from each chef. Check out the participating chefs here.
Avocado Beet Salad dungeness crab, garden mint
Chef Ethan Stowell
Farmer Andrew Stout of Full Circle Farms
2011 Sozo “Cherish” Pinot Gris
Line Caught Neah Bay Black Cod lees of coté bonneville, foraged edibles
Chef Kevin Davis
Fisherman Preston of Wild West Seafood
2011 Sozo “Compassion” Chardonnay
Roasted Nicky Farms Quail spring onion, pickled salsify, micro amaranth, foie gras nage
Chef Thierry Rautureau
Owner Geoff Latham of Nicky Farms
2009 Sozo “Abundant” Mouvedre
Snake River Farms Rib-Eye nettles, truffled pomme dauphine, spring morels
Chef Roy Breiman & Mark Bodinet
Farmer Riley Starks of Nettle’s Farm, Lummi Islani
2008 Sozo “Bountiful” Bordeaux Blend
Rhubarb Cream Cheese Mousse Cake, pistachio crumble, red ribbon sorrel
Chef Steven Ariel
Farmer Tim Richter of Richter Farms
2010 Sozo “Humanity” Reisling
The Nicky Farm
Nicky USA has purchased a certified Organic farm in Aurora, OR. We will work towards increasing our selection of animals for top chefs across the Northwest. Nicky USA will grow rabbits, game birds, and other unique animals using humane and sustainable practices. The purchase marks a return to owner Geoff Latham’s roots as a farmer, and distinguishes Nicky USA as the only NW meat distributor to also grow their own meat.
The 35.9-acre Nicky Farm is located on the Pudding River. The farm, a diamond in the rough, which was once used for growing hops and cattle is a perfect fit for Nicky. It’s home to flocks of wild geese, coveys of quail, a century old farmhouse and a barn similar to one that already appears on the Nicky Farms logo. The first animals to be raised on the farm will be their keystone protein—rabbit.
In 1991 Geoff Latham began selling locally grown rabbits to chefs across Portland. These chefs encouraged him to carry more hard-to-find proteins, and Nicky USA gained a reputation for providing specialty, high quality meat and game for their customers. “I am lucky to have established my business in a place with some of the nation’s best chefs and locavores who are excited about locally grown high quality protein; because of them I am now able to fulfill my life-long dream of growing my own meat on my own farm.”
In an effort to provide more high quality, responsibly grown products Nicky USA launched their “Nicky Farms” brand in 2009. The brand marks game meats grown by sustainable, family-owned farms across the Northwest. Now, in addition to processing, marketing and selling Nicky Farms products, Nicky USA will join their family farmers in growing their own meat for the Nicky Farms label.
In addition to acting as a working farm, Nicky USA will host chefs and interested persons for farm dinners, hunting trips, boating on the river and tours of the property, with the goal of deepening the connection between the farm and tables across the Northwest. An open house is planned for summer 2013.
Some Beautiful Meat
100% Wagyu from Magnolia Cattle Company
We are now selling full blood Wagyu—the best available beef from Japanese genetics. This beef differs from other beef including “American Style Kobe” because of it’s pure and verified Japanese heritage. The intense marbling and high percentage of unsaturated fat in this beef can only be achieved with a 100% Japanese bloodline. While the beef is not raised in Japan, it comes from the same animals that made Kobe, Mishima, Omi and Sandar synonymous with top quality.
Nicky USA’s full blood Wagyu are raised by Magnolia Cattle Company—a small farm in Bothell, WA where owner George Neffner III emulates techniques used by Japanese ranchers. More importantly however, the cattle have 100% Japanese genetics, which have been certified for five generations. The cattle are not crossed with American breeds like Angus as is“American Style Kobe”.
We have purchased two steers and our master butcher, Jace Hentges, has cut the beef to order for anxious chefs who have preordered their desired cuts. You will be able to find the precious cuts at Altura in Seattle, Urban Farmer, Paley’s Place, and Serratto in Portland, and a handful of other restaurants across the Northwest. Nicky USA plans to continue this relationship with Magnolia Cattle Company to make this high quality meat more available to our customers.