the butcher's ball 2021 has been postponed
we will announce our 2022 date soon!
THE BUTCHER’S BALL IS ABOUT MEAT,
THE CHEFS WHO LOVE IT, AND THE RANCHERS WHO RAISE IT.
With a focus on sustainable ranching practices, The Butcher's Ball brings together Texas' most talented chefs, butchers, ranchers, and advocates for a day of demonstrations, discussions, tastings, and competition to shine a light on the small, independent farms and ranches actively engaging in sustainability.
But that's not all The Butcher's Ball is about - it's an incredible celebration of food, drink, music, and education, meant to shine a light on our local culinary and creative communities, raise funds for local charities, and make the connection between the producer and the consumer.
Since 2016, The Butcher's Ball has raised over $100,000 for various food-related organizations and initiatives throughout the state of Texas.
what is the butcher's ball all about?
Founded in 2016 by three Houstonians in the food, beverage and entertainment industries who are passionate about supporting their local communities, The Butcher's Ball was originally developed as a way to bring together the incredible culinary talent that exists throughout Texas for a fun day out on the ranch. Quickly, the event grew into a way to not only celebrate these world-class chefs, but to spotlight those family-run and independently-owned farms and ranches that are the ones painstakingly raising, growing and cultivating the top quality products that we eat.
The Butcher's Ball isn't your average festival - it is designed to educate and inform, inspire and motivate, and engage you with and connect you to our food systems, from production to consumption.
the golden cleaver competition
Twenty of Texas' best chefs battle for the best bite of the day and the chance at the coveted Golden Cleaver and a cash prize
OPEN FIRE farm & ranch showcase
Highlighting those producers around the state that engage in ethical and sustainable practices and teaming them up with Texas chefs for a series of incredible tastings and spectacular demonstrations over open flame
Culinary leaders gather on stage to discuss issues affecting all aspects of the industry, from producers to consumers and everything in between
The state's top butchers are on display, showcasing a variety of proteins and providing tips and tricks of the trade
classes & workshops
From kids cooking classes to chef-led demonstrations, you'll return home with a new skill ready to share
Shop around for locally-made items such as hot sauce, utensils, aprons, honey, and a variety of culinary delights
craft beer & cocktails
Enjoy handcrafted libations from some of Texas' best bartenders and brewmaster, sure to whet your whistle
What better way to enjoy a day of eating and drinking, than with a little dancing too!
farms & ranches
The Butcher's Ball is dedicated to highlighting and supporting local Texas farms and ranches that are actively engaging in ethical, sustainable and humane production practices. We require that all of our participating chefs and culinary leaders be passionate advocates for this type of food production and are sourcing their product year-round from these types of businesses.
Meet a few of our 2019 Butcher's Ball Farm & Ranch Partners
2019 chef lineup
golden cleaver competitors
Twenty-two chefs from across Texas compete for the best bite of the day.
Who will take home the coveted Golden Cleaver? The choice is yours.
THE butchers baller
open fire farm & ranch showcase
Returning Butcher's Ball chefs highlight their favorite local farms and ranches through spectacular cooking demonstrations and delicious tastings, encouraging you to get to know where your food comes from.
VIP LOUNGE @ THE BUTCHER'S BALL
New for 2019, the VIP Lounge at The Butcher's Ball will feature exclusive demos and tastings
The State's top butchers will demonstrate how to properly butcher our featured local game.
All meat butchered will be auctioned off with the money raised going directly to Urban Harvest.
2019 butcher's ball sponsors
Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous support, many of whom have been part of The Butcher's Ball since it began. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of The Butcher's Ball, email email@example.com