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VENUE 

 

ROCKIN’ STAR RANCH

BRENHAM, TX

ROCKINSTARBRENHAM.COM

CONTACT

 

For information about sponsoring The Butcher's Ball please email sponsorship@butchersball.com

For all other inquiries please email info@butchersball.com

 

MAILING LIST

october 20, 2019 | 11AM - 5PM @ rockin' star ranch

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 at one of the state's most beautiful spots, Rockin' Star Ranch in Brenham, TX.

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, bring awareness to sustainable farming and ranching practices, raise funds for local charities, and make the connection between the producer and the consumer.

 

Since 2016, The Butcher's Ball has raised over $50,000 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

panel discussions

Culinary leaders gather on stage to discuss issues affecting all aspects of the industry, from producers to consumers and everything in between

butchery demonstrations

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

farmer's market

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

live music

What better way to enjoy a day of eating and drinking, than with a little dancing too!

2019 BUTCHER'S BALL

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

11AM

 

MAIN STAGE

DJ Mexican Blackbird

MONKEY'S TAIL & ROSEWATER BARS

Ketel One Bloody Mary Party (until 1PM)

GOLDEN CLEAVER TENT

The quest for The Golden Cleaver begins! Vote for your favorite bite of the day!

OPEN FIRE FARM & RANCH SHOWCASE

Cooking begins - enjoy tastings from over 30 chefs and pitmasters

BALLROOM

Silent Auction begins! 100% of sales go directly to Urban Harvest

12PM

MAIN STAGE 

Vinyl Ranch

BALLROOM STAGE

Whole Hog Butchery Demo with Jack Matusek, Raw Republic Meats

Hog courtesy of Augustus Ranch

12:30PM

 

VIP LOUNGE 

Cooking Demo with Skyler Hanka, The Prairie Recovery Center

Protein Courtesy of Unique Meats

1PM

MAIN STAGE

Dawn & Dupree

BALLROOM STAGE

Panel Discussion - "How Culture Has Shaped Texas BBQ"

Texas is filled with cultures and ethnicities from across the globe, and Houston is touted as the most diverse city in the nation. So where did Texas-style BBQ come from, and what  exactly is it anymore? Join an exciting panel of experts on the topic to discuss how the many culinary influences in Texas have affected the way we cook our meat.

FEATURING

Daniel Vaughn - BBQ Editor at Texas Monthly

Ara Malekian - Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Richmond

Erin Smith Feges - Feges BBQ, Houston

Esaul Ramos - 2M Smokehouse, San Antonio

Moderated by Axel Brave, AXEL Provisions

1:30

 

VIP LOUNGE

Turducken Butchery Demo - Jess Timmons, Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Kitchen

Poulty courtesy of Whitehurst Ranch and Tejas Heritage Farms

2PM

 

MAIN STAGE

Vinyl Ranch

BALLROOM STAGE

Whole Lamb Butchery Demo - Julia Poplawsky, Central Texas Meat Collective

Lamb courtesy of Terrapin Farms Texas Dorper and the American Lamb Board

POOLSIDE

Kids Cooking Class with Monica Pope

A fantastic opportunity for kids age 4-17 to learn from one of the most talented chefs in the country. James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Monica Pope will lead an immersive cooking class designed to teach the next generation the joy of cooking with healthy, sustainable ingredients to make absolutely delicious dishes. 

2:30PM

 

MAIN STAGE

Jaime Wyatt

VIP LOUNGE

Cooking Demo - Richard Knight, Atlas Diner

Protein courtesy of Capra Meats

3PM

 

BALLROOM STAGE

Panel Discussion - "Farm & Food Policy and How it Affects the Next Generation"

Farming and Ranching in Texas has a unique set of issues, whether they are politically driven, climate driven, or land driven . Generations of ranchers have set the rules - but what have they planned for this next generation of growers, and what issues do they face as they take the reins?

FEATURING

Thomas Schroeder - Audubon Conservation Ranching Program

Scott Snodgrass - The Edible Group

Meagan McMurray - Senior at College Station High School

Erin Stutts - Teacher at College Station High School

Moderated by Judith McGreary - Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

3:30PM

 

GOLDEN CLEAVER TENT

Voting ends for Golden Cleaver Competition

4PM

 

MAIN STAGE

2019 Golden Cleaver Winner Announcement

4:30PM

 

MAIN STAGE

Vinyl Ranch


BALLROOM

Silent Auction Ends

5PM SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 
 

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

BLUE HORIZON
TERRAPIN FARMS TEXAS DORPER
WAGYURU
YONDER WAY FARM
WAGYU EXCELENT
ROCKING 711 RANCH
R-C RANCH
HEARTBRAND BEEF
GOLD RING WAGYU
AUFDENGARTEN CATTLE CO.
AUGUSTUS RANCH
A BAR N RANCH
LIBERTY PROVISIONS
WHITEHURST HERITAGE FARM
BLUE HERON FARM
HARRISON HOG FARMS
CHUBBY DOG FARM
THREE SISTER FARMS
UNIQUE MEATS
BLACK HILL RANCH
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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