DARIEN, Conn. — Darien meat aficionados have a new meat locker filled with carefully sourced prime and dry aged meats to expand their palates and satisfy their quest for the perfect cut of beef and gourmet accompaniments.
The purveyor of these prime cuts is Darien native Peter Crawford, whose passion for great tasting meats and the culinary experience is rooted in his time spent in his grandmother’s kitchen. That continued to simmer with his experiences at renowned restaurants, in culinary school, as a private chef to the stars, and under the tutelage of some of New York’s finest chefs.
The new Darien Butcher Shop has been open seven days a week since spring in its location at 13 Grove St. in Darien, between The Melting Pot and Fjord’s Fisheries.
Now Crawford and his expert crew are ready to welcome the entire community to celebrate an official Grand Opening on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. which they have dubbed, “ A Butcher’s Block Party.”
The all-day free family event will feature hourly door prizes, giveaways, and a continuous flow of tastings of the store’s favorite hors d’oeuvres and recipes.
Children can pick up a coloring contest entry form with the chance to win valuable prizes. Visitors will enjoy Grand Opening specials on tasty prime NY Strip and find cases filled with some of the shop’s other custom-crafted items such as house-made sausages and gourmet burgers to take home for a cookout.
With “great taste” as the primary driver in Crawford's sourcing of products for the Darien Butcher Shop, his meat locker is filled with a wide selection of prime beef that is ethically raised on a vegetarian diet that is hormone and antibiotic free.
Also catering to the Darien lunch crowd, including the delivery of corporate lunches, the Darien Butcher Shop offers a meat-lover’s selection of signature sandwiches with a similar emphasis on great taste. Lunch orders can be called in early to save time.
Other items included in the Darien Butcher Shop cases include twice-baked potatoes, OMG crispy onion rings, pickles, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, dill potato salad, scotch eggs, oysters Rockefeller, meatballs, meatloaf and other housemade sides to complete any meal.
All this in addition to prime cut Tomahawk Steaks, Bone in Rib Eyes, Bone in NY Strip, Rib Eye, NY Strip, Tri-Tip, Hanger Steak, Flank Steak, Skirt Steak, Brisket, Veal Chop, Pork Loin, Regular and Korean Style Short Ribs.
Some of the shop’s famous house made sausages include Bratwurst, Hot/Sweet Italian, Cheddar-Jalapeno, Boere-Wors and Maple-Sage Breakfast.
The Darien Butcher Shop is open Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Darien Butcher Shop visit its website or call 203-202-9664.