I love January!
I love one really good thing.
I love Mondays, Mozart, Monet, and Henri.
I enjoy the beach, the mountains, family meals, cooking together, a superb wine and a fancy champagne.
Bermuda Blue is my color of the year and Authentic, Generous and Gracious people inspire me.
The Butcher, Our Children, Our Home, Our Market, and You… Our Special Customers… are my Top Priority.
I enjoy everything I do.
January, is a beautiful time to stop and take a breath.
Clean up and start fresh. Make a list. Look for the opportunity in the new year, and set into motion the experiences you look forward to and the moments that you’d like to accomplish.
The past several years have been a time of growth for me. As a Wife, as a Mother, as a Person.
Our Market, a small family business, has been integrated into our daily lives from the beginning, but never to this extent. The appreciation that I have gained for how hard Anthony has worked over the past thirty years at the Meat Market, has reached a new level. I am extremely grateful to him, for continuing the tradition of Butchery, which is an art form that when done correctly, is beautiful and necessary to our existence.
Every year brings something new, but the lessons from the past four years have been especially vital for me and for Anthony.
The year 2013 was a turning point in our family and in our business. Anthony and I deeply evaluated what we wanted for our family and for our market. We discussed the changing energy of our customers needs, the quality of product that our customer was asking for, and the amount of time that our business needed from Anthony and from myself. The ultimate conclusion from our evaluation, was that after being a “stay at home mother” for fourteen years, I would begin to work at the Meat Market. Knowing that this would be a very big change in our home, also made us decide to close our Market every Monday so that we would have one day to pause and reorganize each week.
The outcome from our discussion became a new method for our life, a new method for our business. The outcome of our discussion became Chowfancy~
“What is Chowfancy?”
Chowfancy is a combination of Anthony and Myself.
Chowfancy defines learning to rest, not to quit.
Chowfancy takes hard work, dedication, compromise and a balancing act of sorts.
Chowfancy means love what you do. Do what you love.
Chowfancy reminds us that change is good and new adventures are essential.
Chowfancy is our story.
Our theme for 2018 is #onegoodthing
When you visit R&S Meat Market, you are entering an extension of our home. In our home our methods are, less not more, quality over quantity, fresh is best and family first.
Our staff, our products, everything you see at R&S is handpicked by us.
If we would not use it or feed it to our family you will not find it in Our Market. Customer service is of utmost importance to us. You deserve the very best and we are honored to bring it to you!
Our Special Customers, are a part of our story. We are grateful to you and completely enjoy you!
Cheers to a fantastic New year 2018 and Cheers to 53 more Mondays!
Anthony & Keri
I love Sundays, good food, time spent with family, beautiful dishes, clementines, fancy perfume, rustic recipes, fresh-cut flowers, cookbooks, everything french, quality handcrafted and useful objects, fine chocolates, special cheeses and prosciutto, Champagne, Cabernet and a top quality steak…that has been grilled to perfection.
I am inspired by …people with artistic vision, kind hearts, lively conversations, vintage finds and old photos, the color red, great music of any genre, the possibility that at any moment something wonderful is about to happen.
Since Chowfancy is written by me, The Butchers Wife, I thought I would share a little bit of the back story as to how this blog has come to life and perhaps a glimpse into what is in store for the coming year.
The Butcher and I have been together for twenty-one years. Since the beginning we have both had a similar take on the importance of family, hard work, dedication and quality. Over the years we have grown together and along with our children continue to change and adapt to each new year.
For the past two years or so, we have taken R&S Meat Market in a new direction by listening to the needs of our valued customers as well as the personal needs of our growing family. I have always been involved with the business, but now have more time to spend at the Meat Market and have enjoyed being with everyone at the shop, including you! By speaking with and listening to our customers I realized the need for ideas on what to cook for dinner or recipes to prepare for an upcoming dinner party. I also noticed the stress that comes with preparing and cooking a large piece of meat for a special holiday meal. At the same time I have witnessed the excitement of a customer satisfied with a delicious item, or recalling a special recipe that they enjoy to cook for their own family.
Our children are growing and I have noticed that they are looking for good food and that their appetites have grown too. It has become very rewarding to cook for them, because of their appreciation and empty plates! As a family we have come to the conclusion that less is more, and Quality, Not Quantity has become our motto. In order to accommodate our changing schedules and continue to fit in much-needed family time, we cook dinner at home and have taken many road trips with our boys, Upstate New york. In our travels we have met the kindest most hardworking people who create beautiful and delicious things. We have picked our favorites and brought them to you through the Meat Market.
As we start this new year our goal, along with our helpers at R&S Meat Market, will be to continue to listen to our customers. We will continue to carry top quality beef and poultry items as well as many entrée items all set for you to pop in the oven. All Natural Beef, Chicken, Pork and Lamb will be top priority and The Butcher will continue to search out the best prime beef to age to perfection. Together we will work hard to curate the Meat Market with specialty cheeses, gourmet pastas, healthy snacks, crackers and food based skin products brought down from the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Our family road trips will continue and there will even be a few new and unique surprises coming soon!
For 2017 we are inspired to think less about “out with the old”…and more about how to repurpose the old. Let’s bring back old family recipes and traditions and let’s make everything old new again!