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Old World Style Craft Butchery Classes – PDX

Posted on 05 September 2015 by Jason

Farm-to-table purists, paleo enthusiasts and hands-on home chefs now have a new opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals of self-provisioning and Old World-style craft butchery. Proletariat Butchery, in Northeast Portland, has announced its fall and winter classes, offering a robust variety of butchery, charcuterie and bacon- and sausage-making courses to carnivores of all ages—from the smallest bacon lover and every generation before—including specialty classes for kids. Zeph Shepard, head butcher, welcomes students of all interests and ages to his cozy teaching space and butcher shop at NE 61st Avenue and Fremont.

“These classes are open to absolutely all skill levels. Whether you have never picked up a knife or you are an amateur butcher,” says Shepard, “you’ll leave class with an understanding of animal anatomy and where each cut of meat comes from on the animal, which directly informs the preferred cooking method. You will walk away with a bounty of meat and a happy heart.”

Proletariat also offers a variety of hand-butchered meat that can be purchased by the quarter animal after meeting with Shepard to assess the client’s lifestyle and determine the best program for the needs determined. Additional offerings include whole pig and lamb roasting in specially engineered roasting boxes, welded by Shepard himself, as well as multiple-chicken rotisserie over an open flame available for weddings and other events.

To inquire, register or learn more about the classes and services provided by proletariat, visit

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