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Monday, August 19, 2013

Meatopia Beefs Up SA this November

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

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Meat sweats are our favorite kind of sweats.

Hope you're ready for some serious meat sweats, San Antonio. Meatopia Texas, hosted by James Beard Foundation award-winning journalist Josh Ozersky, will bring together 30 of the country's best chefs this November 2 and 3.

Previously held in New York, the event will take place at the Pearl Brewery with participating chefs including 15 San Antonio favorites such as Jesse Perez (Arcade Midtown Kitchen), Andrew Weissman (Il Sogno/Sandbar/etc), Johnny Hernandez (La Gloria), Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), Tim Rattray (The Granary and The Future of Barbecue), Geronimo Lopez (NAO), Jeff White (Boiler House), Steven McHugh (Cured), Chad Carey (The Monterey), Jeff Balfour (Citrus at Hotel Valencia), Jennifer Dobbertin (Hot Mess Food), Nelson Millan (San Antonio Country Club), Bruce Auden (Biga on the Banks), Jordan Mackey (Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa) and Jeff Foresman (Zocca at Westin Riverwalk).

Another notable chef in attendance will be Austin's Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef Texas, Mike Toscano (originally from San Antonio) of NYC's Perla and Tim Byre's of Smoke (named by Ozersky as one of the Four Men Doing Interesting Things With Grills in the June/July issue of Esquire)

During a press conference on Monday, Ozersky said the event will be a dream come true since he's always wanted to hold Meatopia in Texas.

"There's something primal and intense with the animals and the fire, I"m bringing in chef's who feel that and understand it and express it in a special way. Every chef that's in this event is someone that I personally believe in."

The Meatopia Texas weekend will be split into two events: Beefsteak, a celebration of steak featuring chefs Rattray, Toscano and Byres on Saturday night, followed by Meatopia on Sunday afternoon where 31 chefs will dish out beef, pork, veal, chicken, duck, quail...basically a whole farm's worth of tasty animals.

If that doesn't get your juices flowing, Ozersky threw this gem down:

"I guarantee you, you can tell anyone this in Austin, Dallas or anywhere else, but there will never be a greater meat even in Texas than Meatopia Texas."

Tickets ($75-$195) will be available starting Tuesday through 


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