Carnivorous Celebrations

Skillet Hosts Vashon Island Meat Feast to Benefit Artisanal Butchers

Farmstead Meatsmith breaks down the beasts, Joshua Henderson and friends cook them, you pay $75. Everybody wins. Except for one little lamb…and perhaps a pig.

By Jessica Voelker August 1, 2011

Don’t you love old creepy paintings? Here’s one that features butchers.


When it comes to the Seattle food scene, everything seems to be happening on Vashon Island.

Including this: Skillet Street Food is hosting a benefit this Sunday, August 7 to help out Farmstead Meatsmith, a Vashon-based artisanal butchery that also offers classes on breaking down the beasts.

The meat-carving couple behind Farmstead is trying to raise $10,000 to produce a series of instructional webisodes. They’re currently at $8,787, and Skillet’s Joshua Henderson wants to push them over the edge with Sunday’s event on Vashon. It will go from noon to 8pm. Butchers Brandon and Lauren Sheard will demo butchering techniques, breaking down a couple of creatures—“most likely a lamb and perhaps a pig”—per Skillet’s press release. Then Henderson and friends will cook up something wonderful with the meat. Wine and lawn games are promised. The suggested donation is $75.

If you want to go or want more details (a location might help), email [email protected] Update: Location is Island Meadow Farm:
10301 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon.

Speaking of Skillet, I jogged by the diner on Sunday and bumped right into a wall of sidewalk loiterers awaiting the opportunity to brunch there. The restaurant has a new make-your-own-mimosa deal where customers are tossed a bottle of prosecco and a quart of orange juice, charged $19, and invited to go to town. That place will be the death of all of us, I tell you.

Check out this Wes Anderson-ish film about the Sheards and Farmstead Meatsmith:

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