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Weekly Scoop (June 10-16) - Bringing Back the Neighborhood Butcher Shop.

Bringing Back the Neighborhood Butcher Shop

Photo Credit: Mallory Cash

“Growing beef locally isn't hard, but growing fantastic beef is.”
— PJ Jackson, co-owner of The Chop Shop Butchery

The Chop Shop Butchery has been open on Charlotte Street in Asheville for 9 long years, but you might not know that it has been under new management for the past year and a half.
PJ and Sharon Jackson along with their friend and business partner Matt Helms took ownership of The Chop Shop when they were given the opportunity while working there.
“Matt and I have been working at the Chop Shop for 5 and 3 years respectively,” PJ said. “We had the opportunity to not only manage but own the business about 18 months ago, so we bought it, along with my wife Sharon, because we believed in ourselves, our farmers and our community to support it all.”
The goal of the butchery has always been to bring back the neighborhood butcher shop and do so by partnering with great local and regional farmers. But PJ, Sharon and Matt had even bigger plans for the shop.


“The first thing we did when we bought the shop was start an education series,” PJ said, “and it's taken off like we couldn't imagine!”

The Chop Shop has held classes to teach the public how to handle every type of meat imaginable. PJ said over the past year and a half they have helped educate more than 150 people about sourcing, butchery and cooking.

As new owners, they also wanted to make sure they were conducting their business to the highest degree, which led them to create their 3 commitments for the butchery.

The first commitment is location. “We work with local farms that meet our criteria,” PJ explained, “not skipping over some to get what’s cheaper.”

They buy North Carolina beef calved to harvest from Apple Brandy Beef in North Wilkesboro, Warren Wilson College Farm pork from Swannanoa and Joyce Farms Poultry from across the state.

Photo Credit: Mallory Cash

The second commitment is sustainability. All of the farms The Chop Shop sources from work in a natural way without ever administering antibiotics, hormones or steroids. 

“All of our beef, lamb and pork is fully pastured — not feed-lot or confinement ever,” PJ said. “We also sell a selection of both free-range and pasture-raised poultry.” 

And the third commitment is to provide customers with delicious products. The new owners have sought out the farms that are going that extra step to produce the best tasting products you can find.

“Whether it's whey from a local creamery, spent grains from a local brewer to use in pork feed, dry-aging meat at the slaughterhouse, or years of work in genetics to find a tender, flavorful bird, we want the value of what our farmers are doing to be recognized by our community and guests,” PJ said. 

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by The Chop Shop to see Sharon working hard at the shop every single day, Matt butchering and managing the meats, and PJ managing the day-to-day operations of the business.

“Growing beef locally isn't hard,” PJ said, “but growing fantastic beef is.”

Try the fantastic beef at The Chop Shop when you stop by for lunch from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and find all the specials, classes, events and more from the butchery by checking out their Dig Local profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, June 10

Catena Zapata Wine Dinner
with Margaret & Maxwell
Explore the cuisines of Argentina and Portugal with a four-course dinner at Rezaz Pan Mediterranean paired with four wines from Margaret & Maxwell. Reserve now.
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More to do Monday

Tuesday, June 11

Tibetan Tuesday
at Kathmandu Kitchen
Enjoy something different and try the Tibetan-inspired dishes — made with meats like bison and yak — from Kathmandu Kitchen.
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More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, June 12

Drink Up for Brother Wolf
with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Grab a few drinks at O'Henry's Asheville and support your local animal rescue — 50% of sales go directly toward Brother Wolf. Enter giveaways, show your skills during karaoke and have a great time!
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More to do Wednesday

Thursday, June 13

Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin' Saints - Album Release Show - Night One

at The Grey Eagle Music Hall
8 pm - All ages, standing room only, VIP tickets available.
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More to do Thursday

Friday, June 14

5 Year Anniversary Party
at Asheville Bee Charmer

Celebrate 5 years with honey-baked goods and appetizers, honey-infused cocktails, and sweet raffles at the Asheville Bee Charmer.
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More to do Friday

Saturday, June 15

One Year Anniversary Party! 
with Roanline
Celebrate Roanline's 1 year anniversary with beer, snacks, discounts, a raffle and more
6 pm - 8:30 pm, 23 Haywood Road, West Asheville

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More to do Saturday

Sunday, June 16

Tea Discovery Workshop
at Dobra Tea
Taste and discuss your way through a menu of teas from all over the world with this interactive workshop at Dobra Tea. Grab tickets.
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More to do Sunday
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