“I’ve always wanted to open a meat shop because I wanted more product,” April Bloomfield said, in-between cooking down apple jelly for a pork pie and throwing chickens on the rotisserie at White Gold Butchers, her just-opened meat shop-slash-restaurant in New York City’s Upper West Side.
“This was a part of a bigger plan in my head,” she explained. “I wanted a farm where I could raise some animals in a certain way and grow vegetables in a certain way. The butchery shop was next, in terms of processing the animal for the restaurants I have.”
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Bloomfield has already finished part one of the agenda: Earlier this fall, she opened Coombeshead Farm in Cornwall, England. Now she’s onto part two with her partner-in-crime Ken Friedman for White Gold Butchers. Part butcher shop and part restaurant, the idea was to allow her to play with meaty products she wouldn't normally have access to, like the feather blad, which comes from the shoulder. The retail portion is now open for business, and the restaurant will open to the public on November 1.