Farm to Table: The Remarkable Journey of Beef at Meatguy Steakhouse

Meatguy Steakhouse by   Leo Bisma chef July 23, 2023

Experience the journey of your food with Meatguy Steakhouse as we delve into the farm-to-table concept, bringing you closer to the origins of your meal. Discover the fascinating path your beef takes from the verdant pastures to your dining plate.

Farm to Table: The Remarkable Journey of Beef at Meatguy Steakhouse

How long does it take for beef to go from farm to table? How does beef get to the table?

At the heart of the farm-to-table movement lies a deep appreciation for the story behind every bite we take. When it comes to steak, particularly at renowned establishments like Meatguy Steakhouse, understanding this narrative adds layers of meaning to the dining experience.

The Journey of Beef

The journey from farm to table is an intricate dance between the farmer, butcher, and chef. Let's unpack this process, considering an average timeline of 24 to 30 months for beef cattle to be ready for consumption:

Rearing

This initial stage typically spans 6 to 12 months, during which the calf feeds on its mother's milk and then transitions to a diet of grass. This phase develops the calf's muscles, thereby determining the texture and lean-to-fat ratio of the meat.

Finishing

The cattle are then usually switched to a grain-based diet, which lasts anywhere from 90 to 300 days. This stage is instrumental in introducing the intricate patterns of fat - known as marbling - into the muscle. The level of marbling significantly influences the flavor and juiciness of the steak.

Processing

Post-finishing, the cattle are humanely slaughtered, and the carcass is then aged under controlled temperatures (0-2 degrees Celsius) for 2-3 weeks. This dry or wet aging process helps in breaking down the muscle fibers and connective tissues, improving both the flavor and tenderness of the steak.

Butchering

The aged carcass is expertly butchered into different cuts. Each cut boasts a distinct flavor profile and texture. It's the skill of the butcher that ensures the quality of the steak, from the precision-cut fillet to the robust ribeye.

Cooking

This is the final leg of the journey, and here the chef's expertise takes center stage. Mastering the balance of heat, timing, and seasoning brings out the steak's flavor. At Meatguy Steakhouse, our chefs carefully grill the steak to its perfect doneness, celebrating the rich, juicy, and tender characteristics that the earlier stages of the process worked so diligently to create.

The journey of beef from the farm to the table is more than a series of processes. It's a testament to the time, dedication, and expertise invested by a community of people committed to bringing the best quality steak to your plate.

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Understanding Farmer Steak

What is a farmer steak? Imagine a cut of meat so flavorful, so tender, that farmers would set it aside for their own tables rather than sending it to market. That, in essence, is a Farmer Steak. 

This term isn't a standard cut you'd find listed in a butcher's chart but refers more to a tradition deeply rooted in agricultural communities.

The "farmer steak" might vary from one region to another, based on local customs and preferences. However, it's universally understood to be a superior cut, embodying the rich, meaty essence of the animal. It's not uncommon to hear the term used synonymously with cuts that are marbled and flavorful, like the Ribeye or the T-bone.

At Meatguy Steakhouse, when we speak of a Farmer Steak, we pay homage to this tradition. The term symbolizes our commitment to sourcing the best cuts that offer a perfect blend of texture, marbling, and flavor. Here's what makes our Farmer Steak special:

Prime Cut

Our Farmer Steak is chosen from the highest quality part of the beef, ensuring optimal flavor and texture.

Marbling

We select steaks with ample marbling - those fine veins of fat interspersed within the muscle that melts during cooking, infusing the steak with juicy, succulent flavor.

Aging

Like all our steaks, the Farmer Steak undergoes a meticulous aging process at controlled temperatures (0-2 degrees Celsius), enhancing its tenderness and depth of flavor.

Cooking Technique

Our chefs expertly grill the Farmer Steak, ensuring it reaches the perfect degree of doneness while preserving its inherent juiciness and flavor.


Indulging in a Farmer Steak at Meatguy Steakhouse is not merely enjoying a meal; it's partaking in a tradition that celebrates the finest yield of the land and the respect and care it receives from the farm to your plate.

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Steak Serving Sizes: Determining Portions

If you're planning a steak dinner, one of the critical questions you'll likely ask is: how much steak should you make per person? 

This calculation is essential for ensuring every guest enjoys a satisfying meal and, as hosts, that you aren't left with a large amount of excess meat or, worse still, run short.

How much steak to make per person?

At Meatguy Steakhouse, we’ve turned this calculation into an art, and we're sharing some of our insights with you. Keep in mind, these are estimations based on averages. Individual appetites and dietary preferences will vary.

Consider the Cut

Not all steaks are created equal. Some cuts like Filet Mignon tend to be smaller and more filling, while a cut like Porterhouse is much larger. Generally, a smaller, denser steak such as a Filet Mignon could range from 150 to 200 grams per person, while larger, bone-in cuts like a T-Bone could range up to 450 grams.

Accompaniments Matter

Are you serving a variety of side dishes alongside the steak? The more sides you plan to offer, the less steak each guest might consume. For a meal with multiple side dishes, consider preparing about 200 grams of steak per person.

Event Type

For a lighter meal or a lunch event, around 150-200 grams of steak per person might be sufficient. If it's a dinner event, you might want to prepare between 200-300 grams per person, depending on the cut and sides.

Know Your Guests

If you know your guests are particularly big eaters or steak lovers, you might want to err on the side of caution and prepare a bit extra, perhaps 300-350 grams per person.

Remember, the goal is to provide a satisfying meal that leaves your guests content but not overly stuffed. As you gain experience, you'll fine-tune these estimates to match your specific situations.

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The journey from farm to table is not just a logistical route that the beef takes; it's a symbol of the integrity, dedication, and passion embedded in each morsel we consume. Understanding this journey cultivates a deeper appreciation for the food we eat and the hard work that goes into raising, processing, and preparing it.

This insightful understanding of what it means to eat farm-to-table beef is more than just knowledge. It's a testament to our dedication to quality, sustainability, and the gastronomical art of preparing and serving steak. 

We invite you to the Meatguy Steakhouse, where you can experience this journey in each delicious, succulent bite of our expertly prepared steaks. Your plate, after all, is the final destination in this remarkable journey from farm to table.

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