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As Johnny Drama would say, “Vicia!!!!!!!”

Root + Holler partner Vicia has been named to Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in America 2017 list.  Vicia is one of 50 finalists on the list. Vicia features “a taste of the finest vegetables, grains, and meats known to Missouri, delicately prepared by chef Michael Gallina. The Blue Hill alum and St. Louis native

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50!!!!!

Wow! We recently reached 50! 50 total restaurants, chefs, health food stores, and food hubs that we’ve humbly served. 50 partners, friends, foodies. 50 different ideas, passions, and inspirations. Thank you to all 50 who have worked with us. Thank you to all who have enjoyed our proteins at these 50 partners. Here’s to the

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You’ve been lied to.

Want to know what the lie is? The lie is that pork is the other white meat. You may have seen the picture circulating on Facebook that shows a store bought pork loin compared to heritage, pasture raised pork shoulders and loins. The heritage, pastured pork is a dark pink versus the white, bland CAFO

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Are CAFO proteins and pastured proteins equal, calorie wise?

Got a quick question for you: have you ever wondered if grain-fed proteins and pasture raised, grass-fed proteins are equal, calorie wise? Short answer: they’re not. Investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author Jo Robinson’s research emphatically proves pasture raised, grass-fed proteins are far more healthy than purely grain-fed proteins. Robinson writes, at the

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How should I prepare grass-fed beef?

Quite often, I hear from all kinds of folks that they prefer commodity, grain-fed, phosphate and water injected beef because it is more tender than hormone-free, antibiotic free grass-fed beef. I nod respectively while thinking to myself, “What the heck?” or some variation thereof. That “more tender” refrain is a common misconception.  Grain-fed, injected beef

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The consequences of mass deportations

The Trump Administration’s plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants will impact the agriculture and hospitality industries in far more reaching ways than other industries. Some of the consequences: According to the Center for American Progress, hard-hit industries would see double-digit reductions in their workforces. Unauthorized workers are unevenly spread across industries, with the highest

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Kids grow kale, kids eat kale!

Growing up in a food desert, South Central LA artist and designer Ron Finley decided to fix the problem of lacking fresh produce.  He took one step of defiance by planting vegetables in the curbside dirt strip next to his home.  He was arrested, charged with gardening without a permit. His arrest did little to

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Hooray for Chickens!

We’re beyond excited about and fully supportive of the City of Cape Girardeau Municipal Government‘s approval of the backyard chicken ordinance. At Root + Holler, we believe in sustainability, self-sufficiency, building resilience in local food systems, and improving local food security. In fact, these issues were the primary focus of Mike’s graduate coursework in Public Administration.

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Healthy Proteins, Sugar and You

When delivering our beef, pork and lamb to our STL restaurant clients, I typically listen to a variety of podcasts. Ranging from the new Intercepted to Tim Ferriss to Freakonomics to Dan LeBatard, these podcasts are usually informative and entertaining. One such podcast was the Joe Rogan Experience featuring author Gary Taubes. Taubes’ books include

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A New You

So, how is your new nutrition plan going? That’s one of your resolutions, right? At Root + Holler, we like this healthy elimination nutrition plan offered by Onnit Academy.  Good news for you, this plan emphasizes healthy proteins. Three proteins on the Onnit Academy plan include ground beef, grass-fed steaks and pork chops. By the way, we carry those