Hog Heaven at Berkeley's Eccolo Restaurant, December 3
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, send the turkeys on vacation; it’s time to get personal with some healthy swine.
Eccolo will present a special Pig Dinner on Wednesday, December 3, at its Berkeley restaurant. The dinner will feature organic hog farmer Jude Becker and dishes exclusively made with Becker’s “Animal Welfare Approved” pork.
Recently seen discussing humane treatment of farm animals with Lisa Ling on Oprah’s talk show, Becker raises 6,000 pigs a year on his family farm in Dyersville, Iowa and is committed to the stringent standards set by the Animal Welfare Institute such as organic, sustainable farming and range-based humane animal breeding. For example, Becker’s sows give birth to litters on pasture and piglets nest with their mother for seven
weeks versus the three-week industry standard. (www.beckerlaneorganic.com)
Chef/owner Christopher Lee is excited about the special offerings: “We think Jude's pork is fantastic--maybe the best we've ever tasted--and we're honored and excited to have him at the restaurant. He'll be around to talk about the pigs, animal welfare, and to have an all-around good time eating his delicious pork.”
Dishes available on the menu include slow-cooked pork cheeks with sweet and spicy chilies, pork tenderloin salad with green beans and hazelnuts, hand-torn straccetti pasta with Neapolitan pork ragù,, and spit-roasted pork-shoulder alla porchetta with rosemary potatoes.
The menu will be priced à la carte, with half-servings of all dishes available to allow for more dining options. Call ahead for reservations.
Eccolo, 1820 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, 510.644.0444, www.eccolo.com.