The true beginning of this story dates back to nearly half a century ago, in the center of a quaint Vermont village where town gossip ran faster than the neighbor's brand new Chevy C10 pickup. With so much to say in so little time, we're skipping ahead to a new chapter in this narrative, one that begins in December 2017 with Lauren Stevens and Peter Varkonyi plotting out their long-time dream of owning a business under the name, Butcher & Pantry.
Lauren discovered her passion for providing food to her community after working on a small vegetable Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) farm in Indianola, WA. Whether it's, "watching CSA members gather for potluck events, mingle in the 'pick-your-own' gardens or serving folks in restaurants," the most rewarding and inspiring moments for Lauren are when customers are completely enthralled by the food they are experiencing.
Growing up with a grandfather who was an established baker and a family who loved cooking and gathering around food, Peter developed a strong connection and taste to cuisine at a young age. He went on to pursue a degree in culinary arts at The New England Culinary Institute, and has since then devoted his career to working closely with local farmers for the freshest and highest quality product. These partnerships incentivized him to expand his skills in both butchering and whole-animal utilization. Over the span of his 15 years in the industry, Peter's career, as well as his passion for food and hospitality, aims to have a positive and lasting impact on his community.
Blending together their innate love of crafting authentic dishes with their impassioned commitment to utilize locally sourced ingredients, Lauren and Peter have sculpted a customized business model tailored to fit the palette of the community–making the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry as unique as the village in which it resides.
But take it from us–you're going to want to come in to hear the whole story.