Once upon a time, Avner Samuel told me he refused to serve chicken at Aurora. He wanted to educate diners to European ways. He wanted you to eat Bambi, and Thumper, and Kermit. Ya know what? I liked the idea. But now, we’re all so carbon footprint-y and green. Eating granola and hugging trees is no longer reserved for lipstick lesbians, we all do it. So forgive me if I smiled a big one when I opened a e-mail from Celeste Samuel announcing that her husband, chef Avner, is now serving “our most requested addition”, pan-seared JuHa Ranch free-range chicken. JuHa! Could that be the new Ranch Up?! According to Celeste, these chickens live better than most of us. Let’s listen:
They eat grass which is free of chemicals and a custom mixed feed composed of natural products. To achieve a low stress environment for growing, Pyrenees guard dogs protect them from predators. The laying hens are Rhode Island Reds this year.