Essential Cooking: The family business and delicious tradition of Fairway Packing Co.

Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato chat with the owners of Fairway Packing Co. about the company’s history and the meat supply industry.

Emmet and Gino Baratta smile with Ann Delisi and James Rigato in front of WDET's logo

Cousins Emmet and Gino Baratta of Fairway Packing Co. smile with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato.

In this episode of Essential Cooking, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato sit down with cousins Emmet and Gino Baratta from Fairway Packing Co. for a conversation about their family business located in Southeast Michigan. They talk about how relationships with chefs are vital to their success, and they discuss the quality-focused mindset that began with the generations before them.

Tune in to learn what goes into producing and supplying quality meats, from farm to to delivery truck. And get your notepad out, because they’re going to teach you a thing or two about how to perfectly prepare that nice steak you just bought.

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In this episode:

  • How the Barrattas to supply high quality meat to Detroit restaurants
  • The family’s history in Detroit and how they’ve built close relationships — often creating custom meat blends and aged meats for chefs
  • How to age meats and the effect it has on flavor

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