Chris Bolyard of Sidney Street to Open Bolyard's Meat & Provisions This Fall

By Heather Riske
In Food
Chris Bolyard

Chris Bolyard

Chris Bolyard of Sidney Street Café is on track to open Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions this fall in Maplewood.

Bolyard graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York before joining Sidney Street Café, where he’s served as Chef Kevin Nashan’s Chef de Cuisine for the past 10 years. As Sidney Street’s whole animal butchery program has continued to grow, Bolyard has honed his skills and master cuts.

He and his wife Abbie will open the meat market in the 1,600-square-foot space at 2810 Sutton Blvd., formerly home to the Black Cat Theatre. The old school butcher shop will focus on high-quality, responsibly-raised local meat.

“I am a meat geek,” Bolyard says. “Meat has always been a big part of my life. I loved cooking and still do, but I always found myself drawn to the proteins. It didn’t take long for me to realize that butchering and sausage making was my calling. Finding my way around and utilizing all parts of hogs, lambs and goats became my job and I developed a deep passion for it.”

Bolyard’s will be a whole animal butcher shop, meaning that every edible piece of the animal is used to ensure that nothing goes to waste. “Once popular cuts are gone, it’s our job to educate people on how to use the rest of the animal,” Bolyard says.

In sourcing meat for the shop, he hopes to utilize the relationships he’s made with local farmers over the past decade at Sidney Street. Bolyard has visited every farm and processing facility himself to be sure that they are pasture-raised and have received humane treatment.

The shop will also offer a wide variety of sausages made in-house, in addition to smoked meats, charcuterie, beef jerky, and dog food made with meat trimmings. Stocks, sauces and marinades will also be available along with a few local artisan products from friends of Bolyard.

Initially, the market will be open 7 days a week. 2810 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood

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