San Antonio chef and butcher Joe Saenz to resume in-person butchering workshops next week

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San Antonio chef and butcher Joe Saenz to resume in-person whole hog butchering classes next week. - INSTAGRAM / SWINEHOUSESA
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  • San Antonio chef and butcher Joe Saenz to resume in-person whole hog butchering classes next week.
San Antonio-born chef Joe Saenz is ready to get back to the business of butchering.

The chef, founder and head butcher of Swine House, a purveyor of sustainably raised meat, will next week resume in-person butchering workshops after a year-long hiatus. The May 18 event will consist of a first-hand look at the process of breaking down an entire animal, led by a pro.



A native San Antonian, Saenz spent nine years in New York City’s bustling restaurant and food-retail industry before returning to his hometown to introduce the ideas of righteous farming and craft butchery to mainstream eating in South Texas.

Tickets for the event — which will also feature local craft beer, fine cheeses, charcuterie and accoutrements along with the demonstration — are available on Eventbrite for $75.



The event will take place at the Espee Pavillion at St. Paul Square, at 1174 E. Commerce St., from 7-8:30 p.m. VIP tickets, which run $125, include early access to the venue, a happy hour cocktail with Saenz and a selection of pork cuts, bacon and sausage to take home after the class.

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