Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Today we speak to Virginia based butcher shop owner Ryan Ford.I’m a Virginia native. I’m grew up in Vienna, and graduated from William & Mary. After I got married, my wife and I left our careers in New York City (I was in sports marketing, she was in photography) and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, on a whim, where we opened an antique store and I developed an interest in farm fresh food.At the time, locally raised meat was only available to the general public in frozen form on Saturdays at the local farmer’s markets, so my brother-in-law and I opened a butcher shop in Middleburg called The Organic Butcher with the idea that we’d open a few of these outlets throughout the region. (This was right on the cusp of when opening butcher shops was becoming cool, and while I do have a butcher shop and a beard, I have zero tattoos.)Not long after opening the butcher shops, I realized that the challenge to expand beyond two Organic Butcher locations was that it was incredibly difficult to source local meat, and that the processing bottleneck in the mid-Atlantic region was the problem. So twelve years later we decided to make a big investment and commitment and create a plant. The focus of Seven Hills Foods is regional, and we’re smaller-scale and focused on sustainability. We’ll be working with local producers and will process their products in an abattoir in Lynchburg that’s been in use off and on for 100 years. It’s a forgotten urban gem that we’ve completely refurbished, and we’ll officially be open for business in August.As for Ryan’s personal style:Jeans: RRL & Co. Durable. Pricey for work but they last forever.Shirts: Ledbury. Was strongly advised by those close to me that my t-shirt days were over five …er, ten…years ago. Need to wear a collar, although t-shirts are the best.Pants: Hiltl. They fit right off the shelf. With others sometimes have to pull waists in to the point that the back pockets touch.Suits: Vintage Gucci. There was a time that I wore suits five days a week. Wear lots of sport coats.Shoes: Carolina Boots for work. Hate flip-flops and never go barefoot if I don’t have to.Accessories: I do not wear jewelry, including a wedding ring. I just don’t like that stuff. I’ll go through six-month periods of not wearing a watch then wear one for a few weeks. I like wearing my wife’s vintage men’s Rolex that was “given” to her by her first child on her first Mothers’ Day. I like feeling the connection it represents.Outerwear: Barbour rain jacket/windbreaker that gets lots of use.Favorite Cologne: Never used the stuff. Get some scent from my shaving foam – Santa Maria Novella. Awesome stuff.Your favorite App: I have never bought an App. Besides making calls and using email, I use my Calendar and Weather apps to the max.Favorite piece of technology: Seydelmann bowl-chopper which is an amazing German engineered meat cutter that is just super cool.Next tech purchase: Just committed to purchase software and hardware that will allow us to track yields and animal traceability when implemented in our abattoir. Very excited about how we can use data to do our jobs better and to give customers more information about what they are eating. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
New Delhi: The government on Sunday said reports on the deteriorating health of outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are false and baseless, and media should stay clear of rumour mongering.Amid speculations on the state of Jaitley’s health, government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar took to Twitter to clear the air. “Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley’s health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering,” he tweeted. While Jaitley remained unreachable despite several attempts, his office said he is resting at home. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSources aware of his condition had on Friday stated that Jaitley is unlikely to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s second term due to his ill health, which may require him to travel to either the UK or the US for treatment. Jaitley, 66, has become “very weak”, they had said. He was admitted to AIIMS last week to undergo tests and treatment for an undisclosed illness and was discharged on Thursday but did not attend celebrations at BJP headquarters that evening after the party’s emphatic victory in general elections. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsJaitley’s college friend and media baron Rajat Sharma took to Twitter to dispel rumours. “Everyone is discussing my friend @arunjaitley’s health, some out of genuine concern and some for loose talk. Let me share with you that I met him last evening, he is recovering well and is working behind the scenes. Friends and family have convinced him to stay away from public interaction to avoid infection. I am glad he has finally agreed.” Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta tweeted that he met Jaitley Sunday afternoon and presented a copy of his book to him. After meeting him, Dasgupta tweeted, “Questions about @arunjaitley health understandable. He is recovering from a bout of chemo. But he is still in terrific form and his wit is firmly intact. Needs a little rest to get back his strength . Hours later Dasgupta, however, deleted the tweet and posted a series of fresh tweets along with a picture of himself with Jaitley. Correcting earlier tweet: Questions about @arunjaitley health understandable. He is recovering from a bout of heavy medication. But he is still in terrific form and his wit is firmly intact. Needs a little rest to get back his strength. All our good wishes, he posted on Twitter. “Actually he is off all medication now. Just recovering his strength and working as usual. He is still meeting officials, Dasgupta added. Meanwhile, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das Sunday called on Jaitley. “Had a courtesy meeting with Hon’ble Union Minister @arunjaitley this evening,” Das tweeted while posting a picture of the meeting. Union minister Suresh Prabhu also tweeted, “We all wish @arunjaitley a speedy recovery.” Doctors treating Jaitley have advised him to go to the UK or the US for treatment, sources said. Jaitley, whose health has been on a decline ever since he underwent a kidney transplant in May last year, will take a call in the next few days on the issue.