Visionary chefs behind Porter Road revolutionize the food industry with sustainable, “life-changing meat”

Chefs Chris Carter and James Peisker believe we have the power to make the world a better place with every meal. Through Porter Road butcher, they are now turning this belief into reality.

Two visionary chefs, Chris Carter and James Peisker, have set out to transform the way we think about what we eat in a world where food consumption often brings curiosity. The duo opened Porter Road back in 2010 with a goal to not just be another butcher shop or meat company. They wanted to create a movement with the potential to change the world one meal at a time.

Carter and Peisker, both experienced chefs with a shared passion for culinary excellence, who recognized a glaring flaw in the modern food system during their years working in restaurants. Driven by the desire to rectify this disparity, they embarked on a journey to re-imagine the culinary landscape.

“Chris and I went out to try and fix a broken food system, and realizing people more and more wanted quality, so we started,” Peisker said.

Their mission was to combine their culinary expertise with sustainable practices, bringing the farm-to-table concept to a wider audience. As their enterprise grew, so did the impact they had on the lives of employees, farmers, and consumers alike.

“Life-changing meat made sense,” Carter added, emphasizing how their venture was about much more than just food.

They found great success with their Nashville-based shop and selling online. Eventually, deciding to take their dedication a step further, Carter and Peisker purchased a processing facility in Princeton, Kentucky.

Porter Road’s facility emphasizes craftsmanship. Each cut is meticulously butchered by hand. The site offers customers a variety of subscription boxes as well as the ability to curate their own boxes of prime cuts of beef, pork, poultry, cured meats, bone broths and seasoning blends.

“It’s not an assembly line, it’s a de-ssembly line,” Peisker humorously notes, highlighting the intricate and deliberate process that goes into creating their offerings.

So, the next time you sit down for a meal, consider the story behind the food on your plate. Porter Road Butcher’s mission shows us that our choices matter.


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