Meat: in recent years, researchers and activists alike have increasingly devoted energy toward campaigning for organic food consumption. Based on recent studies into the affects of processed food on the human body, scientists now believe such products (including genetically modified organisms) may have long-lasting negative impacts on health, and some may even act as a carcinogen. Consumers are probably most familiar with the farm-to-table movement as a result of this new understanding.
Hook: Nisim Sachakov is certainly a firm supporter of the organics movement, and seeks to embody its ideals with his new butcher and fish market, Meat and Hook. An emigrant of Israel, Mr. Sachakov moved to the United States in 2003, and ran a bakery in New York with his family for a number of years before moving to Pawling to pursue butchery.
“My uncle owned a fish store in Israel… my father has been in his restaurant life for 27 years, so thats where I learned the trade,” Mr. Sachakov said.
Meat and Hook is far from just a dream come true, however, it’s an important community asset. “There is no good meat around here,” Mr. Sachakov explained, “I drive all the way to Queens, to my local butcher, to get the meat that I want.”
On speaking further about the plans for Meat and Hook, Mr. Sachakov’s vision for Meat and Hook is both impressive and exciting. He purchases meat from independents and desires to work with local providers.
“In Israel we slaughtered our own meat. I raise chickens here. Everything that I raise is grass-fed, and everything that I eat is grass-fed and organic,” he explained.
But don’t expect any flashy Whole Foods attitude: “the meat will speak for itself; it’ll be old fashioned butchering.” At that, Mr. Sachakov is sure to offer something you won’t find at any grocery store. “That relationship where the butcher knows what you like… [so] you get what you want.”
Meat and Hook opened July 1st next to Spirits of Pawling on East Main Street (in the former Kalyto Plaza). They are also seeking experienced help.