Post by rovingreporter on Nov 23, 2015 23:18:15 GMT
Berryville, Va. Ten years ago, Robert Wiedmaier was among a handful of D.C. chefs invited to a private dinner hosted by Brian McBride, formerly of Bue Duck Tavern. On the menu: seven courses of America's oldest and rarest breed of cattle. " We tasted everything--from the tongue to the heart --everything you could possibly eat on that animal, and it was absolutely delicious", said Wiedmaier, who owns several restaurants in the D.C. area, including Marcel's and Brasserie Beck. " We were all blown away by the clean taste on lyour palate when you eat it".
The dinner was the chef's first introduction to a heritage breed that can be traced back to the 17th century. It was also his first opportunity to help save the Randall Lineback cows from extinction.
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When the ALBC held its blind taste test of heritage breed cattle a few years ago, the winner was Randall Lineback, followed by Galloway and then Dexter. Those were the only three breeds that got any first place votes. Angus and Hereford cattle were included for comparison.
The Randall Lineback is so rare that I've never seen one offered for sale anywhere.