Monica & Aaron Rocchino
In 2011, chef Aaron Rocchino and his wife Monica opened The Local Butcher Shop in the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. The store, which prides itself on sourcing locally and embracing the whole animal, has found a loyal clientele and several local restaurant clients.
The two met when they worked together at the Oliveto Restaurant in 2002. Since then, Aaron spent over five years as a chef at the restaurant Chez Panisse. Their extensive experience in restaurants introduced them to a variety of quality meats, but lead them to lament the absence of such quality in the market for home customers. The shop began as an idea in 2009 when they decided they wanted to continue to work in the food industry, but have a more “normal” work schedule that would also allow them to have a more direct impact on the community. And so The Local Butcher Shop was born. There, buyers can see all parts of the butchery process, from the whole animal, to the cuts of meat that are sold at the front counter.