Pat LaFrieda & Mark Pastore
CEO & Presidnet, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors (New York, NY)
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors is one the best known meat purveyors serving the East Coast of America. Starting as a butcher shop in Brooklyn in 1922, Anthony LaFrieda and his five sons owned and operated the business. In 1950, a New York City meat workers’ strike was a blessing in disguise for the LaFrieda family business; during the strike, restaurants had a difficult time receiving deliveries, so the shop stepped in and started servicing restaurants directly.
Since the 1920’s the company has been handed down from generation to generation. Now, with the company in the hands of Pat LaFrieda Jr. (CEO,) and his cousin, Mark Pastore (President), the business continues to grow under the family name with over 600 customers.
Pat and Mark are famous for custom cutting and portioning all varieties of beef, lamb, pork, poultry and game. They are also the minds behind 50 different signature and custom meat blends for burger temples such as Shake Shack, The Spotted Pig and Blue Smoke. This includes what many consider NYC’s best burger, the “Black Label Burger” at Minetta Tavern.
The company’s reputation grew to the point that the shop’s street in the West Village was renamed “Pat LaFrieda Lane” in 2003. In 2012, Pat and Mark were the stars of the Food Network show, "Meat Men." In the fall of 2014, Pat’s first book Meat: Everything You Need to Know was published. The book is a veritable meat encyclopedia from which home cooks can learn Pat’s best meat tips, recipes, stories and more.