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Veteran butcher Danny Johnson has a very busy day scheduled Saturday.

Butcher will give Farm-To-Fork demo, then hit the highway to compete in Oakland

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Danny Johnson is able to focus. That explains why the verteran butcher and owner of Taylor’s Market still has all 10 digits.

But tomorrow, he’s going to have really be dialed in, as Johnson will be giving a butchering demonstration in downtown Sacramento at 11:15 a.m for the Farm-To-Fork Festival, then pack up his knives, gather his crew and head to Oakland, where he will be competing from 4-5 p.m. at the Eat Real Fest at Jack London Square in the Butcher Guild’s beef butchery competition.

We’re wishing Johnson the best of luck in the Bay Area. Just today, I stopped by Taylor’s Market and found the master himself behind the counter. I watched him work his magic on a huge beef femur, cutting it into equal pieces for my dogs (including a foster named Ruby who will likely be enjoying her first-ever bone). Johnson and his wife Kathy also own Taylor’s Kitchen next door.

If you’re into cooking, you probably know that butchering is a hot topic these days. Johnson’s demo is at the Capitol Mall and it will be quite an education for those thinking of getting into butchering. Johnson will show how he breaks down half a beef carcass. Johnson’s Butchering 101 classes at Taylor’s have been a big hit. Visit the store’s website for future classes and other events.

We’ll check back with Johnson after the competition in Oakland and report back here about how he did.

Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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