Steven Clem: Clem's Refrigerated Foods—HWC-2017-11-07

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 Co-host Chris Michel can't believe his good fortune: perfect Kentucky country ham, a gift from guest Steven Clem. Served  crudo . Yep: raw. Photo credit: Ouita Michel

Co-host Chris Michel can't believe his good fortune: perfect Kentucky country ham, a gift from guest Steven Clem. Served crudo. Yep: raw. Photo credit: Ouita Michel

Steven Clem came to the studio to talk about Clem's Refrigerated Foods, a business his grandparents started that serves a crucial function in the central Kentucky food economy: distribution and USDA processing. Steven brought with him something important to him: country ham, cured as his grandfather had taught him—a personal passion, not a Clem's sale item. Exquisitely cured country ham like Steven's makes any chef ecstatic, and some ecstasy may have been poured onto the airwaves during this episode.

Steven also talked about the challenges facing a small company like Clem's. Ouita underscored the importance of processors and distributors who care about and commit to Kentucky producers, as Clem's does. The challenges of ground beef—particularly important to Clem's customers—will surprise listeners and make us all more grateful for the delicious meat inside our favorite burger buns. Steven also shares a short list of his favorite burgers in Lexington—so you have lots of reasons to listen.

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