|One of the evening's victims, in mid-takedow|
"Can you believe this thing was alive four days ago?" someone in the crowd yelled out, as Farr used a small hatchet to behead his pale, waxy-looking victim, a 4- to 6-week-old pig raised in the Capay Valley. "I'm gonna send this to all my PETA friends," said a guy snapping pics. "It's like surgery," said another, "only it ends up tasty." Farr's approach was methodical: prying open the ribs, cutting the bones away from the spine. He jimmied out the red backbone and held it up for the crowd. "That is so fucking great," someone said. "It's like Mortal Kombat."
|Taylor's bacon-flavored old fashioned|
Meanwhile at another table across the bar, Boetticher was dismembering more than deconstructing. He removed the legs, still attached at the pelvis. From an array of containers before him, the charcuterie maker seasoned the various cuts, some of which he rolled and bound with butcher's twine. Cheryl Magat, who'd come from San Bruno to watch, waxed philosophical. "It's interesting how this has become entertainment. Like, suddenly it's cool to stand around a bar, drinking, and watch this while hip-hop music is playing," Magat said. "I think it really speaks to how urban we've all become."Jacob Alioto, chef of Luka's Taproom in Oakland, showed up thinking he'd be put to work -- he's friends with many of the chefs who were milling around, drinking or stoking coals. Out in the alley, where a pair of large grills were waiting for the pig parts, Alioto was sipping an old-fashioned made with bourbon infused with Fatted Calf bacon. "I think it's great. We're seeing that people are much more comfortable knowing where their food comes from," he said. "Maybe we can start serving beaks and claws soon!" As the first hunks hit the grill, Magat, for one, seemed to be feeling something very much like empathy. "It'd be great to be a pig," she told her friends. "You're super cute when you're alive, and when you're dead people go crazy over you. It's like someone bringing joy to people after they die. Like, joy," she said.