One of the first things Michael Beard learned when he started his cooking career was to “use quality ingredients and let them speak for themselves.” While in culinary school in Italy, he saw firsthand the benefits of using peak season products. For his restaurant, he would go to great lengths to source superior ingredients. Michael advocates using locally-sourced items only when they are of better quality. He believes the best proteins come from the Midwest and would drive weekly to Paradise Meats to pick up whole animals for processing back at his restaurant. While doing this, he saw the potential for supplying other restaurants with the same quality meats, so he started Meat LLC, a small Midwest distributor driven by Michael’s principles. Meat LLC works directly with chefs to get them what they want rather than the cuts that happen to be available, and they provide farmers with feedback from chefs so they can raise better animals. These practices result in quality product and great service.