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Eataly’s Manzo is Serving One of New York’s Best New Steaks

Eataly’s Manzo is Serving One of New York’s Best New Steaks

Eataly, the Italian food hall, supermarket, and specialty food shop owned by, among others, chef Mario Batali, has debuted its newest restaurant at its 23rd Street location in New York City, a completely revamped and reimagined Manzo. Even though manzo translates to “meat” in Italian, there are plenty of non-meat items on the menu, including antipasti, pastas, and fish dishes. But if you visit and don’t order the bone-in New York strip, it’ll be a serious mistake.

But let’s talk about the rest of the menu first. We recently had the opportunity to dine there and sampled a handful of additional menu items, and none of them disappointed. A simple salad of endive, fava beans, and extra virgin olive oil was given a salty, funky kick from a shaving of Dell’Isola bottarga (dried fish roe). An even simpler salad of baby arugula, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Villa Manodori balsamic vinegar succeeded, like most of the other menu items, by the high quality and graceful preparation and presentation of its ingredients. Spaghetti cacio e pepe, simply tossed with black pepper, caciocavallo, and pecorino Romano, turns into a creamy, well-balanced masterpiece in the hands of chef Fitz Tallon; you’d be hard-pressed to find a better version even in Rome.


There’s also a selection of three different prosciuttos — 36-month San Daniele, 24-month di Parma, and 16-month Toscano — which, when partnered with house-made mozzarella and house-made flatbread, can be a meal unto itself. The restaurant also receives a whole pig and whole veal weekly, which passersby can watch being butchered; they’re used in different dishes nightly. The night we visited, pork shoulder was slow-roasted for 24 hours, sliced, and served with a bright and garlicky salsa verde. No complaints there.

For a meat-oriented restaurant, it’s a little surprising to see that only five steaks are available: a grilled flat iron “butcher steak,” a Wagyu skirt steak from Snake River Farms, a bone-in New York strip from Diamond Creek Ranch, and a 28-day dry-aged tomahawk and a bistecca alla Fiorentina (both priced for two at $125, also from Diamond Creek). The bone-in New York strip is a must-order, and easily one of the best steaks being served in New York right now.

Kansas-based Diamond Creek raises its USDA Prime Black Angus cattle on pastures, without antibiotics or added hormones, and that comes through in the clean, rich flavor of the steak. It’s simply grilled, sliced, and sprinkled with salt and extra virgin olive oil, and the end result is tender, perfectly pink, and incredibly flavorful. It’s tough to describe how good this steak is — you just need to go try it (and everything else on the menu) for yourself.


Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

How I Found Out

40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

  • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
    .
  • Its touted by top food authorities
    • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
    • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
    • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
    • The list goes on
      .

    All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

    Confirming with Creekstone

    Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

    I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

    Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

    “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

    So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

    Creekstone’s Halal certification

    Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

    “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

    Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

    Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

    Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

    Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

    The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

    According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

    Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


    Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

    What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

    Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

    That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

    And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

    And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

    How I Found Out

    40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

    I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

    A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

    Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

    That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

    Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

    Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

    • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
      .
    • Its touted by top food authorities
      • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
      • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
      • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
      • The list goes on
        .

      All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

      Confirming with Creekstone

      Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

      I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

      Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

      “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

      So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

      Creekstone’s Halal certification

      Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

      “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

      Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

      Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

      Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

      Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

      The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

      According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

      Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


      Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

      What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

      Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

      That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

      And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

      And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

      How I Found Out

      40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

      I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

      A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

      Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

      That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

      Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

      Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

      • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
        .
      • Its touted by top food authorities
        • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
        • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
        • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
        • The list goes on
          .

        All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

        Confirming with Creekstone

        Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

        I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

        Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

        “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

        So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

        Creekstone’s Halal certification

        Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

        “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

        Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

        Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

        Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

        Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

        The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

        According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

        Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


        Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

        What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

        Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

        That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

        And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

        And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

        How I Found Out

        40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

        I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

        A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

        Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

        That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

        Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

        Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

        • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
          .
        • Its touted by top food authorities
          • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
          • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
          • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
          • The list goes on
            .

          All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

          Confirming with Creekstone

          Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

          I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

          Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

          “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

          So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

          Creekstone’s Halal certification

          Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

          “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

          Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

          Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

          Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

          Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

          The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

          According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

          Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


          Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

          What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

          Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

          That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

          And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

          And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

          How I Found Out

          40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

          I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

          A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

          Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

          That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

          Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

          Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

          • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
            .
          • Its touted by top food authorities
            • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
            • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
            • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
            • The list goes on
              .

            All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

            Confirming with Creekstone

            Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

            I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

            Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

            “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

            So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

            Creekstone’s Halal certification

            Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

            “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

            Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

            Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

            Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

            Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

            The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

            According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

            Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


            Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

            What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

            Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

            That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

            And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

            And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

            How I Found Out

            40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

            I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

            A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

            Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

            That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

            Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

            Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

            • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
              .
            • Its touted by top food authorities
              • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
              • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
              • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
              • The list goes on
                .

              All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

              Confirming with Creekstone

              Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

              I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

              Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

              “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

              So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

              Creekstone’s Halal certification

              Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

              “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

              Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

              Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

              Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

              Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

              The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

              According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

              Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


              Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

              What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

              Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

              That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

              And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

              And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

              How I Found Out

              40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

              I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

              A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

              Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

              That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

              Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

              Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

              • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
                .
              • Its touted by top food authorities
                • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
                • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
                • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
                • The list goes on
                  .

                All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

                Confirming with Creekstone

                Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

                I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

                Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

                “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

                So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

                Creekstone’s Halal certification

                Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

                “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

                Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

                Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

                Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

                Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

                The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

                According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

                Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


                Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

                What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

                Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

                That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

                And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

                And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

                How I Found Out

                40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

                I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

                A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

                Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

                That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

                Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

                Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

                • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
                  .
                • Its touted by top food authorities
                  • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
                  • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
                  • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
                  • The list goes on
                    .

                  All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

                  Confirming with Creekstone

                  Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

                  I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

                  Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

                  “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

                  So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

                  Creekstone’s Halal certification

                  Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

                  “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

                  Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

                  Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

                  Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

                  Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

                  The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

                  According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

                  Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


                  Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

                  What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

                  Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

                  That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

                  And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

                  And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

                  How I Found Out

                  40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

                  I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

                  A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

                  Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

                  That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

                  Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

                  Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

                  • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
                    .
                  • Its touted by top food authorities
                    • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
                    • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
                    • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
                    • The list goes on
                      .

                    All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

                    Confirming with Creekstone

                    Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

                    I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

                    Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

                    “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

                    So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

                    Creekstone’s Halal certification

                    Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

                    “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

                    Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

                    Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

                    Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

                    Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

                    The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

                    According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

                    Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.


                    Creekstone Beef Served in Top Restaurants Around America Is Halal

                    What if I told you that the high-quality beef served top restaurants across America was actually Halal? Impossible, right? Well, guess what? It’s actually true.

                    Creekstone Farms, one of the top choices of beef for restaurants across America, just so happens to be a fully Halal beef processing company. As in Zabihah Halal.

                    That means you can walk into any restaurant that serves items with Creekstone Farms beef, ensure it’s cooked and prepared without cross-contamination with other meats or alcohol, and enjoy some of the best meat in the country.

                    And what’s more is this is not run-of-the-mill average stuff. These are some of the top rated restaurants in major cities and even across the country.

                    And it’s all Halal. Hand slaughtered zabihah Halal. Unbelievable, huh? It is. Which is why I’ve done my research and have presented how it works.

                    How I Found Out

                    40-day dry aged Creekstone Farms ribeye steak [Photo: Serious Eats]

                    I was confused. I knew her and her family only eat Halal meat so why was she linking me to restaurants with meat from that company. But that’s when the thought came to mind. “Is Creekstone Halal?” I wondered.

                    A quick Google search for “Creekstone + Halal” found me at Creekstone’s website which states that their premium Angus beef is Halal certified through the Halal Transactions of Omaha.

                    Apparently, this is known for those familiar with Creekstone. In fact, my friend found out from another mutual friend who follows the scholarly opinion that conventional meat in America is Halal. While he was dining at one of the top steak restaurants in New York, Minetta Tavern, he met with the head chef at the time, Nasr Ahmed, a Muslim. Chef Nasr informed him the steaks and burgers he had been eating that he thought were from cattle conventionally slaughtered were actually made form Halal slaughtered beef.

                    That means all of those high-end restaurants from the Chicago list sent to me also had beef dishes that were made with Halal meat. And the same goes for cities all across the country that carry Creekstone.

                    Why Creekstone being Halal is a big deal

                    Angus cows grazing at one of the farms in Creekstone’s program. [Photo: Creekstone Farms]

                    • It is extremely high quality beef. According to Creekstone’s website, they produce all Angus beef. The cattle are all-American from the Midwest. No antibiotics or hormones, so effectively the same as organic. According to other sources online, the cattle are given a special proprietary feed to make them extra fatty and flavorful unlike any other cattle in the nation.
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                    • Its touted by top food authorities
                      • The New York Times wrote a huge article praising Creekstone Farms beef
                      • Pat LaFreida, the famous meat purveyor of New York, sources a lot of Creekstone
                      • Josh Ozersky, the James Beard award winning food writer, produced a video of his visit to Creekstone because of the high quality of the beef say they prefer to use it when they cook at home
                      • The list goes on
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                      All this means that not only is Creekstone Farms beef Halal, it’s also Tayyib. Just wow.

                      Confirming with Creekstone

                      Creekstone Premium Black Angus beef available at Green Hills Market in Central New York and at Shop N Save in Bridgeview, IL. [Photograph: Green Hills Market Blog]

                      I began by reaching out to Creekstone Farms themselves, asking if they indeed do perform Halal slaughter. I also wanted to know if all of their beef is processed Halal or just a portion of it. I assumed, at first, that they must have a Halal program that slaughters just a portion of their beef according to Islamic law.

                      Turns out that not only was Creekstone able to confirm that they perform Halal slaughter, their entire operation was actually Halal.

                      “All Creekstone Farms cattle are processed in a manner that meets the religious qualifications of Halal,” Courtney Every, Marketing Coordinator for Creekstone Farms, responded via email. “However, we only certify it as Halal if it is requested by the customer.”

                      So every one of the cattle at Creekstone Farms was being slaughtered in a Halal manner. But not every supplier ordering from the company would know that since they were ordering the beef because of its quality, not its Halal status. This means that there are probably a ton of restaurants all over America with Halal meat and they don’t even know it.

                      Creekstone’s Halal certification

                      Dr. Alabsy (middle) with the HTO crew at a food expo. [Photograph: Halal Transactions of Omaha Blog]

                      “We do certify the Halal beef of Creekstone Farms and all their beef is hand slaughtered,” wrote Dr. Ahmad Alabsy, director of HTO, in an email. “All the beef that we certify is hand slaughtered by trained Muslim slaughtermen. The Muslim slaughterman pronounces the Tasmiah, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and the knife is used by hand to perform the slaughtering of animals.”

                      Holy cow. So the beef at Creekstone is slaughtered in a fully Halal manner: hand slaughtered (zabihah), by a Muslim, in God’s name.

                      Additionally, Dr. Alabsy mentioned that they train Muslim slaughtermen to perform slaughter in a Halal manner. While I was skeptical about how they can get a Muslim there at all times, it turns out that this is standard practice at many slaughterhouses that operate Halal. It just so happens that while researching all this I found a job posting from Creekstone Farms directly asking for Muslim slaughtermen to perform Halal slaughter. It also helped that when I spoke to Creekstone again, they confirmed that only Muslim employees perform the slaughter at their plant.

                      Last on the Halal issues, Dr. Alabsy addressed a misspeak in a New York Times article that states Creekstone’s stunning process instantly kills its cattle. “Actually, stunning by this method does not kill the animal instantly,” he explains. “(It) just becomes immobilized and less sensitive to pain while the heart still pumping for about 5 minutes, during which the animal is slaughtered – bled with a sharp knife.” While the cattle are stunned, they are not dead before slaughter, and thus, Halal.

                      Why would a company like Creekstone be Halal?

                      The next question I then had was why? What would drive a company like Creekstone to convert to a fully Halal process?

                      According to to Rich Swearingen, head of international sales for Creekstone that Dr. Alabsy routed me to, the answer lies in the Middle East.

                      Apparently, within the past decade or so, the company decided to expand their business to the Middle East by getting into the meat export business. Restaurants in rich Gulf countries like the UAE or metropolitan cities like Cairo would probably pay top dollar for high quality fatty juicy American Angus beef which is in abundance over the leaner, scarcer local grass-fed stuff. Dr. Alabsy proposed the idea himself, the company went for it, and the rest is, as they say, history.