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Nebraska-raised beef was main course at White House lunch before State of the Union speech
By Sarah Baker Hansen / World-Herald staff writer


Nebraska-raised Piedmontese beef made its way to the White House this week.

The meat, from Certified Piedmontese in Lincoln, was the main course at the lunch before the State of the Union address.

Billy Swain, the sales manager for Certified Piedmontese, said he knew the beef was going to be served at the annual lunch for journalists that takes place before the president's speech.

What he didn't know was that Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith would go into minute detail about that menu — including giving the Nebraska beef a gushingly good review.

The Fox news anchor does a recap of the menu annually and this year also showed a photo of the menu, which listed the main course as "dry-aged Piedmontese beef with shallot jus, three grain risotto and root vegetables."

Swain said the beef made its way to the White House via Pat LaFrieda meats in New York, which distributes Certified Piedemontese beef. The company has been working with LaFrieda for a little over three years.

"He is a star of meat and men," Swain said of LaFrieda.

The beef served at the meal was all raised in Nebraska. Piedmontese cattle originated in Italy and have a specific genetic makeup that makes them develop almost all muscle and little fat, but the muscle is tender. The meat is healthier, Swain said, but is just as flavorful as regular corn fed beef.

Certified Piedmontese is also served at restaurants in Omaha and Lincoln: The Boiler Room, Le Bouillon, Avoli and Dario's Brasserie in Omaha; and in Lincoln at The Dish, Single Barrel and The Green Gateau, among others.

Swain said he's flattered by the attention, and customers have been calling since word got out.

"What we've been doing is beginning to surface," he said. "All the way to the White House."

Contact the writer: Sarah Baker Hansen

sarah.bakerhansen@owh.com    |   402-444-1069    |  

Sarah writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald.

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