Who is The Meat Wagon?
My name is Stefano Diaz. I am the owner and head butcher of The Meat Wagon. When I first started out, The Meat Wagon was primarily a mobile butchery and custom cutting service, traveling to local farmers markets in the Hudson Valley with fresh and frozen cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken, and coordinating whole beef shares for families and friends. In 2021, we are thrilled to open the doors of our first brick and mortar location in the Midtown neighborhood of Kingston.
In 2011 I graduated culinary school from Le Cordon Bleu and moved down south to cook at the renowned Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. My passion for food fueled my curiosity and interest in butchery, what I later realized was the perfect cross-section of farming, cooking, food systems, and community. Upon returning to New York, I continued my education and professional enrichment with a three month intensive, nose-to-tail Butchery Apprenticeship at the headquarters of Fleishers Craft Butchery in Brooklyn. After my successful completion of the program, I worked as the head butcher at Fleishers’ original location in Uptown Kingston for 3 years, where I formed a sincere and deep love for the community we served. In 2017 I met the fine folks at Marbled Meat shop in Cold Spring, where I was the manager and head butcher up until now.
I'm so excited to welcome you into my shop and introduce you to my team!