OBSESSIVELY CRAFTED BY RENEGADE CHEFS

DAVID VS. GOLIATH

WE ARE A COALITION OF CREATIVE MINDED, RENEGADE FOOD GEEKS. OUR DRIVE TO CREATE AND DESIRE TO DISRUPT ARE THE CORE OF MAN CAVE. WE ARE INDEPENDENT, WE ARE DAVID. OUR GOLIATH BEING THE MACRO MEAT INDUSTRY. WITH RENEGADE ABANDON WE CHARGE FORWARD TO DELIVER MICRO BATCH GOODNESS. WE ARE HERE TO SLAY THE GIANT.

KNOWING WE DIDN’T GET HERE ALONE, WE BELIEVE IN PAYING IT FORWARD. ACCESS TO FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. OUR BITE BACK PROGRAM IS JUST AS MUCH A PART OF US AS CRAFT AND INNOVATION.

BORN OF NECESSITY

THE SPARK

MAKING THE MOVE FROM RURAL MINNESOTA TO THE U OF M MINNEAPOLIS BROUGHT MANY CHANGES FOR MAN CAVE FOUNDER, NICK BESTE. BEING A FOODIE, THE TRANSFORMATION RESEMBLED DOROTHY STEPPING OUT OF THE FARM HOUSE INTO A COLORIZED LAND OF OZ. AMONG THE ARRAY OF RESTAURANTS AND BOUTIQUE GROCERS WAS A VOID FOR HIM. THE HOME TOWN MEAT MARKET WAS THE MISSING LINK. COMBINING A SMALL CRAFT MEAT MARKET WITH THE RENEGADE CREATIVITY OF AN INNOVATIVE RESTAURANT WAS THE SPARK. THE VENUE WOULD BE A BOOMING OUTDOOR MARKET IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.

THE FARMERS
MARKET

OUR FARMERS MARKET ROOTS

IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE SMALL TENT, TWO FOLDING TABLES, AND US–STUDENTS WHO WANTED TO CHALLENGE THE ORDINARY. THE MINNEAPOLIS FARMERS MARKET IS WHERE WE CUT OUR TEETH (AMONG OTHER THINGS). OUR FIRST DAY IN THE MARKET TOOK US BY SURPRISE AS WE SOLD OUT WITHIN HOURS OF OPENING. LOGICALLY WE DOUBLED DOWN ON OUR SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING WEEK, AND WERE FACED WITH THE SAME SHORTFALL. THAT’S HOW WE KNEW WE WERE ONTO SOMETHING REAL. OUR GOAL WAS TO CREATE THE BEST MEATS POSSIBLE, SO WE OBSESSED OVER EVERY DETAIL UNTIL WE ARRIVED AT WHAT WE BELIEVED WAS JUST THAT. THE BEST. NO COMPROMISES.