A look back: Julia Child’s letters to Allen Brothers

Todd Hatoff, President (center) with his parents Trudy and Bobby Hatoff, Chairman

Allen Brothers USDA Prime steaks have attracted lots of celebrity clients since the company launched in 1893. One of the most illustrious? None other than Julia Child.

Allen Brothers president Todd Hatoff fondly remembers the days when he used to ship boxes of steaks to the late, great Child:

“She was a wonderful lady. She mail-ordered steaks from us, mostly Prime strips and ribeyes. She liked a lot of fat, the most fat you could get.”

Child liked to correspond by mail. “She wrote us letters,” Hatoff recalls. “Her handwriting was pretty. She was older, and your writing can sometimes get messy at that point, but hers didn’t. She said it was impossible to find good Prime meat, and when she found us she was thrilled.”

True to form, Child was ahead of her time: “She had me dry-age product for her,” says Hatoff, “and we weren’t even dry-aging yet at the time.”

Now, of course, Allen Brothers is famous for outstanding dry-aged steaks. And what exactly is dry-aging all about? Read all about it here.

Need a hands-on intro to dry-aged beef? Try some of these greatest-hits steaks from Allen Brothers, and raise a glass to Mrs. Child while you’re at it.


Allie B.

One Response to “A look back: Julia Child’s letters to Allen Brothers”

  1. Julia! i’ve been watching all her old PBS shows all over again. she’s always been my food idol. i love that she loved allen bros too!