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The Globe and Mail - March 12, 2005

Talk of the Town, by Tralee Pearce

Toronto Star - March 23, 2005

Ethical Butchers, by Jennifer Bain

National Post - March 26, 2005

True Organic for Carnivores,

by Jacob Richler

City Bites Magazine - April/May 2005 Edition

Every Hipster Needs a Good Butcher,

by Harry Otis Parsons

Toronto Life - July, 2005

Chick Magnet

"Eating organic used to be an ethical choice; now it's as much about good taste as it is about being good."


The Globe and Mail - August 27, 2005

The New Chop Shop, by D. Grant Black

Mamma Japanese Parenting Magazine - September, 2005

The Healthy Butcher - Eating Right

Toro Magazine - October, 2005

(The Healthy Butcher is 1 of only 4 places in Canada recommended to get the best beef)

Arrivaderci Pasta, by Mark Schatzker


City Bites - November, 2005

The Love of a Good Butcher, by Eric Rumble


Toronto Life - November, 2005

Toronto's Best Food Shops

Eating & Drinking Guide 2006

National Post - December 10, 2005

They'll Be Home for Christmas, by Jacob Richler

The Globe and Mail - December 10, 2005

The Whole Hog, by Karen von Hahn


National Post - January 7, 2006

Pork Belly Futures Looking More Tasty,

by Jacob Richler


Press Release - March 16, 2006

The Healthy Butcher Granted Organic Certification


Toronto Life - August, 2006

High Steaks, by Sasha Chapman

"Before industrial feedlots came along, we used to raise cattle on good ole-fashioned grass.  Those old-timers were on to something. ... And, of course, ... knowing where your meat comes from can leave a much better taste in your mouth."


Press Release - August 6, 2006

The Healthy Butcher's Meat

Wins Double-Gold at the

Canadian BBQ Championship

Post - October, 2006

In Praise of Pot Pies, by Amy Rosen

"'The Healthy Butcher has achieved the near impossible: They've gone and made pot pie sexy."


National Post - October 14, 2006

The School of Sausage, by Amy Rosen

"'What you put into it is what you get out of it.'

Which is what sets The Healthy Butcher apart from other purveyors"


Maclean - November 27, 2006

How Would I like my steak? Raw.

by Amy Rosen

"'They come in several times a week and everything they buy they eat raw.'  That includes organic chicken, game meats like elk and bison, and organs."


Our Neighbourhood - December, 2006

Feast On This, by Lesley-Ann McClure

"This butcher shop doesn't cut corners.  The well-trained staff takes time to answer questions and recommend cooking methods.  They admit organic food ain't cheap but say you get what you pay for.  Organic food costs more to produce and people are misled to believe that food should cost so little.  The Healthy butcher helps to keep prices down by dealing directly with the farmers."


Toronto Star - January 31, 2007

Got a Beef With Your Butcher?,

by Susan Sampson


The Globe and Mail - March 24, 2007

Butcher Boys and Girls, by Peter Cheney


Gadzooks! - April 5, 2007

3 compiled articles from

Healthy Butcher Definitely Organic

Disassembling the Pork

Sausage King


The Ethicurean - April 19, 2007

While in Toronto, by Nosher of the North - May 17, 2007

A Better BBQ

"if you're an omnivore, why not make sure the meat you're eating is really really good"


CIUT Career Buzz - May 25, 2007

PODCAST Listen to a radio interview with Healthy Butcher founders Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo about their inspiring career switch from Bay St. Lawyer and Investment banker to butcher shop owners.


Toronto Star - May 27, 2007

Old-style Butchers Back in Vogue,

by Murray Whyte


Press Release - September 16, 2007

The 2007 Results for the Canadian BBQ Championships are in!


Entrepreneur of the Year 2007

- October 18, 2007

Stories of Success - Celebrating the Spirit of Leadership in Ontario

Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo Finalists for Canada's most respected entrepreneurial awards.

"It is inspiring to see just how much entrepreneurial ingenuity there is right here in our own backyard, and how much it enriches the life of our province." - Dan Cornacchia, Program Director, Ernst & Young

Ivey Intouch Magazine - Fall 2007

Stand and Deliver

"[Tara] Longo is one of a crop of new millennium HBA graduates who are keeping alive a proud tradition... talented young business leaders with the broad-based skills, knowledge and confidence to make things happen."

NOW Magazine - The Best of Toronto - November 1, 2007

Best Place to Buy Meat

" get what you pay for... these cows, pigs and chickens are healthier than anyone we know.  Ready-made burgers, deluxe steaks, game, food to go, homemade pies - it's all good." - January 18, 2008

Tapas Out, Meat In, by Rod Weatherbie

"Local, traceable, and meaty are in, while equatorial fruit and small plates are passé."


NOW - January 31, 2008

Beauty Tip - Review of The Healthy Butcher's Homemade Soap

"Sustainable Suds"

The Globe and Mail - February 28, 2008

Pleasures of the Flesh, by Susan Bourette

"The carnivores are back.  It's like a bitch-slap to all those reedy, high-minded herbivores who demanded nothing short of a bloodless revolution, dictating the parameters of the discussion, decreeing the rules for years.  Now, it's meat-eaters who have wrestled control of the food debate."


Toronto Life - March, 2008

Have a Cow, by Sasha Chapman

"It's supposed to be a win-win approach to meat: animals are treated better and raised in a more environmentally friendly fashion (the production of local, organic, pastured beef consumes far less fossil fuel than feedlot cattle); farmers are paid more because they deal directly with butchers and chefs; less of the animal is wasted; best of all, the consumer gets to eat a healthier, better-quality steak.  At the epicentre of this cult is The Healthy Butcher ... No other food shop in Toronto is working harder to change the way we eat.


Blog T.O. - March 4, 2008

The Healthy Butcher selected as Toronto's Best Butcher Shop

"#1 - The Healthy Butcher. A Queen West staple, The Healthy Butcher features organic, locally raised and slaughtered meats. It's a one-stop shop where you can get great cuts and excellent prepared burgers and sausages... Success is a beautiful thing. Such is the case with the new location of The Healthy Butcher in Eglinton West (Avenue and Eglinton). The second installment of the franchise more than complements the highly successful Queen St. location. In fact, although it's more than twice as big (it's more of a small grocery store than a butcher), it is all about quality not quantity here. On offer at this location is also organic produce (all organic, lots of local), cheeses, oils, bread, and more. Basically everything you find in your average grocery store, minus all the aisles in the middle. If you're the type that does most of your shopping at the perimeter of the big chains, avoiding boxes and bags, you'll be right at home."  Direct Link to Blog TO


Ontario Hostelry Institute - 2008 Gold Awards - April 17, 2008

Inducted Fellows of the Hostelry Institute

Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo, founders of The Healthy Butcher are inducted as Fellows of the Hostelry Institute for professional achievement, dedication, and contribution to the foodservice and hospitality industry.


Ontario Hostelry Institute - 2009 Top 30 Under 30 - April 1, 2009

Executive Chef Ryan Rudnickas

Receives the Honour


The Globe and Mail - May 13, 2009

Farewell, tenderloin, by Rob Mifsud

"...the craft of the butcher becomes that much more important. Breaking down carcasses is an art, so the sharp blade and savvy recommendations of a skilled butcher matter now more than ever before.”


Toronto Business Development Centre - May 6, 2009

Co-Founder and Co-Owner Mario Fiorucci awarded the prestigious 2009 Essence of Entrepreneurship Award


CBC Metro Morning - October 9, 2009

The Turkey Dilemma, Host Jill Dempsey

The Healthy Butcher's Mario Fiorucci helps listeners weed through all the marketing terms for turkeys... free range, humanely raised, cage-free, and the list goes on...

Grand River Living - October 7, 2009

The Food Diva's Interview with Mario Fiorucci at The Healthy Butcher's Kitchener store.


CBC Radio - Vinyl Cafe - October 10, 2009

Am Arthur Award presented to Jonathan Abrahams,

Host Stuart McLean

The Healthy Butcher's Jonathan Abrahams is presented with an Arthur Award in the fifth annual presentation of the Vinyl Cafe Arthur Awards. These are the awards that recognize the importance of the unimportant; small everyday acts of kindness that, too often, go un-appreciated.  Jonathan helped a younger employee, Joel, of The Healthy Butcher in a way that changed Joel's life.


NOW Magazine - The Best of Toronto - October 29, 2009

Best Butcher Shop in Toronto

The Healthy Butcher was once again ranked as the best butcher shop in Toronto by the NOW Magazine critics.



Impact National Conference 2009 - November 20, 2009

Co-Founder and Co-Owner Tara Longo awarded the prestigious OCE Green Entrepreneur of the Year Award


CIUT Radio - Being There with Jesse Mendes -

December 12, 2009

(MP3) A discussion with Mario Fiorucci about

Sustainable Seafood and sustainable food in general


Toronto Life - Best Of The City 2010

August, 2010

The Healthy Butcher gains ground on a new frontier: Sustainable Seafood!



Post Toronto - The City's Best Burger 2011

July 1, 2011

Renowned Chef David Lee was blind folded and tasted burgers from the most respected butcher shops.  The Healthy Butcher was picked as the Grand Champion burger of Toronto.

CBC Radio - Metro Morning - December 12, 2012
Dave Meli interviewed by Piya Chattopadhyay on Christmas Turkey Alternatives
Dave discusses some of the more exotic holiday options in lieu of the old standby - Christmas Turkey.

Press Release - November 8, 2013

The Healthy Butcher awarded the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award


The Healthy Butcher on Breakfast Television (Toronto)
October 27, 2014

The Healthy Butcher's co-founder Mario Fiorucci making Black Oak Beer, Jalapeños, & Cheddar sausages with Frank Ferragine to celebrate National Sausage Month


The Healthy Butcher Awarded "Toronto's Best Butcher" by Now Magazine Readers (Toronto)
November 6, 2014

Now Magazine voted The Healthy Butcher "Toronto's Best Butcher" for their Readers' Poll 2014 

The Healthy Butcher on CTV's Canada AM (Toronto)
January 23, 2015

The Healthy Butcher's resident Haggis Master Paul Bradshaw highlights some simple Scottish recipes for Robbie Burns Day

The Healthy Butcher on Global News (Toronto)
March 30, 2015

Now more than ever, it's important to know your food is being sourced humanely, ethically, sustainably and locally. For over 10 years, The Healthy Butcher has been Toronto's source for the traceable, real Organic, 100% Grassfed, and sustainably raised meat.

The Healthy Butcher's Sarah Atzmueller awarded #Top30Under30 (Toronto)
April 16, 2015

We are super thrilled and extremely proud of our Queen St. Head Butcher Sarah Atzmueller for having been awarded Top 30 Under 30!

The Healthy Butcher's Sarah Atzmueller feature: Foodservice & Hospitality Magazine (Toronto)
May, 2015

Congratulations to our Queen St. Head Butcher Sarah Atzmueller for her feature in one of the food industry's preeminent magazines!

Mario Fiorucci and Dave Meli talk butchery with The Bay St. Bull Magazine (Toronto)
July, 2015

Know thy Butcher: Chatting about butchery and all things meat!




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