What do Stew Leonard’s, Woodstock, the 1969 Miracle Mets, and Sesame Street all have in common? 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of each! Wow!
We invite you to celebrate Stew Leonard’s golden anniversary as we feature Fresh, Family and FUN in exciting ways throughout the year. We’ll kick off the celebration April 3, 2019 and end in November with another milestone: the 90th birthday of store founder Stew Leonard Sr.!
Visit this page each month as we feature new items, special events, contests, exclusive offers and fun stories featuring the Leonard’s family, spotlights on our Team Members who tireless work behind the scenes, fun facts and more!
Stew Leonard’ Butcher Shop: From Prairie to Plate
Stew Leonard’s goes to the source to find the freshest items for our customers – and that includes spending time on cattle ranches in Kansas, Montana, and beyond! Stew Leonard Jr. and his butchers regularly visit our ranchers to learn more about what goes into giving our shoppers the best-tasting, juiciest, and most tender steak available. Plus, they feel good getting to know the families who are working hard behind the scenes to raise America’s finest cattle.
Many of Stew Leonard’s butchers hold their MBAs, which is their Masters of Beef Advocacy from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association! They’re available to answer questions, share their favorite recipes for preparing and serving beef, and will custom-cut customers’ meat for free to your exact specifications.
When shopping for beef, look for a bright red color and milky white bones. And, of course, get to know your Stew Leonard’s butcher to find the best cut of meat to WOW your guests at the dinner table!
Filet mignon is the number one selling item year-round in Stew’s butcher shop! Sourced from ranchers throughout Kansas and Nebraska and taken from the tenderloin, filet mignon is the most popular cut at steakhouses. It’s lean and fork-tender, with light marbling that makes it juicy and delicious.
Stew’s butchers will custom cut for free your whole beef tenderloin, which is the name of the large cut of beef before it is sliced into steaks, or filet mignon. Here are some of Stew’s butchers’ tips for selecting and storing a whole beef tenderloin:
- A good rule of thumb to use when shopping for whole tenderloin is that one pound of untrimmed filet (fat on) will feed one person.
- When picking an unpeeled tenderloin, squeeze the meat and make sure it is soft—this means there is not a lot of fat. The softer it feels, and the more it bends, the better. A tenderloin that feels hard inside the package or does not bend as easily is higher in fat.
- Store the tenderloin in the coldest part of the refrigerator—usually this is on the bottom shelf.
- Be sure to cook and serve the tenderloin within three days to ensure its freshness. Remember to turn filets sparingly and do not pierce with a fork, or the juices will seep out.
New York Strip
Also known as the Kansas City strip, this cut is taken from the short loin. It is the second most popular cut after the filet but is firmer with a beefier taste. Ready to WOW your guests with a New York strip steak? Click here for a Leonard family favorite recipe for New York strip steak!
The ribeye is a perennial favorite of real cowboys and steak connoisseurs alike. This steak has a ribbon of marbling running through it and offers a unique blend of texture and flavor. Sourced from family-owned ranches in Kansas, many consider the ribeye to be the most flavorful of the popular cuts of beef! Click here for a 30-minute recipe to prepare a juicy ribeye steak.
Sourced from Kansas and cut from the flank, the skirt is a long flat piece of meat that is very flavorful and juicy. A great meat for fajitas, this tender steak can be grilled or rolled. Our chefs love to serve flank steak with a zesty chimichurri sauce.
The king of steaks and Stew’s favorite! Considered to be two steaks in one, the porterhouse contains a large boneless strip steak on one side of the bone and a petite tenderloin on the other side. Stew’s porterhouse steaks are primarily sourced from family-owned ranches in Kansas. Click here for Stew Leonard’s recipe for a grilled porterhouse steak with herb butter.
The original London Broil! Sourced from ranchers in Kansas, flank steak is great on the grill or wonderful when stuffed or rolled into beef pinwheels. Our chefs have shared a great grilled flank steak recipe here, served with the added WOW of Stew Leonard’s Naked shrimp.
Also known as a bone-in ribeye, tomahawks are an impressive way to WOW your guests at a special holiday celebration or anytime you need to feed a crowd! A dramatic cut, with up to 8 inches of exposed bone, it’s called a “tomahawk” because the steak and long bone resemble an axe. Stew Leonard’s tomahawk steaks are loaded with juicy, restaurant-quality beef and come directly from family-owned ranchers throughout the Midwest. Click here for an irresistible recipe that lets the tomahawk’s flavor shine though with the added layer of foil-roasted shallots.
Meet Jamie DiStefano
Jamie was promoted to Vice President of Stew Leonard’s in Newington in 2015. He started at Stew’s in 1992 in the Norwalk store and worked in the Garden Shoppe and produce departments before going on to manage the meat and seafood departments. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of Stew Leonard’s Boot Camp class.
Jamie and his wife Aimee are high school sweethearts. They are the proud parents of a son, Jamie, and a daughter, Haille.
Stew's Ultimate Burger Contest
Upload your photo for a chance to win a $250 Stew Leonard's Gift Card!
We are looking for the ULTIMATE Stew’s Burger! How would YOU build yours? Two patties, lettuce, tomato, cheese on a brioche bun? Chicken patties loaded with avocado and mozzarella on a potato roll? A giant stack of gourmet beef patties topped with Stew’s Kettle Chips on a pretzel bun? The possibilities are endless!>/p>
Build your burger, snap a photo and submit it to our gallery at StewLeonards.com July 1-30, 2019. We’ll choose one ULTIMATE Burger Builder to win a $250 Gift Card! Two runners-up will each win a $50 Gift Card. EVERYONE who enters will be featured in our Stew’s Burger Gallery.CLICK HERE TO ENTER YOUR PHOTO