BOSTON, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The classic American steakhouse and a true premier dining destination, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group continues to enhance dining standards by integrating a true farm-to-table experience into their menu. All locations serve USDA Prime Beef, now elevated by serving Iowa Premium—family-farm raised, corn-fed Black Angus beef. Chosen as the exclusive beef vendor of Smith & Wollensky, Iowa Premium hand selects only corn-fed Black Angus cattle that exhibit superior quality characteristics, resulting in a robust, buttery beef flavor.
Iowa Premium is located in the heart of the Midwest, at a world-class facility in Tama, Iowa. Fueled by the quality of its soil and the fortitude of those who farm it, the signature rich, savory beef flavor is a result of feeding a corn-based diet. It is the perfect combination for producing the high quality, well-marbled beef Iowa is known for. Black Angus cattle have higher quality marbling, which is the leading indicator of flavor, tenderness and juiciness—the key factors in a premium eating experience.
"Iowa Premium's fully integrated system provides the best-of-the-best in superior quality beef from start to finish," said Matt King, national director of culinary development and corporate executive chef at Smith & Wollensky. "Combining their knowledge of beef processing with our culinary expertise, you get the finest, full-flavored beef available. By integrating Iowa Premium beef into our menu offerings, Smith & Wollensky continues to elevate standards and further enhance the ultimate steakhouse experience."
Iowa Premium beef is grown and processed responsibly and sustainably. The cattle come from family farm-feeders within a target 150-mile radius of the Tama facility. The goal is to procure cattle as close to our plant as possible, as a short haul reduces the amount of stress on cattle. Averaging 350 head, Iowa feed yards are smaller than operations in other cattle feeding states. The smaller size allows for more individual attention.
"Iowa Premium and Smith & Wollensky share a passion for providing consumers with the highest quality, most flavorful beef, so the partnership was a natural fit for us," said Jeffrey Johnson, Iowa Premium CEO. "We are excited for the opportunity to offer Smith & Wollensky guests a flavor experience that's unmatched anywhere else. We have a continued commitment to quality beef, from our Midwest farms to Smith & Wollensky dining tables across the country."
The newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility incorporates the latest technologies and interventions for food safety, quality assurance and environmental excellence. Iowa Premium continually strives to improve operational efficiencies, reduce its environmental footprint and protect the natural resources.
"Smith & Wollensky is proud to partner with Iowa Premium to provide the best and freshest possible beef to our guests, who are increasingly becoming more and more interested in exactly where their food comes from and how it is processed," said Kim Lapine, vice president of marketing for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. "This exciting partnership delivers the integrity, traceability and quality today's food-savvy diner demands. Even more thrilling is the taste – the steaks are simply phenomenal! With Iowa Premium, we are investing in our core offering, what we do best—from farm to table."
To learn more about the all-new partnership with Iowa Premium, and to make a reservation at a location near you, visit www.smithandwollensky.com.
About Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group
Since its establishment in 1977 as America's premier fine dining steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky has been committed to delivering unparalleled hospitality and the best USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged for tenderness and flavor and hand cut on-premise daily. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is headquartered in Boston and owns and operates nine iconic Smith & Wollensky locations in Miami Beach; Chicago; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; Houston; and two restaurants in Boston. The acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and exceptional service are designed to provide guests with a truly memorable steakhouse experience. Smith & Wollensky has received numerous local and national awards, including the "Grand Award of Excellence" from WINE SPECTATOR® and the "Award of Excellence" from Distinguished Restaurants of North America. Follow Smith & Wollensky on Twitter at twitter.com/smithwollensky.
About Iowa Premium
Iowa Premium is a regional meat company based in east central Iowa specializing in premium family-farm raised Black Angus beef. Iowa Premium Beef proudly offers USDA Prime and USDA Choice grade beef including the Certified Angus Beef® brand to domestic and international customers.
SOURCE Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group