Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 75
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
>> With Express BBQ having a lot of early success, Harris Ranch is focusing on how to build on the concept.
The company is preparing to launch
a family-style meal that will pack a
whole tri-tip, two quart-sized sides
and four cornbreads in a box to feed
about five people. The meals will be
available as carryout boxes and are
aimed at customers who want to bring
home a hot dinner.
Barbecue was a natural choice for
expanding Harris Ranch's restaurant
lineup. The company's other restaurants, The Ranch Kitchen, The Prime
Steakhouse and the Horseshoe Lounge
are already known for serving some of
the finest beef dishes in Central California. The reputation comes from the
high-quality beef Harris Ranch raises
on its own land.
More than 100,000 cattle graze the
property, each going through a 120-day
finishing process at the ranch's feedlot.
With as many as 1,000 head of stock
processed each day, Harris Ranch
Beef Company is the largest branded
beef-processing plant in the country.
The volume and quality of beef that Harris Ranch produces have made it an ide-
al supplier for large organizations such
as the University of California school
system, which consists of nine campuses with more than 260,000 students.
As one of the largest farms in California, Harris Ranch was hit especially
hard by the Golden State's five-year
drought. To comply with drought measures and water controls, the ranch had
to limit its use of irrigation and allowed
roughly half of its acreage to fallow.
The drought's end in April enabled
the farm to return to normal operations,
which has meant higher crop yields,
more variety and better-quality ingredients for the restaurants. Chef Reagan
says regional suppliers are offering
more produce, such as lettuce, watermelons, honeydew and cantaloupe.
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