The Food Issue

Paradise Locker Meats of Trimble looks to expand brand locally

Mario and Teresa Fantasma, and their son Louis own of Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Mo. The shop offers high-quality cuts of meat to customers and chefs around the country.
Mario and Teresa Fantasma, and their son Louis own of Paradise Locker Meats in Trimble, Mo. The shop offers high-quality cuts of meat to customers and chefs around the country. The Kansas City Star

Paradise Locker Meats isn’t yet a household name, but the family-owned butcher operation in Trimble, Mo., has earned a national reputation supplying celebrity chefs across the country, including Mario Batali and David Chang.

The Fantasma family — Mario, Teresa and their sons Louis and Nick — signed on with New York-based Heritage Foods USA, a marketing arm of Slow Foods that started in 2001, and soon found a niche for their exquisitely marbled pork cut from heritage breed hogs raised in the Midwest.

Today Paradise’s in-house meat counter also includes dry-aged Akaushi and American Wagyu beef, domestic and New Zealand lamb, exotic game meats and, new to the lineup, ground heritage turkey from Frank Reese’s Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch in Lindsborg, Kan.

As the business marks two decades, a 10,000-square-foot expansion is in the works. The additional space will allow for the smoking of more sausage, bacon and ham for distribution to local supermarkets under their own label, Fantasma’s Finest.

“We’ve been doing all this great stuff across the country, we thought we’d bring some of that back home,” Mario Fantasma says.

Paradise Locker Meats: 405 W. Birch St., Trimble, Mo.; 1-816-370-MEAT; paradisemeats.com; Facebook.

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