Interview with Mountain Valley Meats in Truckee, CA
If you’ve never thrown some fresh-made, potsticker sausages from Mountain Valley Meats on the barbecue during your summer parties, you haven’t been doing summer right. Truckee’s local “Chef Owned, Chef Inspired Butcher Shop” was started by friends Jess Curtis and Brandon Uresky after a combined 35 years in the service industry and it currently stands as Truckee’s only butcher shop. We wanted to take a deeper dive behind the delicious shop to see why the founders decided to open shop.
Mountain Valley Meats makes marinades and carries high quality meats, prime cuts, and holiday specialties. However, we love them for their sausages. They make nearly 50 specialty sausages, like Blue Cheese and Pear and Roasted Garlic, Ricotta, and Basil, that they rotate daily. And every one that we’ve tried is outstanding. This might be because they “use fresh ingredients in our sausages and marinades,” explains Curtis. “Everything we do is small batch and hand made in house.” With nothing but five-star reviews on Yelp, it seems like Curtis and Uresky were made for this.
Before Mountain Valley Meats was born, both Uresky and Curtis completed culinary school and met while working at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Stuck on what to do next, the opportunity to make sausages for restaurants came up but there were few local places that supplied high quality meats. Mountain Valley Meats shortly followed.
The inspiration to create Mountain Valley Meats came from home: from the needs of a growing town, from the community within it, and from the friends’ personal life. “Brandon's father Bob, who passed away earlier this year,” started Curtis, “his generosity, kindness for others and positive outlook are something Uresky tries to achieve every day. His enthusiasm for helping us open the shop is something Brandon will always cherish.” Curtis was also inspired by her father. “My father, Mike, is the one that taught me how to cook and be passionate about it,” explains Curtis. “I have become more adventurous in life and cooking and love to spend my time with him eating and discovering new things.”
Inspiration and love has gotten the duo far, but “the support from all of these people are the reason we are still here.”
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Truckee?
Brandon love disc golf at any of the courses and has an Epic Pass for snowboarding this year. Jess is a cross country skier and loves to take her dogs hiking.
Where is your go-to place when you need to relax?
Brandon likes playing Disc Golf and Jess likes to escape to her kitchen
Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?
Brandon enjoys beers at Fifty Fifty and Jess sips on wine at Truckee River Winery. Old Town Tap is fun for bites.
Ski bum or beach bum?
Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?
Brandon watching the Patriots and Jess watching the Raiders. Outside of football season, probably outside.
What is your favorite local Instagram account to follow?
Cedar House Truckee. They have a fun mix of food, outdoors and dogs. Just a few of our favorite things!
Truckee is growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?
One of the biggest things we connect with our customers over is sharing our experiences around town. Whether how we cook something, suggest a place to eat, grab beer & wine, hike. I can't wait to see the final product and get our locals and visitors excited about the development.