Brandt Beef to Participate in Anniversary Celebration of Overland Mail to San Diego

Acclaimed natural beef producer joins regional chefs in commemorative event

BRAWLEY, Calif. – August 13, 2007 – Brandt Beef – The True Natural, a family owned, premium natural beef producer, announced today its participation in the Old Town State Park Dinner on Friday, August 31. The event, held from 5 – 9 p.m., will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first mail delivery to San Diego which occurred in 1857.

The evening will feature an alfresco, lantern-lit, slow food dining experience in the plaza of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Regional chefs will gather to prepare some of the finest slow food dishes, inspired by the types of foods and recipes of early San Diego.

Executive Chef Tom McAliney of Brandt Beef will prepare dry-rubbed Brandt Beef briskett with red-eye gravy accompanied by German lager baked beans and skillet bread. Chef McAliney said that the menu he created is somewhat reminiscent of what the old Pony Express and mail delivery men would have experienced along their journey. Other participating chefs represent the following organizations: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Waters Fine Catering, Salerno Winery, Hacienda de la Rosas, Restaurant Romesco, Barona Casino, El Fandango, and Mrs. Trimmer's.

“The slow food movement is dedicated to sustainability and the support of family farms, local artisans and the preservation of cultural food traditions,” said Chef McAliney. “At Brandt Beef, we embrace environmentally sustainable practices in our pursuit to produce the finest premium natural beef. We are extremely honored to participate in the Old Town State Park Dinner, as this event is committed to restoring traditions and people’s passion for the foods they consume.”

In addition to the dinner, the celebration will also include a silent auction, period art and craftwork, blacksmiths, and live entertainment featuring the 1850’s sound of Yale Strom and the Hot Pastromi.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the California State Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s state parks, and the Boosters of Old Town (BOOT), the non-profit organization dedicated to the support of interpretation and education programs in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Tickets for the event are limited and cost $45 per guest. Tables of six and 10 are available for the dinner by request. After August 15, tickets will increase to $65 per guest. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit or call (619) 767-2277.

About Brandt Beef
Brandt Beef – The True Natural, is a family owned premium natural beef producer for the up-scale restaurant and retail markets. The Brandt family is passionate about producing the most consistent, highest quality, 100 percent source verified natural beef in the market. Through cattle selection, natural feeding practices and humane treatment of animals, Brandt Beef produces a product that is unparalleled in taste, tenderness and consistency. Recently, Brandt Beef received the Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence for its achievement in obtaining the Master Chef’s Institute standard of quality. More information is available at