Cleaver & Co. is a full-service whole-animal butcher shop started in 2012 by Freeman School MBA graduates Seth Hamstead (MBA ’12) and Simone Reggie (MBA ’12). The store, located on Baronne Street in New Orleans, specializes in fresh, locally sourced meat cut on the premises from whole animals as well as house-made specialty items including sausages, hogshead cheese, boudin and cracklin.
Inspired in part by Professor of Practice John Elstrott’s philosophy of conscious capitalism, Hamstead and Reggie founded the business on principles of sustainability and fairness. Products are sourced from sustainable farms in Louisiana and Mississippi whenever possible, and Hamstead and Reggie personally ensure that animals are treated ethically and not injected with hormones or antibiotics.
Freeman School media specialist Sarah Hava Valley produced this video profile highlighting the business and its unique approach to a time-honored profession.