|One day the Queen
of England wanted smoked duck - at least, the people who serve her food did.
When the Royal Yacht, Britannica, pulled into San Francisco Bay, the caterer
for the royal, on-board feast knew exactly who to call to meet their needs
- Willie Bird Turkeys in Sonoma, California.
Here at Willie Bird's, we use nothing but the highest quality poultry. First, we wet cure it in a mild, low-salt marinade; conceived of special oils and spices, where it is then aged to perfection. Next, we smoke it over natural alderwood. It is during this process that it absorbs the depth and character of flavor that has become the famous Willie Bird trademark. All of our smoked products are fully cooked, immediately cooled, and vacuum-sealed so that they will remain fresh for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks without freezing.
We never freeze our smoked products. Ice crystals break down flavor and meat texture. That is why we control the entire process of procuring meats, seasoning them, smoking them, vacuum sealing them, and shipping them from our USDA approved plant in Sonoma. Offering superior quality is the driving force behind Willie Bird Turkeys.
The result of our "commitment to control" allows us to produce a meat product that is smooth and mild-flavored; a delight even to the most discriminate palate.
Our smoked poultry is featured on the main menu of first class hotels, restaurants, deli's, and airlines (TWA, United, etc.) as well as in gourmet food catalogs (Williams-Sonoma, etc.)
The Benedetti family began raising turkeys in Sonoma County in 1948. In 1963 Willie Benedetti developed the formula for the famous Willie Bird Turkey, which the family now raises in the rolling, oak studded hills east of Santa Rosa, California. These "free range" turkeys are tended and nurtured by Willie, his brother, Riley, and their cousin, Rocky Koch.
Willie Bird smoked products present the workmanship and quality that the Benedetti family envisioned when they sought land in the fertile Sonoma Valley for raising their turkeys. Greg "Beagle" Brodsky, the transplanted Aussie, has taken care over the past 22 years to insure our smoked products continue to be one of the most delicious and succulent specialty products on the market today.
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Retail Store: 5350 Highway 12, Santa Rosa, CA 707-545-2832 Will Call Orders Only
Restaurant: 1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 707-542-0861