Chefs of NYC met with partner, general manager AND chef, Miguel Franco (who co-owns, co-founded and developed the menu for Dos Toros Taqueria by the way) at his new restaurant in Murray Hill - Burlap Sack, a potato eatery.  The concept at Burlap Sack is the same as Dos Toros  - the goal is to have the food in your hands within 1 minute of ordering. Franco - who took a different route to get into this business (compared to other chefs we've met so far) - has a degree in civil engineering (cool!), and without any experience started a restaurant with his friend. One restaurant led to 9 of them total. From there Franco started focusing on building up Dos Toros - with now 6 locations in NYC, Franco decided to move to the next chapter of his career and help start up Burlap Sack. Talk about a success story! 

"My first experience in the food business was working at a butcher shop around the corner from my house back in Colombia. Growing up with 3 women in the house (grandma, aunt and babysitter) whom were wonderful cooks made me curious about cooking.  My first job as a chef was about 15 years ago when a friend of mine and I decided to open a Mexican restaurant with no previous restaurant experience.  It was both exciting and super challenging but we succeeded and now there are 9 of those restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia."

Chef Miguel's recipe for turkey meatballs below!

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Chef Miguel Franco was kind enough to share with us where Burlap Sack's meats come from:

Chicken comes from Freebird the chicken whole foods of choice for their meals
Steak comes from the oldest meat company in the states. Using only the upper 1/3 hand picked and hand cut choice meat in country.
Turkey comes from the sister company of Freebird: Plainville farms. They are also Whole Food's turkey of choice for their meals

Check out his turkey meatball recipe - can't wait to give it a try!
All meats are all natural, vegetarian diet, antibiotic and hormone free. AND the animals are treated humanely. 

Turkey Meatballs
The Ingredients

10 lbs Plainville ground turkey

5 Sauder eggs (the only eggs in the industry with a salmonella-free warrantee)

10 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion

5 teaspoons of garlic paste

5 teaspoons of kosher salt

1 lb of gluten free bread crumbs 

The Process

In a large mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients. Roll into miniature meatballs and place on oiled cookie sheet. Place meatballs in a 400 degree oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.