SMOKE AND PICKLES
After years of learning his craft, Chef David T. Mills III had the opportunity to travel in Europe and learn the old-world style and whole animal utilization from great butchers who have preserved the craft for generations. Maestros like Dario Checchini, an eighth generation butcher from the tiny hamlet of Panzano, Italy, have shared their knowledge and passion for sustainability.
That is when it all changed for Chef Mills. He knew that he had to do something about the broken food system in America. He started working with a local non-profit organization called the L.E.A.F. Project & now serves on their Board. This has helped him build relationships with farmers in Central Pennsylvania and provide some leadership for this young organization.
Bringing his culinary knowledge to the table, Chef Mills would like to help the local agricultural community by delivering their sustainable meats & whole animals to families in downtown Mechanicsburg.
Meet the Owners
About Our Founders
Chef David T. Mills III has over 20 years of food service management experience and teaches college level culinary arts classes in Central Pennsylvania, as well as Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.
His culinary passion and butchering skill is rooted in local and sustainable food that makes use of the entire animal. Chef Mills also serves on the Board for the L.E.A.F. Project, a non-profit that connects young people to farms to appreciate and respect the food they eat.
Working alongside his wife Kelli, their vision for Smoke & Pickles Artisan Butcher Shop is inspired by the nostalgia and Old World charm of a traditional family-owned shop with a refreshing twist of modern culinary artistry.
Smoke and Pickles Artisan Butcher
Our mission is to be the premier location for finding outstanding, locally sourced meat in Cumberland County.
Through partnerships with local farms, we will showcase sustainably sourced products and will educate our customers in how to utilize the whole animal in their own home meals.
At Smoke & Pickles Artisan Butcher Shop, you’re part of the family – from specialty meats for holidays and special occasions to weeknight roasts and familiar cuts for grilling, customers will enjoy the convenience of a Mechanicsburg address with the selection and knowledge of a European butcher shop.