Rising Star Artisan Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy - Biography

Los Angeles, CA

May 2014

Before Amelia Posada became a butcher, beacon of sustainable meat shop practices, and partnered with Erika Nakamura, she was a journalist and floral designer.

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, she developed a passion for writing and followed her journalistic aspirations to New York. In Brooklyn, Posada started publishing her work while designing floral arrangements for luxury hotels in Manhattan. Her journalistic pursuits fed her interest in politics and issues of social justice. Factory farming and industrial slaughter houses were particularly troubling to Posada. When she met her future partner (in both business and life), Posada found they had similar world views, especially concerning the industrial food chain. At the time, both were vegetarians and together decided to act on their heartfelt beliefs. They apprenticed at Fleisher’s Meats in Hudson River Valley. .

During her apprenticeship, Posada ate a hamburger—and she liked it. It was the first morsel of meat that she felt good about eating because she knew where and how the cow was raised, slaughtered, and butchered. From then on she and Nakamura decided they wanted to spread the ethos behind this burger, to educate people and communities about where their meat comes from and how it’s been handled. Fueled by a shared mission, the duo went on to open their first butcher shop Lindy & Grundy. They chose to set up shop in Los Angeles because of the city’s lack of such an establishment. For the last three years they have been a Mecca for sustainably farmed meats and have already become an L.A. institution, earning the duo a 2014 StarChefs Rising Star Artisan Award.