Condiment lovers take note: if 2013 was the year of the specialty mustards, and 2014 belonged to mayonnaise and aioli, then 2015 so far has been dedicated to a slew of new and interesting ketchups arriving on the scene. And it’s about time. Long dominated by just a few large manufacturers, the ketchup world has until now been decidedly one note. Now, food artisans are reimagining our favorite burger topping, using better-quality… read more
I recently received the new All-Clad PC8 pressure cooker and I was so excited to try it out. I was delighted to learn this pressure cooker works on the stovetop, which is great because you have the sturdy All-Clad pot to sear, sauté, whatever you need to do to start your dish. This is especially valuable if you want to sear meat such as short ribs or pork shoulder before you begin. For my test dish I started with risotto. … read more
It’s time for our famous semi-annual sale! Nearly 40 years ago we started the tradition of clearing out the store every summer (we have to make room for all of the new items our buyers have found) and customers have clamored to take advantage of huge savings on some amazing merchandise.
This year, we’ll be carrying on this great tradition in all of our stores from Saturday, June 13, through Sunday, July 5. In Chapel Hill,… read more
Ever since man discovered fire, and realized that cooked meat was highly preferential to raw, grilling over a flame has been one of everyone’s favorite ways to prepare food. Over the eons, the techniques have been perfected and in this country, our grilling traditions carry the influence of Native Americans and early colonists. In fact the word barbecue comes from the Spanish, who used the word barbacoa to refer to… read more
This past couple of months there have been so many distinctive mentions via articles, awards, recognition of women in the food and beverage industry – it truly warms my heart. It has been a professional career, and dare I say, practiced art (no home economics here) that has been consistently dominated by men. Women are rising to the occasion and occasionally getting well deserved recognition.
Over the last month… read more
I’m Gesine (rhymes with subpoena). I’m a pastry chef. I’ve been baking since I was a single digit cub. I’ve been sugar obsessed even longer. I baked my way through the University of Virginia and then through law school. I baked croissant and kouign amann instead of studying for my bar exam in California (I passed, by the way, through the magic of baking) and I perfected my meringues and buttercreams (French, Swiss… read more
We love chocolate as much as anyone and it has always a big part of our store, but during this week we take it up a level! Come learn more about the world’s most celebrated sweet treat, sample, taste and enjoy special offers in the store and restaurant.
Watch Chris Grass, our Chapel Hill, NC, Pastry Chef, demonstrate just how easy it is to make chocolate truffles. Full recipe here.
Chapel Hill, NC
Everyday… read more
Traditional Maryland Crab Cakes
1 lb. jumbo lump or back fin lump crabmeat
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning (more to taste)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (more to taste)
1 cups fresh breadcrumbs (from soft white sandwich bread
1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. olive… read more
Chapel Hill, NC:
Mother’s Day Wines
Friday, May 8 • 5 p.m. Bubbles, beers and graduation celebration! Commemorate the commencement and celebrate Mom with a wealth of wines/beers and treats for Mother’s Day and Graduation.$15
Chocolate Dipping at the Tasting Station
Saturday, May 9 • 11 a.m. Just in time for Mother’s Day and to kick off our Annual Chocolate Extravaganza,… read more
Well, hello there! Looks like you survived Valentine’s Day and came back for Mother’s Day. Yay, you! Mother’s Day is swiftly coming up on the horizon and what to do what to do! Kids are really what Mother’s Day is all about in so many different ways, especially when it comes to making them feel included in the choices made for Mom.
In our stores we’re getting so many different kinds of boxed chocolates in for Mom!… read more