The Featured Flavors of Plum Market Kitchen
Thursday October 01st 2015, 8:03 am
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The next time you visit the Plum Market Kitchen be sure to look for new Featured Item signs highlighting our favorite flavors each month. We’re featuring entrées, signature sides, green salads, even sandwiches – some new, some seasonal, and all only available for a limited time!
This October enjoy vegetarian Falafel Sandwiches with huge flavor, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas, German Style Potato Salad, Butternut Squash Slaw, Black Rice & Mandarin Salad (pictured), Wheatberry Tagine Salad, Grilled Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Salad, Autumn Squash & Kale Salad, and more. Available until the end of the month when we’ll roll out November’s Featured Menu in the Plum Kitchen.
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Tuesday September 15th 2015, 4:35 pm
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Local Produce Legend Fabrizio Casini Joins Plum Market
Former Hiller’s Market Director and Metro-Detroit Produce Veteran to join Plum Market as Senior Produce Specialist
Plum Market is pleased to announce that Fabrizio Casini, former Director of Produce for Hiller’s Markets, recently joined Plum Market as Senior Produce Specialist. With over 45 years in the industry, Casini is a valued addition to the Plum Market family and is excited to grow Plum Market’s organic program.
Casini’s was born in Florence, Italy, where he began working for his father’s produce company when he was only ten years old. When he moved to Michigan in 1975, he quickly became a local legend for his hands-on approach and ability to source new and unusual items. Plum Market guests can expect to benefit immediately from Casini’s decades of experience with Hiller’s Markets as he brings his expertise to Plum Market stores and continues our tradition of offering guests the best quality, selection, and service.
But don’t take our word for it – Fabrizio, or Fab as he’s known by friends, has won the devotion of many guests who will be delighted to hear he is staying with a local Michigan company. Mary Henning of Ann Arbor recently praised Casini for his commitment to service, saying, “Your kindness and appreciation of a great tomato or finding the uncommon ingredients for special dishes has made me a devoted shopper.”
Would you like Fabrizio to find a specialty produce item for you? Email us at email@example.com.
Yes, We Love Product Requests and Special Orders!
Friday June 12th 2015, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Plum Market
Whether you’re looking for a hot product you just tasted at your favorite restaurant, you need a specialty item for someone with a food intolerance, you’re craving an ethnic treat the big chains won’t carry, or you simply want to spoil yourself with something new and unusual, if we don’t have it in the store already we will try our best to order it for you. If we like your suggestion enough we may even add it to our everyday selection, like we did with Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory when one of our guests recommended it – today it’s one of our favorite items and we carry it in every store!
Spring Gift Note Event
Give the Gift of Taste this spring season! Purchase $100 in Plum Market Gift Cards between March 30th and April 5th and earn a $15 Gift Note for yourself!* Whether you’re buying Gift Cards to use as presents for Easter or Passover, saving them for a Graduation Gift, or using them to spoil a loved one (or yourself – we won’t tell!), for every $100 you purchase in Gift Cards you’ll receive a $15 Gift Note that can be redeemed starting April 13th.
*$15 Gift Notes redeemable April 13th through June 28th, 2015. Gift Notes may not be used towards the purchase of Beer, Wine, Liquor, other Gift Cards, Sales Tax, Catering, Bottle Deposits, or Online Purchases. No cash back. Limit one Gift Note per transaction. May not be duplicated or copied. Gift Cards cannot be used to purchase other Gift Cards.
Cheers to Beer at Plum Market Old Town
Plum Market Old Town is proud to carry a wide selection of beer, from the latest microbrews made right in Chicago, to rare European and International imports, to limited seasonal brews, and the lawnmower favorites of your pops and grandpa. Our dedicated team picks the best beers on the market for you to enjoy with friends and family. Interested in starting a collection to cellar? Our team can suggest beers that will improve with aging and give you helpful tips on storing them. Looking for craft brews from local favorites 3 Floyds, Half Acre, and Pipeworks? Or maybe you want something even newer–or perhaps even more old school? Our stock rotates constantly, guaranteeing we’ll have something for everyone–just tell us what you like and we’ll find you something you’ll love.
Plum Market also has up to six beers on tap at the WineBar located right inside our Old Town store. Hang out, try new things, and taste the subtle differences between bottled and draft beers. The WineBar is the perfect meeting spot for after-work drinks or for taking a break after buying the week’s groceries.
We also host monthly beer events at the WineBar: Join us November 6th for an evening with Founders Brewing Company. Established in 1997, Founders has been providing the Midwest beer scene with complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor. We’ll taste some of Founders’ finest ales, including barrel aged favorites and many from the coveted Backstage series. Our tentative sampling list includes: Porter, All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard, Dark Penance, Mosaic Promise, Dissenter, Sweet Repute, Mango Magnifico, Doom, Bolt Cutter, Frangelic Mountain, and more–about twenty beers total! At only $10, this event is not to be missed. Purchase your tickets online or at the door.
Can’t make it to the store? Not to worry. We also have a large selection of beer, wine, and spirits for sale through Instacart. Guests can receive free delivery on their first order of $35 or more, or join Instacart Express–an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more–for just $99. Customers can sign up for a free two-week trial at www.instacart.com/express.
Call our Beer and Wine Team today at 312-229-1400, or visit Plum Market Old Town at 1233 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60610.
Fourth of July Cocktails
Whether you’re a budding mixologist or a two-ingredient-tops cocktail drinker, you can create festive, Fourth of July-themed cocktails your guests will love. You can choose patriotic names or go with the red, white, and blue color scheme, but either way you’ll be sure to impress your guests–and honor the Good Old USA–without spending hours behind the bar.
These cocktail recipes are classic, festive, and most importantly simple summer sippers that are easily made using common ingredients:
The Americano: A red-hued cocktail saluting Americans Abroad
A true classic cocktail, The Americano is a gentle introduction to the unusual, bitter taste of Campari. Originally named the Milano-Torino because of the origins of its ingredients, but was later renamed because of its popularity among American tourists during Prohibition.
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- Club soda or Prosecco
- Lemon twist or orange slice for garnish
- Pour the Campari and vermouth into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top with club soda or Prosecco.
- Garnish with the lemon twist or orange slice.
*Switch to a highball glass and add more club soda for a tall thirst quencher.
The Blue Hawaii: An exotic colored cocktail celebrating our 50th State!
This is a blue version of a Piña Colada. Splitting the coconut allows room for the blue curacao, an orange-flavored liqueur that is responsible for the cocktail’s color.
- 3/4 ounce rum
- 3/4 ounce blue curaçao
- 3/4 ounce Kalani Coconut liqueur
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- Maraschino cherry for garnish
- Pineapple wedge for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.
- Garnish with the cherry and pineapple.
There are two versions of this this cocktail: the shaken version described above, or the frozen option. For the frozen version, add the ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of cracked ice.
The Fourth of July Shooters: A colorful way to get to where you want to go!
The layered effect of this shot will only work if the ingredients are poured in the given order.
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
- 1/2 ounce vodka
- Pour the grenadine into a shot glass.
- Float blue curacao on top of the grenadine.
- Float the vodka on top of the curacao.
Cheers to the USA!
Memorial Day Mint Lemonade
Friday May 23rd 2014, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Produce
Memorial Day is the unofficial launch of summer, bringing sunshine, parades, and outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re firing up the grill for some simple, All Natural Applegate Hot Dogs, or you’re going low-and-slow with a Niman Ranch Pork barbecue, you’ll want to keep your friends and family hydrated with a tasty, summery drink. And nothing says summer grilling and entertaining like lemonade.
But you don’t want to serve them an over-sweet drink made from a mix or, worse, some bland lemon water. This quick and easy recipe will keep the party moving and everything interesting:
First, make Simple Syrup. Bring one cup of water and one cup of granulated sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from the heat and add 1 Cup of rinsed and roughly chopped organic mint. Stir to combine, making sure all of the mint is wet. Let sit for about 30 minutes, until the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature. Use a fine mesh strainer to strainer out the mint, reserving the syrup in a glass jar or bottle.
Squeeze enough lemons until you have 1 Cup of fresh lemon juice, about 6-8 lemons. Add to a pitcher and combine with 1 Cup of the simple syrup. Add 6-8 cups of cold water and stir to combine. Add slices of lemon and sprigs of mint for garnish. Depending on personal preference, you may need more sugar to create that lip-smacking, thirst-quenching, summery-goodness of your favorite lemonade.
The final step, of course, is to share a glass with a member of our Armed Services and thank him or her for protecting us.
The Sweet Complexity of French Wine
The French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) certification system for wine is perhaps the oldest and most respected in the world. It sets standards for boundaries, growing parameters and production techniques for sites fortunate enough to have obtained this coveted certification. Actually, it is not just for wine but also covers cheeses, honey, meats, lentils, butters and a few other agricultural products. Handled by the Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), it is a living process which can change its requirements as improved techniques develop or newly discovered regions or wine varieties emerge.
Such is the case for Coteaux Bourguignons, one of France’s newest appellations. Officially decreed in November 2011, its wines are just now reaching our shores. Coteaux Bourguignons replaces another appellation, Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire (yes, it’s rather puzzling that a wine could be both “great” and “ordinary”). Its boundary, however, has been expanded to include not only Burgundy but also Beaujolais. The grapes allowed are Aligoté, Chardonnay, Melon, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris for the whites and Gamay, Pinot Noir and César for the reds and rosés. Oddly a Nouveau is allowed but only as a white wine.
At Plum Market we’ve seen the first of Coteaux Bourguignons to hit our shelves.
2011 Signé Vignerons Coteaux Bourguignons Vieilles Vignes.
It is from a cooperative of growers based in France’s Beaujolais region. From 100% Gamay grapes, it eschews the classic, vivid, red-fruit edge typical of Beaujolais to take on a sleeker, more tender expression of the grape. Indeed, it offers delicious elements of red cherries and cranberries with a little lemon zest and vanilla.
If you want a wine with a more stylish tone and with a degree of subtlety and complexity not often seen in traditional Beaujolais, this might be the one for you!
Guest Post from Rod Johnson, Wine Specialist at Plum Market Ann Arbor.
Happy Paczki Day!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year! Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th this year, so grab your favorite pants with an elastic waistband and stop by Plum Market for fresh baked Paczki from Manchester Bakery!
Paczki (pronoucnced “poonch-kee”) is a traditional Polish pastry that literally means “parcel” or “package.” Paczki is actually the plural form of the word “paczek,” but we rarely use this form in America owing to the fact that it’s nearly impossible to eat only one!
This tasty parcel of deliciousness starts with sphere-shaped deep fried dough and is filled with all manner of delectable ingredients. We’re talking Bavarian cream, banana cream, cream cheese, chocolate custard, apple, cherry, prune, strawberry, lemon, raspberry, and blueberry. We will also have a limited number of ultra-decadent chocolate praline paczki this year. All of these treats will be finished off with either a glaze or dusted with powdered sugar. Each store will have rotating flavors available in six packs or individually, so stop by our Bakehouse frequently or order your paczki online to ensure you get exactly the right flavors (and amount) you want!
Happy Paczki Tuesday!