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Text To Win
Thursday June 11th 2015, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Plum Market

Text “Plum Market” to 99000 to receive Flash Sale Alerts, Invites to In-Store Events, the latest Catering Menus from the Plum Kitchen, and Cool News about Seasonal Trends. You’ll also be entered for a chance to win a $100 Plum Market Gift Card. Enter by August 31, 2015, for your chance to win! Message and data rates may apply.


Official Rules are as follows:

Plum Market $100 Gift Card Text Message Giveaway Official Rules (the “Official Rules”)

These are the official rules governing the Plum Market $100 Gift Card Text Message Giveaway (the “Text to Win Contest”).

Eligibility:               The Text to Win Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States who are thirteen years of age and older as of June 19, 2015.  No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning.  Employees and immediate family members of employees of Plum Market Corporation, Inc., West Bloomfield Market, LLC, Bloomfield Township Market, LLC, Old Town Market LLC, Plum Market Food Service, LLC, Plymouth Road Market, LLC, and Ann Arbor Market, LLC (collectively, “Plum Market”) are not eligible to enter or to win.  For the purposes of the Text to Win Contest, immediate family members, include, but are not limited to, brothers, sisters, children, step-children, and grandchildren.  Plum Market has sole authority to determine whether an entrant is eligible for the Text to Win Contest.

How to Enter:       To enter in to the Text to Win Contest, and to authorize Plum Market to send you future text alerts, text “Plum Market” or “PlumMarket” to 99000, in the body of the text. The Text to Win Contests begins on June 19, 2015 and ends at 10:00 AM Friday, August 31, 2015 (the “Entry Deadline”).  All entries must be submitted and received on or before the Entry Deadline. No entries will be accepted after the Entry Deadline. No unsubscribed entries (i.e., entries for contestants who have unsubscribed to Plum Market text alerts at the time that the winner is selected) as of August 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM will be eligible. Entries are limited to a maximum of one entry per mobile phone number and/or per person.

By submitting an entry via text message, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and you give your express authorization to receive future text messages relating to the promotion from Plum Market. Standard data and text message charges may apply to all text message entries sent and received, according to the terms of your wireless service plan. Other charges may also apply (such as normal airtime and carrier charges) and will appear on your cell phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Please verify such costs with your service provider before texting any entries into the Text to Win Contest.  You must have a text messaging two-way capable phone and digital service to enter using the text messaging method. Text messaging is not available in all markets and may not be available through all carriers. The participating entrant is solely responsible for any costs related to text message entries. Check with your carrier for complete pricing plan details.

All mass entries or entries generated by a script, computer programs, sweepstakes service, macro, robotic or use of other automated devices are void and will be disqualified. You may enter by mail, in lieu of mobile or text entries, by hand printing your name, address, daytime telephone number, and the internet web site or other location where you found these instructions on a postcard and mailing it to Plum Market Corporation, Inc., Attn: Marketing Department, 30777 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 301, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Mailed entries must be postmarked and received on or before the Entry Deadline or they are void and will be said entrants will be disqualified.

Information collected from electronically-made entries is subject to Plum Market’s Privacy Policy. By participating in these promotions, all entrants also authorize use of their contact information for the purpose of administering the Text to Win Contest.

Plum Market assumes no responsibility for and shall not be held liable for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, wireless, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or via mobile phone transmission or any combination thereof. Plum Market assumes no responsibility for and shall not be held liable for any injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other person’s computer/mobile device related to or resulting from the Text to Win Contest.

Any attempt to deliberately damage any service or web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Text to Win Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Plum Market reserves the right to disqualify such entrant and to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law. In the event the promotion is, in the sole discretion of Plum Market, compromised by a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Plum Market, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the promotion, Plum Market reserve the right in its/their sole discretion to modify, cancel, suspend or terminate the online or text messaging method of entry of the promotion, but continue with the mail-in entry method.

Winner/Prize:      On or about August 31, 2015, Plum Market will randomly select 1 (one) winner. The winner will receive a $100 Plum Market Gift Card (the “Prize”). Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Plum Market must be able to reach the winner by telephone on or before September 1, 2015 or the Prize will be deemed unclaimed.  No message will be left on answering machines or voicemail systems.  After making successful contact by telephone or email with the winner, it is then the winner’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick-up or, if special arrangements for redeeming said Prize are needed, coordinate with Plum Market in order to receive the Prize.

The Prize may be picked up during regular business hours at any Plum Market Store location. Failure of the winner to pick up the Prize on or before November 30, 2015 will result in forfeiture of said Prize without compensation.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded. Except as set forth in these Official Rules, exchanges, transfers, or cash values will be not substituted.  The refusal by an entrant to accept the Prize releases and forever discharges Plum Market and its agents of all obligations related to the Prize.  The Prize is not assignable or transferrable.  The winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on the Prize.

In the event of a dispute, all text message entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the wireless phone from which the entries are sent.  Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Plum Market in its sole discretion. The winner will be required to verify his or her name and registration information.

Cancellation:         If the Text to Win Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, without limitation, because of human error, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or other cause(s) beyond the control of Plum Market, and such disturbances corrupt or threaten to corrupt or adversely affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Text to Win Contest, Plum Market reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without notice, to (i) disqualify an entrant, or (ii) amend, cancel, close, suspend and/or reinstate the Text to Win Contest, or (iii) conduct an alternate contest in order to award the Prize.

Winner’s Name:   By entering the Text to Win Contest, each entrant and his or her parents or guardians, on behalf of said entrant, agree to grant Plum Market the right to use the entrant’s name, likeness, portrait, and biographical materials without remuneration, authorization, or compensation in order to advertise, promote or publicize Plum Market but not, however, as an endorsement of any institution, products or services of Plum Market.

Disqualification:   Any entrant who supplies false information, enters by fraudulent means, or is otherwise determined to be in violation of these Official Rules will forfeit any prize won and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  In order to be declared a winner, the potential winner must be in compliance with these Official Rules. If a potential or declared winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, Plum Market reserves the right to disqualify such entrant from the Text to Win Contest and award the Prize to another randomly selected contestant.

Decisions:              The decisions of Plum Market are final, and all entrants and their parents or guardians, on behalf of said entrants, agree to abide by all of the instructions and decisions of Plum Market. In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules or any decision rendered by Plum Market, the decision or interpretation of Plum Market shall prevail.

Binding Rules:       By entering the Text to Win Contest, each entrant and his or her parents or guardians, on behalf of said entrant, agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Plum Market.

Indemnification:   By entering the Text to Win Contest, each entrant and his or her parents or guardians, on behalf of said entrant, agree to hold harmless, indemnify and release Plum Market and each of its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and advertising and promotional agencies, from any and all claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for damage, loss, injury or liability suffered as a result of or arising from the entrant’s (i) participation in the Text to Win Contest, (ii) receipt, ownership, or use of the Prize, or (iii) commute to and/or from a location to obtain or use the Prize or to participate in the Text to Win Contest.

Governing Law:    The Text to Win Contest and these Official Rules shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan.


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Local Produce Legend Fabrizio Casini Joins Plum Market
Wednesday July 15th 2015, 8:15 pm
Filed under: Plum Market,Produce


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 guest.relations@plummarket.com.

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Yes, We Love Product Requests and Special Orders!
Friday June 12th 2015, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Plum Market

Product Request

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!

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Spring Gift Note Event
Monday March 30th 2015, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


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.

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Cheers to Beer at Plum Market Old Town
Tuesday October 07th 2014, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

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.

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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.

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Fourth of July Cocktails
Tuesday July 01st 2014, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

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


  1. Pour the Campari and vermouth into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Top with club soda or Prosecco.
  3. 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


  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.
  4. 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


  1. Pour the grenadine into a shot glass.
  2. Float blue curacao on top of the grenadine.
  3. Float the vodka on top of the curacao.


Cheers to the USA!






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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.


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The Sweet Complexity of French Wine
Friday March 14th 2014, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

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.

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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.

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Happy Paczki Day!
Wednesday February 26th 2014, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Plum Bakehouse

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!

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Sweets After V-Day!
Tuesday February 18th 2014, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Floral,Produce,Specialty Candy

If you need a little something to help you come down from your Valentine’s Day sugar-rush, we have two great ideas for you: Compartes Chocolatier and Heirloom Navel Oranges.

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Well, this one won’t really help you come down as much as it will keep you flying, but if you’re still in the mood for chocolate, you’ll fall in love with Compartes Chocolatier. Compartes’ chocolates have been handmade in Los Angeles, California since 1950. These artisanal confections are made with only the freshest ingredients and never include any artificial flavors or preservatives.  From single-origin South America cacao to fresh fruits from the Los Angeles Farmers Markets, Compartes sources the best ingredients to create amazingly rich flavors.  From their gooey and decadent caramels, to the best praline nuts and uber-sophisticated chocolate bars, Compartes will not disappoint.  Their chic packaging further elevates the whole chocolate experience, giving you eye candy to go along with their sophisticated, sensual flavors.  Stop in our Ann Arbor or Old Town Chicago stores and have a taste for yourself!

If you’re looking for something sweet, but want to switch to something healthier, you can’t go wrong with this old fashioned flavor-bomb: the heirloom navel. “The heirloom,” as we call it, is the same fruit that got California’s citrus industry booming.  It’s the original or “old line” Washington Navel. Over the years, the citrus industry bred the navel orange to produce more fruit, easier, and faster, but without considering flavor. What’s left is a watered down, uninteresting piece of fruit. It’s no surprise, on the other hand, that heirloom oranges maintain their original punch: the word heirloom means something passed down from generation to generation. In this case, it’s the bright flavors. Heirloom navels are grown using certain farming practices in which growers give special attention to the soil, just like they did when navels were first brought from Brazil to America in the 1800s. The secret is to use only the best sour root stock, but this practice isn’t commonly used anymore because the trees don’t produce fruit as heavily or as quickly as the newer root stocks. Doing things the right way is what gives these heirlooms their amazing taste.

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