For the Love of Good Food

By: Jessie Kuhn | Staff Writer
On: January 23, 2016

The food. Of course the food is what everyone knows and loves about Dorothy Lane Market. But there’s something else layered behind the buttery Asiago Cheese Bread, a rich Chocolate Mousse Cup, and vibrant towers of fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, there’s something very important: the passionate people who work at DLM.

As you walk through our stores, take a look around. You’ll notice that you’re in good company with fellow foodie enthusiasts, experts, makers, and passionate purveyors. A question those of us who work here are often asked usually goes as follows: You see amazing food all day. How do you resist? The answer is simple. We are surrounded by chef-driven recipes, homemade soup, artisan bread baked daily, fresh meats and seafood, and produce that is often locally sourced. There’s nothing to resist. We love food. We talk about food. And we feed ourselves and our families breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between just like you.

When we arrive through the doors in the morning, we are greeted by the clinking sound of coffee beans and the intoxicating smell of fresh brews dancing past French baguettes peering from the top of a basket. We live for these moments. We all work a variety of roles at DLM, but a common thread found is a true passion for food, a desire to master one’s culinary craft, and a natural yearning to learn as much as possible in one’s field of expertise. In fact, just a few months ago, Teresa Kearney in our Washington Square DLM Wine department received recognition as a Certified Specialist of Wine—joining the ranks of four other CSW colleagues.

You’ll often find folks who have worked here for 10, 20, even 40 years! They make it their mission to make DLM a hub for the very best, as they’ve worked hard to deepen our relationships with the fishermen who often think of DLM as they bring in their first catch of the season or the winemaker who knows they have something special the DLM customer will love. “We travel, we taste, we talk. We go to a granular level of understanding. We dive deep, but not so that we can be snobs about food. It’s the opposite. We want to share these beautiful experiences with everyone who comes in our doors,” says DLM’s Calvin Mayne. “Take our Bakery for example, where people can enjoy authentic artisan bread, hand-shaped and hearth-baked by our own bakers. And then we hear comments such as ‛this is just like the bread I tasted in Paris.’ That makes us so happy!”

So the next time you come to DLM, we invite you to set your list aside for a moment and smell the coffee and fresh-baked bread. Soak in the reds of apples and deep purples of the eggplant. But most importantly, talk to us. Food is our passion, food is our love.