New Look, New Year, New Classes!

We’ve ramped up our style and are bringing you a more modern look to match what we’ve got going on in the DLM Culinary Center. Love food and want to learn, talk, and share it with others? Our cooking classes, interactive dinner parties, and other events are a great way to have fun and eat some amazing food. Come in and see what we’ve got going on in 2020—it’s absolutely delicious!

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COOKING CLASSES

Our classes are designed for home cooks with busy lifestyles who have a passion for food. We offer both an intimate hands-on experience and demonstration classes covering a wide range of delicious topics, including kids’ camps, family nights, couples dinner parties, 5-course food and wine events, to name a few!
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PRIVATE EVENTS & COOKING PARTIES

Whether your goal is to entertain VIP clients, celebrate a family birthday, or host a shower, we can offer a fun, educational, and unique experience. We can create any combination of hands-on or demonstration activity, or just simply support your event by catering in our unique space. As with any event at the DLM Culinary Center, you choose your level of culinary participation.

CORPORATE & TEAM BUILDING EVENTS

Our professional chefs help your colleagues work together in a cohesive, positive, and efficient way to create a delicious meal together. Not only will your team learn some cooking skills, but they’ll have fun working together.

MEETINGS & KITCHEN RENTALS

Get out of the same-old conference room and host your meeting here! Filled with plenty of natural light, the DLM Culinary Center can support your team throughout the meeting with breakfast, lunch, yummy snacks, and beverages.

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Journey to South Africa—Wild Proteas

At the southern tip of Africa lies a landscape unlike anywhere else in the world. Jagged mountains rise up from ragged coastlines. A milk Mediterranean climate and ancient volcanic soil produce unique growing conditions. It’s here that a huge group of plants collectively known as the Cape Floral Kingdom grow. Many of these plants are found nowhere else.

The most widely known of these endemic plants in the Queen Protea, a dinner-plate size Protea that’s been adopted as the South African national flower and is all the rage on social media for bridal bouquets. In addition to the many Protea varieties, there’s a huge number of lesser known but stunning wildflower species.

I’ve wanted to see the wild Proteas and other Cape species for decades. My late August trip to South Africa was timed to coincide with the late-winter Protea blooming season. For the better part of two weeks, I hiked with a local naturalist and experienced the amazing diversity of the wild Cape Floral Kingdom. I wanted to see the local flower-growing industry firsthand. I was fortunate to meet Bryan Michell. Growing up, his family had a vacation farm about 50 miles outside of Cape Town in the stunningly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

It’s one of the most scenic wine regions of the world with rolling, fertile hills surrounded by towering mountains with sheer granite cliffs. Many years ago, Bryan’s mother decided she wanted to start breeding and raising Proteas. She became very good, and after several years was commercially growing and selling her cut Protea to local floral exporters. Her farm grew as did many of the other flower farms in the valley. The Franschhoek Valley is now a mix of world-class vineyards and flower farms.

While the Proteas are cultivated, i.e., planted, maintained, and harvested, for years, many of the other fowers grow wild. Large areas of natural vegetation are then selectively harvested. This is completely organic and completely sustainable. These wild flower fields are as they have been for centuries. It’s sustainable agriculture at its very best.

We’re very excited to reveal that Cape Mountain Flora, which is operated by Bryan and exports native South African cut flowers mainly to Asia and Europe, will now add DLM to its network starting in mid-December. The quality of Cape Mountain Flora is the best of the best, so get ready!

Know Thy Lobsterman—Why We Choose Ready

Our lobster friends at Ready Seafood Co. in Maine are always on the cutting edge. Ready Seafood’s Captain Curt Brown, who many of you Lobstermania fans have possibly met in past years when he visits our stores, was recently spotlighted by Maine Lobster, an industry publication, for bridging divide between science and fishermen, thanks to his dual background as lobster fisherman and marine biologist.

The article reads: “Curt Brown, the marine biologist for Ready Seafood, spends his days in this rich and productive space between science and industry.

“Ready Seafood is one of the largest seafood wholesalers in Maine, shipping hundreds of thousands of pounds of lobster around the world every week.  Five years ago, the company made a commitment to science, and Brown, who has a Masters in Marine Biology and Marine Policy from the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, stepped in to fill that role.” —Maine Lobster, “Curt Brown: Bridging the Divide”

Both Curt and Ready Seafood are so ahead of the game on sustainability when it comes to their lobstering practices as they aim to ensure that the species is around for the next generation. This is a big reason why we’ve done business with this reputable company for so many years. It’s nice to see them recognized for those efforts.

We are proud to say that all of our lobster products in our Seafood department, both fresh and frozen, come from Ready Seafood.

Here Are a Few Lobster Items  to Take Note of That we Carry from Ready Seafood

Cold Water Lobster Tail. Try it poached in butter or split and grilled. Added bonus: It’s on sale this week through December 10, 2019!

Lobster Mac & Cheese & Lobster Risotto. Served on the half shell, the Lobster Mac & Cheese is a velvety mixture of cheeses and pasta combine with succulent chunks of lobster, taking this comfort food to a new level. The Lobster Risotto, also served on the half shell, is a luscious, creamy risotto tossed with tender pieces of lobster. Look for both it in our Seafood department.

Coming Soon! Cold Cracked Lobster. We’re talking freshly shucked raw lobster meat that has the flavor and texture intact. In just a few weeks, DLM will be the first grocery store in the country to carry this. It comes ready to poach, sauté, grill, and integrate in a myriad of recipes where lobster meat and claws are the heroes.

Lobster Cakes. Ready to cook, we’ve made the most delicious Lobster Cakes using Ready’s knuckle & claw meat.

Lobster Roll. Using our housemade Lobster Salad, you’ll truly savor Maine with this catch. Although this is one of our most popular summer cookout item, the secret is that we offer these all year long at Jack’s Grill, made to order.

Lobster Knuckle Claw Meat. Always on hand in our Seafood department so that you can make your own lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and other creations.

Mark Your Calendars Now for Lobstermania 2020, coming May 23, 2020! Every year the Saturday before Memorial Day, our friends from Ready Seafood in Maine come to DLM bringing with them a huge haul of live lobster! Our Lobstermania sale starts at 9 a.m., so come early because once it’s gone, it’s gone!  So save the date, invite your friends over, and get ready!