Dazzling Eats from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day

Although New Year’s fanfare will be much different this year, there are many delicious ways to still make it extra special by curating festive flavors for your table! Whether you’re celebrating the coming of the new year the night before, New Year’s Day, or both, we’ve assembled a list of  essentials that are stunning and full of tradition and flavor.

New Year’s Night

TOAST IN STYLE: Fancy appetizers and fizzy drinks are just the way to ring in the new year in style. Stop by our Wine department to talk to our DLM experts for a recommendation to ring in the New Year! 

SWEET TRADITION: The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain—one grape for every chime of the clock! PRODUCE

CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE: As you meander through our stores, get creative and pull together your own charcuterie & cheese tray. MEAT/THE DLM CHEESE SHOP/DELI View our Charcuterie Guide

GET THE RECIPE: Wassail is an English punch-like drink meaning “good health.” 

GET THE RECIPE: DLM Brioche with Caviar. 

ELEGANT OYSTERS: Always in style, see what varieties we are featuring and reserve yours now! SEAFOOD

 

New Year’s Day

Let tradition shine! New Year’s Day is full of food traditions from a myriad of cultures to celebrate the year to come. Here are a few:

POMEGRANATE & APPLES DIPPED IN HONEY: Sweet foods hint to a sweet year with this Rosh Hashanah tradition.

COMING FULL CIRCLE: Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a DLM Donut or Unique’s Round Pretzels) symbolizes coming full circle and good fortune.

PORK & SAUERKRAUT: Call it superstition or perhaps just a hankering for this memorable combo. This long-standing tradition is said to bring good luck. Try our duBreton Pork & Barrel-Cured Sauerkraut. View this week’s Club Deals to check out savings on duBreton Pork.

CITRUS: In China, citrus is given as a wish of prosperity. Added bonus is that it boosts your immune system. 

GET THE RECIPE: Black eyed peas are a southern staple for welcoming the new year.

WALKERS SHORTBREAD: In Scotland, New year’s Eve is known as Hogmanay and it’s custom for the first person to enter a home in the new year to bring a gift, like shortbread (or whiskey).

 

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 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.

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.