Lobstermania: A Tradition of Friendship

As we enter a first for us all with morphing our Lobstermania into a Drive-Thru essentially (Saturday, May 23, while supplies last), we are reminded of how grateful we are for friendship. Over the years, Lobstermania has brought people together for an annual feast the Saturday before Memorial Day. For us, it also has meant that our dear lobstering friends from Ready Seafood in Maine would come to visit, sharing their knowledge, exciting stories, and helping to hand out lobster at Lobstermania. Many times, this included Captain Curt and Michelle Brown, who have become an extension of the DLM family!

Even though circumstances make it so they can’t be here this year, that friendship beats strong. Although you all may be missing your annual big gatherings, we hope that by continuing our Lobstermania this year as a Drive-Thru (Get Details), that your household can still partake and that you will also pick up the phone and connect with your friends. With that said, Captain Curt and his crew sent the letter below to all of their friends they’ve made through Dorothy Lane Market, including you!

Dear Friends of Dorothy Lane Market,

This will be the first time in eleven years that we haven’t been able to make it out for Lobstermania. We are so bummed out. Over the last ten years, the visit to Dorothy Lane Market has become an annual tradition for us. When Michelle and I think of Memorial Day weekend now, we think Lobstermania, cottonwood, heat (relative to Maine), salty stories in the DLM Culinary Center, Chef Carrie and her amazing lobster creations, the wonderful Mayne Family and their great ties, seeing old friends, making new ones, and most of all, Jack Gridley, DLM’s VP of Meat and Seafood, and his family. Jack has been a great friend to us and we consider him family!

We will miss seeing you all this weekend, but we’re sure that you will have a great Lobstermania without us with this lobster that we caught here in Maine. We will be there in spirit (and in cutout). Don’t forget the clarified butter!

From Maine with lots of lobster love,
Captain Curt, Michelle, Finn, Clara, and the whole Ready Seafood Team

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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!

5 Things to Know About Our Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey

1. LOCALLY RAISED

When you visit Bowman & Landes Turkeys in New Carlisle, Ohio, you’ll be greeted by the fall brilliance of splashy colors. DLM has partnered closely with Bowman & Landes to raise our turkeys for the past 14 years.

2. NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED

Two years ago, we proudly announced a huge DLM Difference when it comes to our turkey. We debuted our Non-GMO Project Verified DLM Free-Range Turkey. This was the result of a lengthy, ongoing process we embarked on with Bowman & Landes involving farm audits and documentation of procedures to make sure our flocks were raised Non-GMO Project Verified.

3. FREE-ROAMING

Our turkeys can roam in outdoor greenspace if they wish where they can bob and weave with curiosity. Carl Bowman says that this isn’t just to make a more flavorful turkey, but it provides the conditions for a healthier one.

4. NO ANTIBIOTICS/HORMONES

DLM Turkeys have always been antibiotic and hormone free. They are fed a diet that in addition to being non-GMO, also is 100% vegetarian.

5. IT TASTES GOOD

As Carl Bowman told us on a past visit, “A happy turkey is a healthy turkey. … We translate a healthier turkey to a more flavorful one.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Here are some turkey tips for your holiday meal!

 

 

Truly Toscano

For me, Tuscany is where Italian cooking begins. Low-lying hills with clean, graceful curves and a forest of vineyards make the countryside a temple of beauty. When I traveled there in 2001, my assignment was to study in an Italian butcher shop and bring knowledge home of these oven-ready specialty meats that have made the area famous.

Even now, the memories of sharing a bottle of Chianti Classico with Stefano Falorni in the Piazza Matteotti seems like just yesterday. Stephano and his brother Lorenzo are the fifth-generation owners of the Antica Macelleria Falorni located in Greve, the heart of the Chianti district. I spoke six words of Italian and they bested me by speaking seven words of English. Yet, the language of great food made with superb ingredients is universal. So when you see these gorgeous oven-ready meats in our Meat case, we can all thank our friends in that family-owned butcher shop.

MONTASTICI

Boneless eye-of-round beef thinly sliced and rolled with mozzarella cheese and prosciutto.

ARISTA PRONTA DA CUOCERE

Pork roast seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic.

PORCHETTA

Boneless pork rolled with fresh pork belly.

PORK CUTLETS SIENNA

Thick-cut pork chops pounded into cutlets and breaded.

POLLO RIPIENO

Boneless chicken stuffed with ground pork, veal, and bread crumbs and seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic.

FAGOTTINI DI POLLO

Boneless chicken thighs seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic.

PETTO DI TACCHINO

Boneless turkey breast stuffed with fresh basil, garlic, and fennel.

Lobstermania

Sun’s Out, Claws Out!

Thousands of fresh lobsters make their way to DLM for Lobstermania each year the Saturday before Memorial Day, May 25! Friends make plans to queue up in line before the sale officially starts and the energy is one to behold as folks eagerly await the makings of the most delicious feast, which will inevitably set the stage for a great weekend.

The fresh, live lobsters come to us from our friends at Ready Seafood. Each year, they come all the way from Maine for Lobstermania, which has been an annual tradition at DLM now for more than 40 years and counting. Ready’s mission is to share their love of fresh, succulent lobster and spread the word about sustainably caught lobster and why the practices of each fishery is important.

Join us later this month as we celebrate this bounty of the sea with our good friends. Remember that the sale starts at 9 a.m. and once they’re gone, they’re gone!