Cheers to Oktoberfest!

One of my favorite “food” times of the year is Oktoberfest, and I don’t have to drag myself out to a festival to enjoy all of these foods as they are all right here at DLM! We make it easy for you to throw together your very own Oktoberfest with our yummy seasonal offerings.

Having worked in the Bakery department for more than 15 years, the Bavarian Pretzel ranks right up there as one of my all-time faves. Soft, yet chewy, and topped with just enough salt, it is great warmed and paired with Beer Cheese Dip that’s Made Right Here in The DLM Cheese Shop. Or, you can’t go wrong if you slather it with some butter.

Oh and don’t even talk to me about Sauerkraut Balls, because they are just that good. When our kitchens began making these several years ago, I was happy to be one of the official taste testers (it is hard work around here)! Keep an eye out for this seasonal favorite in our Gourmet Takeaway case as well as a traditional Spätzle.

Another German-inspired food you’ll want to get your hands on is the Crazy Ludwig Sandwich, which is made to order at our Sandwich Station. We layer our Farmhouse Bread with Jarlsberg Cheese Dip and DLM Uncured Smoked Ham. We’d also be amiss to not mention the array of Brats and Sausages that we carry, which you can pile high with good sauerkraut and mustard, such as Hengstenberg German Mustard. To cap it off, you’ll want to head back to the Bakery for a Cream Puff, piped and filled fresh right here by our pastry chefs. They’ll also be debuting an apple strudel this year!

Last, but definitely not least, every Oktoberfest celebration is not complete without picking up some Great Lakes Oktoberfest brewed right here in Ohio, and other Oktoberfest beers. So gather some friends together and enjoy the transition to fall with German foods from DLM!

Celebrate Gluten Free Event Guide

We use the word “celebrate” in the name of this event to emphasize that the gluten-free community no longer needs to cringe when hearing the term “gluten free,” assuming that it means “fun free.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can have your cake (gluten-free, of course, from Love Cakes by DLM), and eat it, too. “We celebrate in knowing that making the gluten-free choice makes us healthier and happier,” says C.A. Diltz, our in-house gluten-free expert. Celebrate Gluten Free, happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at DLM Washington Square features more than 20 vendors providing everything from gluten-free baked goods, snacks and condiments to beverages, supplements, and skin care items. We invite you to stop by this event to try it, taste it, and continue the celebration at home.

October 6 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DLM Washington Square • FREE

  • Featured Seminar: 1 p.m. (DLM Culinary Center) Celiac Disease: The Final Frontier, presented by Dr. Sean Bingham with Dayton Children’s Hospital

We are excited to have more than 20 vendors this year, each offering mouthwatering gluten-free products. Here is a list of some of the wonderful vendors we have attending!

Bites of Nostalgia

Love Cakes by DLM and Bites of Nostalgia, a local company out of Bellbrook, work together to create delicious, beautiful treats for any special occasion. Cakes and cupcakes are available at any DLM location; 24-hour notice recommended. Biscotti are available at every DLM Coffee Bar, and include flavors like Ginger Spice which is dairy free!

Made Without Grain

Formerly The Brown and Blond Bakery, the Dark Chocolate Brownies and Blondies are available as baking mixes. This allows for alterations when baking, like using an egg substitute, milk can be used instead of water, or butter instead of oil. Skeptics are shocked grain-free baked goods can actually have great taste AND texture.

Maui Mae’s Raw Chocolate

Hawaiian resident, Anna Borchers, moved back to Dayton from the Hawaiian Islands to be near family. Anna comes from a family of bakers, so when she had her first child and realized she didn’t want to go back to work full-time, a business was also born. Her husband Bradley is the official taste tester and is a Chaminade Julienne graduate. She focuses on raw coconut chocolates and Hawaiian-grown macadamia nuts. With 40x the antioxidants of blueberries, her soft and creamy fudge is made of raw cacao, organic virgin coconut oil, and agave nectar. So it’s actually good for you! The roasted macadamia nuts sprinkled with sea salt are the perfect sweet and salty combination!

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery

Hannah’s passion to help others with dietary issues and those with food intolerances led her to develop her grain-free baking mix. It is made mostly with almond and coconut flours which are high in protein and fiber. This paleo mix is also free of gluten, grains, dairy, and sugar. New this year- GF Fruit Pies which will be available in our Frozen department year round.

Tina’s Sweet Treats Pies

Tina’s Sweet Treats is a gluten-free bakery located in Franklin, Ohio. Owner Tina Wagner will be sampling and taking orders for her gluten-free holiday pies. Choose from Pumpkin, Pecan, Cherry Crumble, and Apple Crumble. All pies will be $20 and ready for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Lopaus Point

Located on the coast of Maine, Lopaus Point is where the love of food and sharing it with others was rooted in a young Stacie. Today, sharing that love with others through delicious waffles and baked treats is both Stacie’s and Lopaus Point Bakery’s mission. Their waffles are made with real, simple ingredients prepared in a dedicated GF facility.

Purely Sweet Bakery

This local bakery is healthy as well as allergy friendly. They specialize in paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and organic raw baked goods with an emphasis on clean eating. Purely Sweet Bakery uses fresh ingredients and their products are free from preservatives.

Spice Paradise

Spice Paradise owners, Ulrike and David Massey, fulfilled a longtime dream of opening their own business in the Oregon District. Their vegan dry soup mixes are 100% natural and free of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Explore the world of natural flavors with soups like Vegetable Chili, Spring Vegetable, and Split Pea soups.

Florentine Legacy Sauces

Nick and Peter Penzone were proud owners of Florentine Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, a fixture for 71 years and three generations of Penzones. After closing in December 2016, customers clamored for their signature sauce and Florentine Legacy was born. DLM is proud to offer their Marinara and Tomato and Cream Sauces, both which are gluten free. Be sure to stop by their table at Celebrate Gluten Free event and try a sample.

Dr. Schär 

Schär’s Gluten-Free Artisan Baker Breads have amazing taste and texture, crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, agave, and honey. Available in White, Multigrain, and 10 Grains & Seeds varieties. Schär Honeygrams are delicious crackers which are ideal for s’mores! Gluten free and made with real honey, pack these for your next outdoor adventure as they are perfect for a campfire treat! These little single-serve, cocoa-covered Sch’nack cakes from Schär are filled with cream and dipped in German chocolate. Ideal for lunch boxes or to take on the go to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee!

Party Like It’s 1948 at the Food & Wine Show!

In this 70th wonderful year of Dorothy Lane Market, we hope you can join us at the 20th annual Food & Wine Show, happening 7-9:30 p.m. November 1, as this year will be quite a celebration of fine food and drink. We like to think that our Food & Wine Show is the perfect kickoff to a celebratory season to come; and this year is certainly no exception. For one night, DLM Springboro transforms into the stage of a spectacular gustatory experience and it’s hard to believe that it started 20 years ago.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS EVENT IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAIT LIST IN THE EVENT THAT A TICKET BECOMES AVAILABLE, PLEASE E-MAIL DLM@DOROTHYLANE.COM.

Taste wines from around the world and from some of the best producers, and talk to knowledgeable sommeliers all the while sampling exquisite chef-driven food prepared by DLM’s best. A ticket to the Food & Wine Show includes an opportunity to taste from a selection of nearly 200 fine wines and beer with a bevy of hors d’oeuvres coming from the kitchen along with 15 food stations. We promise you won’t go hungry!

In addition, we’re adding a fun twist this year as we take a trip back to 1948 with jazz music and by celebrating the dress of the era. So pull out your fancy hat or fedora, satin gloves, peep-toe pumps or oxfords, and double breasted suits. Let’s Party like it’s 1948 DLM style, and celebrate all things food and wine!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS EVENT IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAIT LIST IN THE EVENT THAT A TICKET BECOMES AVAILABLE, PLEASE E-MAIL DLM@DOROTHYLANE.COM.

Curds + Hops: Tips for Pairing Beer and Cheese

Most may find that wine and cheese go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Both are two of life’s great culinary pleasures. But on a hot summer day, the taste of a cheese that’s very salty and full of fat will be left hanging on your palate, which begs the question: have you ever considered pairing your cheese with a nice cold beer? Let’s trade in those fruits and tannins for some malts and hops instead, as beer and cheese are natural partners with equally wide ranges of possible flavors.

The first thing to consider when pairing cheese and beer is the same principle that holds true when pairing it with any other food: match the intensity of the beer with the intensity of the cheese. Set aside your doubts—taste is subjective and not everyone’s taste buds are the same. That said, you can’t pair any cheese with any beer and expect pure bliss. Cheers with beer and add a little curd to your hop with these tips.

Lighter Beers are Best with Lighter Cheeses. Pale lagers or wheats tend to pair nicely with lighter, fresh cheeses such as DLM Handmade Mozzarella, burrata, or chèvre. Try this: LIFT from MadTree Brewing Co. paired with a fresh chèvre from Laura Chenel. The crisp and refreshing hint of orange from LIFT marries with the rich-tasting, bright, citrusy tang of the Laura Chenel. It’s like the icing on top of a cupcake!

Stronger Cheeses Deserve a Stronger Beer. My favorite pairings include a decadent blue cheese like our Champignon Grand Noir with a rich stout like Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide. The salty and creamy experience of the Grand Noir melds so well with the sweet, smoky goodness that the Yeti has to offer.

Hoppy Beers Lift Buttery, Floral Cheeses. Now, I didn’t forget about you hop-heads! If you’re anything like me, then your go-to is a nice, juicy IPA, like New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger. Match that with the key notes of buttery, floral goodness from the Comté Saint Antoine Gruyère. This is a young cheese with an old soul but somehow an IPA just brings out a refreshing and citrus life that it didn’t have before.

In the end, tasting is believing so don’t take my word for it and try some combinations for yourself. Grab your favorite cheese, try it with a variety of beer, and give it a whirl!

DLM at 70: A Culture of Good Food & People

People ask what the secret sauce is to DLM. Sure, there’s that touch of gourmet in addition to the everyday infused throughout every department (and no, it wasn’t always that way). There’s the friendly carryout who knows your kid’s name and never hesitates to offer the protection of an umbrella on a rainy day. There’s also the robust network of gourmands from faraway lands and local farmers whose bounty can be found at DLM.

But at the core of everything we do, there’s our history, which we hold near and dear. It’s real and rooted in humble beginnings built on friendship, hard work, and an unwavering sense of community; it’s not perfect, but it’s our history. We are proud of it and it has influenced much of who we are today, 70 years later.

We took a minute to reflect on that history and what has shaped the DLM culture, from cultivating a passion toward exploring good food to growing a family of associates, with many who have been here 25+ years. So take a minute to soak that in with the video below.

And to all of our customers and the community at large, thank you! Please  join us this weekend as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary at our 70th Anniversary Carnival happening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, followed by our DLM Good Neighbor 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

A Gastronamic Tour de France

The bicycle world’s Tour de France consists of 21 stages over the course of about three weeks in July. While the thought of that spectacle is daunting and exhausting, we like to think of a wonderful idyllic saunter through the culinary landscape of this country that seems to ooze gastronomical finds from every square inch. So, set your own pace and journey to France via a Tour de DLM with these specialties.

CHAMPAGNE
In the great city of Reims, the heart of Champagne, we like to think of bubbles that make any occasion special. Guyot Choppin Brut Champage is tangy, full of fresh apple fruit, and mineral driven—begging for a bowl of clams simmered in white wine. Add a refreshing twist to a salad with Champagne Vinegar by J. Leblanc.

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE
Not far from Paris is the commune of Meaux and the great Brie de Meaux, which is perfect on a warm baguette with a glass of wine, or with a preserve, such as Bonne Maman or L’Épicurien… ooh la la!

GRAND EST
In years past, Strasbourg has hosted Tour de France riders. It’s also home to the wines of Hugel, a family estate since 1639. We’ve had the pleasure of sitting with family members of the estate and tasting their Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Gentil, which is a blend of several varietals making it crisp, vibrant, and lively

FRANCHE-COMTÉ
Heading not far south, one comes to the region of France where you’ll find one of the great cheeses, St. Antoine Comté Gruyère, made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. This cheese melts in your mouth, leaving you with flavors that range from dense and smoky to sweet and fruity; cut into small straw-like pieces on a cheese tray or use in a fondue with a splash of white wine.

BURGUNDY
While in Burgundy, one must have the mustard, cheese, escargot, and of course, the wine! The 2016 Côtes Salines Bourgogne Chardonnay is one of our favorites this summer and it showcases the fruit perfectly. Try with a roasted chicken or cheese plate (and include a generous dollop of Edmond Fallot Mustard while you’re at it). Afavorite cheese of ours from Burgundy is the Époisses de Bourgogne, which is a pungent, soft-paste cow’s milk cheese that is simply heaven in a little round container.

SOUTHERN FRANCE
In the south of France is one of the great blues of the world—Le Papillon—and it started as any good French story: love. A young shepherd was distracted by a shepherdess. Forgetting his rye bread and sheep’s milk cheese in the cave of Combalou, he left to pursue the girl. He later returned to discover his meal covered in a blue-green mold. Famished, he tasted the cheese and was delighted. Roquefort was born! Another great, P’tit Basque, is a sheep’s milk cheese from the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Enjoy with with charcuterie, fruit, or grilled veggies. Southern France also has so many superb wines, but a great warm-weather favorite is the 2017 Picpoul de Pinet Florensac. It’s minerally, crisp, clean, and perfect for summer entertaining. Other delights that we’d be amiss to not mention include Maison Pébeyre Truffle Mayonnaise founded in a small southern French village in 1897 and Vinaigre de Banyuls.

LOIRE VALLEY
Loire is where many of the fairytale castles of France can be found. We love to pour a glass of La Vigne des Sablons Vouvray, a deliciously dry and mineral-driven wine, with a chilled plate of oysters—simply a magical pairing.

BRITTANY
M. Gilles Hervy Fleur de Sel is a yummy grey natural sea salt harvested from the Atlantic.

NORMANDY
Pierre Biscuiterie French Butter Cookies have been made in the French Countryside since the 19th century. Another sweet delight from this region is one of our favorite whipped creams in a can, Isigny Sainte-Mère

HEY, HEY! Rosé: And Everything Else Pink That We Love

You just have to stop and listen to really know what’s abuzz in the food world. What’s in season? What’s tickling the curiosity of chefs? And what’s delicious right now? I had the pleasure of being involved with a conversation like that with all of the brilliant directors here at DLM, whom I greatly admire and respect. They make DLM shine in so many ways, including forming valuable relationships with passionate food and drink purveyors near and far. They aren’t afraid to stop and smell the roses (or taste that latest French cheese, in some cases).

We were thinking about this time of year and the food, drink, and even flowers that are surrounding us. As we spoke about the local strawberry bounty, wild Copper River King Salmon (yes, it’s here), and brilliant blooms, our minds swirled with the color pink—also the color of rosé—and all its glory.

Local Strawberry Sensation
“There’s something about local strawberries that just makes me smile,” says Michelle Mayhew, Produce director at Dorothy Lane Market. We’re excited this year to feature the bounty of new Love Local friends, the VanMeter family. Their strawberry farm is located on 100 rolling acres in Clarkson, KY, and is a labor of love for the whole family. “Danny and Trish want to teach their children values of hard work, so they are all involved with collecting the fruit of their labor,” says Michelle, noting that Danny is a member of the Strawberry Grower’s Association of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley.

Alaska Copper River Wild King Salmon Makes its Splash
Alaska Copper River Wild King Salmon is one of the most sought-after salmons and it’s finally here, coming to us fresh from Alaska. ‘”I’m Coming Home’ is the tune played by Mother Nature beckoning the return of the fish to the headwaters of their birth,” says Jack Gridley, VP of Meat & Seafood. Its prized flavor is attributed to the high Omega-3 oil content as the fish builds up fat to give them energy to travel the long spawning journey up the Copper River.

Fleur to Adore
May started strong with Italian Heather, and with each week, even more splashy blooms have continued to fill our stores. And then, just when we thought it couldn’t get much better, our locally grown bouquet season really kicked into gear. It’s easy to see why there’s so much fleur to adore!

Rosé all May
“It’s like springtime in a bottle,” Todd Templin, VP of Beer, Wine, & The Cheese Shop, has been known to say of the sure as the sun arrival of rosé to our stores each spring. We look forward to its bright fruits, crisp acids, and generally dry finish. The mere mention of rosé, aka the pink wine, elicits many smiles.

The Makings of a Rosé Picnic in 3 Steps

Pink wine, aka rosé, always elicits a smile this time of year because it’s springtime in a bottle! With bright fruits, crisp acids, and generally dry finishes, they’re perfect for an impromptu gathering on the patio or better yet, a picnic! Grab a picnic blanket, pour some rosé, and add these DLM favorites for a perfect springtime spread.

Step 1: Pick the Wine

  • Terra d’ Oro 2017 Rosé: A blend of Grenache and Nebbiolo that’s delightfully dry with nuances of orange blossom and strawberry.
  • Kim Crawford 2017 Rosé: A New Zealand find with a dry finish that we couldn’t resist that’s bursting with red berry fruit and a tinge of watermelon!
  • Charles & Charles 2017 Rosé: Blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Counoise.
  • Bieler Père et Fils Rosé from Provence: Full of bright floral and citrus tones that just make you happy!
  • Bierler Family Daisy: We couldn’t resist this daisy among the Rosés! Primarily Pinot Grigio with a bit of Riesling, Muscat, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Step 2: Choose Your Cheese 

  • Brie de Meaux: From the town of Meaux, in the region of Brie located just east of Paris, this cheese has wonderfully full  lactic tones with a mottled, soft-ripening bloomy rind and earthy aroma.
  • Société Roquefort: Having emerald-green veining and a creamy, moist texture, this sheep’s milk cheese is complex and rich making it perfect with a slice of pear and baguette.
  • Comté St. Antoine Gruyère: Melts in your mouth with a flavor range from dense and smoky to sweet and fruity!

Step 3: Don’t Forget the Accompaniments 

  • Rustic Bakery Sourdough Flatbread: Organic and baked by hand with natural products, these flavorful crackers are perfect for cheese and wine pairings.
  • DLM French Baguette: with a crispy crust and light airy interior and tasting just as if you were at a Parisian café, these baguettes are hearth baked everyday from scratch.
  • Les Trois Petits Cochons Cornichons Piquants: The perfect punch of sweet and spicy baby Gherkins from one of our favorite purveyors!
  • Les Trois Petits Cochons Charcuterie: Already sliced and ready for your charcuterie board, The DLM Cheese Shop has an assortment of Saucisson Sec aux Cepes, Saucisson Sec aux Herbes de Provence, and Chorizo.