35 Reasons We Love Local

It was at the Carriage Market House where Calvin D. Mayne, an entrepreneur in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business, and Vera Pacey began their courtship before they were married in 1941. The market was abuzz with excitement, as two-wheelers stacked high with produce whizzed by. On August 12, 1948, after the birth of their son Norman, their dreams came true to open a humble market. Rooted with a sense of duty to their local community and a desire to always do the right thing, Dorothy Lane Market was born. Over the years, DLM has become known as a gourmet destination, but that dedication to local continues to stand strong by featuring local foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and more from local farmers and vendors within a morning’s drive to our stores. So come Love Local with us!

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1. Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn

Ray Brentlinger’s sweet corn is synonymous with summer and he’s a legend here in Dayton! In 1978, DLM began its long-standing relationship with Brentlinger’s Farm Market, located in New Carlisle. Look for this sweet corn debuting at DLM sometime around July 4. Get some scrumptious recipes using this stand-out sweet corn here!

2. Brickel Creek Organic Farm

Sue, owner of Brickel Creek Organic Farm, has always loved digging in the dirt. So much that after obtaining her master organic gardener certification, she decided to cultivate her new expertise in deeper ways. In 2007, she purchased a 69.5-acre historic farm to grow fruits and vegetables to sell at farmers’ markets and has been expanding ever since. We look forward to organic produce from Brickel Creek, from blackberries in the summer to kale, spinach, and fresh herbs all year long.

3. Guided by Mushrooms

We love the rich umami flavor that a good exotic mushroom brings to any dish. We source an exquisite collection from Dayton’s own Guided by Mushrooms, such as oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut mushrooms.

4. Foxhole Farm

Brookville-based Foxhole Farm has a mission “to live a good and happy life by growing nourishing, flavorful food for our community.” We appreciate that as well as their microgreens!

5. Grim Organic Farm

Located in Arcanum, Michael and his son grow organic vegetables, such as certified organic corn coming to us this month.

6. Peach Mountain Organics

When you meet Leslie Garcia, she is graciously humble and clearly a hard worker (as all flower farmers are). But upon further digging, you realize that she is also deeply dedicated to growing certified organic flowers. Her majestic farm, Peach Mountain Organics in Spring Valley, is filled with vibrant colors, such as the geometrically detailed and dazzling dahlias that she grows with great care. “We’ve been certified organic since 1992 and we are certified because we believe in organic so much that we want to be counted,” she says. “Flowers are beautiful and fleeting, kind of like life… It’s what I’ve done almost my entire adult life.”

7. Bowman & Landes

There’s something to be said about our DLM Free-Range Turkey, and how two local friends, DLM and Bowman & Landes Turkeys, Inc., have come together for many years. Our flock is raised locally for us in New Carlisle, Ohio. Not only is it free-range, antibiotic free, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet, but it’s also Non-GMO Project Verified.

8. 80 Acres Farms

The new age of farming is happening now, just a short trek south in Cincinnati at 80 Acres Farms. Not only do they grow year-round thanks to indoor farming techniques, but they use zero pesticides, food miles are kept to a minimum, and they use 100% renewable energy. Thanks to vertical farming techniques, they are able to grow the equivalence of a much larger traditional farm. We are grateful to partner with the passionate and brilliant minds at 80 Acres for our DLM Salad Blends, which feature curated selections of lettuces, such as frisée and red romaine, and microgreens.

9. Hartzler Family Dairy

Sure you love Hartzler’s seasonal egg nog (who doesn’t), but check our Dairy case year-round for their milk, and whimsical single-serve flavored milks.

10. Tracey Rae Farmer Florist

Always on-trend, Tracey Rae’s stunning local bouquets are truly something to behold. She curates must-have combinations featuring the best of the season, from ranunculus and anemones to peonies and snapdragons. Located in Midland, Ohio, we clamor to see what she’s brought us when she pulls up with our delivery.

11. Cedar Ridge Trails Lavender

There’s something special about this locally grown cut lavender. The connection between Cedar Ridge Trails and DLM goes all the way back to DLM founder Calvin D. Mayne, who was raised in the house on the farm. Ship the Cedar Ridge Lavender Gift Set featuring some of our favorite products from Cedar Ridge Trails via shop.dorothylane.com!

12. Local Grass-Fed Beef

Our DLM Local Grass-Fed Beef Program is possible thanks to Love Local farming families raising grass-fed cattle in the Miami Valley. All of these families work with us to ensure that they abide by our program’s best practices, meaning they are fed a 100% grass-fed diet and are lifetime free of antibiotic and added hormones.

As the cows graze on the lush spring grass, the flavor profile of the beef changes dramatically causing the Omega-3s and CLAs to surge. Not to mention, it fuels the local economy for an added benefit. We started this program in 2010 as a way to provide the health benefits of grass-fed beef locally by linking arms with area farming families. At Hanna Family Farms in Cedarville, the farm sits on a wooded setting that opens up to 101 acres of pasture. Meanwhile, at Clark Family Farm, there are 90 acres of pasture land where the Scottish Highland, Wagyu, and Aberdeen Angus Cattle roam.

13. Morning Sun Organic Farm Eggs

After visiting Morning Sun Organic Farm, located near West Alexandria, Ohio, we noticed one more hidden layer to what makes a good egg—the Filbrun family! We’ve carried their certified organic, cage-free eggs for 20+ years, working with multiple generations of the Filbrun family. Dale Filbrun says that a good egg starts with a happy, healthy chicken, which is a result of its environment. The chickens feed both on the bounty of the pasture and on organic (and therefore non-GMO) grain that the family grows, containing no animal by-products.

14. Eagle Ridge Apiaries

DLM 100% Pure Honey glistens, thanks to Al Tuttle of Eagle Ridge Apiaries, a Miami Valley beekeeper who produces our unprocessed raw honey. He tends to about 70 hives with each having 50,000-60,000 bees.

15. Wesler Orchards

Apple splendor awaits at Wesler Orchards in New Paris, Ohio, and each batch is freshly pressed into DLM Apple Cider, a fall time treat here. The ingredients? 100% pure apples, reflecting the variety of apples that are picked at their peak.

16. VanMeter Family

What we love most about the VanMeter Family Farm (besides their sweet farm-fresh strawberries and watermelon) is that they grow with heart. Trish and Danny VanMeter see farming as a way to share their corner of the world with others.

17. Ohio Gifts

There’s a fervent appreciation for iconic Ohio goods, like those that we ship in gift sets via shop.dorothylane.com. The Ohio Nostalgia Box, right, features mainstays, while the Ohio Artisan Box has the most delicious gourmet twist.

18. Orion Organics

When you meet Jon Paul of Orion Organics in Yellow Springs, you’ll find that his enthusiasm and knowledge for organic, healthy produce is contagious. From squash to sweltering summertime red tomatoes and peppers, we look forward to a variety of hometown produce streaming in all summer long.

19. Look for Local in Our Recipes

It’s hard for any chef to resist quality local produce at its peak of the season, which is why you’ll notice a number of our Made Right Here creations from our Kitchens, Sandwich Station, and Naples-Style Pizza Station featuring local produce when available.

20. Harvey Eicher Family

Just a morning’s drive away in Adams County, Indiana, Harvey Eicher Jr. and his Amish friends bring us fresh vegetables regularly, including the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes around. They grow in hoop houses to extend the growing season, which means more local tomatoes!

21. That Guy’s Farm

That Guy” is Guy Ashmore and it so happens that his daughter, Nellie, runs “That Girl’s Flowers,” No. 23. Farming alongside one another, That Guy’s Family Farm brings us certified organic sweet potatoes, kale, arugula, beets, and more from their Clarksville-based farm.

22. Local Coffee

For many years, we’ve had a wonderful relationship with Dayton’s beloved Boston Stoker Coffee, featuring high-quality beans sourced directly from farmers and roasted in small batches. Enjoy whether you’re picking up a bag or stopping by our DLM Coffee Bar! Find more local coffee by heading down our coffee aisle, where you’ll find more local gems: Erie Island Company, Crimson Cup Coffee, Silver Bridge Coffee Company, Reza’s Roast, Twisted River Roaster, Rooted Grounds Coffee Co., Zingerman’s Coffee Company, and Yield Coffee Roaster.

23. That Girl’s Flowers

Nellie Ashmore is “That Girl” and she is making a name for herself in the organic flower farming industry. Growing up, she’d help on the family farm and accompany her parents to farmers’ markets. Several years ago, after completing college, she started her own business, bringing to us beauties like larkspur, sunflowers, and celosia.

24. Old Soul’s Farm

A pristine, climate-controlled greenhouse allows the kind souls at Old Soul’s Farm to grow all year using hydroponic techniques. We are grateful for ample supply of our DLM Basil & Living Basil, DLM Arugula, and more.

25. More Local Flowers!

We’ve worked hard to extend our local connections to include more flower farmers over the years. In addition to those mentioned, we also carry a variety of local splendor from more area growers, like Hungry Toad Farm and The Flower Field!

26. Local Lamb

Veterinarian Paul Hunter started Loramie Lamb in the 1980s fully aware he’d be an anomaly, as lamb is not as mainstream as other meat items. That doesn’t stop Paul though from continuing to raise this lesser-known red meat that’s rich in protein.

27. Maverick Chocolate

With a bean-to-bar approach, Cincinnati-based Maverick has received accolades from the International Chocolate Awards. Former mechanical engineer Paul Picton has delved into the biz together with his son, Ben.

28. DLM Private Label

You’ve surely noticed our DLM products while you shop, which wear our name because we simply love both how they taste and how they are made. Many of these DLM private label items are produced locally for us, like our jarred fruits, pickles, sauces, 1948 Classic Dark Roast Coffee, and more. For some, the connection goes quite deep, such as our DLM Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs, utilizing beef from our local DLM Grass-Fed Beef Program. Then, there’s our DLM Bone Broths, nutrient-rich and good for the soul, the beef flavor is made from the bones of the DLM Grass-Fed Beef cattle; the same with the DLM Turkey Bone Broth—using turkey bones from Bowman & Landes.

29. Culinary Center Local Instructors

Local chefs, cookbook authors, and personalities keep guests happily fed and entertained at the DLM Culinary Center! Take for instance Bryn Mooth, Findlay Market Cookbook author, and her upcoming class on Tuesday, July 20. Register for this class here!

30. Local Beer

Within a stone’s throw in any direction, Dayton and Cincinnati are lucky to be brimming with local breweries that are crafting some amazing beers. Cool down at your cookout with some local brew, such as: Warped Wing Brewing Co., The Dayton Beer Company, Yellow Springs Brewery, Rhinegeist Brewery, and MadTree Brewing to name a few. Come visit us to see even more local brews!

31. DLM Gelato & Sorbetto

We know you love Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Cincinnati’s Graeter’s (and so do we!). But enjoy carefree, quintessential Italian moments with our DLM Gelato and Sorbetto in hand, made for us locally using traditional Italian recipes and methods.

32. Turkey Red Wheat Bread

Turkey red wheat is a hard winter wheat that’s not predominately grown in Ohio, but thanks to three local farmers—Edward Hill, Dale Friesen, and Danny Jones—we have a local crop that’s milled farmside. From the harvest, we bake Turkey Red Wheat Bread. Dale’s grandparents were among the German Mennonites who brought with them the seeds of turkey red wheat when they fled Russia to the U.S. years ago. He’s overcome with emotion to see the crop of his ancestors growing on Ohio soil.

33. DLM A2 Milk

The golden age of good milk is now. Our DLM A2 Guernsey Milk is rich in flavor, high in nutrition, and easy on digestion. It’s the brainchild of local collaborator Adrian Bota, who sought to create a cow’s milk featuring the A2 milk protein found in a breed of cows known as Guernsey.

34. Ghyslain Chocolatier

Truly an art, our dear friend and chocolatier Ghyslain Maurais in Union City, Indiana, sends us his hand-painted chocolates and carefully crafted Parisian macarons.

35. More Local Splendor

Truth is, when you do a list like this, you can’t include everything, or else we’d be publishing a novel. All our local vendors make DLM special. Come Love Local, and enjoy earning Bonus Points on local products this July!

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Food Explorer Pleasures of Le Picnic

Sharing good food in the great outdoors—one of life’s most idyllic moments. It’s a beautiful concept shared by people everywhere, from a Hawaiian luau at sunset to an afternoon New England garden party. Now is the time to rediscover this most beautiful tradition!

FRENCH ORIGINS

Particularly in France, picnicking is the fabric of summer pastimes. I once wrongly assumed they borrowed the word from us, you know, as they did in “Le week-end.” Rather, it seems we adopted our English word “picnic” from the French “piquenique,” referenced as “a picking or nibbling of bits.” The etymology is fun, but the eating is even better! A French picnic is elegant, tasty, and beautifully simple.

The French have always loved to eat outside. Over a century ago, Renoir captured the joy and camaraderie of it all in his famous painting Dance at the Moulin de la Galette. Do a search for images of “Paris picnic” and you’ll see that outdoor gastronomy remains alive and well in French culture. If you do find yourself in Paris and are in the mood for creating your own fête en plein air, there are numerous venues to choose from. To start, head to the 7th district street market on La Rue Cler for baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and other provisions. A fifteen-minute walk in one direction is the large grassy field at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars. Or, even closer in the opposite direction is another sprawling lawn framing Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides.

LOCAL ADVENTURES

Pending a trip to Paris … why not kick off a great summer with a picnic at one of our area’s appealing venues? We did just that at John Bryan State Park recently on a particularly pristine Sunday. We took a little hike to work up the appetite, and rewarded ourselves with crusty bread, cheese, fresh fruit, and charcuterie.

Indeed, French food in particular is so well suited for picnics, including ones here in southwest Ohio. The basic elements are bread, cheese, charcuterie, fruits, crudités, and summer beverages

PLAN YOUR FEAST

Bread is obvious. We love our DLM Artisan French Baguettes for picnics, as well as its little sibling, the thinner, salted Ficelle. For heartier sandwiches, grab a loaf of Miche, which is our take on France’s hearty, crusty sourdough bread.

Fromage? Oui! Start with a soft-ripened cheese, such as Fromager d’Affinois or the iconic Brie de Meaux, add a nutty Comté Gruyère from the French Alps, and finish your cheese plate with the famous funky blue, Le Papillon Roquefort. Charcuterie includes sliced cured meats from Madrange ham and Three Little Pigs Saucisson Sec to pâté of all sorts … truffle mousse, duck rillettes, and chicken liver.

Stone fruits and strawberries are now in season, and they are perfect for a picnic. It’s always nice to cut them into quarters and serve alongside the cheeses. As for crudités (veggies) such as carrots, celery, broccoli, asparagus, and cucumbers, they are good raw, but even better blanched. Immerse for just a few minutes in salted boiling water, and then transfer to ice water for a minute to stop the cooking. Rinse and dry before packing in your picnic basket, and bring some of our Deli’s homemade dips.

For beverages, we have everything from our refreshing DLM Natural Spring Water to Lorina’s French lemonade (mix lemonade equally with a lager to make a French summer favorite called panaché) to abundant choices of wines for summer. Voilà … let’s go on a pique-nique!

The French Connection

You don’t have to look far once you step in our doors to get a taste of French cuisine. You see, like an artist paints when they are inspired, we never forget a good meal or glass of wine when we travel. That inspiration comes to life within Dorothy Lane Market in so many ways.

Take for instance our Miche Bread. In the fascinating world of French bread, if the baguette is a big city slicker, then the Miche is its soulful country cousin. The word derives from an old French word for ‘loaf’, and it’s the type of country sourdough that was once baked in large, stone communal ovens in France, but is now made famous by Parisian bakers. Our beloved Miche was inspired by our travels to the bakery-lined streets of Paris. We simply knew we must make our own so that you could enjoy it, too.

Properly crafted Miche such as ours is one of the world’s great sourdough breads, with a dark, chewy crust and complex, moist interior. The magic happens when the living dough marries the sweetness of wheat and backbone of rye. The sourdough taste is subtle, but enough to leave you craving more! It’s great products like our Miche that bring a taste of the world to your plate here at DLM.

More French cuisine favorites to explore at DLM!

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Food Explorer New England Eats

EXPLORE NEW ENGLAND EATS

New Englanders have a fierce loyalty for their home towns and their patriotic history. Between the cordial quirkiness of the small towns, the buzz of big city Boston, old fishing ports, stunning architecture, plus the great outdoors—road tripping through New England is a must, especially as the beginning notes of summer are starting to play in May. We get it—miles and miles of gorgeous coastlines, picturesque lighthouses, quaint towns, and tons of outdoor activities. But let’s talk about the food—think succulent seafood from the land of lobster, as well as plump, briny oysters and clams for days. So many lobster and clam shacks, so little time! You’ll also find a plethora of local farmers’ markets (and Maine blueberries), renowned cheesemakers, breweries, and bakeries with whoopie pies piled high. What’s not to like? As we gear up for Lobstermania, May 29, we’ll be celebrating New England foods and recipes all month! So come get a taste of how delicious summer can be with these New England eats.

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Naples-Style Pizza: The DLM Difference

When we first sought to bring an authentic pizza experience to DLM, we looked no further than the pizza-making style of Naples, Italy. But to achieve a Naples-style Pizza, we knew that technique, ingredients, and cooking methods were key. Here is what distinguishes our Naples-Style Pizza eating experience, available at DLM Washington Square and Springboro.

  • Toppings include our DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, in addition to other accompaniments, which are from our store.
  • The dough for our crust comes from our DLM Bakehouse, where our cadre of artisan bakers are masters of dough and make it fresh daily. The crust has great flavor with a texture that is crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside (Gluten-free crust is available upon request).
  • Our talented pizza makers hand-stretch the dough to a perfect tradizionale size (11 inches) or bambino (8 inches) and they always arrange toppings in the right proportions, baking them in specially designed ovens that obtain temperatures over 1,000°F.
  • Our housemade red sauce is Made Right Here using ingredients indicative of a Neapolitan pizza.

Naples-style pizza can be ordered by phone or in stores at DLM Springboro and Washington Square. View our full menu here!

In addition, place an order with our “Naples-Style Pizza by DLM” App, downloadable on iTunes or the Google Play Store. NEW, now available on DoorDash!

Top 10 Food Finds for April

This month’s selection of Top Food Finds takes us on a culinary adventure around the world. We’ll explore Italian delicacies, New Zealand classics, Greek-inspired appetizers, locally made favorites, and more!

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1. Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Marshmallows

We’re entering bonfire season, and as we ready our backyards and firepits for this glorious time of the year we also want to take a look into our kitchens and pantries for those classic foods enjoyed around a campfire, including s’mores. There’s something so satisfying about biting into this nostalgic treat. The crave-worthy combination of crunchy graham crackers, melty chocolate, and an ooey, gooey toasted marshmallow is delightfully messy and so fun to eat! Create the ultimate s’more with Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Marshmallows. These gourmet sweets aren’t your average fluffy treat as they’re handmade in small batches with all-natural ingredients, giving them an ultra-squishy texture and wonderfully fresh flavor. Varieties include Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Caramel. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

2. The Tipsy Pickle

Over the years, pickles have become culinary stars in their own right. And The Tipsy Pickle turns the ordinary selection, typically brined in a blend of vinegar, pickling spices, and dill, upside down with their incredible line of artisan, hand-crafted pickles. Working in collaboration with Vermont’s leading brewers and distillers, The Tipsy Pickle creates unique pickles boasting plenty of boozy flavor. During the pickle-making process, all the alcohol is cooked out making these pickles safe for all ages. Stack these slices on your burgers, sandwiches, or enjoy on their own! Choose from Heady, Hart Bread N Butter, Maple Breakfast Stout, Maple Bourbon Whiskey, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum pickles. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

3. Kiwi Kuisines Savory Pies

Run by a retired professional rugby player, Kiwi Kuisines was born out of a craving for traditional New Zealand meat pies. These pies are made using all-natural ingredients that are free from artificial flavors and preservatives. And that lack of additives allows the flavors of the meats, cheeses, and veggies to come through in the most delicious way.

The Steak & Stout pie features slow-roasted, stout marinated beef, tender carrots, and onions wrapped in a buttery and flaky crust. As you enjoy the Roast Lamb Pie, you’re met with fragrant rosemary, garlic, and mint seasoned lamb combined with mixed vegetables, potatoes, and a luscious gravy tucked in a flax and whole wheat pastry crust. The Chicken Curry variety is filled with a creamy curry ragout studded with tender pieces of chicken and veggies. Chicken Portabella mixes roasted chicken with a Portabella mushroom sauce and American Cheddar cheese for a savory and delectable bite. The Ham, Bacon, Egg, & Cheese incorporates breakfast classics in this pie that’s perfect for kick starting your day. In the Spicy Veggie, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, and a white Cheddar cheese sauce mingle with just enough spice to give it some zing. MEAT DEPARTMENT

 

4. Akropolis Pastries Mini Phyllo Rolls

Thanks to Akropolis Pastries, you can enjoy authentic Greek flavors from the comfort of your home. The hand-crafted phyllo pastries Akropolis began making in their small bakery café were adored by many and became so popular that Akropolis decided to expand their delicious empire.

We’re excited to share Akropolis Pastries Mini Phyllo Rolls with you. Layer upon layer of delicate homemade phyllo dough stuffed with a variety of savory fillings, including spinach, feta, ricotta, and roasted red peppers. As these pastries bake, the phyllo dough gets delightfully crisp and flaky, the perfect counterpoint to the creamy filling. Enjoy these bites as appetizers or a light snack. FROZEN DEPARTMENT

 

5. Fired Up Pizza Heat & Eat Gourmet Pizza

What do you get when you combine a talented chef with a resumé that includes working in Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and a passion for bringing people together over delicious food? Fired Up Pizza. Locally run in Columbus, OH, by chef Michael Rice, Fired Up Pizza crafts pizzas using imported flour and tomatoes. Their wood fired oven was designed in France, specifically for Fired Up Pizza, allowing them to produce top-of-the-line pizzas for you to enjoy.

And now you can enjoy these pizzas without travelling to Columbus. The heat & eat gourmet pizza selections are partially cooked in wood fired ovens, frozen, and ready for you to pop in your oven for a quick and easy dinner. FROZEN DEPARTMENT

 

6. Leoncini Prosciutto di Parma

Over the years a few of us at DLM have visited the Leoncini production plant, thanks to our friends the Gallo Family who import Leoncini hams into the US. The plant is in a town called Langhirano in the province of Parma, just a short drive from the Italian food Mecca of Bologna. It’s an impressive site to see the skilled artisans at work in pristine conditions; deboning, forming, salting, applying lard, and then storing the hams. There they rest for many months of hibernation where the the salt works its wonders interacting with the enzymes in the ham as it loses moisture and gains flavor. Leoncini is a proud multi-generational family business with a focus on tradition and quality. They are one of the few who control the entire process of making prosciutto. (Larger Prosciutto producers in Parma commonly farm out the delicate process of deboning.) Leoncini is authentic through and through, exclusively using Italian raised pigs.

The quality of Leoncini Prosciutto di Parma is evident from the moment it hits your lips. Ask for it sliced very thin and let it come to room temperature before eating. It’s sweet, delicate, and fragrant with just a hint of salt, wonderful as is, or along with fruits, on sandwiches, and on pizza. (It is the ham we use on our “Rocket Ham” Naples style pizza. We prefer putting the ham on pizza after it bakes.) Yes, maybe you can find “Prosciutto” on just any corner, but the real deal from Leoncini is a top food find. DELI DEPARTMENT

 

7. Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Over the years we’ve had the great fortune to travel to Italy several times to find new and exciting foods to bring back to DLM. Often, our home base is Tuscany. Our good friend and partner Alex Zanetti has graciously hosted us at his villa in the small medieval town of Lucignano. The rolling hills of this part of Tuscany are home to the olive trees that produce our signature Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Made exclusively of Tuscan olives, it’s virgin pressed and bottled within a few miles of the olive groves. Its distinctive peppery notes are indicative of Tuscan oils and makes it our go-to olive oil for vinaigrettes, sauces, or simply drizzled over grilled meats or pasta dishes. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

8. DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

 

Modena is one of our favorite food cities in Europe, a land of fast cars and big flavors. A few years ago, we spent an afternoon with Maria Livia touring her family’s estate where they produce their wonderful balsamic vinegars. She makes our DLM Balsamic Vinegars, including Aunt Angie’s Balsamic Vinegar, which is great for everyday use. Best of all, Maria creates our DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. It’s a blend that we chose on site with Maria and we are extremely proud to put our name on it. We think you will love its richness, depth, and complexity. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

9. Fagottini di Pollo

It feels like just yesterday that we traveled to Tuscany to study age-old techniques with hands-on training from Italian butchers. We did so to bring gorgeous oven-ready Italian specialties to our Meat department. One of those, our Fagottini di Pollo features boneless air-chilled chicken thighs seasoned simply with savory spices like rosemary, sage, salt, pepper, and garlic, then wrapped in DLM Uncured Bacon. Get a taste of Italy with this main dish! MEAT DEPARTMENT

10. Pecorino Toscano Stagionato D.O.P.

Between the breathtaking Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea lies a picturesque pasture where flocks of sheep that are to be milked for Pecorino Toscano graze. Made with only whole milk from these sheep, Pecorino Toscano is a cheese to be savored. Compared to other Pecorino cheeses, this particular variety is briefly salted lending itself to have a more delicate, sweet flavor. It’s aged for at least four months, giving the cheese a golden hue and a brittle texture. Pecorino Toscano is a great addition to your antipasto tray or cheese board alongside fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, and honey. THE CHEESE SHOP

 

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Top 10 Food Finds for March

We hope you brought your appetite because this month’s list of Top 10 Food Finds is one you won’t want to miss! Indulge in Made Right Here creations, award-winning products, umami-filled favorites, and trending bites. Dive into the rest of our selection below!

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1. Lopaus Point Waffles

Locally based in Columbus, OH, Lopaus Point Waffles makes extraordinary gluten-free waffles. The name is derived from the city in which founder Stacie Skinner grew up. They make their waffles in small batches and then flash freeze them shortly after being produced to provide the freshest product possible. This local company has recently risen in fame beyond their local stardom as they were featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s Healthy Living OList for the month of January! Flavors include Wild Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Flax.

2. St. Elmo Steak House Sauces

A landmark in downtown Indianapolis, St. Elmo Steak House is the oldest steakhouse in the area that’s still in its original 1902 location. They have a classic menu of delicious steaks, seafood, and pork chops. One of the most ordered dishes on their menu is the shrimp cocktail that was made famous by their super spicy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce. Loaded with fresh horseradish, this sauce packs a punch! And now you can enjoy this mouth watering sauce at home. Another sauce that has a nice kick is the Creamy Horseradish, which pairs perfectly with steak and roast beef. The Horseradish that gives these delectable sauces their signature kick is also a nice way to spice up your bloody Mary, potato salad, or any number of dishes. Try St. Elmo Remoulade with crab cakes, seafood, or even as a spread on sandwiches. For a gourmet touch, try the Truffle Dijonnaise. Made with Dijon, truffle, and a touch of honey, this sauce filled with umami is excellent on sandwiches, burgers, or even fries.

3. Crab Cakes

There’s something irresistible about fresh crab cakes, especially when crab is the shining star. We combine sweet, tender pieces of lump crab meat with flavorful Dijon mustard, fresh parsley, breadcrumbs, bright lemon zest, and just enough mayonnaise to hold it all together. Grab a few from our Seafood department and cook them up for dinner tonight!

4. Stuffed Foods Appetizers

Sometimes, the best dinners are the ones made entirely of snacks! And we always like to have some handy in our freezer in case that appetizer craving strikes. Stuffed Foods appetizers are tasty bites reminiscent of classic dishes, but with a tasty spin. For you cheese-lovers, you’ll love their  Mac & Cheese Bites, oozing melty cheese and perfectly cooked pasta, and Asiago Arancini, which is made with Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses combined with creamy white wine risotto. More varieties of these craveable morsels include Buffalo Chicken Poppers, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, and Spinach Artichoke Poppers.

5. Sandwich Station Sandwiches

There are a lot of details that need to be mastered in order to achieve sandwich excellence, and we like to think the sandwiches from our Sandwich Station are some of the best of the best. We’ll start at the base—DLM Artisan Bread. Made Right Here in our Bakehouse by our skilled bakers, each variety is carefully hand crafted and baked to golden perfection. The result is a chewy and flavorful crust that houses a moist, airy interior. Next we pile on an assortment of high quality meats and cheeses, followed by fresh produce from our Produce department. From the Paesano Pesto Chicken, filled with DLM Grilled Italian Chicken Breast, DLM Fresh Mozzarella, fresh basil pesto, and roasted red bell pepper on Farmhouse Bread, to the Cuban Social Club, made with DLM Smoked Pork, DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, Emmental Swiss, dill pickle chips, and yellow mustard on a Hoagie Bun, we work to create a memorable food experience that’s full of extraordinary flavors. Check out our full menu of Famous Deli Sandwiches!

6. Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans

With all of the pantry cooking trends happening right now, the blogs and websites of various chefs and food-centric companies are focusing on a key ingredient—beans. But there is a certain brand of bean that folks can’t stop raving about, and that’s Rancho Gordo. But why the huge following? Each variety of Rancho Gordo’s heirloom beans is unique, showcasing different flavors, colors, and textures. Whether you choose to enjoy the creamy and stunning color of the Vaquero or the mild flavor and unique look of the Flageolet, these beans are culinary show stoppers. Get our recipes for Pasta e Fagioli, Flageolet Salad with Lemon, Radishes, and Roasted Tomatoes, and Cassoulet Beans in Savory Tomato Sauce.

7. Thursday Cottage Handmade Lemon Curd

With an award-winning selection of products, England-based Thursday Cottage creates nothing but the best. Their curds are made in small batches using quality fruits. Our favorite of their line is the Lemon Curd. Made with lemon, sugar, fresh pasteurized free-range eggs, and pure country butter, this curd is rich, velvety smooth, and beautifully bright. We love this as a topping for scones, biscuits, or the DLM French Blueberry Loaf! Get our recipe for French Blueberry Loaf with Mascarpone & Lemon Curd Sauce.

8. Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta

Appropriately named for this company’s rustic pasta making techniques, Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta is well-known for their flavorful and diverse pasta varieties. Using only the finest semolina flour sourced from the best durum wheat they carefully create each pasta shape. From there, the pasta is left to slowly dry, giving it a rough texture that’s perfect for holding onto all sorts of tasty sauces. From farfalle to spaghetti, the pasta-bilities are endless.

9. TRUFF Pasta Sauce

TRUFF has taken over the world of hot sauces, delivering incredible truffle flavor in a well-balanced, perfectly spiced hot sauce. Now, they’re trying their hand at making pasta sauces, and it’s a smashing success. Made with a mouthwatering blend of tomatoes, herbs, black truffle, and TRUFF® Chili Blend, TRUFF Black Truffle Pomodoro is filled with fresh flavors and umami goodness. If you’re looking for more of that signature TRUFF spice, you’ll love TRUFF Black Truffle Arrabbiata. This luscious sauce is similar to Pomodoro, but with the addition of red peppers. The generous amount of this spice gives the Arrabbiata a nice kick and a craveable quality. Both of these sauces are excellent on a variety of pastas, used in lasagna, ladled over meatballs, or sopped up with DLM Garlic Bread.

10. Lobster Cakes

So you’ve heard of crab cakes (and don’t worry, those aren’t going anywhere), but have you tasted a Lobster Cake? The rich, buttery flavors of fresh lobster steal the show and rightly so. You can find these pre-made in our Seafood department so you can pan-fry at home. Or, ask for us to prepare one at Jack’s Grill.

Meal Ideas Made Easy with Gourmet Takeaway

At DLM, we aren’t just your pantry. We’re also an extension of your Kitchen when you need us to be. You’ve likely heard us say the words “Made Right Here” or seen them stickered on a DLM package. These are words that mean something to us and guide us in a number of departments. Take for instance our Gourmet Takeaway selection, brimming with ready-made possibilities. When you peer into this case, you’re greeted with an entire visual menu of chef-driven recipes that are ready to heat and eat. From sides like Twice-Baked Potatoes that are stunningly swirled on top, to entrées like Roasted Beef Tenderloin, featuring USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, your eyes will dance with delight looking over these delightful meal ideas. As you stand there, you’ll also see a state-of-the-art Kitchen on the other side of the counter that’s bustling with amazing people who are chopping, poaching, baking, searing, and sautéing real food (our Oakwood Kitchen is the only one not visible from the retail floor).

We use ingredients we are not only proud of but that taste good—this is what we call a Flavor First food mentality. “We use the foods we sell in our stores,” says Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director, citing that when local tomatoes are available, you’ll see those intertwined. Her counterpart, DLM Food Service Director Jason Belcher, elaborates on the proteins. “DLM Air-Chilled Chicken, USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, and sustainably caught salmon or farm-raised the right way” are all at play when you view the selection of ready-made entrées in our Gourmet Takeaway, like best-seller Asiago Encrusted Chicken. “It’s Made Right Here by our Kitchen staff every day,” he says with confidence and pride.

GETTING TO KNOW “AUNT DOROTHY”

We often use the words “Aunt Dorothy” when talking about the home-cooked foods streaming from our Kitchens. But who is Aunt Dorothy? DLM Springboro’s Kitchen Manager Jessica Prior says it best. “Aunt Dorothy is all of us,” referring to her cooking professional comrades at all of the Kitchens. “We take a lot of pride in cooking it, so we make it look beautiful, too,” Prior says, noting that the “wow” first impression is what they strive for when a customer steps up to admire the selection.

Each store’s Kitchen works closely with the Deli managers so that they can keep the selection as fresh as possible each day, and making more as needed. As you go from one store to another, you’ll likely notice not only consistency in the selection but also in the taste and recipes behind it all. That is where Chef Carrie comes in.

To know Chef Carrie is a cool thing. She isn’t the type of chef who relishes in always repeating familiar favorites. She is on trend and is constantly experimenting to take us to that next great food find here at DLM. In her free time, she enjoys jetting across the globe to experience new foods, cultures, and top restaurants. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her pouring over food magazines, staying connected with local restauranteurs, and popping up on the local food scene’s industry events like this past year’s TedxDaytonSalon focused on conversations about food. She channels all that inspiration into the vast selection of prepared foods here at DLM, as well as sharing her recipes and expertise with you either through cooking classes at the DLM Culinary Center or on the pages of Table! For her, the thrill is in the discovery. “It’s exciting for me to see new things in the case and watch our customers fall in love with something new that they try,” says Chef Carrie.

So as you peer into the Gourmet Takeaway case, know that at some point there was a very elaborate tasting and exploration process behind what you see, likely headed up by Chef Carrie. Take that Asiago Encrusted Chicken for example. We tested several different iterations before we landed on one. After a recipe is selected, the ingredients are mainly sourced from the same foods we sell to you and our cooking professionals use classic cooking methods every day to bring those recipes to life. Now that’s Made Right Here the right way.

5 MEAL IDEAS FROM GOURMET TAKEAWAY

With all of the good food that is already prepared here at DLM, why not look at them as sources for not only meal ideas but as components of dinner? These Made Right Here dishes are made with high quality ingredients and can save you so much time in the kitchen!

We encourage you to stand in front of our Gourmet Takeaway case and come up with your own dinner plans. Here are a couple of our favorite meal ideas.

1. MADRAS CHICKEN CURRY

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Marinated & Grilled Italian Chicken Breast, sliced (Gourmet Takeaway)
Fresh Grilled Vegetables, pick your favorites and slice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Bollywood Cauliflower Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce (Grocery)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice in rows. Heat until hot, about 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sauce in a pot over low heat. Place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice on a plate and top with curry sauce.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 3 hours
Time saved: 2 hours and 40 minutes

 

2. TEXMEX PORK

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Chile-Rubbed Pork Loin (Gourmet Takeaway)
Southwest Quinoa (Deli)
Mazunte Roasted Tomato Salsa (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, heat pork loin slices until hot, about 7-10 minutes. Place quinoa in center of plate and top with sliced pork. Spoon salsa on top.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 45-50 minutes
Time saved: 30-35 minutes

 

3. CHICKEN WITH ARUGULA

INGREDIENTS:
Asiago Encrusted Chicken (Gourmet Takeaway)
Arugula (Produce)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Lemon (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place chicken on a foil-lined sheet pan. Place in oven and cook until hot, about 10-12 minutes. In a bowl, toss the arugula with the vinaigrette and tomatoes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Top chicken with salad right before serving and place a wedge of lemon for seasoning on plate.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 40 minutes
Time saved: 20 minutes

 

4. SALMON NIÇOISE

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Green Beans Amandine (Gourmet Takeaway)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Hard boiled eggs (Deli)
Grilled Salmon (Gourmet Takeaway)
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes with Rosemary (Gourmet Takeaway)
Olives (Deli)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the green beans, tomatoes, and eggs into smaller pieces. Plate salmon in center of plate and scatter the beans, tomatoes, potatoes, olives, and eggs around it. Drizzle with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour

 

5. FIESTA DINNER

INGREDIENTS:
Cilantro Lime Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Carne Asada (Gourmet Takeaway)
Elote-Style Corn Salad (Deli)
DLM Pico de Gallo (Produce)
Mazunte Tostadas, broken into smaller pieces (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Heat rice in microwave until hot. Sauté Carne Asada strips briefly in a little oil until hot. Plate the rice and steak. Serve with the Elote-Style Corn Salad, DLM Pico de Gallo, and some tostadas.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour and 10 minutes

 

Head to our Gourmet Takeaway case to discover more meal ideas!

Holiday Cozy Comforts: Charcuterie at Home

After all the shopping, planning, cooking, wrapping, and decorating, it’s finally time to close the door and dig into cozy time spent with your loved ones to enjoy it all. This is why I like to balance out my more elaborate meals with some no-stress, no-cooking ideas to have on tap for the holidays. Not quite ready for dinner or don’t feel like making another fussy meal? Open up a good bottle of wine and set out a charcuterie board with some holiday touches. Happy holidays to you (and me)!

 

4 STEPS TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD

STEP 1: Start by placing small bowls or ramekins on your board or platter. These are for things like nuts, olives, mustards, dips, etc. We like to use Marcona Almonds, Edmond Fallot Mustard, and L’Épicurien Jams.

STEP 2: Place your cheeses and crackers or flatbreads that pair together near them. When choosing your cheeses, think about varying the textures and flavors from buttery to nutty, creamy to hard. DLM Cheesemonger Maritza Cuellar-Crowdy has a fun way to set the framework for her board. “… I think of a rhyme I once learned. Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue.” Some of our go-to selections include Parmigiano-Reggiano that’s complex in flavor and studded with crunchy crystals, bold, sharp Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar, velvety and creamy Saint Angel Brie, Le Papillon Roquefort, which has a big personality and wonderful flavor, and bright, tangy Laura Chenel Fresh Chévre.

STEP 3: Add cured meats. We recommend using a variety of Alexian Pâté, Columbus-based North Country Charcuterie, Niman Ranch Charctuerie, Trois Petits Cochons Saucisson Sec Sausage, Fra’ Mani Soppressata, and Prosciutto di Parma.

STEP 4: Place dried or fresh fruits (like grapes, berries, and pomegranate), pickled veggies, and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Fill any gaps and arrange to your liking so that a variety of colors and textures show through. It makes eating all the more fun!

 

Look for gourmet gifts that ship, like our Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

Sandwich Station: The DLM Difference

The best sandwiches are a sum of all of their parts, so it makes perfectly good sense that our Sandwich Stations craft a lot of amazing sandwiches. We’ve got the best bread in town (learn about our Artisan Bread), our meats and cheeses are of the highest quality, and we source many of our fresh toppings right from our store.

The quality of all of these sandwich components is a big reason why I’m so happy that we recently brought in some really cool new ovens to our Sandwich Stations that elevate the overall experience. These special ovens use a high-heat convection that not only provides a more consistent heat, but also toasts that DLM Artisan Bread for a more fragrant and delicate crunch. Meanwhile, the proteins inside reach just the right temperature and the cheese melts to a bubbly brownness that’ll make you swoon! This is achieved without smashing the bread or squishing the ingredients, giving rise to a more impressive sandwich.

While we were at it, we also decided to revamp our long-standing menu, which was in need of a makeover. Look for new sandwiches as well as avocado toast and customize it just the way you like it. All of these changes pave the way for a more enhanced experience. Stop by our Sandwich Station and taste the DLM Difference in every bite.

Check out the full Famous Deli Sandwiches menu here!