Calling All Food Explorers!

Come with us. We’re going on a journey to faraway places and it all starts at one of the most humble destinations—your table and the foods that fill it. No bags or pass ports needed, just an appetite for discovery. Taking flight with us this month is our new Food Explorer series, which will feature culinary stops to some of the hottest food regions of the world in the months to come. First destination is France, so get ready to embrace the fromage, the food, and let’s not forget about the wine!

Our inspiration for launching this journey was not a whim. Travel has become an essential fiber of Dorothy Lane Market’s DNA. For many years at DLM, there has been an underlying philosophy woven into the culture: We travel, we taste, and we meet and learn from artisans and masters in their own craft from faraway places. Then, we bring it back to you. “That gives us passion,” says Calvin Mayne, DLM President. “We are bringing you these great experiences from around the world and it makes us happy and gives our work meaning.”

In addition to so many at DLM, Calvin’s love for travel is inspiring and it walks hand in hand with his love for great food of the world. “You see how people live, you taste, you eat … and those memories stay with you forever.” This is why you’ll find the great flavors of the world discovered during travel being brought back to DLM with authenticity and pride. You’ll see this at play when it comes to our Artisan Bread, Naples-Style Pizza, sushi, Italian-style meats, and DLM Handmade Mozzarella, to name a few. You’ll also find products that we’ve sourced from fine makers and artisans lining our shelves, from the robust wine selection to olive oils, cheeses, and cooking sauces.

“Where else do you go to a grocery store where we’ve actually visited the fisherman or where the Bakery director studied with French masters to learn how to make a baguette?” Calvin says, referring to Jack Gridley’s salmon fishing exploration to the brisk waters of Alaska, Scott Fox’s rendezvous with French bakers in Aurillac, France, Todd Templin’s wine adventure to Austria, all the way to more local treasures, like Dennis Chrisman’s trek to the Amish farms in Adams County, Ohio.

With that said, we are ecstatic to celebrate the foods from afar that you’ll find in our stores the year to come! If you’ve traveled to the regions we’ll be featuring, we hope to revive some of those most delicious memories. If you’ve yet to explore the destinations, then let us give you a small taste of what it has to offer.

27 Ways to Feast like a Parisian at DLM

A lot of folks think of art, romance, and the Eiffel Tower when France comes to mind. For us, it’s all about the food & wine! There is not a region of France that does not produce some great beverage or gastronomic morsel that is not in demand throughout the world, and we are so fortunate to have such a plethora of great French items here at DLM. So come along and have a French picnic or French-inspired dinner right here in Dayton!

 

1. LE VILLAGE SPARKLING FRENCH LEMONADE

Perfect for cocktails or a laid-back Saturday afternoon. Try it as the French do in a panaché: half lemonade and the other half a lager beer.

2. MACARON

Featuring a unique array of flavored shells and fillings, we get this French favorite from our dear friend Ghyslain.

3. MADRANGE JAMBON NATURAL HAM

No added nitrites, nitrates, water, or coloring, enjoy this ham on a baguette with a hint of Dijon mustard and cornichons.

4. MICHE BREAD

“Miche” is literally a French word for “loaf” and a fitting tribute to this bread’s rustic character. After tasting it on a bakery-lined street in Paris, we knew we needed to bake this bread at DLM!

5. J. LEBLANC HUILE DE NOIX WALNUT OIL

You’ll love the beautiful aroma of roasted walnuts from the south of France. For a vinaigrette, combine with Banyuls Vinegar or lemon juice.

6. LE PITHIVIER

Named after the town where it originated in the Loire region of France, this puff pastry has a light almond cream.

7. OYSTERS

Walk into any French restaurant and you will likely see an oyster dish on the menu. In fact, it’s estimated that France is the No. 1 consumer and exporter of this wine of the sea.

8. JACQUES GONIDEC SARDINES

The ultimate treat smeared on a cracker, bread, or even eggs. Hand packed in olive oil and available with tomato, lemon, or chili peppers!

9. GROIX & NATURE SALMON OR SCALLOP RILLETTES

Fishing is second nature to the inhabitants of the island Groix in Southern Brittany. We like these delicacies on DLM Italian Mini Toasts, warm blinis, or in a salad.

10. FICELLE SANDWICHES

With varieties like The Parisian, you’ll be picnic-ready with a few of these French-style sandwiches in your basket.

11. CROQUE MONSIEUR

French ham, Gruyère cheese, and our béchamel sauce, grilled to perfection at our Sandwich Station!

12. LE CHOCOLAT DES FRANÇAIS

Delicious and fun, these high quality French chocolate bars have a whimsical side with labels that remind one slightly of an Andy Warhol collection.

13. DLM BUTTER CARAMELS

The Paris-Caramels company’s reputation is based on the quality of the ingredients with only Charentes-Poitou PDO butter, milk, crème fraîche, and French cane sugar used in the making of these decadent treats.

14. LA MOUTARDERIE EDMOND FALLOT

Located in the charming village of Beaune (the heart of Burgundy), this mustard is unrivaled by any other taking this simple condiment to near gastronomic perfection!

15. LES COMTES DE PROVENCE

Jams with a wonderfully distinct flavor while not being overly sweet. Try spread over buttered Farmhouse toast.

Fromage of France

France’s varied terroir can sustain different milk-producing animals resulting in a variety of cheeses. Here are some of our favorites, clockwise from the top left!

16. MORBIER

A rich cows’ milk cheese with a traditional line of ash separating the morning and evening milk. This pungent cheese is great on a baguette with a glass of red wine.

17. P’TIT BASQUE

Sheeps’ milk cheese from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains. This mild, delicate cheese is the perfect charcuterie accompaniment.

18. BRIE DE MEAUX

This is the luscious, true Brie from the region of Meaux. With its bloomy rind and earthy aromas, it’s simply divine with jams from Les Comtes de Provence served on top!

19. MIMOLETTE

An interesting cows’ milk cheese with a burnt orange color. It’s buttery in the palate with a slightly nutty, salty tone that makes it great in omelets!

20. LE PAPILLON ROQUEFORT

A sheeps’ milk cheese made in the world-famous caves of Roquefort. Simply smear on warm and crusty bread.

 

French Wines

21. LA FERME DE GICON CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROSÉ 2018

From the south of France, this is summer in a bottle with its bright, dry strawberry and raspberry fruit and floral tones. Made primarily of Grenache with a touch of Syrah, it is perfect with a cheese and olive plate.

22. CLARENDELLE BORDEAUX ROUGE 2015

A new favorite of ours with its blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Ample black currants and silky smooth tannins make it a very friendly dinner wine.

23. CHAMPALOU VOUVRAY LA CUVÉE DES FONDRAUX 2017

This Loire Valley wine shows a lot of stone fruit and orange peel wrapped in an elegant sheath of crisp acidity, pairing well with seafood. This is a seriously good Chenin Blanc from vines averaging 45+ years!

24. CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS 2015

This is the ultimate dinner wine that is just the right balance of rustic old worldliness and total drinkability! A blend of primarily Malbec and a touch of Merlot, this wine is made for grilled steaks.

25. CHÂTEAU GRAVILLE-LACOSTE GRAVES BLANC 2017

A crisp, invigorating white wine that is made primarily from Sémillon in Bordeaux. It lends itself well to seafood, roasted chicken, or a salad with a vinaigrette made with Leblanc Huile de Noix Walnut oil.

26. FLORENSAC PICPOUL DE PINET 2017

A great everyday white wine that’s crisp, clean, and vibrant making it perfect as a crowd pleaser on the patio or paired with light seafood or poultry dishes.

27. DOMAINE DE VERQUIÈRE RASTEAU

Organically farmed Grenache and Syrah from a small family estate beneath the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Intensely flavored, it’s a beautiful wine paired with grilled foods or a hearty cheese and charcuterie plate.

Spring Fling Pastry & Food Show

MAY 2 • 7-9 P.M. • DLM Springboro

In dreaming up a theme for this year’s Spring Fling Pastry & Food Show, coming up on May 2, our minds swirled with potential new directions and ideas. But when we really thought about the essence of the event, we landed right back to its humble roots.

Purchase Your Spring Fling Pastry & Food Show Tickets Here!

Spring Fling Pastry & Food Show started 15 years ago with a goal of spotlighting the hardworking, immensely talented, and passionate group of DLM pastry chefs who unleash their creativity with the selection of pastries we are fortunate to feature at the DLM Bakery. You see, they mostly work out of view of customers as they create wonderful masterpieces seven days a week. At our Spring Fling, they are on center stage surrounded by their edible works of art.

I’ve walked past the pastry case next to Scott Fox, VP of Bakery, on more than one occasion and heard him express “our pastries are world class.” With that said, we’ve landed on the perfect theme for this year’s show—Chef Showcase.

As you experience all of the stations, such as galaxy cakes made of mirror glaze, a plethora of flavored croissants, and an artistically rendered sugar sculpture, you’ll walk away knowing what we already do—not only are the resulting pastries and foods world-class, but so are the experts who make them. In addition, you’ll find a chef-driven selection of foods to round out the sweets with more savory bites. Join us at Spring Fling so you can see for yourself how these masterpieces are made.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Seafood Menus

As you’re looking for Friday meal ideas, be sure to stop by our Sandwich Station for a Chesapeake Crab Cake Sandwich. Or, visit Jack’s Grill and choose a piece of fish and have it grilled for lunch or dinner. Jack’s Grill also has a variety of menu items showcasing some of the most scrumptious seafood sandwiches, such as Cod,  Tilapia, and our ever-popular Lobster Roll.

Sandwich Station

Jack’s Grill

 

Warm Your Soul with Soup

It’s 11:24 a.m. on a Wednesday and the DLM Homemade Soup Station at DLM Washington Square alone has already replenished two of the six 11-quart soup wells located at the Deli’s Soup Station. Fast-forward 32 minutes and that number jumps to four. On a typical day, our Deli serves approximately 225 quarts of soup. Factor in the Soup Station also located near our Meat & Seafood department and that number jumps even more.

When it comes to DLM Homemade Soups, we’re often asked “what’s your secret?” Truth is, sometimes the best secret is the one that is painstakingly obvious—the soups are made from scratch daily using chef-driven recipes and the very same meats and vegetables you’ll find in our stores. Unlike the soups found on most “hot soup bars” that come from a bag or can, ours are Made Right Here in each store’s Kitchen, and that’s something we’re pretty proud of.

“Terms like ‘homemade’ and ‘made from scratch’ have kind of lost their worth in today’s marketplace. Most people see it as an advertising gimmick that doesn’t mean what it used to. At DLM, it means exacly what it says—no gimmicks, no false promises,” says Rick Mosholder, Kitchen manager at DLM Washington Square. “The ingredients used in our soups are the exact same items our customers can buy. There is no ‘secret’ or unobtainable items that we use. Just good quality products from start to finish.”

Jessica Prior, who manages the Kitchen at DLM Springboro agrees. “Made Right Here—it’s what puts DLM on the map and we take great pride in that,” she says. The Kitchen at DLM Springboro is bustling with activity. She walks from the Kitchen and heads over to the Produce department to grab some fresh cilantro, which she chops once back in the Kitchen and adds to a pot of chili simmering on the stove. Each store offers about 5-6 different types of soup each day, ranging from the ever-popular Mom’s Chicken Noodle and Tomato Bisque to the more exotic, like Pork Posole and Tom Yum Gai. “We try to make sure that each day’s selection offers something cream-based, broth-based as well as an option with chicken, beef, and a vegetarian choice,” Jessica says.

DLM Homemade Soups are so popular, there is a dedicated soup chef for each store’s Kitchen—speaking volumes to Made Right Here in action. “It makes us all feel good to know people enjoy it … knowing that puts a smile on our faces,” Jessica says.

Check out what soups we have available today at your favorite location!

The Perfect Quick Bite: Fire-Roasted Appetizers

You’ve likely seen folks walking around our store with a glass of wine in hand and returning to the Wine Bar to lightly graze. Our Wine Bars are more popular than ever, as people gather for wine tastings and other events and often grab a quick bite from various departments around the store. We’re really excited to give you another reason to join in with this crowd—our newly debuted Fire-Roasted Appetizers at our Naples-Style Pizza Station (at DLM Washington Square and Springboro only).

We use the very same oven with an open flame where we cook our Naples-Style Pizza to create the quick bites that you can enjoy whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a wine tasting. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Caprese: Blistered tomatoes served alongside pesto and burrata.

DLM Meatballs: Served in a tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano.

Tikka Cauliflower Charred: Cauliflower in a Tikka Masala sauce with cilantro.

Warm Marinated Olives: Greek olives marinated in olive oil with lemon and rosemary.

Hot Goat Cheese Dip: Kalamata olives and capers in tomato sauce with fresh goat cheese.

Blistered Shishito: Fresh shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

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.

Leave Perfection Alone with This Tomato Sandwich

The classic tomato sandwich is simple. You start with fresh white bread and slather on a good mayo. Then comes the ripest local tomatoes you can get your hands on with a sprinkle of salt. Voila! Introducing our sandwich of the month for August!

Yes, it would be delicious on all sorts of bread, like DLM Sourdough or Classic 10-Grain. Of course bacon would be good but that makes it another sandwich all together. How about adding avocado or sprouts or lettuce or all sorts of other possibilities? I’ll admit it was hard to restrain myself. but I’m so glad I did.

So come by the month of August and watch us make your sandwich with DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread and Duke’s Mayo (a southern staple) on both sides. Then we cut thick slabs of our ripe, local heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt on them.

That’s it. So why all the hoopala? Some folks wait all year for the taste of this. One bite you will think to yourself, “Oh, I get it now.” Grab some extra napkins because you will need them. It is really summer simplified on a sandwich!

Curry Lovers Unite!

We have a serious group of curry lovers here at DLM. Our Curry Turkey Soup has a fan club that is serious about that flavorful soup! So when I tasted this new item from Boar’s Head, I knew we had to carry it in our Deli. Stop by and ask for a free sample. I think its amazing!

It’s called Madrasala Curry Chicken and its made with oven-roasted boneless, skinless chicken breast. So naturally it’s high in protein and low in fat. It is then coated with a heady mix of Indian-inspired spices like cumin, chile, turmeric, and ginger. Let’s just say that it’s not shy in the flavor department.

Just eating it by itself is so good! If you need an idea for an amazing sandwich, try this: DLM Raisin Walnut Bread slathered with some scallion cream cheese and Major Grey’s Chutney. Top with some peppery arugula and voilà – a seriously delicious and flavorful sandwich!

 

5 Tea Sandwiches for a Royally Delicious Tea Party

Peggy Neary, DLM Culinary Center manager, appeared on Living Dayton, showcasing the most delightfully elegant platter filled with an array of tea sandwiches and sharing how to make a few. Each sandwich was cut neatly and Peggy explained how afternoon tea is generally served with lighter fare, such as tea sandwiches. Below are some of her favorite tea sandwich recipes. Use them for any number of events, such as a bridal or baby shower or a tea party, including one to celebrate the highly anticipated royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

1. Cheddar Chutney Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 24 tea sandwiches)

9-oz jar Major Grey’s Chutney (about ½ cup), pieces chopped
½ lb Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar Cheese, grated coarsely (about 2 cups)
½ cup sour cream
3 oz cream cheese, softened
12 slices DLM Raisin Walnut Bread
½ cup minced fresh parsley
softened butter
6 Slices DLM Oven Roasted or Wood Smoked Turkey Breast

In a bowl stir together chutney, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste until combined well to make a Cheddar chutney. Spread Cheddar chutney on all 12 slices of bread. Place a slice of turkey on 6 slices of the bread. Make 6 sandwiches with filling, turkey, and bread, pressing together gently. Trim crusts and cut into quarters. Spread edges with soft butter and coat edges with chopped parsley. Sandwiches may be made 2 hours ahead, wrapped in plastic wrap, and chilled.

2. Garden Party Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 32 tea sandwiches)

1 thin cucumber
16 slices DLM white sandwich bread
4 oz fresh unsalted butter
1 to 2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Peel cucumber and slice in paper-thin rounds. Salt rounds lightly and place in colander for 15 minutes to drain. Press to release water; pat dry with paper towels. Spread slices bread with softened butter. Put two layers of cucumber slices on bottom slice, sprinkle with finely chopped mint, salt and pepper to taste and top with another buttered slice. Press lightly with palm of hand. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters.  Serve with points facing up!

3. Checkerboard Tea Sandwiches

Filling ideas: For an easy filling, visit our Deli and pick up DLM Tuna Salad, *Chicken Pecan Salad, *Old Fashioned Chicken Salad, or our Made Right Here Egg Salad. *mince these salads for a finer sandwich filling.

Garnish ideas: Spear each sandwich with an olive, pickle slice, or small cherry tomato and line up on platter like a checkerboard.

4. Smoked Salmon, Caper and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)
5½ oz cream cheese
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp capers, drained, finely chopped
8 slices whole wheat bread, lightly buttered
8 slices smoked salmon

Mix the cream cheese, red onion, and capers together in a bowl. Spread this mixture onto four slices of the bread. Top with the smoked salmon and close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters.

5. Roast Beef Finger Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)

8 slices white or wheat bread
Horseradish cream (recipe following)
¼ pound DLM deli-sliced roast beef, thinly sliced
4 slices havarti cheese
1 English cucumber, peeled into paper-thin strips
Softened unsalted butter

Horseradish Cream
3 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

For horseradish cream, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Spread bread slices with softened butter. Spread one side of 4 bread slices with Horseradish Cream, and divide roast beef among bread slices. Top with a slice of cheese and remaining 4 bread slices. Trim crusts and cut each sandwich into 2 fingers, and wrap each with a cucumber strip.