Blog posts tagged with 'gourmet food market'

Delicious Spring Produce From Our Gourmet Market

Spring is in full effect! That means that there is an even wider range of delicious produce available in both our gourmet food market and our online gourmet food shop. While winter veggies like kale, turnips and potatoes are still in delicious form, the spring fare will brighten up your meals and bring even more variety to your meals.

Here are a few delicious produce items to be on the lookout for in our gourmet food market:


The omega-3 fatty acid-packed babies are healthy and filling, making them a perfect choice for those striving for a healthy diet and weight loss. They are at peak ripeness this time a year and are delicious whether you toss them in salads, whip them into guacamole or eat them whole.


Crunchy and full of texture, these cruciferous veggies are fresh and tasty during springtime. Plus, radishes are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and glucosinolates. Eat them raw, sauté them with other veggies or slice them into slivers and toss them into a salad.


This is the time that strawberries turn sweet, so take advantage and turn them into an antioxidant-rich dessert or snack.


If only this healthy veggie was in season for a much longer time! One of the healthiest vegetables around, asparagus boasts a bevy of anti-inflammatory nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and minerals such as manganese, zinc and selenium. Grill them with steak, salmon or tuna, or boil them and drizzle with lemon and butter or olive oil.

Spring Garlic

Toss it into soup, risotto and pasta, cook it with your favorite lean protein, and season all your favorite dishes with seasonal garlic, which is as its most subtle flavor this time of year.

Whether you buy your produce in our Sacramento store or our online gourmet food market, you can always count on the freshest, most delicious spring produce.

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Gourmet Halloween Treats

One of the most fun and exciting holidays of the year is here! Why not celebrate Halloween treats gourmet style? In one visit to a gourmet food market, you can add some festive flair to holiday parties or even just your family dinner.

If you’re thinking about giving some gifts to your loved ones, then consider making a Halloween gift basket filled with gourmet food and wine. Instead of junk food, add some gourmet popcorn and imported chocolates to bring a little sophistication to the standard trick-or-treat candy.

Another great gift idea for the Halloween season that doesn’t have to include gourmet food and wine is a chocolate and coffee basket. Imported chocolates and gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate make for the perfect combination this time of year.  Some Italian cookies are also a great way to stray for the norm while stiff offering a gift of sweets.

If you have an office party, come in to our gourmet food market for some ideas of what to bring. Instead of regular sodas, try something unique and refreshing, like River City Blueberry Lemonade soda.

If you’re having you’re a Halloween party at your house, set up a platter of gourmet groceries: try some delicious fall produce, imported cheese, Saag's Pistachio Liver Pate and an array of whole wheat crackers. Bring out some unique baked goods or discover a strong chocolate and wine pairing to tantalize your guest’s taste buds.

Don’t stop at the selection of gourmet groceries and sweets—set up a spooky table by draping black velvet or taffeta over the table, and use dark flowers for decoration such a black dahlias or calla lilies. Be sure to stock up on some dark beverages such as red wine, and if you’re feeling really daring, make some black vodka martinis. Throw in some skull candles and you’ve got an entirely new type of Halloween fete.

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Grilling Gourmet Style

Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to get out the grill, and start perfecting some recipes with gourmet food and wine. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue, a 4th of July party or are just having dinner with your family or friends, you can make the most out of the season and your grill with a few simple techniques from the best gourmet food market in Sacramento.

Grilling is great for cooking tender cuts of beef, poultry, fish and vegetables. While traditional barbecuing is done at lower temperatures, resulting in a slow pace and plenty of smoke, grilling uses higher temperatures to sear the item you’re cooking and therefore maintain juiciness. Grilling is considered healthier because the heat causes the fat to drip into the fire. Start with a clean grill—you don’t want any remnants of your last meal to ruin the taste of your next one. Keep in mind that the best time to remove residue is directly after you finish grilling. Spray or brush the grill with vegetable oil before you heat it up to prevent anything from sticking. When you head to the gourmet food market to choose your cuts, select ones that are not too thick so that the outside doesn’t burn and give it an acrid taste. Why ruin some amazing gourmet food and the wine you bought to go along with it? The goal is to make dinner, not start a fire.

Make sure that the grill is hot before you start—experts recommend pre-heating it for 15 to 30 minutes before start cooking. If you’re grilling beef, you may want to cut off any excess fat. Season or marinade your cuts before grilling, and with chicken, pre-cook it beforehand to reduce grilling time. Bring all items to room temperature before your toss them on the grill.

Those are the basics for getting started. Click here to choose some delicious gourmet food and wine for your meal.