Bolsa Mercado, Dallas, TX
Seattle and Portland, Ore., may have started the trend, but epicurean markets are cropping up all over the country. First there was New York’s Eataly, the 50,000-square-foot artisanal Italian food mecca complete with coffee bar, wineshop, bakery, panini and gelato stations, fish counter and butchery, and seven full-service restaurants. The brainchild of Oscar Farinetti, Mario Batali, and the mother-son team of Joe and Lidia Bastianich, Eataly’s commitment to the slow-food movement connects visitors to the food they eat. Check out these three other venues hoping to inspire local eaters to do the same:
opened last December as an extension of the award-winning eatery Bolsa. A super chef-driven concept, the market has a general-store feel and is open every day serving breakfast, lunch (house-made pastries, breakfast sandwiches, beet salad) and prepared dinners for takeout. Aisles are filled with local honeys, homemade salsas, pickles and condiments, and there’s also a butcher shop (think house-made sausages and brats) and a variety of Texas-produced cheese.
Society Fair, Alexandria, Va
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From the Eat Good Food Group comes the gastronomic emporium Society Fair
, a bakery, butchery, demo kitchen? and wine bar (more than 150 bottles). Local goodies include eggs; honey, oils and mustards; and meat. Grab a sustainable sandwich made on an assortment of breads, baked in-house daily. In the demo kitchen a new dinner menu debuts every Tuesday though Saturday and rotates between themes like Ethnic and Comfort. Cooking and cocktail classes are also on offer.
Known as a modern playground for food lovers, FoodParc
, a high-tech, 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space on the first floor of Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, offers three main eateries: 3 B’s (for bacon, of which there are four artisanal varieties; burgers, made from a local hanger steak blend; and beer), Fornetti (an Italian deli turning out salads, pastas and sandwiches on brick-oven flatbreads) and the Press (a coffee shop serving La Colombe coffee, tea, pastries and gelato).