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:
Bolsa Mercado 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.
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).