Food, people and love – it’s the T&C recipe, and it’s what makes us US.
This holiday season we’re adding the word “sharing” to our recipe to express our heartfelt intention to nourish the quality of the holiday season for us as a company and you, our customer.
So why the word sharing?
Sharing is one of the most enduring sentiments of the holiday season, and it’s a theme that runs through much of what we do. We share our holiday culinary recommendations, recipes and dishes, and we also want to be a haven from the SELL-SELL-SELL madness we often see this time of year. Our folks do an amazing job helping people find what they need in a comfortable, festive and delicious environment. As one of our senior directors Susan Allen says, “Sure, we sell groceries. But what we’re really out to do is enhance our customers’ holidays with food, people and love.”
We look forward to sharing that with you this year as well as all the food that gets us excited for the season. Look for the Food People Love Sharing logo to appear around our markets, mailers, and on the web, and have a great holiday season everybody!
The Wide World of Bakery Traditions
There are few things more colorful and delicious than a holiday spread full of fresh-baked goodies. Our Bakery team really goes the extra mile to bring in food from other culinary traditions that’s not only delicious, but made with love, so you can make your holiday get-together extra special, too.
Our selection of Italian Panettone bread has become a staple in our stores during the holidays. If you haven’t already, be sure and take a peek at our multiple flavor varieties, including the Classic, Chocolate-Amaretto, and a new tropical variety that’s filled with pineapple, papaya, guava and jackfruit. We also carry a tiramisu version, and a gluten-free variety.
We also have a Christmas Stollen, a 600-year-old German tradition. Stollen is a rich, colorful bread filled with candied orange, lemon rind, nuts and raisins, all wrapped in delightful powdered sugar. Its hints of rum and citrus pair beautifully with coffee or mulled wine.
We have dozens of local and imported baked goodies for the holidays. So let’s all grab an extra piece of baked goodness— it’s the holidays after all — and make sure the dog doesn’t steal anything off the table when we’re not looking.
Winter Beers for Heartier Pours
Everything gets a little thicker during the holidays. Sorry – that should be “heartier.” The outerwear, the waistlines and the beer. And when it comes to finding the tastiest, most interesting winter-style brews, our Beer, Wine and Spirits managers have done their homework. One misconception about winter beers is that they’re all super heavy, but our seasonal selections are still light on their feet.
“They’re what’s called a ‘winter-warmer’ style,” says Don Thornton, our Beer, Wine and Spirits Specialist. “Brewers roast the malt and toast it to a higher degree, which gives them darker color, but they’re not necessarily the super heavy stouts and porters a lot of people imagine. These old ale-style, darker ambers and malty beers are perfect for holiday drinking and eating,”
Beers like the Deschutes Jubelale, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, or the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale are perfect examples, with their winter-warmer style and fresh-hop flavor. These beers also tend to be a little higher in alcohol, but hey, you weren’t planning on driving anywhere in all that rain anyway, were you? We’ll be hoisting these brews all season long so let’s toast to a warm and happy holiday! Cheers!
Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.
SEASTACK from Mt. Townsend Creamery is about as local as it gets for us. Hailing from Port Townsend, Wash., this creamery is practically in our Poulsbo Central Market’s backyard.
And good neighbors they are, too, bringing us their hand-crafted cheeses. Seastack is my favorite. Modeled after a classic Chaource recipe, this little jewel is a MUST HAVE for every cheeseboard.
Dipping into this tangy, ash-coated, soft-ripened cheese rewards you with a velvety textured cow’s milk cheese with hints of toasted nuts and fresh cream.
Whether the piece you choose is young and tangy or extra aged and earthy, you won’t be disappointed with this Northwest artisan cheese.
And as a holiday gift to you, it’s on the hottest sale of the year! We’re talking $8.01 off for the 6-oz. round, through Dec. 4. So stock up and enjoy one of our hometown favorites.
Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.