Weekly Round-Up November 17th - 20th: Autumn Harvest
November 16, 2020
Jump into Fall with our Autumn Harvest Box!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought why not get into the holiday spirit early?! We are celebrating the season's harvest with goodies from some of Seattle's and Pike Place Market's favorite shops and artisan foods that we are sure you are going to love. From pumpkin-spiced bagels to a non-traditional take on lasagna, put on some sweatpants because the meals you make with this hearty box will fill you up!
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no better place than Frank’s Quality Produce, located at the Corner Market Building of Pike Place Market. Three generations of the Genzale family have had a presence in the Pike Place Market, starting with Frank “Cheech” Genzale in 1928, and now Frank Jr., the current owner and operator of Franks’s Quality Produce. Locals choose this stall not just for the quality of produce, but because of the people that make this stall so special. It is not uncommon to find team members recommending recipes or describing flavors of veggies unfamiliar to those passing by. It is that kind of service that keeps locals loyal to their small business, and why we love working with this amazing family-owned operation.
Each week, Iconic Market Boxes include a box of produce, curated by Frank Jr. and his team. The produce changes based on availability and seasonality, ensuring that our customers get the best produce available – oftentimes much fresher and better than what can be found at the grocery store! Follow Frank's Quality Produce on Instagram @franksqualityproduce.
Started in 2018 by Michela and Nathan, Pasta Casalinga is the best of Italy and the Pacific Northwest combined. Friends for years, both have an extensive love for food, drink and community, and hoped to bring all three together when they first opened the gates to their small pasta counter in Pike Place Market. At Pasta Casalinga, it is all about rustic, homestyle cooking. The menu changes every few weeks, and offers 3-4 different pastas, each one inspired either by “the farm”, “the ocean” or “the garden”. It is Italian comfort food at it’s finest.
Get ready for something delicious in this week’s Iconic Market Box: Lasagna alla boscaiola. The lasagna is stuffed with fennel seed sausage, cremini mushrooms, sweet peas and a homemade bechamel – you’ll be drooling before your first bite. Customers who purchase “The Works” size boxes will have a large lasagna (as pictured above), while “classic” boxes will include a smaller lasagna size. Follow Pasta Casalinga on Instagram @pastacasalinga.
Have you ever seen our famous fish mongers chowing down on a bagel with cream cheese during their break and wondered where they came from? Seattle Bagel Bakery is located right around the corner and has been serving the community fresh bagels every morning since 1986. “We make’um, we bake’um and we deliver them all within a 24-hour period,” said Allen Thorne, Production Manager at Seattle Bagel Bakery. The team at Seattle Bagel Bakery hold themselves to a high standard as well, following the old-school method of kettle boiling their bagels for that perfect chew and texture. They also use the best local ingredients available, such as flour from Shepherd’s Gran Co-op, known in the region as the premier producer of sustainable Washington wheat.
Seattle Bagel Bakery has included two types of bagels (Pumpkin Spice and Plain bagels) and their plain cream cheese in this week’s Iconic Market Box. Please note that plain bagels are omitted in “classic” size boxes. Follow Seattle Bagel Bakery on Instagram @seattlebagel.
A favorite among the crafts vendors, artists and pretty much everyone who works in Pike Place Market, Michou World Class Deli makes its usual appearance in this week’s iconic Market Box. Michou’s bounty of panini-style sandwiches, soups, dips, desserts, and salads are beloved for their use of great quality ingredients, and lines are common in the morning and during the lunch rush.
This week Michou Deli has provided their Roasted Cauliflower salad in two different sizes: 24 ounces for “The Works” size boxes and 12 ounces for “Classic” size boxes. Enjoy as a side or as a healthy lunch on its own. Follow Michou Deli on Instagram @michoudeli.
If you love the smells of fresh-baked croissants and French press coffee, then you will love Le Panier in Pike Place Market. Started in 1983, the bakery blends together precise French technique with the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Signature items include the classic French baguette, almond croissants, and macarons. Today, as the Pike Place Market reopens, it is still the talk of the town, with lines still out the door.
This week Le Panier has provided a loaf of their Pain au oignons – onion bread. Slice and toast this savory bread to pile on all your Thanksgiving leftovers for a tasty meal any time of the day. Follow Le Panier on Instagram @lepanierbakery.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is easily one of the most well known brands born from Pike Place Market. Known for their long lines for mac and cheese and large viewing windows enabling passersby to view daily cheese-making, it is a no-brainer that we have been working with this business from the first day of Savor Seattle's food tour operations, over thirteen years ago.
Started by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, the Pike Place Market location opened in 2003 and has since expanded to the Flat Iron District in New York City and even to Monroe, Wisconsin. Eating food without harmful additives or preservatives is critical to Kurt and is even part of the company’s credo: “Beecher's Handmade Cheese makes foods only with ingredients we trust, are proud of, and would eat ourselves. It's just authentic and original food, full of flavor.”
This week Beecher’s has provided an incredibly special cheese to the assortment – 4-year aged Flagship Cheese. Their standard version of their Flagship cheese has a mild sharpness with nutty undertones and is aged for 15 to 18 months. The 4-year aged variety elevates those same flavors as a more rich and nuttier flavor with a tangy finish. Follow Beecher’s handmade Cheese on Instagram @beecherscheese.
One of the many things we love about Vashon Island is that its full of entrepreneurial, small businesses. One of these awesome businesses is Seattle Canning Company, where the motto is: Yes, We Can! Started five years ago by Sarah “Sunny” Collins, she wanted to follow her passion for artisanal foods and master her skills canning and preserving the foods she loved. As a mother, owner and operator of the business, she definitely has her hands full, but that never compromises the amazing flavors that she has been able to bottle and can. Seattle Canning Company’s handmade, small-batch specialty chutneys, relishes and fresh pickled produce have won three Good Food Awards, and have received numerous support and fandom from customers who have been introduce to her products at farmers markets and specialty retailers in the Pacific Northwest.
You’ll find a bottle of Pacific Coast Cranberry chutney from Seattle Canning Company in this week’s Iconic Market Box. Sweet and tangy, it is a perfect complement to your meals around the dinner table, and especially so with Beecher’s 4-year aged Flagship Cheese and a toasted slice of onion bread! Follow Seattle Canning Co. on Instagram @seattlecanningco.
Seattle Chocolate Company began in 1991, creating their signature meltaway truffles and truffle bars in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. When the original factory was destroyed by the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001, entrepreneur and mother Jean Thompson was an investor in the company. Never one to turn down a challenge, Jean stepped up as Owner + CEO of Seattle Chocolate in 2002, learning quickly along the way and creating a fresh new look for the chocolate. She brought color, whimsy, and a keen eye for marketing to the Seattle Chocolate brand, making them who they are today!
Seattle Chocolate Company has provided two amazing truffle bars in this week’s Iconic Market Box – Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bar and Apple Pie a la Mode Truffle bar. Expect the tasty, delectable joy that is brought with each bite of these amazing confections. Keep for yourself or share with a friend – these bars make excellent gifts as you consider the approaching holiday gifting season. Both bars are included in “the works” size boxes, while the peanut butter pretzel truffle bar is omitted in the “classic” version. Follow Seattle Chocolate Company on Instagram @seattlechoc.
In 2009, a close-knit group of friends and coffee-lovers decided to put their passions first and began roasting coffee in the heart and soul of Seattle’s coffee scene. Since then, they have been regularly active in their community, giving back whenever they can and working with other businesses to help make their own coffee dreams come true. In fact, Middle Fork Roasters are responsible for providing the beans to many businesses around Seattle, including those in Pike Place Market.
We’re psyched that Middle Fork created the Savor Seattle Blend - a combination of Brazilian and Sumatran beans, delivering a bold yet buttery body with rich chocolate undertones. This laid-back blend provides an incredibly clean finish that is perfect for easing into your morning routine. Every “The Works” size Iconic Market Box includes a 1 lb. bag of whole bean coffee and is omitted from “Classic” size boxes. Follow Middle Fork Roasters on Instagram @middleforkroasters.