Hang up on delivery and put down the frozen pizza – It’s time for a Savor Seattle Pizza Party with Serious Pie!
If you are a fan of pizza in Seattle, then no doubt you have either visited or heard of Chef Tom Douglas’s Serious Pie. The downtown Seattle staple has recently reopened their restaurant and has been popping up around the city while the industry deals with COVID-19 and adheres to social distancing safety practices. Now, you get to enjoy the great taste of Serious Pie direct in your own home thanks to their new Pizza Kit. This kit – paired with our other fantastic artisan items included in this week’s box – is sure to delight the pizza partygoer in you. Take a look at the bottom of this article for a great recipe, included in your box as well!
Frank’s Quality Produce
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no better place than Frank’s Quality Produce, located in 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 – often times much fresher and better than what can be found at the grocery store! Classic size Iconic Market Boxes will include a smaller assortment of produce. Follow Frank’s Quality Produce on Instagram @franksqualityproduce.
One of the biggest personalities of the Seattle Food Scene, Chef Tom Douglas’s restaurants have helped define what Pacific Northwest food is all about. Many of Seattle’s prominent chefs have at one point or another either worked for or looked up to Douglas. He has been seen on Bravo’s Top Chef, had brunch with the late Anthony Bourdain, and even has his own radio show and podcast. But what many don’t realize is how special Pike Place Market is to Tom: his first job in Seattle was at the Café Sport – where Etta’s Seafood Restaurant now stands – on the corner where Pike Place meets Western Avenue. Douglas would be sent out of the kitchen and into Pike Place Market to gather the day’s fresh ingredients, where he got to know many of the vendors and producers at the famous market. It was those relationships which helped build the foundation for much of his success and understanding of what Pacific Northwest food is all about.
At Serious Pie, it’s all about the dough. Prepared in-house using semolina flour, the process takes about 3 days before it is ready for toppings and then baked. Pizzas are baked in a wood-fire oven, taking about 7 minutes to create a delicious pie. This week, you will find Tom Douglas’s roasted mushroom and truffle cheese pizza kit in each Iconic Market Box. Kits include a par-baked crust and all the toppings and instructions you need to make a slice of the good life at home. Follow Serious Pie on Instagram @seriouspieseattle.
A favorite among the crafts vendors, artists and pretty much everyone who works in Pike Place Market, Michou World Class Deli makes another 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 Italian Chicken Salad in two different sizes: 24 ounces for “The Works” size boxes and 14 ounces for “Classic” size boxes. They have also included their cranberry orange polenta cake for dessert, yum! Follow Michou Deli on Instagram @michoudeli.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
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 is providing a triangle cut piece of their Flagship cheese. This cheese was the first cheese produced at their Pike Place Market location, and is used in many of their signature dishes at their cafes. It is also a favorite tasting among guests on our Signature Tour of Pike Place Market. Follow Beecher’s Handmade Cheese on Instagram @beecherscheese.
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, we have a loaf of petit paysan bread in the Iconic Market Box. Also known as “country bread,” think of it as a rustic bread like the kind a French grandmother in the countryside would make. Follow Le Panier on Instagram @lepanierbakery.
DeLaurenti Food and Wine
There is no missing DeLaurenti Food and Wine on the corner of 1st Avenue and Pike St – from the double door entrance to the smell of fresh coffee being poured and fresh-baked pizza wafting in the air, it is a Pike Place Market icon. For 75 years, DeLaurenti has served up the best specialty foods – think feta and kasseri cheese cut to order, Italian olive oils, imported Italian wine – that you can find in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Peter “Pete” DeLaurenti, Pete delivered bread in Pike Place Market in the early 1920s, where he met his wife Marmie-Marie whose mother owned a grocery in the lower levels of the Market. After marrying and taking over the grocery store just after the end of World War II, “Pete’s Italian Grocery” began and would be the start of what we know as DeLaurenti today. The store did not move to its current location until the 1970s, after Pete’s son Louie took over the business. Three generations of DeLaurentis managed the store until 2001, when three customers and former Starbucks employees made an offer to Louie to purchase the business, an offer so good he could not refuse.
Today, DeLaurenti is a favorite to both locals and visitors alike. It is common to find fish mongers on their break getting coffee from DeLaurenti’s espresso stand, or Market buskers walking out the shop, chomping on a slice of pepperoni pizza from the pizza counter. The warm and inviting embrace of the shop makes a perfect first impression for those who first enter Pike Place Market.
This week, our friends at DeLaurenti have provided Villa Jerada pitted Moroccan green olives and croutons from Seattle favorite Macrina Bakery. Grown and imported from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the olives provide a fruity taste and a firm texture with soft inner flesh that we know your tastebuds will enjoy. Savor these with a glass of wine or topped on a salad for a delightfully tasty experience! Olives are omitted from “classic” size Iconic Market Boxes. Follow Delaurenti’s on Instagram @Delaurentifoodandwine.
Ever been asked to sample a piece of chocolate pasta in Pike Place Market? If so, it was probably by the kind folks at Pappardelle’s Pasta. Located in the Main Arcade, Papardelle’s is known for their wild and creative assortment of flavored dry pastas, olive oils and sauces. Originally started in Denver, Colorado by Bill Curtis and David Bowen in 1984, the business was bought by a couple name Paula and Jim in 2002 and soon expanded into Pike Place Market in 2006. Since then, the pasta stall has been a major part of the market experience. Their famous pasta was served in the White House in the early 1990s and was even tasted by the Pope!
Besides fresh and dried pasta, the company also produces gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Their OMG! Vanilla Fig balsamic vinegar is a perfect pairing with your paysan bread loaf. Try it as a dip with bread, add it to your favorite marinade or glaze, or drizzle on fresh fruit, cheese or salad. Follow Pappardelle and OMG! Gourmet on Instagram @pikeplacepasta and @omggourmet.
Everyone loves a good mom and pop business, and you’ll find many in the Pike Place Market. But one that you’ll really love if you are a sausage fan is Glondo’s Sausage Co. Founded by Charlie and Randine Glondo in 1986, the couple started making sausage in the basement of their home in Cle Elum, Washington using recipes brought from Italy and Croatia by their immigrant grandparents. Today, the business is still run by the couple along with the help of their five children, serving Italian hospitality through their hand-trimmed meats, and robust line of quality Italian products. Glondo’s sausage can be found in Pike Place Market at Northwest Tastings, a tasting room that they opened in partnership with White Heron Wines.
Glondo’s Sausage has provided their mild coppa cured meat in this week’s Iconic Market Box. We think after taking a bite you will fall in love with their artisan meats! Follow Glondo’s sausage on Facebook as Glondo’s Sausage Co. Italian Market.
The Napoleon Co.
If you love family-owned businesses, then you will love the story of Napoleon Co., a 4th-generation-run family business. Antonio Magnano started his business in 1907 selling olive oil, which soon expanded with more products and a fleet of trucks to deliver his products directly to stores by 1926. From there, they got into manufacturing and distribution, and soon the rest is history. These folks were the first distributers of classic household staples such as Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Lawry’s Salad Dressing and Schweppes Sparkling Water in the 1950s . Sound familiar? Yeah, we thought so too. Today, the Napoleon Co. imports over 180 specialty food items and sell these items into 26 states throughout the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Southwest, Midwest and Southeast regions. Just another awesome Seattle-based business that makes a big impact across the country.
In this week’s Iconic Market box, you will find Napoleon tinned anchovies. Try them out in our Caesar salad dressing recipe included in your box, or find it at the bottom of the article.
Middle Fork Roasters
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 are 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.
Caesar Salad Dressing
Makes six to eight servings
estimated preparation time: 30 minutes
- 2 oz anchovy filets, drained of il
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 large egg yolks
- 4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 6 tbsp. finely grated Beecher’s Flagship Cheese or Parmesan
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large food processor or blender, puree the anchovies and garlic. Add egg yolks, lemon juice and Dijon mustard, blending until smooth. Scrape down the sides.
While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the vegetable oul using the chute attachment until the dressing is thick and glossy.
Using a colander, drain green beans and immediately rinse with cold water until green beans are cold to the touch. This will lock in the bright green color and tender crusp texture!
Pour the dressing into a bowl, whisk in the cheese and season with salt and perpper to taste. Add more lemon juice if desired.
Fig, Cheese & Coppa Crostini
Makes four to six servings
Estimated preparation time: 20 minutes
- Thin slices of coppa or prosciutto
- Thin slices of Beecher’s Flagship Cheese or goat cheese
- 4 figs, quartered
- Balsamic vinegar
- Baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
Place cheese on top of the toasted baguette slices.
Top with coppa or prosciutto.
Finish with a fig quarter on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.