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Thanksgiving Dinner

  • November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Potomac Market River FallsThanksgiving dinner is probably the one meal so rooted in tradition we know exactly what we are going to eat and exactly how it is going to taste. Every year we look forward with familiar anticipation.

We all have our favorites… maybe for you, it’s that pile of mashed potatoes drenched in gravy… or a favorite recipe of stuffing… or the cranberry sauce (either fresh or from-the-can)… or maybe you’re the type who just looks forward to the turkey sandwich after the meal.

Whichever your favorite part of the meal is, have you ever wondered, “Did the Pilgrims really eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie?”

While not much is known about the actual meal shared in 1621 the answer is, not likely.

The pilgrims had access to an abundance of both wild game and rice so it is probably safe to assume that dinner included some kind of bird or ‘fowl’. Wild turkey may very well have been on the menu, but there was almost certainly goose and duck as well. In lieu of a ‘stuffing’, a wild rice dish might have been served alongside.

Records show quite a bit of seafood to have been included in early thanksgiving meals, including cod, bass, lobster, and oysters. One of the earliest printed recipes we could find was in the 1832 book, Cook’s Own Book, which instructed “Fill your chickens with young oysters cut small, truffles, parsley and spices, and roast them.” New England stuffing of that time tended to incorporate chestnuts, which often continues to this day, while a more Southern approach utilizes cornbread as the base, with pecans added.

We can trace the earliest stuffings back to some time between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD, to a chef by the name of Apicius from the Roman Empire, who wrote a cookbook titled De Re Coquinaria. It contained recipes for a variety of stuffed animals including hares, pigs and chickens. For the most part, the stuffing of this period consisted of a variety of vegetables, spices, nuts and herbs, as well as spelt and organ meat. It wasn’t called ‘stuffing’ at the time… in fact that word didn’t appear in print until about 1538. Prior to this, it was mostly referred to as ‘farce’ which came from the Latin farcire which meant ‘to stuff’. Much later, the word ‘stuffing’ was regarded as a bit too crass and it was referred to as ‘dressing’, a term still frequently used today.

Cranberries are a native North American fruit and are abundant in the Northeast. It is well known that the Native Americans ate them regularly and used them as a natural dye for clothing as well as for medicinal purposes. If the Pilgrims and the Native Americans ate cranberries at the first Thanksgiving feast it was likely a dish called “pemmican” which incorporates crushed cranberries and dried meat. Cranberry sauce as we know it today would not have existed, as sugar was not a widely available ingredient.

There would have been plenty of corn on the table and likely it was mashed into a porridge. And as much as they are now a Thanksgiving-table-staple, and most definitely a favorite, potatoes would not have been part of the original Thanksgiving Feast. Native to South America, potatoes are recorded to have made their way to Europe by around 1560, and were not an established crop in North America until 1719.

The Puritans likely did enjoy pumpkin, but since they had no access to wheat for flour, sugar, or butter, they would not have had pie. The first pumpkin pie wasn’t recorded until 1650. And whipped cream for pie? Not a chance!

So… Would you have enjoyed the 1621-version of the Thanksgiving meal?

While we all have our own secret family recipes, The Market can make your celebration a bit easier, offering up a delightful and delicious version of what has become the “traditional Thanksgiving Menu”.

We are open until 3:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day for you to come pick up your pre-ordered meal to enjoy with family & friends.

We are thankful for your loyalty & patronage.

 

Food for Thought, and for your Guests

  • October 27, 2019

Can yMarket River Falls Food for the Holidaysou believe there are only nine weekends left between now and January 1st ? We don’t know about you, but every year it feels like it gets shorter and shorter.

There’s still plenty of time to get everything done but those nine weeks WILL go by quickly. We want you to enjoy yourself, to savor the important moments and to let us help.

We know many of you will have family visiting from out of town and of course this is a perfect time of year to invite friends over for a little Holiday cheer. With Holiday parties on repeat, we’ve put together a list of suggested foods to help give you some inspiration.

 

Are you hosting a work party?

Why not go for an Italian food theme and serve a beautiful antipasto salad, an olive tapenade, a Caesar or fresh tomato & Mozzarella salad, our classic lasagna, eggplant parmesan or baked penne and our famous apple caramel nut pie?

A Secret Santa gift exchange for colleagues or friends?

It is always appreciated when someone offers a great cheese platter and we have several different options to please. We have an artisanal cheese sampler display with jams, fruit & nuts. We have a cheese & pate display served with crackers or a baguette, cornichons and whole grain mustard as well as a fruit and cheese display featuring seasonal fresh fruit.

A cookie decorating party for your kids and their friends?

Keep it kid friendly and serve our chicken tenders, macaroni & cheese, a fresh fruit platter and for the kids with more adventurous palates, our pad-thai and our beef or chicken satay are always a great option.

Maybe you’re on the PTA and you need to bring a platter to a school classroom or teacher appreciation event?

Everyone loves chips with salsa and guacamole, and you can even add a platter of our boneless buffalo chicken bites for something different and easy to eat.

Are you having an ugly sweater party or a tree trimming party?

Keep the food just as fun and spirited as the theme! Try our stuffed sweet potato skins, jumbo spiced peeled shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, Philly cheese steak egg rolls, mini crab-cakes, spinach & artichoke dip or our teriyaki fried rice with jumbo lump crab. 

Perhaps you are hosting a sit-down dinner party?

Your guests will surely enjoy our shrimp cocktail, roasted asparagus or sautéed baby spinach, saffron rice pilaf, poached or grilled Atlantic Salmon, or herb roasted beef tenderloin. Treat them to a Boston Cream or Key lime pie for dessert.

These items are all available on our regular catering menu year-round. You will also find many specialty items, and your favorite traditional seasonal offerings on our Holiday menus. In addition, we have a very well curated selection of bubbles, wines, and craft beer.

The next time you are planning a party or need to serve any sized group, please remember we are here to help make all of your occasions easy, special and most of all delicious!

Let us Do the Cooking

  • October 2, 2019

Market River Falls Holiday Menu 2019The Holidays are upon us. Making lists, making plans… this time of year is busy with traveling, shopping, entertaining. When we stop and think about what the Holidays mean to us, food always comes to mind.

Remember the days when Mom or Grandma spent all day in the kitchen baking pies? While some may have more free time than others, we know all of your time is valuable. We know you want to get out of the kitchen, enjoy yourself and spend that time with your family & friends.

The Holidays are filled with nostalgia and the need to create memory making moments. As fun and wonderful as that is, it can also feel like a lot of pressure. At the Market, we know the importance of these moments and we pride ourselves in offering delicious, healthy, traditional Holiday meals for you and your entire family. Let us take some of that pressure off of you.

Throughout the year we offer classic, custom catering menus for every occasion. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for two or a large party or event, we have you covered.

If you are thinking about keeping it simple with appetizers and small bites, consider our award winning mini-crab cakes, stuffed mushroom caps, shrimp cocktail, coconut shrimp or chicken satay as well as one of our many dips, spreads or a charcuterie display.

For a sit down or buffet style dinner you may want to enjoy a lasagna, an Atlantic salmon platter, an antipasto display, a beef tenderloin, our crab or shrimp fried rice or potatoes au gratin.

Of course, for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah & The New Year you will find all of your traditional favorites along with some delightful additions.

We provide fully garnished, displayed foods on high quality disposable trays and bowls. Many of our selections can be served at room temperature or be easily re-heated as needed.

If you want to wear an apron for that Instagram picture go for it but let us do the cooking!

#cateredbyMarketatRiverFalls

Our Favorite Places To Pick Apples

  • September 6, 2019

Apple Picking Potomac Market River FallsIt’s that time of year again… The air changes, the leaves begin to turn, and there is a shift from the energy that was summer. Fall is here…time for sweaters and pumpkin spice and comfort food. Before we know it, the Holidays will be here!

But wait…Not so fast, right? It’s nice to slow down and take in all that September & October offer. The fall season conjures up all sorts of nostalgia for many people and these are great months for weekend outings with the family. Montgomery County is abundant with beautiful farm stands, orchards, scenic hikes and lovely vineyards all within a very short drive.

Apple picking (and eating) is a favorite thing to do this time of year. There are also great fresh vegetables, local honey and baked goodies available this time of year at many of the orchards where you can pick apples.

Plan an outing with your family & friends to one of these local places. Take lots of pictures, have fun and when you’re headed back from a full day of fun call ahead, order online or stop by The Market and we’ll have everything you need for dinner right here.

 

Some of our favorite places to pick apples:

Butler’s Orchard 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown. 301-428-0444 butlersorchard.com

Homestead Farm 15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville. 301-977-3761 homestead-farm.net

Kingsbury’s Orchard 19415 Peachtree Rd, Dickerson. 301-972-8755 kingsburysorchard.com

Lewis Orchards 18901 Peach Tree Rd, Dickerson. 301-349-4101 lewisorchardfarmmarket.com

Straight Talk About Salmon

  • July 17, 2019

Salmon Market River Falls Potomac

 

Salmon is a perfect choice for dinner because it’s easy, delicious and versatile. It is rich in heart-healthy omega-3’s, low in saturated fat, low calorie and an important source of protein as part of a healthy diet.

 

There are distinct differences between farm-raised and wild caught salmon so it is important to understand what you’re eating. As a rule, farmed salmon is the most eco-friendly protein on the planet. That said, the practices of salmon farms vary greatly.

Wild Caught 

Wild caught salmon swims freely in its natural environment eating plankton and other animal proteins contributing to its richness in omega-3’s and making it heart healthy for us to eat. They are naturally pink because their diet consists largely of krill & shrimp.

We source our wild salmon from Alaska, Vancouver & the Seattle area during its peak season between May 15th through the end of September. Our very own fishing boat Captain at Paradigm Seafood (https://www.paradigmseafoods.com) sends the fish directly overnight from Alaska to Dulles airport where we pick it up a couple of times per week. That’s freshness guaranteed!

We primarily receive Sockeye & Coho salmon. When supply and luck collide, we receive King Salmon (aka the caviar of fish).

Farm-Raised 

Over 90% of the salmon eaten in the US today is farm-raised and globally that number is about 60%.

The two biggest producers of farm-raised salmon are Norway & Chile. While there are salmon farmers using safe practices, the vast majority of farm-raised salmon is not good for you. The fish are fed food made in a lab to help them grow quickly so they can be sold fast and cheap. The pens are densely packed with fish swimming in antibiotics, feces and de-lousing chemicals. To make them look pretty, they are being injected with dye that creates the rich pink color consumers have come to expect.

Do you really want to eat that or feed that to your family?

Our Promise

We have partnered with Nora Pouillon, a James Beard award-winning chef, restauranteur, and an organic industry leader in humanely-raised livestock practices who helped found Blue Circle Foods. (https://www.bluecirclefoods.com ) The only farm-raised salmon we carry here at the market year round is sourced through Blue Circle from Norway. Their promise and ours is that there are never antibiotics, never growth hormones, never GMOs, never synthetic pigments, and never mystery sources.

The food we serve to you is the same food we eat ourselves, feed to our children and grand-children!

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish like salmon every week. Even pregnant or breastfeeding women who were once discouraged from consuming too much of this seafood, have received an updated message from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eat a minimum of two servings a week as well.

 

The Lobster Roll

  • July 6, 2019

Lobster Roll Potomac Market River FallsSummer in Maryland is synonymous with eating crabs. It’s hard to imagine a summer without the fun of this communal tradition…outside, gathered together picking and enjoying a bountiful table full of crabs. We love them boiled or steamed. Not to mention, no Maryland pantry is without at least one can of Old Bay seasoning at all times.

But a little further North, there is another crustacean that rules the tradition of summer eating. The lobster. And more specifically, the “Lobster Roll”.

To clarify, New England consists of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island and there are three distinct styles of this summer “sandwich”: the Connecticut Lobster Roll (introduced in 1929), the New England Lobster Roll, a.k.a. “Lobster Salad Roll” (introduced in 1965), and the Maine Lobster Roll.

Depending on where you go, menus vary as do opinions regarding this regional delicacy and what makes a “Real” Lobster Roll.

The Maine version, while not the original version, is what the purists refer to when they say lobster roll. First, the roll itself is a New England hot-dog bun. The sides are flat, often buttered on the outside and lightly grilled or toasted, and the split is on the top instead of the side. Second, the lobster meat is served cold and tossed lightly with mayonnaise and is usually a mixture of knuckle, claw & chunks of tail meat.

The “Lobster Salad Roll” is almost identical to the Maine version and many New Englanders do not distinguish between the two. However, this variation will typically have lettuce on the bun and/or celery in the lobster, mayo mix and will still be served cold.

The Connecticut Lobster Roll is lobster meat sautéed with clarified butter and served warm on a more traditional style roll. This was actually the original lobster roll hailing from Milford, CT at a restaurant called Perry’s.

Most all styles are served with French fries, onion rings or potato chips, a side of coleslaw and a pickle.

Of course, like any other classic dish, there are those who want to reinvent the wheel to make it their own. As such, you may find celery salt, paprika, Old Bay, fresh cracked black pepper, parsley, basil, dill, or tarragon in a lobster roll.

So, if you’re tired of crabs (which of course we know is ridiculous) and want to try this classic summer dish from New England, we always have fresh cold-water lobster here in our tank. We are happy to steam them for you and we also sell picked lobster meat by the pound.

No matter which version you decide to make at home, the most important thing is to enjoy the sweet taste of the lobster meat. And while we know that lobster rolls may take a back seat to crabs for many of you, we can guarantee you will love them!

Real Poke Bar of Potomac

  • May 20, 2019

Poke Bar Market Potomac

We have a Poke Bar! And for those of you with young kids, no this is not a Pokestop to catch a Pokemon. 🙂

Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. It originated in Hawaii and is part of their culture but has adapted along the way to appeal to American tastes.  It’s delicious, fresh, healthy and best of all, portable!

The history of Hawaiian poke dates back to pre-colonial, Polynesian times and literally means “to cut crosswise into pieces” as their fresh catch of the day was the foundation of a meal.

In Hawaii, the grocery store’s equivalent to a deli counter is a poke counter, where customers can line up for ahi tuna, marlin, or octopus. We love this idea and wanted to bring a similar experience to our customers.

Our food consultant, Dani Crichton was the brainchild behind this new addition and as soon as she mentioned it, we knew we were going to run with it. Dani is passionate about food and was acutely aware of the poke bars popping up all over DC and increasingly spreading into Montgomery County. She expressed that the “poke formula is fairly simple but requires a careful attention to detail and the freshest possible ingredients. Dani expressed, “In my mind, there was no business better poised to deliver on this freshness guarantee than The Market. Potomac residents, and foodies in the surrounding area know that they can always find the freshest fish at The Market at River Falls and therefore I was confident that the Poke Bar would be well received.”

Dani lives very close by and has a personal love for both fresh fish and all things in a bowl so she was particularly motivated to see this happen, stating she “would be able to pick up a poke bowl (or several bowls, for her family as well) on a regular basis and if I wanted this, I knew that my friends and neighbors would feel the same.” It turns out, she was absolutely right!

So, we got busy creating our menu and carving out space at the counter for the Poke Bar. We wanted to be sure to offer the ingredients found in a traditional poke bowl while putting our own unique spin on it as well. We have been thrilled with the response from the community. Our customers love it and more and more people are coming in daily to customize and enjoy a fresh poke bowl.

Come on in and make yours today! The Poke Bar is open daily from 11am- 6 pm.

Pick your Base: (pick one or half & half)
Brown Sushi Rice
White Sushi Rice
Spring Mix, Spinach or Romaine

Pick your Protein: ($12.99 for 2 scoops/$3 for an additional scoop)
Ahi Tuna (plain or marinated)
Salmon (plain or marinated)
Cooked Shrimp or chicken

Pick your toppings: (unlimited)
Pickled cabbage, red onion, shredded carrot, seaweed salad, tomato, corn, radish, pickled ginger, jalapeno, mango, cilantro, edamame, cucumber, scallion,
avocado (+ 1.50)

Choose your dressing:
Miso Ginger, Toasted Sesame, Spicy Ponzu, Sriracha Mayo, Tamari Ginger (GF) & Sriracha

Add your crunch: (unlimited)
Sesame seeds, Furikaki, Fried Shallots

Start Any Party with a Cheese Platter

  • April 5, 2019

Market River Falls Cheese Platters

It’s Springtime. And with that, comes all things al fresco…time to live, eat and be outdoors gathered with friends, enjoying our back yards, patios and pools while relaxing into the ease of summer living.

We love an impromptu, casual fun get together with neighbors, friends, and family. That pretty much always means food & drinks and we like to keep it simple. The easiest way to feed a group of people with little to no prep time or stress is a cheeseboard. Because really, everybody loves cheese!

To create an impressive and bountiful cheese board in just a few minutes, we have everything you need right here at the Market.

If you have a wooden cutting board (or a piece of slate for a twist on a sophisticated look), a couple of ramekins, some cheese spreaders/knives & napkins, we’ve got the rest covered.

For variety and presentation, we recommend you mix together hard & soft cheeses. Some of our tried-and-true favorites:

  • Aged Manchego, Il Truffelino, Gruyere, Parmigiana, Cheddar, Roquefort (semi-hard & hard)
  • Brie, La Tur, Triple Crème, Camembert, Bûcheron, Humboldt Fog, Mozzarella (soft & creamy)

Add some meats like salami or prosciutto in piles on the board. Place ramekins of olives, or nuts in the empty spaces and add a pâté for a different flavor note and for texture. Throw in some fresh fruit, herbs and veggies for color.

If you need to feed more people, it’s easy to include some hummus (choose from our pine nut, lemon, red pepper, caramelized onion and of course traditional), our homemade salsa with chips, or some delicious Picnic Gourmet Spreads in flavors like Herbed Goat Cheese, Parmesan, Chipotle Sage & Moroccan Cilantro.

Be sure to include some satisfying crunch, with crackers from Firehook, Mary’s Gone Crackers and Stonewall Kitchen or a nice, fresh, sliced baguette.

Of course, if you find out last minute that you’re expecting more people and this snack becomes more of a meal, our prepared food offerings are so plentiful, we have you covered. You can pick up a variety of dishes when you’re here getting your cheese board essentials, or you can hop online to order everything you need, and it will be ready in 30 minutes for you including pastas, salads, fish spreads, shrimp (cocktail, peel & eat or grilled) side dishes, and of course anything you need for grilling.

We know for many, no cheese board is complete without the perfect wine or beer to compliment your selections. We have a great selection of whites, rosès, bubbles & beer, always chilled and ready, as well as a wonderful selection of reds.

“You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.” – Anthony Bourdain

Image: Cheese and pate display from our Catering Menu

Life is a Picnic

  • March 1, 2019

Potomac Market River Falls Cherry BlossomsEvery Spring, the DC area is enriched by a gorgeous display of cherry blossoms. People flock downtown from all over to enjoy a day among the pink blooms, with the bright blue skies as a back drop and the iconic DC landmark buildings. It is truly a site to behold.

There are many wonderful things to see and do downtown, and especially during the days of the Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 13, 2019) you will find something for everyone and every age group. Think kites, canoeing, biking, parades, boat rides and more.

One of the most enjoyable things to do is have a good old-fashioned picnic. You can take your blanket, even your chairs, pick your spot along the Tidal Basin under the blossoms and settle in for a memorable afternoon. This is an activity for everyone; bring your little ones and capture that perfect Holiday Card moment, enjoy a stroll along the water and settle in for a romantic picnic, get your friends together & pack a frisbee, take some time to decompress from the hustle and bustle of your busy life with your favorite book, and for those of you that don’t miss a moment on social media, do it for the gram! #cherryblossoms

Whether you plan to pack up a wicker basket, a tote bag or a back pack, we’ve got everything you need for the perfect alfresco experience right here at the Market.

We have a great assortment of crackers, artisanal cheeses, pâté, spreads from Picnic Gourmet, our homemade hummus, or crab spread as well as chips and our homemade salsa. We have a variety of salads that are large enough to share and come in easy portable containers including Caesar, Cobb, Greek, or Caprese. Take along our chicken salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, coleslaw and even our chilled shrimp cocktail. We make sandwiches daily and of course have cookies and sweets including our portable cake in a jar by Cakelove.

We also have a great assortment of beverages for all ages!

Stop in to grab all of the picnic essentials for enjoying a beautiful day in DC, or anywhere in the area…an outing at Great Falls, on the Mall, or even in your local park.

Visit our website to order ahead of time and it will be all ready for you when you get here …. We will even run it out to your car. https://marketriverfalls.com

Image via Washington.org

Best Crab Cakes Potomac

  • January 15, 2019

Award-Winning Crab Cakes Potomac

 

Best of Bethesda, Award-Winning Crab Cakes

We believe in the highest standards…from customer service to the top quality and variety of foods we offer here at The Market including our crab cakes which have been awarded the BEST crab cakes!

We are honored that those high standards have earned us some great recognition and awards through the years. We were recently awarded “Reader’s Pick, A Top Vote-getter as “Best Neighborhood Market” and “Best Place to Buy Prepared Foods” in Best of Bethesda 2019. A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to those of you who support and vote for us!

Among the things we are very proud to be recognized for are our Award-Winning Crab Cakes. We have been serving the same original recipe for 18 years with the only change being we now offer a gluten-free version made with rice flour instead of panko breadcrumbs. Our crab cakes are made daily, often two times per day, and are overflowing with fresh jumbo lump crabmeat in a large 6½ oz. portion. They are SO GOOD that we sold almost 40,000 of them last year!

Did you know that the biggest producers of crabmeat in the world are Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines? We only source from the Northern Hemisphere, always from the Gulf of Mexico and we rotate our suppliers based on season to guarantee fresh, never pasteurized, jumbo lump meat. We get our crabmeat from Venezuela in the Winter, Mexico & Texas in the Spring & Fall and from the waters off of Louisiana, Florida & North Carolina in the Summer.

Our crab cakes are available fully cooked (just reheat them in the oven for 10 minutes), or uncooked (bake them for approximately 25 minute or until golden brown). And they are always served with our own exceptional tartar sauce, remoulade and/or cocktail sauce on the side.

And ready for this… If you really want to impress a crab cake lover, we SHIP them via FedEx Overnight!

Just give us a call at 301-765-8001 or send us an email to make arrangements.

If you’ve had our crab cakes, then you know how good they taste and we appreciate your loyal and continued business.

But, if you haven’t tried them, check this off your bucket list, so can say that you have had the very BEST crab cakes around…

We promise!