Market River Falls Holiday Gift Baskets
Jim McWhorter and Yasmin Abadian, the couple behind the Market at River Falls have suggested some great gift ideas. Gift baskets are always a winning choice to show your appreciation for that special someone. Moreover, these assorted gift baskets are as delightful as they are delectable
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1st Place 2016 Best Crabcakes
Potomac Chamber names our Jim McWhorter 2017 Business Person of the Year!
“I’m having a lot of fun here,” he said. “I have a great staff and the best customers. I’m surprised and honored to be chosen Business Person of the Year and I truly appreciate the recognition. We all work hard and don’t cut corners and I’m happy the public enjoys our food and presentation.” ~Jim
Market Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
Crowds enjoy tastings, cooking demonstrations.
This re-opening is our family getting back together after being apart for six months. We are just so happy to be open again – and to be back together as a team,” said Erika Torrey, customer service manager at The Market at River Falls.
General Manager Andrew Malinowski said, “We were disappointed when River Falls Seafood Market closed – but we are now exhilarated that we have been able to actually re-open in a timely manner. It’s a great thing for the landlord, the community
and the employees.”
“We replaced everything,” said Market owner Jim McWhorter. “We purchased all new equipment, added a new floor, painted and re-did the tile to make it a brighter, more open space. We will continue to improve
Yasmin Abadian, McWhorter’s wife and Market co-owner said, “The ‘welcome back’ from the community was truly heartwarming and we are so pleased that customers have been complimentary about the changes we have made, and the familiar concepts we have maintained. We want to make certain our customers have a wonderful experience when they walk through the door.”
A crowd attended the store re-opening this past Saturday and Sunday. Besides demonstrating that they had kept much of theoriginal inventory, the Potomac team of Abadian and McWhorter brought in many local companies that the grocery will now carry. They provided tastings, cooking demonstrations and information about their products. Also featured was some of the cuisine offered at the market – their signature “Cadillac” crab cakes, chicken wings, fresh shucked oysters and sushi from Chef Rollei.
Most of the local companies providing tastings are from D.C., Virginia or other parts of Maryland. “Everyone was small at one time and we are happy to give them an opportunity to showcase their products,” said McWhorter. Some of the vendors included JRINK cold pressed juices, Stachowski hand-crafted sausages, Manoli Canoli Olive Oil, Capital Kombucha natural fermented teas, home-made pies, cookies and quiches from Whisked, Chloe’s Soft-Serve Fruit Pops, and chocolates from Double Premium Confections. “We will feature gluten-free, vegan, organic, farm-fresh, natural and healthy foods and drinks which have not previously been sold in Potomac,” said Abadian. “Many families have requested these, and we are pleased to be able to offer them.”
Jamie Taff and Gale Saler, both from Potomac, were anxious to shop at River Falls Market again. “We are so excited that River Falls is open again. We have sorely missed them and are pleased to see that our local grocery is better than ever, offering the same familiar items that we always loved as well as a lot of new and interesting items to try.” Yuri Wexler said, “I am happy to be here and elated to see it open again. The staff that work here are so nice – and the food is terrific.” He was taking home a fresh piece of salmon. “Nothing like it anywhere,” he said.
All the staff members are happy to be working together again. Michael “Junior” Turgott, meat and seafood specialist, said he returned to the market because “this is my home – I have been here since the store was established years ago. This is where I feel I belong.”
Executive Chef Steven Fela is pleased with the revamping of the store. “All our equipment is new,” said the L’Academie de Cuisine graduate. “I was overjoyed when opening the boxes of high quality pots and pans.” He has been developing new recipes for kale salad and making plans to use local products in his recipes.
Erika Torrey explained that their crab cakes are the biggest seller, but Fela’s Italian the quinoa salad, the chicken wings, the
black bean mango salad and the flatbreads. Fela learned to make the meatballs from his mom when he was just a child. “I used to
tease her that mine were better than hers,” he said. “We will be offering new menu items and will emphasize their healthiness. We also will plan cuisine around the holidays. On Fridays, we will feature hot fish and chips (particularly during Lent) and our Mardi Gras Jambalaya and St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Braised lamb shank are really popular, too. On football Sundays, we make lots of chicken wings – and usually sell out.”
The opening on Sunday was a special day for Miriam Selvas because it was the exact day that she began working at the market 15 years ago. “I make the crab cakes,” she said, “and do a little bit of everything here. I am just so happy that we are able to get back together.”
The Market at River Falls To Open
Potomac residents James McWorter and Yasmin Abadian will be opening The Market at River Falls this month in the space vacated by the River Falls Seafood Market.
“We are focused on providing great customer service and delivering top quality fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat to our customers. We want to be the best we can be,” McWorter said.
McWorter has 37 years of experience in the food business. He co-founded L&M Produce in 1979 and sold it in 2007 to Coastal Sunbelt Produce, where he now works as vice president of sales. His resume includes serving as a partner/investor in restaurants such as the DC Brau Brewing Company, Brookland Pint, Fruitive Juice Bar and & Pizza. McWorter is a long-term member of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Abadian, who grew up in Potomac and graduated from Winston Churchill High School, is a Realtor for Long and Foster Real Estate. “We are planning to keep the market much as it has been, although slowly adding more organic foods, artisan, fresh-farm and sustainable items,” she said. “We also want to provide more foods for gluten-free and dairy free diets as well as vegan and vegetarian.”
Abadian is an active resident of Potomac. She is a member of the Potomac Chamber of Commerce and has sponsored Potomac Days and the Taste of Potomac. “I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to give back to Potomac — the place where I grew up and where we have raised our family,” she said.
Both Abadian and McWorter will remain in their career fields, but will provide the strategic planning and overseeing the business. “Our timing for opening depends on Montgomery County approving our licenses,” Abadian said. “We have been very pleased with Zuckerman-Gravely Management who manage and lease the Potomac Place Shopping Center. They have been extremely welcoming and helpful to us.”
The Market will be slowly changing and adding new features. “We are planning to offer special events, including bringing in local chefs to demonstrate cooking techniques — and perhaps people who make cheese, sausage or other unique food items,” McWorter said. “We are excited about making changes, creating a place where our customers truly enjoy shopping — and to offer some new programs and services. We are also extremely pleased that Chef Andrew Malinowski will be returning to the Market, along with many of the former employees.”