It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this for almost four months now—the time has simply flown by! It seems like only yesterday I was beginning my tenure as the Deli Manager, nervous and more than a little intimidated by the task in front of me. I’ve come a long way since those first few overwhelming days. I’ve still got things to learn, for sure, but I’m finally to the point where I feel comfortable in my position, and ready to really get going! We’ve got a lot more changes in the works, but here’s a brief look at what we’ve gotten done so far:
Displays and resets
Far and away the most apparent change that’s taken place since I’ve been here is the addition of all of our wonderful new bakery displays. However, I want to discuss another change I hope you’ve noticed: the recent reset of our salad bar. This was a long time coming. The plans had been in the works for over three years, so I definitely can’t take all the credit, but it sure was good to see it finally happen!
Why did we do it? Aesthetics were definitely a factor—those shiny new stainless steel pans sure do look slick! The bigger reason was to expand the number of items we offer on the salad bar. One side is now devoted to the same great selection of salad greens and toppings we’ve always offered, and the other side is entirely filled with cold Deli salads that used to be sold exclusively out of our service case. This allows you to not only add prepared salads to your green salad, but it gives you the opportunity to help yourself to a container of your favorite cold salad without having to wait at the service counter.
New items in the cold case
Additionally, moving some of our cold salads to the salad bar has opened up space in our service case for some new and exciting offerings. We’re working with our Production Kitchen and some outside vendors to bring in as many new items as we can. It’s an exciting process!
Check out our new Bell & Evan’s chicken breasts in flavors like Lemon with Cumin and Coriander, and Blackened Coconut. They’re the perfect thing to bring home and heat for dinner; or pair them with a nice pasta or veggie salad and you’ve got lunch!
We’re also really excited to offer falafel and dolmas from Bunky’s Café. Bunky’s is a neighborhood favorite, and we’re delighted to be able to offer a few of their delicious offerings here at the Co-op. They use only the highest quality ingredients, and it’s easy to tell with just one bite how much care they put into making sure each falafel and dolma is just right.
When I started as Deli Manager, one thing I knew right away was that I wanted to expand our sliced meat offerings, and now we’ve done just that! If you’re a meat eater, you’ve just got to try our new all natural corned beef and pastrami from Thumann’s. It’s simply delicious, and it’s free of growth hormones, nitrates and nitrites, MSG, and artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. To top it off, Thumann’s deli meats are certified gluten-free by the national Gluten-Free Certification Organization! Reubens anyone?
Our Deli is known for its organic offerings, and to keep us in line with that, we’ve brought back the ever-popular Applegate organic sliced turkey. It’s not cheap (actually, it probably better reflects the real cost of sustainable, healthy food) but for those of us who value organic food and farming, I believe it’s essential to have an organic option.
The last big change that we’ve made is in how we handle our grab-n-go case—that’s the case by the cheese that holds all of our prepackaged deli salads. Instead of simply packaging up the last portions of salads leftover from the service case, we’re now devoting the grab-n-go case to prepackaged dishes of our most popular salads. Now, it’s easier than ever to pick up a pint or half pint of favorites like Jeff’s Cheesy Vegan Bowties, Granny’s Potato Salad, or Garlic Lover’s Pasta!
I’d like to put the call out yet again to you, the Ownership. All of these changes we’re initiating are aimed at bringing you products you want to see in your Deli, and making your shopping experience as quick and enjoyable as possible. What else would you like to see change in the Deli? What things can we do, big or small, to bring our stellar Deli to a new level? My email and phone lines are always open ( ; 251-6776)!