The Willy Street Co-op Deli is changing the focus on our grab-and-go selections. Many of you may have noticed some of these changes while shopping in our store already. Our fresh, pre-made salads are packaged and made in-house. Some popular entrées that you often see available in our hot case are now ready and available for reheating in the grab-and-go area along with our current selection of soups. Our pizza selection is growing, so we have moved our sandwich selection to accommodate this. Some of our changes are up-and-coming. We hope to have our new sandwich menu in place by no later than the end of this month. And in order to feature some of the spreads and dips we’ll use on our new sandwich menu, we have relocated them to our deli grab-and-go.
We currently offer a Chef Salad made with Applegate Farms ham, Thumann’s all-natural, oven-roasted turkey breast, sprinkled with local Cedar Grove cheddar cheese and with Drew’s Classic Italian Dressing on the side. Some of our other fresh, green salads are: the Mandarin Ginger Salad with Bell and Evan’s chicken breast, which is also available with our house-made Sesame Tofu instead of the chicken. Both of these salads are served with a side of Drew’s Sesame Ginger Dressing. Our Classic Caesar Salad is accompanied with our delicious house-made croutons and a fresh lemon wedge. The Spinach Salad comes served with a side of Drew’s Classic Italian Dressing and is very popular. The Bella Donna Salad is a wonderful salad made with candied maple-glazed mixed nuts, fruit-sweetened dried cranberries, local Bohemian Blue Cheese crumbles from Hidden Springs Creamery and a side of Drew’s Raspberry Vinaigrette. We also offer this salad with Bell and Evan’s chicken breast if you so choose.
We’ve also added our prepackaged house-made soups, all priced under $6, to our grab-and-go shelves. These soups are all packaged in a convenient reheatable 24-ounce container. Please let us know if there are soups that you have been enjoying from our salad bar that you would like to see available to take home and reheat.
The relocation of our house-made dips and spreads to the grab-and-go section near our Deli is an initiative to better represent out product selection. Our new sandwich menu, that we hope to roll out later this month, will feature many of our signature spreads. These include a vegan basil pesto spread for a Balsamic, Basil Portabella Sandwich and a Horseradish, Creme Fraiche sauce for our Cate’s Roast Beef Hoagie. Keep your eye out for new and exciting creations to come! Some other products that have been relocated within our Deli retail area are our packaged sandwiches. Those are now located in our grab-and-go section next to the beautiful cheese case in an effort to make make room for our handmade, take-and-bake pizzas.
Our take-and-bake pizzas (currently located by the sushi) are produced in our Production Kitchen. For customer convenience we have selected a compostable container that, without the lid, is oven safe. We currently offer a classic cheese pizza made with our house-made sauce and our Willy Street blend of local Cedar Grove provolone and mozzarella cheese. Other pizzas we offer start with this base and go from there. We have a pepperoni pizza made with Applegate Farms nitrate-free pepperoni, and a sausage pizza with green peppers and mushrooms featuring Willow Creek Italian Sausage. We also have a “Willy the Greek” pizza with added toppings of roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, black olives and feta cheese. For those of you who wish to come up with your own pizza creations, we offer our house-made dough, cheese blend and sauce for your convenience.
Another direction the Deli is taking is to be more EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)-buyer friendly by adding more reheatable, prepared entrées in our grab-and-go section. We offer a variety of Bell and Evans baked chicken weekly and other items such as meatloaf made with Cate’s Farm grass-fed ground beef, vegan mac and cheese and other Willy Street Co-op vegan and non-vegan favorites!
So remember, while you are shopping with us, keep an eye out for these new and improved products that we are making available on a regular basis. If you have questions about how to reheat or cook anything that we offer in our Deli please ask our staff and they will be happy to assist you in any way they can.If you have a request for certain items that you would like to see more of, please feel free to let us know by filling out a customer comment card. Above all, we value your input on our new selections and would love some feedback!