Yesterday I slipped on a hard hat and safety shoes to tour the new Food District which is still under construction. This food lovers paradise will span over 34,000 square feet and feature a variety of gourmet artisan shops that provide a unique space for guests to meet, eat and purchase specialty products. It will also create over 250 full-time and part-time jobs which kicked-off with a career fair in early March.
At the media preview I talked to some of the vendors and sampled their delicious food.
BRØD Specializes in authentic Danish pastries drizzled in chocolate, topped with nuts or stuffed with delicious fruit filling. These flaky treats go great with coffee and make a light dessert.
I am no stranger to Sweet Jesus Ice Cream and now I don't have to travel far to get my fix. At this shop it’s all about the toppings!
The Macaroon Boutique reminds me of my trip to Paris – strolling down the Champ Élysées while happily munching delectable sweets. Foodie tip: try the hazelnut and floral flavors (you’ll thank me later).
If you need something healthy to balance your meal, pop over to Village Juicery for yummy cold pressed blends loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
The District Kitchen will be an interactive demonstration space with cooking classes, corporate events, dinner parties and more!
Here the chefs are preparing meat filled dumplings seasoned to perfection!
Before the official grand opening I attended another media event at Square One to sample more amazing food and finally see the finished space. I also met John Catucci, my go-to food guru for the best restaurant recommendations in town. To help plan your next dinner date, check out John's show - So You Gotta Eat Here on The Food Network.
The Box Donuts are unlike anything you've seen at your local coffee shop. They are beautifully decorated, stuffed with cream and adorned with fruit, chocolate and edible silver flakes. I wasn't a big donut fan but they've totally converted me with their soft melt-in-your-mouth dough.
Plancha serves traditional Mediterranean food with a diverse menu that also incorporates flavors from Portugal, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. Their soft pitas are served straight from the oven.
Don't know what to make for dinner? Stop at Arvinda's for fresh spices and recipe ideas. While you're at it, try some fragrant chai tea.
Pasta is one of my favorite foods and over at Dal Moro's they make it fresh. After a long day of shopping, stop by and get your noodles to go.
Drummond Farms sells non-waxed, straight from the farm local apples and cider.
Craft Chippers whips up fresh made-to-order chips right before your eyes. Try the traditional potato, casava, plantain or taro.
Tao Tea Leaf - 100 varieties of tea including some award winners.
Chocolatta Gourmet specializes in homemade Brazilian brigadeiros, similar to truffles.
Kingston Olive Oil Co. offers a variety of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic.
Get your gifts and floral arrangements at Blossom Moments.