Vince’s Market Deli Update – 3 Customer Favourites

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Happy Family Day from all of us at Vince’s! We hope you enjoy this day and spend it with loved ones. Stay safe and warm! All Vince’s Market locations are open today until 5pm! This week our blog is aimed at discussing what is seasonally available and in demand in our Deli department. Below are 3 customer favourites.

 
At Vince’s Market, our deli department consists of sliced deli meats and cheeses, cured meats, select local, national and international cheeses, dips and spreads, made in store pizzas and much, much more.

The deli department in the grocery store has morphed in recent years from being a place to get lunch meat, to a destination for all meals. Speak to our team members to receive suggestions for a great soft cheese to accompany your breakfast or hard cheese to pair with a great bottle of wine. Having company and want to do a charcuterie plate? It’s not as hard as you think! We have a wide selection of local and international cured meats that can be sliced in advance for you so all you need to do is the plating. We have selected some key accompaniments and sell them in the deli department so you can take the guess work out of it.

So what are the popular deli items at this time of year….?

1. Pizza Dough and the Fixings

Homemade pizza is one of those meals that are quick, gets the family involved and is a pure comfort food for these winter months. Vince’s Market prepares fresh pizza in a variety of arrangements daily! If you like to get into it yourself, start off with a basic pizza dough from Nino D’Aversa. Make sure you allow the dough to come to room temperature before you start working the dough and shaping – that will ensure your base stays spread after you roll it out. Cold dough leads to thick, overly doughy crust. One pizza dough can easily make 2 medium sized pizzas or up to 4 personal size. Recently, Vince’s introduced an extension to the Fantino & Mondello line of pizza pepperoni’s with the spicy pepperoni – quickly becoming the fan favourite.

2. Dips and Crackers

In the past, dips and crackers were often only brought home when you were preparing a spread to watch the big game or to host friends and family, however these items have become staple items where health and diet are concerned. Yogurt and bean-based dips have tons of health and nutrition benefits without the fat and calories. Paired up with vegetables instead of fruit, and you have one of the best fresh snacking combos available. We now stock a number of different brands of dips – from the healthy to the indulgent. Try our VMO Hummus line for a limited number of high quality varieties. There are so many different varieties of dips and hummus offered by Summerfresh. Continuing into our fresh guacamoles, salsas and bean dips from Mad Mexican. The nice thing about dips, hummus, salsa and guacs is the versatility in eating them. There’s the classic dip for crackers and veggies or try using them as a condiment in any wrap or sandwich. They add so much extra flavour and nutrition!

3. Soups

Maybe it’s the -22 degree weather, but we are definitetly craving a hot bowl of soup on a daily basis. It is warming, comforting and a simple dinner for the family. Made from scratch offers you complete control in your flavouring. If you don’t have the time, but still want that homemade quality and taste, we brought the local Farmers Market favourite to Vince’s. “Family Kitchen Soups” are offered at Vince’s Market year round and our top four best sellers include:

  • Roasted Pepper Sweet Potato
  • Lentil
  • Carrot Coconut Curry
  • Butternut Squash

Any of these mentioned soups are great paired with ACE Crostinos on top and some grated Gruyere cheese.

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Stay warm be safe and enjoy the company of friends and family on the holiday Monday.

Sabrina

February Seasonal Produce Update from Carmen at Vince’s Market

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The Ontario Food Terminal is a chilly place at 5 a.m. this time of year, but that does not stop the daily movement of produce in and out from all over the world. During the winter months, our seasonal produce update is here to help you identify which products are in their prime season from around the world. Hopefully, this will provide you with some inspiration to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily meal planning. Here is our February update from Carmen here at Vince’s Market.

Where in the world is all of your produce coming from?
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Vince’s Market’s Vegetable Highlight: The Cauliflower

health benefits of cauliflower We asked you for feedback and we got it! One of the big blog requests is for us to identify seasonal fruits and vegetables and give some tips on how to select, how to store, how to prepare and a great recipe for cooking. So here we go! Here is Vince’s Market’s vegetable highlight of the week – the Cauliflower… everything you need to know. Cauliflower will be a big food trend item for 2015!

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Finding Protein Without All the Meat

healthy protein sources Eat more protein for a balanced diet; eat more protein to lose weight; eat more protein for increased energy. It seems like protein is the magic potion to all of our food consumption. However, when we think about getting adequate amounts of protein into our diets we instantly think of all meat products.

For those individuals who are not carnivores, the ‘eat more protein’ phrase can seem like a tricky and somewhat overwhelming task. So the big question at hand is what sources other than meat, can we load up on this super-important-macronutrient needed to stay healthy? Continue reading

Healthy Diet Plan for the New Year

Fresh produce Newmarket Uxbridge Sharon Ontario We are all looking for ways to eat clean and healthy. For some of us, the New Year is all about major life changes – starting with healthy living that includes regular exercise and a new diet plan. For the high achievers out there – we admire you! For many, the realization that our lofty goals may not be achievable and we revert back to past tendencies. For those of us (myself included) – don’t lose hope!

What many nutritionist, dieticians and even doctors will tell you is it is all about identifying achievable targets. Small changes that you can make in your life and diet that can be upheld and practiced day in and day out. Continue reading

Questions you Want your Grocer to Answer & 2015 Trends

Happy New Year copy 2015 is here! As a blog subscriber, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for following Vince’s Market and keeping up to date with us. We feel so fortunate to have a loyal and engaged customer group who keep us informed of how we are doing. This constant feedback is so important as an independent grocer and local business to make sure we continue to be relevant to you! With this in mind, we are currently asking you to help us with our weekly Blog topics for 2015! We are asking you – what questions have you always wanted your grocer to answer? What topics are important to you in 2015? What insights into our business would you like to know? Go to our Facebook page and leave us a comment. You will be entered to win a $50 Vince’s Market gift card.
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Trends have become so important to how food is viewed and purchased. So what will happen with food in 2015? There is a lot of stuff out there that you can read – Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert, is a trusted source and says “The top food trends for 2015 indicate people’s palates are continuing to evolve and they are gravitating toward streamlined grocery shopping experiences that are convenient for their lifestyles. In 2015, look for brands and merchants to advance their product offerings and shopping amenities to meet these demands.
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2014 In Review at Vince’s Market

Vince's Market We hope that you all had a safe and fun holiday! We realize that we might not get a lot of reads on this week’s blog as people continue on with their family traditions; watching World Junior Hockey, finding boxing week deals, watching old movies, spending quality time with family, etc., so this week we will keep the blog short and sweet with our 2014 ‘In Review at Vince’s Market’.

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Holiday Tips for Preparing Cheese Platters and Selecting Seasonal Fruit

tips for cheese plates Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from all of us here at Vince’s. The next time we post, the Christmas rush will be over and our eyes will be set on New Years. Until then, lets indulge a little and enjoy all different kinds of foods with our families and adopt some new food traditions! This week, we look at the before and after dinner combo of cheese and fruit. Here are tips on preparing a great cheese platter and selecting seasonal fruit.

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6 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

healthy holiday eating tips The holiday season is a time of year when we tend to over eat! Do you know why? An obvious reason is the abundance of food that is so easily accessible; cookies, pies, eggnog, and turkey with all the trimmings. Everywhere you look there are luscious and delicious desserts, staring back at you. While the presence of these foods makes you have cravings and overeat, the real reason is stress. It makes you crave sugary, fatty foods and weakens your ability to make good choices. Below are 6 healthy eating tips to help you get through the busy holiday season and beyond.

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Planning Ahead for an Enjoyable Holiday Season

Family at Christmas The last and best month of the year, in my opinion, is finally here. With Christmas just around the corner, the month can go by rather quickly and time can easily get ahead of us. Before we find ourselves ringing in the New Year (with Christmas seeming like a blur), let’s focus on planning ahead for an enjoyable holiday season by alleviating some of the stress that accompanies this very exciting, but busy time of year.
  1. Get Organized – Organization is key. Make lists for groceries, people to shop for, cards to write, decorations to buy. Sit down with a calendar and give yourself target dates for getting things done.

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