By Nick Barrett, Prepared Foods Production Manager
In addition to our new line of Take-and-Bake Pizzas, we also offer an array of popular Take-and-Bake Entrees in our deli grab-and-go cases.
We recently conducted a customer survey here at the Co-op, in which you may have participated. One of the most frequent responses, across demographics, was a request for Take-and-Bake options in the Grab-and-Go deli cases. Well, this made us kitchen folks very happy, because we were well into the process of developing a program to give the people exactly what they want.
We launched the new Take-and-Bake line with four dinner options: two with meat and two vegetarian. We quickly added a fifth (yam enchiladas, my personal favorite) to satisfy numerous member requests for a vegan option. As with everything we make in our deli kitchens, we followed strict standards when we started working on this project: from careful ingredient selection to sourcing packaging that meets our sustainability goals.
You can anticipate the lineup to continue to expand in selection and in size, as well as continued adjustments to the current meals. It’s a fluid process—one that we’ve been having a lot of fun with and one that I hope you’ve enjoyed in these beginning stages. It feels as though there are endless options, so keep the feedback, comments, and suggestions coming. Remember, this is for you, so be sure to let us know what you’d like to pick up for your dinner.
Oh my goodness, I almost forgot! PIZZA!
By the time you’re reading this, we’ll have also introduced Take-and-Bake Pizzas! We’ll be starting with three ’zas: Three Cheese, Vegetarian Combo, and, of course, Pepperoni. They’ll be 14-inch pies made on housemade fresh dough with housemade marinara from the Co-op deli kitchens. I think you’re going to like them. (I’ve personally been doing quite a bit of “testing.”) Oven-ready packaging has been acquired and our dough roller has arrived. Pizza and movie night?
I think that’s all for now. Thank you for your support and input. We look forward to serving you soon in the Community Food Co-op deli.
Roasted Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese • $10.99
Cheesy, gooey, bacony goodness topped with light yet crunchy panko bread crumbs. With bacon from Beeler’s Pure Pork. We recently added more bacon, by request. Because we love you!
Yam Enchilada • $10.99 • vegan • gluten-free
A Southwest classic, yam enchiladas please every palate. Packed with flavorful yams, black beans, corn, sautéed veggies, a little chipotle kick, and smothered in our housemade ranchero sauce.
Spinach Manicotti • $13.99 • vegetarian
Pasta stuffed with creamy ricotta and spinach and smothered in our Co-op deli housemade marinara sauce. Grab a loaf of crusty bread and a salad and dinner’s ready.
Chicken Verde Enchilada • $13.99 • gluten-free
Organic Smart chicken (like in all our deli food) with Monterey Jack cheese, jasmine rice, housemade enchilada verde sauce, corn tortillas, and cotija cheese for an authentic finish.
Butter Paneer • $13.99 • vegetarian • gluten-free
Golden cubes of paneer cheese luxuriate in a yogurt-based sauce with tomatoes and an array of aromatic spices that make Indian food irresistible. Slivered almonds add the perfect crunch.