By Kristie Snyder,
The first thing you notice when you walk into GreenStar's new central kitchen and bakery facility is its size. The place is cavernous. The second thing you notice — it smells amazing. It seems odd that barbecue sauce and baked goods could combine into one tantalizing aroma, but that's exactly what was happening the day I visited. (If I had to list the third thing, it would be the floor. It's a delightful shade of bright blue.)
The new facility, designed by GreenStar's architect Pam Wooster with input from Deli and Bakery staff, is about 2760 square feet. Prepared Foods Manager Erik Lucas gave me a tour, showing off the new walk-in cooler and freezer, a loading area, sushi station, dishroom (itself about the size of the old Deli space), and the expansive kitchen and bakery area, loaded with gleaming stainless steel appliances (over 60 pieces of new equipment were installed), and humming with busy staff members cooking up old favorites and new recipes.
"It's certainly like nothing GreenStar has ever seen," said General Manager Brandon Kane. "It's gorgeous, efficient, and state-of-the-art. Outside of the colleges, I'm unaware of a production kitchen on this scale in this town."
That increased scale will allow GreenStar to do several things. The Co-op's catering program will be greatly expanded. New Deli and Bakery products are already in both stores, and will continue to appear. If a third store location is added in years to come, "that would just be added to the delivery route, as we've consolidated all of our production into one hub," Brandon said. The possibility of wholesaling GreenStar-made food to other area retailers is also being explored.
By Kristie Snyder,
GreenStar's deli is far from traditional, but with a new focus on local, fresh and handmade interpretations of classic dishes from around the globe, the Delicatessen @ GreenStar joins a long line of eateries that feel like home to their patrons.
The American deli was born out of the simple longing of a people for their comfort food. As Eastern European Jewish immigrants settled in the cities of the Northeast in the late 1800s, they brought with them their homemade recipes and created an institution — the deli. Some of these ancestral delis, such as the famous Katz's, which opened on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1888, are still here today, and the idea of "the deli" has thoroughly permeated American cuisine.
The GreenStar deli's new menu does include some of those traditional Jewish deli foods — knishes, corned beef – while encompassing simple, seasonal and handmade food from many traditions. Whatever culinary background you hail from, whatever the cuisine you crave, whether you're a hardcore vegan or dedicated carnivore, you'll find something to love in GreenStar's deli.
New in the Deli
|Can't Stand the Heat? Get Out of the Kitchen and Into the Deli|
If it's too hot to cook, GreenStar Deli can come to your rescue, with main and side dishes for everyone.
The dog days of summer! Who wants to cook when it's hazy, hot, and humid? Not you? Then swing by the Deli @ GreenStar, where we've got dinner covered for chicken, fish, or tofu lovers. And oh my, do we have side dishes! The Finger Lakes farmers have gone above and beyond this year, and the cooks can't thank them enough. Greens, summer squashes, tomatoes, cabbages, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, and more — all making their way via our coolers onto your plates. Look for new fresh salsas come late summer harvest, and think beyond chips! I've been topping everything with salsa lately: on eggs in the morning, salad at lunch, and chicken or fish at dinner. Also, remember as you plan the last of those summer parties that GreenStar Catering can gorgeously fulfill your food needs and The Space @ GreenStar is here to host you. Yes, we have air conditioning!