If the boom in farmers' markets and slow-food restaurants hasn’t convinced you of the longevity of the local food movement, maybe the rise in local markets will make you a believer.
Relish, a neighborhood market on San Felipe near Willowick that specializes in gourmet local and seasonal foods and supports the Slow Food movement, is set to open in the early spring.
Relish promises beautifully simple food to match its beautifully simple ambiance. The market will feature artisanal products (like local jams, baked goods, and cheeses), plus an ever-changing array of prepared foods for take-out. The place will strive to support small-batch, local producers, including Atkinson Farm, Dustin Eggs, Grateful Bread, and the Houston Dairymaids, among others — plus sustainable producers like American Tuna and Tea Together.
If you’re looking for something a bit more special than the everyday fare, Relish will also take special orders for hors d'oeuvres, party trays, picnic lunches, and custom gift baskets. And underscoring its support of the slow food movement, the market plans on hosting community events featuring local vendors to help consumers, organizations, and schools learn where their food comes from.
Owner Addie D'Agostino, a Houston native, was inspired by her experiences in New York City's culinary scene and travels to European markets, all of which instilled a love for local foods and produce. “I've always been passionate about food, where it comes from, and how it's made. I want to share my experiences and know Houstonians will embrace Slow Food," she said in a statement.
Also opening soon is Revival Market, the local food corner store from Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera. They're planning a mid-February opening in the the Heights.