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IT WAS PAUL PRUDHOMME WHO SAID, “YOU DON’T NEED A SILVER FORK TO EAT GOOD FOOD.” THAT STATEMENT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE ACCURATE, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW IN LOUDOUN COUNTY. ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF LIVING IN A CULTURALLY DIVERSE AREA SUCH AS LOUDOUN COUNTY IS THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO WONDERFUL AND AFFORDABLE FOODS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THESE FOODS ARE NOT ONLY AT OUR DISPOSAL THROUGH NUMEROUS, MOUTHWATERING RESTAURANTS BUT ALSO THROUGH SPECIALTY MARKETS AND GROCERS ALL ACROSS NORTHERN VIRGINIA. WITH ITS VIBRANT ASIAN COMMUNITIES, THE REGION IS FULL OF SPECIALTY MARKETS CATERING TO FOODS AND PRODUCTS THAT WERE ONCE DIFFICULT TO FIND LOCALLY.
Lotte Plaza Markets, with multiple locations throughout the area, call themselves the number one choice for Korean and Asian supermarkets in the area. Down-to-earth, everyday prices combined with high-quality products and an enormous inventory make this chain a favorite with all buyers. The markets carry everything from meat and seafood to rices, grains and sauces from all over the world. H Mart is another popular choice with locations in Virginia and nearby Maryland. They strive to provide their customers with healthy and unique items and share their joy of food. The markets carry everything from ready-to-serve meals, condiments, snacks and household items. H Mart was even featured in an episode of the popular Netflix series Ugly Delicious with David Chang. Cocos Food International Market, located in Sterling, carries Asian and Latin products at very affordable prices. With a large and fresh selection of seafood, meats, produce and frozen items, it is easy to see why the market is very popular. The next time a recipe calls for something you can’t find at a local chain, try Cocos! There are a number of Indian markets located in the area that sell a variety of spices, curries, breads, vegetables, samosas and frozen snacks. The Delhi Bazaar in Ashburn, Om Spices in Chantilly, India Bazaar in Sterling and Curry Leaf FresHMart in Herndon are only a few of your options if you are looking for ingredients to prepare your favorite curry, biryani or naan from the subcontinent.
If you are looking for fresh, local products you are in luck. There are numerous farmers markets and stands throughout the county, from Sterling to Purcellville, that sell everything from fruits and vegetables, to poultry and meats, dairy products, local honey and more. Loudoun offers a Community Supported Agriculture program where you can purchase a seasonal subscription and receive weekly packages fresh from the farm. Of course, the wineries and breweries within Loudoun County have to be mentioned. The temperate climate, combined with beautiful vistas and the convenient location, has brought on an explosion of new establishments making the county a new wine destination.
A foodie needs more than good ingredients; they also need the best cookware and kitchen tools to prepare their fantastic dishes. Two of the world’s most influential and innovative food companies have headquarters in Loudoun County, one even has its own street address! If you travel down the new Sous-Vide Lane in Sterling, you will come to the global headquarters of Cuisine Solutions, the company recognized as the authority on the slow-cooking technique known as sous-vide. The technique was developed in 1971 by the visionary Dr. Bruno Goussault as a way to enhance food flavor and prevent waste by placing food in a plastic pouch or glass jar and cooking it in a water bath, at a regulated temperature, for a longer than normal cooking time. The method has become extremely popular not only with Michelin-starred chefs, but Cuisine Solutions has worked with the world’s leading airline and cruise lines, hotels, restaurant chains, and military and retail outlets. Cuisine Solutions is not open to the public to tour, but they offer online classes in sous-vide and other courses through their prestigious Culinary Research and Education Academy, which is located in Sterling and in Paris. The company has products you can find with their brand label at Sam’s Club and Costco, or you can order online at www.mycuisinesolutions.com.
Fortessa Tableware Solutions opened their new headquarters in One Loudoun in Ashburn. The innovative and visionary company designs, develops and markets high-quality tableware for luxury hotels, clubs, cruise lines and fine homes. Sterling Restaurant Supply is the distributor of Fortessa and is a full-service restaurant supply company that offers in-store and online kitchen and tableware. The store has a huge inventory of quality kitchen tools, decor, glassware and tableware at great prices. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff is eager to offer assistance and suggestions for all of your purchases. Chefscape in Ashburn is the newest innovator in the shared workspace concept. The sprawling commercial kitchen and event space describes itself as a culinary co-working solutions company. Chefscape offers caterers, food truck owners and all types of food service providers memberships or hourly rental options for the use of their 1800 square foot, state-of-the-art facility as a shared business kitchen.They also have event and conference space available to help support and grow your business.
Whether you love to cook or simply love to eat, Loudoun County is a foodies heaven!
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COLLEEN MCHALE is an account executive at PoshSeven and a registered yoga teacher in Loudoun County.