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NEW Seasonal Menu for Fall

Fall Menu 2014

Farfelle Pasta with Late Summer Heirloom Tomatoes, Toasted Garlic, Basil, & Percorino Romano Cheese

($9/serving. Minimum Order of 10)

Roasted Butternut Squash, Honeycrisp Apples, Sweet Onions & Rosemary

($2.50/serving. Serving Size is 4 oz. Minimum Order of 10)

Flatbread Pizza with local Chanterelle mushrooms, Hempler Bacon, Sweet Corn, Caramelized Onions, & Hatch Chili Pepper Cheese

(12 pieces – $35.  Minimum of 48 hours notice)

Bratwurst & Potato Soup with Caraway & Cheddar

(Serves 10 – $49, includes cups and soup spoons)

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Contact Market Street Catering 360.647.4325 to place your order.

Menu not available online*Certain menu items do require a minimum of 48 hours*

Caterers say the darndest things (Part 4)

An in-depth look into the lives of our Market Street Catering Team

or at least learn some really random facts about them!

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Steve (PAST)

Steve Hanft

Catering Manager

Steve joined Market Street Catering in 2002 as a catering consultant bringing with him 8 years of hospitality experience and his love of great customer service helped outline the Full Service program that you now see today.  And through hard work, passion, &  dedication to the success of Market Street Catering (no surprise to us), he became our catering manager.

1. What is your favorite word?  Love

2. What is your least favorite word?  No

3. What sound or noise do you love?  Accapella music and the voice of anyone who I love

4. What sound or noise do you hate? Screeching music and anything that indicates sadness or hurt

5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  I’d love to entertain with improv, host a television show, or be a writer for a comedy show. I love making people smile.

6. What profession would you not like to do?  Any job that is black and white. Routine day in and day out.

7. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  It does and I hope to hear, “Welcome Home. We’re so excited that you’re here.”

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“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…”

Tis the Season for the Gobble, Gobble

No cooking schedule, no extra shopping, no weeks of preparation, here are just a few reasons to give Haggen Market Street Catering the opportunity to assist in your holiday meals plans–

1. LOCAL AND FRESH--Our turkeys are oven roasted in OUR catering kitchen in Bellingham. They are not precooked or frozen (not shipped from another state) and we do not use food coloring.  Our sides, like cranberry herb stuffing and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, are hand crafted in our kitchen or from our scratch bakery.  All you have to do is REHEAT, no COOKING involved.

2. DECatering Holiday Meal 034.epsLIVERED–We can either deliver it to your door in our refrigerated vehicles or you can pick it up at your favorite Haggen store location.  Easy and convenient.

3. SIDES–Don’t need the whole meal?  Well have all the sides you could possibly want–the whole turkey, cranberry relish, butterflake rolls, or our amazing Cranberry and White Chocolate Bread Pudding w/Jack Daniels Sauce (never had it, you must try it to believe it), just to name a few delicious choices.

4.  CONVENIENT–Order Online (www.marketstreetcatering.com) OR call us locally at 360-647-4325 to place your order with one of our event planners.

5.  SAVINGS–We are offering an exclusive $10 off your order of $100 or more that you can put towards your holiday meal or any other catering order from now until January 11, 2014.  Use the Promo Code-HOLIDAYFUN2013 and receive your savings today.

Caterers say the darnest things (Part 3)

An in-depth look into the lives of our Market Street Catering Team

or at least learn some really random facts about them!

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Tammy (PAST)

Tammy Findlay

Delivery Driver

Tammy joined the delivery team of Market Street Catering way back in the summer of 2013.   When she is not being a rock star delivery driver for your event, she is showcasing her artist talent as a graphic designer or outside fishing.

1. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Beyonce

2. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Fishing

3. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Change by Blind Melon

4. What was the last movie, TV Show or book that made you cry or tear up? This Moth podcast–Unhooked

5. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?  The Lewis and Clark expedition

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Tammy (TODAY)

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…”

Caterers say the darndest things (Part 2)

An in-depth look into the lives of our Market Street Catering Team

or at least learn some really random facts about them!

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(Kaari circa 1984-ish)

Kaari Haaland

Assistant Catering Manager

Kaari joined the team back in 2003 as a part-time delivery driver. Then 2010 joined the office as Logistics Coodinator/Event Planner and most recently in September 2013 was promoted to Assistant Catering Manager.

  1. Favorite Smell?  Spring rain on the warm asphalt.  Seriously still the best smell ever.
  2. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you like to meet?  Amelia Earhart.  I did a report on her in middle school and I was obsessed and who doesn’t love a good mysterious disappearance story.  And she was ahead of her time, breaking the mold in aviation and for women in any field.
  3. Nickname as a child?  Toothpick.  I am the youngest of three children.  Both of my older siblings got the “baby fat” if you will or our hearty Norwegian gene blood line, which lasted mostly through middle school/high school age.  I, however, somehow bypassed that gene up until half way through high school.  My arms and legs were about the same diameter round, aka “toothpick”.  My family liked to joke that I must have not been related due my skinny arms and legs.
  4. What was one of the best/coolest things you’ve ever done?  Travel.  First experience–traveling to Ireland with my sister for 2 1/2 weeks before she got married.  Second experience–solo road trip through Oregon, California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.  Own schedule and own pace…loved every second of it and can’t wait to map out the next one.
  5. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?  Still a process because it just happened recently, back in September 2013, my Dad suffered a massive heart attack while at work.  And it is by God’s grace that he is still here because medically speaking the doctor’s say he shouldn’t have survived.  I will take that.  Learning to live in the moment and trying to focus my energy on what’s important…my family and friends.  And it’s that focus that is making me stronger everyday.

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Kaari (TODAY)

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…”

Caterers say the darndest things (Part 1)

An in-depth look into the lives of our Market Street Catering Team

or at least learn some really random facts about them!

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Mollie Pike

Full Service Event Planner

Mollie joined Market Street Catering in 2009 as an Event Server.

Then in 2011 was promoted to Event Lead and then to Event Planner in 2013.

Here’s a snapshot of Mollie–(by the way in the photo above she’s the cute blonde girl on the left hand side, a little older of course)

1.       –My favorite food as a child was toast with butter and cinnamon/sugar on top.

2.     –  I love the sound of my cat purring; it is so calming and peaceful.

3.    –  I absolutely hate folding my laundry and putting my clothes away. I now have hired my 17 year old niece to do this task.

4.     – If I could choose a certain age to stay at forever, I would choose age 5 because life was so easy! Who doesn’t want to finger paint, make cool things with play-doh, play dolls, make blanket forts, take naps, and have your mom make you your favorite meals all day? Plus, I was super cute!

5.       –The one story my family always tells about me is how I always picked my nose as a kid. I can’t deny it. Hey, at least I didn’t eat what I found!

6.      – My favorite forms of exercise is to DANCE! I also like to take a nature walk with my little dog Peggy Sue, or ride my mountain bike with my children. I love to see wild life, even if it is just a field of cows. You will often find myself and my children having one way conversations with the animals we see. For example, one afternoon as we approached the field of cattle down the road from where we live, some of them began to ran away. My daughter simply says, “Now, now cows…..no need to be alarmed.”

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Mollie (TODAY)

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…”

Catering 101-Breaking the Stereotype

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 “It seemed too easy”

“That was painless”

Being immersed in this world of food and service, we often forget what a big deal the word “catering” is to those who have never experienced it or to those who’ve had unpleasant experience with it.  Some people imagine servers dressed in bow ties and white gloves poised with trays of appetizers. We see distinguished guests in formal wear. Television shows & movies portray “catering” as only for the elite and exclusive.  Or our understandings stem from the awfulness of catering gone horribly wrong. There are experiences of terrible food and horrible service that seem to wound people to the core. There are diverse levels of familiarity with the definition among us all. 

Merriam-Webster.com, describes this performance as—

Ca·ter (verb) \ˈkā-tər\ : to supply what is required or desired.

It expresses an act or state of being.  Catering is what we do.  It is who we are.  So why would we promise anything less than who we are?  We are artists and perfectionists.  We have master chefs crafting in the kitchen.  We have event staff positioning every chair and linen in its’ proper place.  We have organized planners in the office anticipating your every need and want. We have expert delivery drivers transporting merchandise to the Canadian Border and beyond with ease. 

This is what catering means to us—

“We promise to keep quality, service, integrity and reliability at the forefront of every guest interaction.

We commit to using fresh, regional and seasonal ingredients hand-crafted by trained culinarians for high-quality, innovative food experience.

We promote a team environment that encourages learning, passion for quality food and service, and mutual respect”

  Haggen Market Street Catering Mission Statement

Let me tell you a story…

…A priest, a Western Washington University student, and Susie walked into Sehome Village Haggen NW Fresh, all searching for something.

The priest was angling for some canned tuna, the student was hunting for Top Ramen, and Susie was a looking for a fruit platter.  The priest and student found what they were looking for.  Susie didn’t quite know where to discover answers.

She approached the service deli counter inquiring if they made fruit platters.  Nancy replied, “We have a great catering department right here in our store that makes awesome fruit platters, let me take you to their office.”

Nancy took Susie to the catering office and was greeted by event planners who showed Susie our On-The-Go Catering Menu.

As Susie gazed over the menu,  she saw so much more than a fruit platter, she remarked, “I never knew Haggen could offer so much.”

We want to change your interpretation of what grocery store catering is.  We want to introduce you to a whole new experience of what catering can be…something much more.

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.”

– Adelle Davis

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Did you know that behind Market Street Catering’s menus resides an Executive Chef who not only graduated from the Culinary Institute of America but trained in some of the most premier restaurants in San Fransisco and Seattle?

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Haggen Northwest Fresh is not just a store philosophy, it is Catering’s as well. Whenever in season, we grab anything from green beans from Joe’s Garden just down the street to fresh fish from just out of Bellingham Bay. Market Street Catering IS Northwest Fresh.

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Whether your needs for catering are just a small container of our homemade Lemon Feta Aioli, a fruit platter, or an elaborate event serving a custom plated menu for 600 people.

We strive to exceed expectations, don’t believe us?

                       It’s our mission statement.

 

p. 360.647.4325 | f. 360.647.4326 | 210 36th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 | catering@haggen.com