Calzones at the Near West Side

The Near West Side deli is now offering hot calzones Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  A whole calzone costs $6.99, and a half calzone costs $3.49.  The price includes a dipping sauce and a side.  Pepperoni (pepperoni, mozzarella cheese) and four-cheese (house-made herbed ricotta spread, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese) are available daily, and the following additional options will alternate throughout the week:

Monday - Chicken, Red Onions, Smoked Gouda, and Mozzarella Cheese
Tuesday - Bacon, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella Cheese
Wednesday - Ham, Cheddar Cheese, and Mozzarella Cheese
Thursday - Mushroom, Spinach, House-Made Herbed Ricotta Spread, and Mozzarella Cheese
Friday - Wild Card!

Dipping sauce choices are: house-made tomato sauce (the same sauce we use on our pizzas), house-made garlic butter, BBQ sauce, and ranch.

Mise en Place: Making Things Ready to Cook

Alan Simmerman, Prepared Foods Chef, Bloomingfoods West

ImageWe are introducing a Ready to Cook program in our prepared foods department that features items from our meat, seafood, and deli departments. It will make your meal preparation easier, faster, and more convenient!

Mise en Place is a term thrown around a lot in professional kitchens. If a chef asks a cook if they have their mise en place, the chef wants to know if the cook's station is ready to cook for service. Mise en place literally means "to put in place." A French phrase defined by the Culinary Institute of America as "everything in place" (as in set up), it is used in American kitchens to refer to the ingredients a cook requires for the menu items he or she expects to prepare: cuts of meat or fish, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components.
Later this summer, beginning August 6th and continuing over a period of six weeks, we will introduce a Ready to Cook program in our prepared foods department. Featuring products from our meat and deli departments, the program will make your home mise en place easier, faster, and more convenient


Near West Side Special Sandwiches

Sandwich specials are one area we can be especially creative and highlight popular or exotic ingredients. Here are a few of our favorites, composed from the finest breads, meats,cheeses, vegetables, and special sauces.

Molly LeCount
Deli Manager, Near West Side


The Uptown: one of our regulars gets this sandwich everyday, so we thought others might like it too, Natural  roasted turkey, fresh ovaline mozzarella, sliced tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a fresh baked baguette served grilled till melty.

Bloomingfoods Rueben: Our in-house corned beef on local Bakehouse rye, melted swiss cheese, sauerkraut, slathered with homemade thousand island dressing served warm !

Wild west side grilled cheese: white cheddar cheese, creamy provolone, tomato, red onion, just a few jalpenos with spicy chipotle mayo grilled to perfection on Bakehouse whole wheat.

It's Raw and G-F in the East Deli

Raw Mango Apricot Salad
Hi, everyone.  The East Store Deli has received an unprecedented number of customer comment cards lately requesting both raw and gluten-free offerings. We've been listening and working diligently to come up with new items to meet this growing demand. Raw Mango Apricot Salad, Raw Chocolate Banana Creme Pie, and "MeMe's Slaw" are just a few of the new dishes we've come up with thus far, and more are in development. So if you haven't yet done so, stop in and give some of these items a taste. And keep the cards coming. Your observations and suggestions are a tremendous help to us as we work to develop recipes you will love.

Kai Bookwalter
East Store Deli Manager 





All the Trimmings from the East Store Deli

ImageAre you starving? Ravenous even, for a full Thanksgiving feast, but just don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to prepare all the trimmings?  Well, the Bloomingfoods East store Deli can make it a reality without you so much as peeling a potato or rolling a crust. Beginning Monday, November 23 and continuing throughout the week, you can drop into the store and find the following items. Everything you need for a delicious and truly bountiful meal. Bon appetite!

Pesto sun-dried tomato rolled in pecans and chopped parsley
Bacon-cheddar rolled in walnuts and chopped parsley
Apricot-goat cheese rolled in almonds and chopped parsley
Cranberry-bleu cheese rolled in hazelnuts and chopped parsley


Meatless Monday Comes To Our Hot Bars

Beginning Monday, May 16 there will be a change on Bloomingfoods hot bars each Monday:  no meat.  No meat!##!!@$@!  Why, calmer minds might ask?  Because we've decided to join Meatless Monday, a campaign launched by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to encourage Americans to reduce their consumption of meat. The average American currently eats 45% more meat than is recommended by the USDA. By cutting our intake we can reduce our risk of cancer heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, we will reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources such as fresh water and fossil fuels required in huge quantities to produce meat. Finally, we think it will encourage us to try some delicious new foods we might otherwise ignore.

The Meatless Monday concept, then, is a simple one. It invites us to start our week in conscious moderation, replacing on this one day the meat we would normally consume with grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.  We're delighted to support this program, and we invite our customers to join us: it's good for the planet and good for you.

Hardcore carnivores, you'll be relieved to know that our sandwich bars will not be participating in the program, so please avail yourselves of their services for your meat fix on Mondays. 

Canola or Safflower? East Store Deli Requests Your Opinion

The East store deli department is currently reviewing its baking recipes, and is giving particular scrutiny to the oils it uses.  

For many years, canola has been our primary choice. As one resource explains:  "One of the healthiest for your heart and most versatile cooking oil in use today, Canola oil is used widely by both home cooks and professional chefs alike. It's light, clear and has a mild taste, which makes it ideal for cooking, fondues, stir-frying, salads and marinades. And, yes, even baking!"  However, we are aware that "Safflower oil is also one of the best healthy cooking oils for baking, as the gentle, understated taste of safflower oil lets your other ingredients shine through."

If you have strong feelings regarding which we choose, we'd love to here from you. Please email the deli with your opinion.

Kai Bookwalter
Deli Manager


Thanksgiving Side Dishes from Our Delis

Our deli is baking pies, making sides, and taking orders for holiday items

Be sure to check the preorder book to consider the special items available at the East and Near West Side locations, including desserts, side dishes, and our own Faux Turkey, a favorite with vegetarian and vegan customers. You’ll find full details about pricing and pick-up; orders taken through November 20th.

All items will be available for pick-up on November 23rd, 24th, or 25th at the Bloomingfoods location where they were ordered. You’ll also find pies and other holiday treats to-go in our deli cases.

Bloomingfoods Market and Deli is proud to offer the following items for your Thanksgiving Day Dinner:

Bloomingfoods Deli Faux-Turkey: This delicious “turkey substitute” is made in house from tofu with a special blend of seasonings and comes with stuffing and a side of vegan gravy.
Half: $20.00
Whole:  $35.99

Roasted Root Vegetables: A mix of beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, maple syrup and nuts roasted to perfection. A favorite among the staff.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes: A creamy blend of potatoes, fresh chevre, grated horseradish and green onions.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes: Creamy whipped potatoes mixed with Gluten Free Soy milk and a dash of fresh sage.

Cranberry Orange Relish:  A new twist on an old favorite guaranteed to please everyone. A tart and tangy side dish with an added touch of orange.

Vegan Stuffing:  A perfect blend of breads mixed with carrots, celery, onions, dried cranberries and savory herbs.

Turkey Gravy:  You know, turkey gravy! Made from stock rendered in house from Bowman and Landes Turkeys.
8oz. $3.99
16oz. $5.99

Creamy Green Bean Casserole: Green Beans sauced with Bloomingfoods Creamy Mushroom soup topped with Caramelized Onions.

Planning the Meal
Use these estimated to determine the quantities of food that you will need. Estimates are per adult.

Potatoes: 1/3lb -1/2lb                      
Gravies: 4-6oz.
Vegetables: 1/4lb - 1/3lb                   
Cranberry Relish: 2oz.
Stuffing: 1/3lb -1/2lb

Orders will be accepted through November 20th and will be available for pick-up on the day. you select. Please pick-up your deli order in the store where the order was placed.

Order Your Deli and Bakery Holiday Items


We have a special selection of holiday items available in the deli for your table. Be sure to pre-order at the East and Near West Side locations. You’ll find full details about pricing and pick-up on desserts, side dishes, and our own Faux Turkey, a favorite with vegetarian and vegan customers.

Orders will be taken through November 18. All items will be available for pick-up on November 21-24 at the Bloomingfoods location where they were ordered. A limited selection of items will be available in our deli cases.

Check the stores for pricing on:

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie

Blueberry Pie (Classic or Vegan)

Classic New York Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Dinner Rolls and Fresh Baguettes

Holiday Fresh Organic Whipped Cream

Cheddar Cheese Balls

Maytag Blue Cheese Balls

NEW French and Italian Cheeses (Perfect for parties trays )

Seasoned Goat Cheese

Turkey Stock Gravy

Mushroom Gravy

Maple Glaze

Herbed Butter

Turkey Rub

and our own Faux Turkey, by preorder only.


Belgian Waffles at the East Store Deli

The Bloomingfoods East Deli is now featuring its spin on traditional Belgian Waffles, made fresh to order! Our recipe is a classic yeast batter with folded egg whites, made fresh every morning (vegan options are just around the corner). The standard preparation includes a dusting of powdered sugar with a pat of butter.