By Cecily Costa.
Here are some terrific ideas on how to make your menu even more fun and unique using these exceptional American artisanal ingredients:
(Not-So-Boring) Pasta Salad
Trade up from everyday generic elbow pasta to a super fun shape like Accordions from Baia Pasta. This spool shape is playful enough for kids and delicious enough to impress any adult. Baia specializes in artisanal brass-extruded pasta using the best Italian traditional techniques and US organic flour. You can see the difference in color and texture. Think of Baia as the best made Italian pasta (i.e. Rustichella) but made locally, right here in Jack London Square! Great ‘al dente’ texture. Perfect for a summer salad. We stock 6 fun shapes like the Accordions #383510, all in 5 lb bulk boxes. Check out all their great recipes and press, including what the Italians are saying about Baia Pasta at www.baiapasta.com!
Super Duper Bean Salad
Do you have a three-bean salad on the menu that needs a little updating? Our local farmer, Chip Morris of Elegant Beans & Beyond grows the most colorful, creamy & delicious dried heirloom beans on the market, right here in Lodi. Try Pebbles #275650 (different colors all from the same plant), Flor de Mayo #275630 (also great for chili!) or Jacobs Cattle Gold #275620 for some eye catching color. We stock 13 different varieties in all, conveniently packed in 5 lb bags. We also stock organic dried Black Eyed Peas #271612 & Garbanzo Beans #571001 from Koda Farms in the Central Valley. Both lines are super well priced because we buy direct!
Dressed To Impress Salads
How about making your dressings with either California Olive Ranch or Corto Olive Oil and Sonoma Vinegar Works? What a great way to marry all your ingredients and flavors into one big local celebration of flavors.