Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Summer Party Prep Made Easy with Grab-and-Go and Catering Options in Southlake

Summer has officially arrived, along with outdoor parties, backyard barbeques and other festive occasions with friends and family. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen—or over a flaming grill—let one of these culinary destinations in Southlake do the work for you so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

Offering from-scratch, home-style cooking for families on the go, Scratch Catering & Fine Foods specializes in food-to-go and custom catering. Located at 2125 W. Southlake Boulevard, the gourmet food shop has a menu that changes seasonally. New and delicious dishes are continually popping up, but certain customer favorites are always on the menu—like the oven baked lasagna and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Catering options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With several meats and sides sold by the pound, Scratch Kitchen is the perfect option for feeding a hungry crowd.

For health-minded hosts who want delicious options, stop by Protein Fit Kitchen at 1151 E. Southlake Boulevard. The restaurant serves chef-prepared, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks with convenient carry-out options. Pick up to-go orders (which can be made online) or grab prepared options from the cold cases for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. The restaurant uses whole, quality proteins and responsibly grown, seasonal ingredients to offer healthy, flavorful foods. With dine-in options and meal prep also available, Protein Fit Kitchen caters to all types of healthy appetites.

Nothing welcomes company more than the smell of fresh bread. Great Harvest Bread Company is your neighborhood family bakery, complete with milled-on-site whole grains, baked into from-scratch breads and goodies and served fresh daily. Great Harvest can put together the perfect assortment of baked goods for morning events or a delicious array of equally filling lunch or dinner meals—including box lunches, hand-crafted sandwiches, salads and grain bowls. If you’re invited to a gathering, a Great Harvest gift basket filled with handmade bread and treats is a delicious way to show your appreciation.

Not sure what to serve at your soirée? Before you decide, let your eyes feast upon the many global flavors at Central Market, located at 425 E. Southlake Boulevard. With an expansive cold case filled with a wide variety of fresh salads, vegetable dishes, meats and more—all sold by the pound, Central Market has flavors to suit ever palate. Sample a few specialty cheeses and peruse the extensive wine selections, or even pick up grocery essentials while you’re there. With chef-prepared dishes, custom-made in-store and delivered to your door, Central Market catering makes feeding a crowd even easier with party platters, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to order.

Located across the street in Southlake Town Square is Trader Joe’s, the California-based specialty market known for its extensive private label products such as wine, frozen appetizers, salsas, candies and other party essentials. The grocer carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, fresh crop nuts, deli items, in addition to staple ingredients like eggs and milk.

No need to stress about what you’re serving—or taking—to your next summer party. With fresh and flavorful options ready to be picked up or customized catering orders a phone call away, Southlake can satisfy appetite for festive, crowd-pleasing fare.

All Appetites Lead to Southlake

Searching for locally grown produce, hard to find grains or imported cheeses? Foodies have quite the buffet of options now with four specialty grocers within a two mile radius in Southlake. The Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s opened their doors in this year, joining already established Central Market and Sprouts. Specialty food stores now outnumber the larger supermarket chains in town. This shift is reflective of a national trend towards healthier eating that includes fresh produce, organic meats and gluten-free products, as well as catering to local gourmets seeking rare wine, exotic spices and other culinary treats.

Central Market was the first to blaze into town in December 2006, much to the delight of residents throughout Northeast Tarrant County. With only nine stores throughout the state of Texas, most located in major cities, Southlake is by far the smallest city to claim a Central Market. Known for its extensive wine selection, vast organic produce section, in-store café and popular cooking classes, Central Market has quickly become a social hub in addition to supplying basic necessities and hard-to-find ingredients.

Sprouts Farmers Market opened in Southlake in 2007, the first location in Tarrant County. Touting a full line of groceries with prices 20-25 percent lower than its competitors, the natural food chain’s motto is “Healthy living for less.” Although smaller than the traditional supermarket, Sprouts provides one-stop shopping with an on-site bakery, large selections of wine and beer, national and house brands of organic items, fresh seafood, choice cuts of beef grown without hormones or antibiotics, 14 varieties of sausage made in-store, 1,500 gluten-free items, 8,000 different vitamins and supplements, and a produce section with 300 to 400 items.

The Fresh Market, which opened its doors in January. Self-described as “a fresh concept in grocery shopping,” it is similar to an open air market, with shelving deliberately kept low so that customers can see across the store. Inspired by European markets, the store displays rustic styling, warm lighting and classical music. Shoppers will notice the smell of freshly brewed coffee, always available for sampling, as they peruse the prepared foods section, in-store bakery, full-service meat and seafood counter, multitudes of bins filled with roasted coffee beans, chocolates, nuts, granolas and snack mixes, and the extensive fresh produce section. The Fresh Market takes pride in offering local and regional produce, using a 100-300 system to designate how many miles away the produce was sourced.

The newest arrival in Southlake is Trader Joe’s, which opened last week. The California-based specialty grocer is known for offering more than 3,000 unique food items under the Trader Joe’s private label, including Trader José’s salsas, Trader Ming’s fried rice, and Charles Shaw wines, popularly dubbed “Two Buck Chuck,” to name a few products. Another significant point of difference is that Trader Joe’s does not have sales or promotions. The grocer carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100% juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins, in addition to staple ingredients like eggs and milk. Rachel Broderick, Trader Joe’s media relations representative stated, “We’re excited to open our Southlake store. There are a lot of foodies in the area.” She also noted that all store locations have interior décor related to their specific location, and that customers should expect to see painted murals on the walls of the Southlake location that are inspired by the community and local landmarks.

Thanks to these four specialty markets right here in Southlake, there is no lack of fresh produce, organic meats, imported wines or specialty ingredients. As we say in Texas, “Come and get it!”

OTM Traffic Plan for Trader Joe’s Grand Opening

Trader Joe's Grand Opening - SPD Traffic Plan Map - 2.20.15 to 2.22.15 - Updated - Briefing & PD Parking-2With the much anticipated grand opening of the Trader Joe’s in Southlake Town Square this weekend, a heavier traffic volume is expected in and out of the Town Square area. In order to mitigate the impact, the Southlake Office of Traffic Management has developed a traffic plan. 

This plan entails additional Southlake Police Officers directing traffic at various points within the affected area. In addition, a small part of Main St. and Summit Ave. will be barricaded off to lessen the impact on residents who live near this area. Although we’ve taken steps to minimize the effect of increased traffic, visitors to the area should expect some delays, as we work to get folks in and out of the area safely.

Parking in and around Trader Joe’s will be limited, so we encourage visitors to take advantage of the two parking garages located north and north west of Trader Joe’s. Both parking garages are within walking distance of Trader Joe’s. A map of the affected area and  the parking garages has been provided to assist you with planning your visit this weekend.

Thank you. We appreciate your patience.

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Trader Joes Map

OTM Traffic Plan for Trader Joe's Grand Opening

Trader Joe's Grand Opening - SPD Traffic Plan Map - 2.20.15 to 2.22.15 - Updated - Briefing & PD Parking-2With the much anticipated grand opening of the Trader Joe’s in Southlake Town Square this weekend, a heavier traffic volume is expected in and out of the Town Square area. In order to mitigate the impact, the Southlake Office of Traffic Management has developed a traffic plan. 

This plan entails additional Southlake Police Officers directing traffic at various points within the affected area. In addition, a small part of Main St. and Summit Ave. will be barricaded off to lessen the impact on residents who live near this area. Although we’ve taken steps to minimize the effect of increased traffic, visitors to the area should expect some delays, as we work to get folks in and out of the area safely.

Parking in and around Trader Joe’s will be limited, so we encourage visitors to take advantage of the two parking garages located north and north west of Trader Joe’s. Both parking garages are within walking distance of Trader Joe’s. A map of the affected area and  the parking garages has been provided to assist you with planning your visit this weekend.

Thank you. We appreciate your patience.

Town Square Parking Garage Map-3

 

 

 

 

 

Trader Joes GO

Trader Joes Map

Trader Joe's Construction Traffic Advisory

UPDATE 5/16/2014 – Due to Tuesday’s storm, the Trader Joe’s  parking garage construction is now scheduled to finish up on Monday May 19th.

A lot of people are excited about Trader Joe’s coming to Southlake Town Square. The new store will be a great addition to the many great shops that are already staples in the shopping center.

Of course with growth also come a few growing pains.  The Southlake Police Department, along with other City departments, has been working diligently with the developers Cooper & Stebbins to address all traffic concerns.  The intent is to make certain that interruptions to traffic along Central and Main Street are as brief as possible.

Traffic Lieutenant Ken West says, “Our goal is to keep the flow of traffic moving with only short delays for the traveling public.” Lt. West added that when they held several dry runs with the large trucks, which will be carrying heavy prefab concrete beams weighing about thirty thousand pounds each, the average delay was only about five minutes. “Safely maneuvering those trucks in and out of the construction zone is our top priority,” said Lt. West.

Drivers should expect brief delays in traffic as construction crews begin to build the parking structure near Trader Joe’s.  The parking structure pieces will be placed north of Cafe Express along Central Avenue. Truck drivers will back into the construction site along Main Street.

Crews will begin the work of installing the beams on May 5th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. however, the work will not occur on weekends. Installation of the concrete beams is scheduled until May 16th. Shoppers may want to consider using other entrances and exits getting into and around Town Square during this time.

Additional Southlake police officers will be on site to help manage any traffic concerns throughout the construction period and to help keep delays as brief as possible for the traveling public.

The two-level parking garage will be ready for Trader Joe’s later this year and it will have 73 available spaces.

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