Boring Burgers, Be Gone!

Kethchup and mustard are fine burger toppings, but your burger can do so much more! Different spreads and sauces, fruit, veggies grilled and seasoned – even different types of meat – will all bring fun new flavors to your burgers. Pineapples, jalapeños and feta? Sure! Grilled salami, mozzarella and fresh basil? Why not? Here are some more ideas to make your burgers anything but boring:

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BBQ Beyond the Meat

Your grill may be the rock star of your backyard party, but we all know stars need great bands and back-up singers to be a real success. That's where these guys come in: fresh rolls and desserts from our Bakery, cheeses from the Deli, Chef Prepared salads and dips, pickles, chips, fresh guac. This supporting cast of fine foods means your guests will have a front row seat to the best show in town! Here is a look at some of the foodie band members sure to be a hit at your cookout:

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Rosé All Day

Rosé is the “it” wine of summer. Pleasantly crisp, light and refreshing, it’s the perfect wine for outdoor gatherings – even if that means gathering a stack of magazines and sitting on the deck.

Rosé is definitely having a moment: It outsells white wine in France, and is so popular in the Hamptons with the weekenders that there’s a shortage (that’s reported breathlessly in the papers). But don’t worry --we’ve got plenty for you, and it’s on sale!

So stop in during our A Cut Above Grilling Festival and start seeing your summer through rosé-colored glasses!

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Say Goodbye to Dry Chicken

Chicken is the season-it-up, can’t-go-wrong, crowd-pleaser meal, perfect for grilling. But sometimes it can be tricky to know how long to grill it so it’s cooked through, but still juicy and flavorful. Here are some tips to make sure your chicken comes off the grill perfectly every time. 

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In a Flavor Rut? Try Something New!

Find yourself always reaching for the same spices, the same ole stand-by barbecue sauce? Break free! Try something new next time you toss dinner on the grill. Don't be shy. Sauces are a super easy way to explore new flavors and dress up your grilled food in all kinds of fun and funky ways: spicy, mustardy, peppery, smooth, sweet, zesty, mild, hot, hotter, hottest, gingery, glazey --
we've got em all! 

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Fresh Fruit + Your Grill = Yaaasssss!

Our first-of-season summer fruit has arrived in-store, just in time to kick off grilling season. I can think of only one next step here. Let's get this summer party started and toss some of this fruit on the grill!

And then eat it with ice cream. Or booze. 

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First Summer Fruit of the Season!

Backyard barbecues, patio parties, graduation get-togethers—they are all the perfect time to serve up a gorgeous fruit salad. And just in time to help you kick-off outdoor eating season, we’re getting our first summer fruits in fresh from California. Peaches, cherries, nectarines…all juicy and delicious, and all ready for eating fresh or adding to sweet and savory recipes paired with everything from greens and cheese to cake and vodka! 

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A Cut Above Grilling Festival: May 18-31

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer, and to celebrate we all gather around our grills and cook up our favorite backyard specialties. And whether you fill your grill with steaks and fish, fruits and veggies, or even a pizza or two, we have everything you need to welcome summer with new ideas, new flavors, and new products. So come visit us during our A Cut Above Grilling Festival, then round up the family and fire up the grill! 

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Veggies Are Getting Royal Treatment – Even in Texas

Have you noticed? Veggies, once relegated to basic side dishes, have begun stealing the spotlight as center-of-plate stars. And I’m not talking about salads. Chefs are layering complex flavors and interesting ingredient pairings to create vegetable-based meals that shine. The Dallas Morning News ran a recent article about local restaurants “where vegetarians are treated like royalty.” I found the flavors described to be fascinating and wanted to share it with you. I figured you could take it one of perhaps three ways:

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