On Friday, May 27, M the Market in downtown Syracuse — the creation of siblings Sara Kropf and Jeff Moerchen — and Edible Michiana hosted a number of artisans to an open house event on behalf of The Rose Home charity.
M The Market, well-known in Lake Country for gourmet quiches, sandwiches, salads, pastries and coffees also supports several local sources for condiments, oils, fresh produce and related accessories. Especially popular are custom charcuterie boards made to order using the many unique meats and cheeses that the Market offers.
Edible Michiana, part of the nationwide Edible Series, hosts charity dinners and quarterly issue launch parties. M The Market was chosen for this event since they have so much in common by supporting local farmers and other food sources. Victoria Brenneman, co-publisher, and Renee Campbell, director of events, hosted for Edible.
The Rose Home is a Christian-based organization which is not-for-profit and assists in rehabilitating women with drug or alcoholic addiction. Founded in Fort Wayne in 2003, The Rose Home now has a home on C.R. 29 just north of Syracuse.
NEW WINE LIST
M The Market was granted a full liquor license earlier this year and used this occasion to launch their new wine list. Featuring a variety of wines ranging from sparkling, white, red and sweet. The market offered tasting samples and bottles for sale. Included for tasting were:
- Pizzolato Prosecco from Italy
- Lava Cap Chardonnay from California
- 3 Brooms Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
- Cederberg Shiraz from South Africa
- Ca’Momi Cabernet Sauvignon from California
- Santa Julia Tinto Sweet Red from Argentina.
Wines were well-paired with the appetizers, cheeses and dishes served.
FOOD STATIONS OFFERED MARKET VARIETY
Appetizers featured were the Markets’ gourmet meats and cheeses. One such offering included the Market’s focaccia topped with their house-made ricotta, a slice of speck (a smoked-style prosciutto) topped with Mike’s Hot Honey. Another dish included locally sourced greens and produce from River Ridge Farm near Roann, which formed a salad topped with maple glazed salmon.
Another food station featured a block of Tête de Moine cheese with a hand-cranked cheese curler where guests carved off a small curl for tasting. Other cheeses available included Bleu Mont Bandaged cheddar, Beemster aged Gouda, Parmigiano Reggiano, La Tur and Danascara sheep’s milk cheese.
Mini cupcake samplings were also offered for those that wanted a taste before purchasing. Varieties included banana-pineapple, key lime and lemon.
A number of local artisans set up stations allowing guests to wander the store and expanded space borrowed next door from the Chamber of Commerce. Sara and Kermit Kropf own the building, so they occasionally borrow space for special events.
Participating artisans included:
- Jessica Flores Design (artist)
- Sundance Botanicals (nutritional supplements)
- The Nut Shoppe (homemade candies)
- Abigail’s Confections (cookies and s’mores)
- Man Cave Brewery (Their Sandbar Blonde is one of the best local brews available, in my opinion.)
- River Ridge Farm (fresh produce
- Blue Mind Roasting (featuring pour over-style cups of coffee)
- Boss Barrels (Furniture from wine barrels)
- Gayle Graverson (collage artist)
- Schnabeltier (wine and cheese samples from their Rochester shop)
Besides being treated to the Market and artisan fare, attendees (which numbered over 100 had a chance to shop for the many fine, gourmet goods and creative housewares offered by the Market. One of the newer items were the Boska Cheese knife sets. Coupled with the variety of local imported cheeses and cured meats, these offerings presented guests with a grand night out for a great cause.
M the Market is located at 110 E. Main in Syracuse. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The summer issue of Edible Michiana will soon be available, for free, at many area stores and markets.
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