Tuesday’s Hot Bar

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Living Spaghetti, Assorted Organic Fruits

VEGAN FOODS: Twin Oaks Local Tofu Wedges, Yedinich Salata, Azifa, 5 Grain & Herb Salad, Tabouli, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Chickpea Salad, Twin Oaks Local Coconut Curried Tofu, Medji’s Cous Cous, Nile’s Gomen, Quinoa with Corn & Capers, Haricot Verts with Stewed Tomatoes, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, Caponata, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Rosewater Cheesecake, Forbidden Rice Salad, Mac-N-Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash

MEAT: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Tuna Salad, Rainbow Trout with Pesto Veggies, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Garlic-Citrus Cous Cous, Jambalaya, German Potato Salad, Pork BBQ, Collard Greens with Ham

SOUP: Summer Veggie Soup, Turkey Chili, Split Pea & Ham Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Monday’s Hot Bar 08/30/

RAW FOODS: Living Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti, Assorted Organic Fruits

VEGAN FOODS: Stuffed Grape Leaves, Yedinich Salata, Azifa, 5 Gran & Fresh Herb Salad, Tabouli, Chickpea Salad, Twin Oaks Local Tofu Wedges, Brown Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Mujadara, Misir Wat, Dinich Wat, Bedelijan, Gomen, Cabbage, Mixed Steamed Vegetables, Caponata, Steamed Broccoli, Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna, Buffalo Vegan Bites, Baked Ziti, Vegan Loaded Mashed Potatoes

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Rosewater Cheesecake

MEAT: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Coconut Curried Chicken, Cider Braised Chicken, Jambalaya, Rainbow Trout with Pesto Veggies

SOUP: Split Pea & Ham Soup, Turkey Chili, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Summer Veggie Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Jeremy’s Song Of The Day!

The Blue Van … “Be Home Soon” ………………………………………………………………………..

Saturday Hotbar 8/28/10

MEATS: Coconut Curry Chicken, Jambalya, Cider Braised Chicken, Pork BBQ, Coffee Braised Beef Brisket, German Potato Salad (contains bacon)

VEGAN: Mixed Steamed Vegetables, Steamed Broccoli, Brown Basmati Rice, Tamarind Rice, Ratatouille

VEGAN BAR (served at 1:00): Citrus Ginger Cous Cous, Kung Pao Tofu, Buffalo Vegan Bites, Vegan Loaded Mashed Potatoes

RAW BAR (vegan): Living Coleslaw, Living Kale Salad, Carrot Fennel & Tomato Salad w/ Orange Thyme Dressing

VEGETARIAN: Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Corn On The Cob, Hoppin’ Johns Green Chile & Cheddar Homestyle Grits, Mac & Cheese, Rosewater Cheesecake

SOUPS: Summer Veggie Soup (vegan), Turkey Chili, Josh’s Truffled Cauliflower Soup (contains chicken stock)

BREAKFAST (served until 1:00): Pork Sausage, Cheesy Eggs (vegetarian), Strawberry Rhubarb Bread French Toast (vegetarian), Biscuits (vegan), Vegan Tofu Scramble, Breakfast Potatoes (vegan), Pork Bacon, Blueberry Spice Pancakes (vegan), Huevos Rancheros Wrap (vegetarian), Vegan Yellow Grits, Vegan Sausage Gravy

FRESH FRUITS: Mandarin Oranges, Grapes, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Blueberries

SALAD BAR PREPARED SELECTIONS: Fiesta Chicken, Homestyle Tuna Salad, Homestyle Chicken Salad, Dilled Potatoes (vegan), Yedinich Salata (vegan), Citrus Cous Cous (vegan), Grain Salad w/ Fresh Herbs (vegan), Forbidden Rice Salad (vegetarian), Oven Fried Tofu Wedges (vegan), Chickpea Salad (vegan), Greek Wheat Berry Salad (vegetarian)

Make Eggs, Not Salmonella.

In the past week, nearly 400 million eggs have been recalled in the US. This of course, is due to a scary little bacteria called salmonella. Salmonella is a nasty little, preventable motile enterobacteria that infects about 142,000 Americans each year, primarily from the eggs of chickens. Unfortunately, about 30 of these people die from the contamination. So how does this salmonella get into the egg? Well, that’s when we must turn our attention to the sad practice of factory farming poultry. Wikipedia states that: “The shell of the egg may be contaminated with salmonella by feces or a stale environment, or its interior (yolk).” So if the egg can become contaminated by feces or a stale environment, how do you prevent this from happening? We’ll first off, you don’t stack chickens on top of chickens on top of chickens in cages where they can’t even open their wings and the light of day is non-existant. Read the rest of this post »

The Ultimate Lunch for only $3.99!

Make packing your child’s lunch even easier, without depriving them of the healthy good stuff!

Made specially by our talented Deli staff, we proudly introduce the Ellwood Thompson’s “School Box.” Each package contains a well rounded meal of veggies, organic ingredients and local products that your child will surely love.

The best part about the “School Box” is that it goes way beyond children! My mouth was watering over the selection during the photoshoot. Because of its “grab-and-go” style this idea is great for almost anyone!

As of right now we have 3 different selections for you to pick from…and they are only $3.99! Read the rest of this post »

Friday’s Hot Bar 08/27/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Fennel & Tomato Salad, Assorted Organic Fruits

VEGAN FOODS: Gluten-Free Lasagna, Tamarind Rice, Local Tofu Cacciatore, Citrus Ginger Cous Cous, Dilled Potato Salad, Yedinich Salata, Citrus Cous Cous, 5 Grain Salad with Fresh Herbs, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Local Oven Fried Tofu Wedges, Chick Pea Salad, Brown Basmati Rice, Lemon Rice, Ratatouille, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Forbidden Rice Salad, Parkerhouse Style Rolls, Hush Puppies, Rosewater Cheesecake

MEAT DISHES: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Home Style Chicken Salad, Home Style Tuna Salad, Jambalaya, Country Style Red Beans, Sour Cabbage & Bacon, Chicken with Lemon, Lavender & Leeks, Stuffed Pork Loin, German Potato Salad with Pork

FISH FRYDAYS: Fried Catfish, Fried Trout, Crab & Shrimp Broil

SOUP: Gazpacho, Turkey Chili, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Summer Veggie Soup, Misir Shorba

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice

Arriving Tomorrow: Ayrshire Farm Organic & Local Meats

And it’s finally coming in! We’re so excited to be getting in a shipment of one of the best local meat and poultry producers in Virginia! Tomorrow afternoon on our shelves you’ll see Ayrshire Farm’s organic whole chickens and organic beef. Ayrshire Farm isn’t your standard Virginia farm, they’ve become one of the most respected and well known farms that the Old Dominion has to offer. Their meat was recently featured on Washington D.C.’s Top Chef season, better yet they’re only located 98 miles from our store and even Joel Salatin backs them! Click to read more. Read the rest of this post »

The Flavors of Local

Here at Ellwood’s, you know we love our local food and products. Fruit 66 falls under this umbrella of love.

Produced in Richmond, Virginia – Fruit 66 is definitely a staple in many public schools, from Richmond and beyond – which is why we had to have them sample in the store for Back to School week!

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Monica or try any of their products you still have RIGHT NOW, Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-3pm.

We give Fruit 66 our “bag lunch” stamp of approval.

Quick Back To School Snacks

1. First off, mention “Ant’s On A Log” to any kid and the name alone should strike enough curiosity to try it. By combining Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Raisins and Organic Celery, you’re left with a tasty and surprisingly sweet snack. At the same time it’s healthy, filled with great fiber, antioxidants and vitamins from the celery and raisins along with good fats and protein from the peanut butter.

2. Next, an easy to make staple that any student can create. A back-to-baiscs Vegenaise and tomato sandwich!

It’s super simple, healthy, and light. We took local tomatoes from Shenandoah Valley, sliced them and threw them on bread from Julian’s Bakery low-carb bread with grapeseed oil Vegenaise. So good! All of these snacks are extremely quick to make, healthy and light. Space your snacks and meals out throughout the day. Try eating smaller, healthy snacks in between classes and throughout the day. Stay tuned for more healthy back to school meals on the site!

Thursday’s Hot Bar 08/26/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Fennel & Tomato Salad, Assorted Organic Fruits

VEGAN FOODS: Local Tofu Cacciatore, Vegan Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Where’s the Beef Stroganoff, Lemon Rice, White Bean & Arugula Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Forbidden Rice Salad, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Local Oven Fried Tofu Wedges, Chickpea Salad, Brown Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Wild Rice Blend, Curried Cabbage, Gobhi Matar, Ratatouille, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Home Style Mac-N-Cheese, Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosewater Cheescake

MEAT DISHES: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Home Style Tuna Salad, Curried Chicken, Beef Brisket, Jambalaya, Pork BBQ, Coconut Curried Chicken, Country Style Collards

SOUPS: Split Pea with Ham & Bacon Soup, Tibetean Curried Lentil Soup, Chicken Soup with Pasta, Gazpacho

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Give Bikers 3 Feet!

The City of Los Angeles unveils their new “Give Me 3,” program. A series of new bike awareness posters designed by Geoff McFetridge. Visit the LA County Bicycle Coalition for more information. Wouldn’t this be amazing if new and future roads in richmond had a comfortable 3 feet for cyclist to ride in? Click on the link to see the new posters.

The Gulf Sea: Open for Fishing

Commercial crabbing along sections of the oil-tarnished Gulf Coast were re-opened today, with shrimping and recreational fishing kicking into gear earlier this week. The media buzz is about whether the seafood coming out of the Gulf is safe to consume, but you’d never know there were health concerns when you sit down to eat with the locals.

“This is the safest seafood in the world. It’s like flying after 9-11,” remarked the Lafourche Parish President’s husband over dinner with Expedition Blue Planet last Friday night. His reasoning: The catch coming into shore here is probably more thoroughly tested than anything being imported into the state. Click here to read the rest of the great article from National Geographic.

Just In: Nettle Meadow’s Honey-Lavender Goat Cheese

My mouth is still watering from the sample of cheese that Keith just brought me. We just got in a limited run of Nettle Meadow’s Honey-Lavender Fromage Blank unsalted goat cheese from Warrensburg, NY. It’s a delicious and perfect blend of honey and just a touch of lavender that absolutely melts on your tongue. Right now they’re just $5.99/ea and we’re sampling them with Little Raggi’s local crackers from Ocean City, Maryland.

The Ugly Truth About Cosmetics

Just found this very informative and well composed video done by The Stuff Project. We support and stand by the videos message to keep toxins out of cosmetics! It’s really that simple! Here at Ellwoods we have a very strict checklist for every single product that comes in the door, especially our cosmetics and body care department. You can read more about cosmetics and the project by click here.