Rich Rogers’s favorite part of family meals was always after plates had been cleaned, when his Italian clan would kick back around the table and tell stories for hours on end. His grandfather, Peter Scardello, was a big part of that. Peter relayed to Rich the importance of a great meal, particularly the way it can knit family and friends together. So when Rich and Karen Rogers opened Scardello, it was only fitting that the artisan cheese shop be named after Peter. Today, Rich is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, cooking feasts for friends and family that often end with nibbles of cheese. It’s his way of keeping guests around the table long enough to swap stories, like his family did all those years ago.
Scardello’s selection includes about 150 cheeses hailing from Europe and America, some from right in Texas. Though not all are farmstead cheeses, they’re all artisanal—that means handcrafted by humans, not made by machine or produced by accidentally leaving cattle in the hot sun. The cheeses rotate seasonally, but don’t worry if you don’t see the same goat cheese you grabbed last time. The shop’s happy to track your purchases, so you’ll know immediately whether your favorite’s in stock, and the staff will happily slice you a sample of any cheese in the case. That might make it a little bit easier when it comes time to order and they cut as hefty or petite a wedge as you like, straight from the wheel.
Scardello’s employees can also help customers match the perfect accompaniment with cheese, whether that means craft beer or wine, bread or crackers, or locally crafted goodies from Dude, Sweet Chocolate. For those who’d rather do it themselves, there are various classes available. These might involve anything from exploring the basics of cheesemaking to addressing the question of whether beer or wine goes better with certain cheeses—an age-old debate that brings most dairy-farm-family reunions to a heated end.
From its humble beginnings as a single Austin store in 1980, Whole Foods Market has grown into a gleaming and organic grocery empire, comprised of healthful mega-marts that lean toward all things natural. From the extensive selection of organic produce to grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, sustainable seafood and a wide array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free specialty products, anyone familiar with the concept of globally-conscious living would be happy to get their shopping done inside. At this Lakewood location, Dallas hippies both young and hold can fawn over tofu ice cream, environmentally-friendly cleaning products and endless vitamin supplements, spanned across long, well-stocked aisles inside the airy and inviting space. Best of all, this Whole Foods boasts its own in-store bar, where shoppers can enjoy a local craft beer or fill up a growler on their way home.
Open since 1984, Ann’s Health Food Center was organic and cool even before it was a buzz word in Dallas. Locally-owned and operated by the Munchrath family for generations, there are groceries, cosmetics, herbs and supplements, along with a café that places healthy fare at the forefront of the menu. Popular items for sale inside the sprawling market include Genesis Today products and Life’s Fortune Multiple Vitamins, and the willing staff is always on hand to help you pick the perfect mix of vitamins and nutrients to take home. Located in Dallas’ Oak Cliff Bishop Art’s area, a second store has also opened in Waxahachie, meaning even more of Dallas’ growing health-conscious consumer base can now enjoy their wares.
Cafe de France's owners, the Gilani family, have been serving their signature French pastries and entrees at their cozy, family-oriented restaurant for more than 30 years. The place has a relaxed, casual feel, great for making patrons feel warm and welcome. During the morning hours, they bake flaky breakfast pastries and croissants, switching their focus later in the day to crepes filled with fruit or savory ingredients. Other entrees served throughout the day include saut?ed veal drizzled with a marsala wine sauce, which pairs with the eatery's wines sourced from France, California, and the wine regions of South America.