Summer Jams

            Strawberry season is underway! That means you’ll be seeing these delicious berries appearing all over our menu. One area in particular is our jam department. Jenny has been hard at work cleaning, cutting, and cooking pounds of strawberries and rhubarb. Fresh Maryland Eastern Shore strawberries and local rhubarb make this jam as delicious as it can possibly be.

            Looking for more ways to utilize our delicious homemade jam? Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat this delectable summertime treat:

1.      Indulge in a childhood classic PB+J with creamy peanut butter and fresh Atwater’s jam

2.      Use on wheat toast (perhaps our Sunflower Flax) for a healthy and delicious breakfast

3.      Make your favorite pancake batter and mix in semi-sweet chocolate chips and our Strawberry Jam for a combination so incredible you’ll want to make these every morning

4.      Entertain guests with a simple cheese plate pairing our jams with cheeses of your choice

5.      Heat up over the stove for a delicious ice cream topping

Nothing goes better with summer sun and good company than delicious food to share.

Twenty Pounds of Kale

                 As the weather heats up one of my favorite midday activities is to take a walk out to the Farm and check out what Sam has growing. It's a beautiful thing to walk from my office through the kitchen making soup, the pastry tables making cakes, and the bread department hand shaping loaves to right out back where we have lettuce, kale, mint, basil, and tomatoes growing.

                 Just yesterday in my conversation with Sam he told me he had harvested 20 pounds of kale! That's 20 pounds of kale for our soups grown right here in our own backyard! Farm to bowl has never been more true. We are excited to see where the rest of summer takes us as we look forward to more harvests and more vegetables such as delicious tomatoes in August. 

New Ice Cream Flavors

            Even though the weather seems to have some other ideas about getting ready for ice cream season we do not! We are excited to unveil our two new summer flavors, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Rhubarb.

            Atwater’s is one of the few places in Baltimore that makes ice cream the old fashioned way. Our eggs, milk, and cream come from local farms. We use these fresh and local ingredients to start each batch from scratch. You won’t find any mixes or pre-separated eggs in our kitchen. Ian, our head ice cream maker, cracks and separates each egg yolk by hand. He then cooks each batch of custard before churning and packing the containers.

           Our Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip is the finest mint ice cream you’ll have this summer. The mint used to give this ice cream its fresh flavor comes from Tuiy’s garden at the Big Kitchen. Tuiy works in our savory department here at the Big Kitchen, but also tends to a small garden plot that he uses to grow peppers, mint, and other herbs.

            Our Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream is made with fresh Maryland Eastern Shore strawberries and local rhubarb. Partnering with farmers, whether as far as the shore or right here in our own backyard, is what gives our food its incredible quality. There is no substitute for fresh, local fruit! The strawberries and rhubarb are cooked before being mixed with our Sweet Cream ice cream for a sweet burst of flavor.

            Stop in for a scoop at our Belvedere, Canton, or Falls Road locations today!

Mother's Day!

            May is for Moms! Mother’s Day is May 8th and we are ready to celebrate. Treating Mom to breakfast or brunch at home? Stop in to Atwater’s for delicious muffins and scones. Or perhaps a hearty loaf of bread with our jams. This year we have a very special Mother’s Day Cherry Berry Rose jam. This jam is made with cherries, blackberries, blueberries, organic sugar, a touch of lemon, finished with rose petals and rose water. It is a delicious and vibrant treat for Mom!

If you really want to start the day on a sweet note why not pick up a box of our Mother’s Day Mini Cupcakes? These delicious little cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat. They come in three flavors; carrot cake with cream cheese, chocolate with vanilla, and coconut with vanilla. For a dollar each it will be easy to spoil Mom with these little gems.

            If you’re venturing out to celebrate stop by our locations for brunch! Our Canton or Belvedere Square locations are great places to sip on mimosas with Mom. Or if you want to have a day of shopping dine in at our Kenilworth location and then head over to the mall for the Shops! If you want to take Mom out on an active adventure bike over to our Falls Road or Catonsville locations.

            Atwater’s wishes a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

 

 

Marble Ticket

            If you’ve ever seen the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we have got a special for you that will really knock your socks off. As part of our Bread Month celebration we are having our very own Golden Ticket event. Our “Marble Ticket” is a play on the classic Wonka Bar Golden Ticket. Here’s how to play:

1.      Purchase a loaf of Caraway Rye bread between April 15th and April 17th.

2.      Cut the bread.

3.      If the bread is marbled you have won!

4.      If at home take a picture to show a staff member on your next visit.

5.      Win the ultimate Atwater’s prize; an Atwater’s sweatshirt and a tour of our Big Kitchen where we make all our soup, pastry, bread, ice cream, jam, and more!

We are very excited to be hosting this contest! The winners will get to embark on a journey through all of the delicious crafts that the Big Kitchen makes. We can’t promise you that there will be Oompa Loompas, but we can promise you it will be a fun day. Stop in to any Atwater’s location this weekend to try your hand at finding the lucky loaf! Good luck!

Salad Dressing

                We are excited to announce that our salad dressings are now on the shelves! Over the years we are always asked about selling our delicious dressings in store. Well the time has come when that dream becomes a reality! We offer our Balsamic Vinaigrette, Raspberry Almond Vinaigrette, Herb Vinaigrette, and Green Goddess dressings for purchase. Made in small batches at our Big Kitchen in Baltimore, MD these dressings will not disappoint!