Two local chefs recently opened a new OTR-based restaurant and grocery store that brings a new chef-owned and operated takeout stand concept to Findlay Market. Read on for all the delicious details.
Business partners and chefs Meredith Trombly and Louis Snowden wanted to bring the freshest, highest quality ready-to-eat options to Cincinnati. And they did just that with Fresh Table, a chef-owned and operated takeout stand inside the historic Findlay Market House.
“All of our food is prepared daily and onsite in our Market House kitchen,” explains Trombly.
Trombly and Snowden decided to combine their many years in the retail and culinary trades and go into business together. The eclectic menu choices were developed by Trombly and Snowden, who lead a creative team of five chefs.
The idea for Fresh Table came to fruition in October 2010 after Trombly and Snowden spent time working together at Bigg’s as Natural Foods Buyer and Corporate Chef, respectively.
The food at Fresh Table comes in a variety of options. “Fresh Table prepares everything on site from soups and entrees to salads and side dishes,” says Trombly. “We represent every country in our food and also accommodate for dietary restrictions.”
Trombly says that her and Snowden’s creative team of chefs all bring unique backgrounds and palates to Fresh Table’s ever-changing menu. “Our stand is a gourmet deli where dishes are available by the pound, for eat-in, or take out,” says Trombly. “To keep it fresh, we source most of our ingredients from Findlay Market itself. We are also custom caterers, so we can accommodate all dietary concerns.”
Dishes from Fresh Table are priced per pound. They range from $10.99 for salads to $26.99 for the Wild Caught Grilled Shrimp.
Trombly’s belief in the value of Findlay Market and its reputation as a culinary powerhouse is what led her and Snowden to choose it as the location for their food stand.
“As a culinary hub for Cincinnati, we want to preserve the incredible mix of raw foodstuffs and prepared foods,” says Trombly. “We enjoy being part of a working public Market. And plus, everyone shops at the Market!”
Trombly says that her next adventure with Snowden is an urban grocery store and restaurant called The Epicurean Mercantile Company. She says it will be located adjacent to Findlay Market and located on Race Street. It will be part of The Model Group’s $24 million redevelopment.
“The Epicurean Mercantile Company & Counter will be a full-service 5,000-square-foot urban grocery store with a 1,000-square-foot restaurant in the back of the grocery store,” says Trombly. “Look for an opening in Spring 2017!”
To contact Fresh Table, call 513-381-FRSH or visit them in person during Findlay Market operating hours. Those are: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Findlay Market is open year round.