Corrections & Clarifications: In an earlier version of this article, Formaggio Kitchen was misspelled. Also, the location of Pho Bowl was incorrect. It is located in Phoenix.
A massive, 5,000-square-foot gourmet food market and restaurant is opening this summer in north Scottsdale.
Gastromé Market — the name is a merging of gastronomy and gourmet — will be “a restaurant, a market and a classroom,” according to co-owner Jenny Le, who added that the space will include a boutique wine shop, cheese counter, foraged specialty produce and cooking classes.
You can get cheese and wine anywhere, but Le and co-owner Tiffany Chavez want to bring white glove service and a curated selection to the food shopping experience in the shop, where many of the products will be sourced from small, women-owned companies.
“We will know the cheese makers and share their experience and products,” said Chavez. “It’ll be products that we really believe in.”
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'Arizona is lacking this type of concept'
Co-owners and life partners Le and Chavez moved to Arizona four years ago when Chavez, a physician assistant in pediatric cardiology, was invited to join Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Before moving to Arizona, Le worked at Formaggio Kitchen in Boston as a financial controller for five years and fell in love with the concept of large-scale specialty food markets where customers can purchase produce, cheeses, wine and pastries from around the world.
Chavez developed a love of high-end specialty foods through Le when they first met in Boston. Le would make beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards and send them to Chavez's workplace at Boston Children's Hospital. “People at the hospital just loved the food,” Chavez said.
After moving to the Grand Canyon State, Le opened her first restaurant, Pho Bowl, with her sister in 2019 in Phoenix.
She loved living in Arizona, but missed specialty markets, like Dean and Deluca or Eataly. “Having lived here for four years, I think Arizona is lacking this type of concept,” she said.
In 2021, the couple decided to change that by bringing their own take on the gourmet supermarket to metro Phoenix with Gastromé.
What to expect at Gastromé Market
The new supermarket opening in the Gainey Ranch Shops plaza on the corner of Doubletree Ranch and Scottsdale roads will be home to a 3,500-square-foot market and a 1,500-square-foot restaurant, which will feature a menu of scratch-made hot and cold entrees that will change daily.
The market will house specialty shops, each of which will be run by a specialist who will be on-site to help educate customers and guide them through the offerings, like sommelier Charlie Fina and private foragers Brian Hedger and Michelle Gasparino from Hypha Foods who are responsible for gathering local and specialty imported produce.
The market will stock high-end specialty items such as olive oils, pastas, spices, sauces, caviar, cured meats, nuts, pastries, honey and jams along with two dedicated specialty cheese cases.
A place to explore and learn
The staff will offer an array of hands-on, in-store classes for up to 20 people at a time, covering topics from foraging to how to build a charcuterie board.
“There’s no stuffiness, intimidation or ‘silly questions’ here,” said Le.
Education is at the heart of this specialty market. "You can come in and grab a quick bottle on-the-go," said Chavez. "Or sit down, have a glass of wine or Champagne and chat with us about everything from food pairing suggestions to our favorite wine varieties."
Chavez and Le hope to inspire and help guide other entrepreneurs with their endeavor.
“If there are young individuals who wish to learn about opening a business, we’d love to pay it forward,” said Chavez. “We want to give. We want people to come to Gastromé and make memories.”
Le and Chavez are currently hiring and plan to open Gastromé in July 2022. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates.
Details: 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. gastromemarket.com.
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