In case you’re unfamiliar with The Larchmont Larder, it’s a gourmet marketplace and café along the lines of Clementine or Joan’s on Third, but with a massive catering arm and strong ties to nearby studios. Katie Trevino worked in production before founding “the little gourmet store that could” in December 2008 with longtime caterer Michael Beglinger, revamping a dilapidated house owned by elderly sisters. Beglinger trained in Switzerland and worked in Manhattan at The Rainbow Room and Lespinasse before heading Wolfgang Puck’s catering operation. The larder specializes in breakfast and lunch, including seasonal sandwiches, salads, pastries and cooking ingredients. The menu changes 20% every Monday, and that includes pastry chef Soojin Oh’s creations.
On a September visit, I learned about two interesting options. Every Wednesday, Michael’s Humpday Dinners consist of grab-and-go meals that are designed for four people and cost $35-48. Just take the containers home, heat in the oven and you’re good to go. Pick up between 3 PM and 7 PM. Buy 10 meals and get your 11th meal free. Commit for a month and get 10% off total order. Only one caveat: you have to order your Humpday Dinners one day ahead. Upcoming Humpday Dinners include Chicken Cordon Bleu on October 21 with roasted red potatoes, carrots and spinach for $44 and Braised, Boneless Beef Short Rib on October 28 with red wine sauce and Mascarpone polenta and mixed vegetables with olive oil for $48.
The Larchmont Larder also carries bags of Marley Coffee. Yes, that Marley. Bob’s son Rohan and friend Shane Whittle founded Marley Coffee in May 2006. Marley, a former University of Miami linebacker, thought it was important to “stir it up” by honoring the memory of his father, who always planned to return to farming in Jamaica. The Marley Estate is in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, an area long revered for producing coffee beans. According to the website, “Rohan remembers his grandmother drying their wild coffee berries in the sun, hulling and roasting them for her own cup of coffee each morning. Marley Coffee is determined to deliver that same intoxicating aroma and rich, smooth flavor into every cup that bears the Marley name.” In addition to Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, the company also sources beans from Central America, Indonesia and Ethiopia. At the larder, you’ll find bags of Lively Up!, Mystic Morning and Jammin Java, with the brown bags all lined with tiny lion silhouettes. [If you look carefully, you’ll also find a tiny marijuana leaf.]