Cara Mangini opened her Little Eater stand in the North Market last month and is now serving a rotating selection of seven salads by the scoop, like Roasted Beets with Orange Vinaigrette, and soup, such as carrot ginger.
We've been smitten with Cara Mangini since she started scooping fresh quinoa and squash salads and sweet potato and black bean succotash at her Hills Market pop-up, Little Eatery, years ago. In Mangini's experienced hands (she was the vegetable butcher at Eataly in New York), she worked fresh veggies into diet-friendly dishes that are as flavorful as they are bright.
When we heard she'd be opening a modern-day, produce-inspired "butcher shop" in the North Market, we were thrilled. Lighter fare traditionally has been underrepresented at the Arena District market.
Mangini opened her Little Eater stand last month and is now serving a rotating selection of seven salads by the scoop, like Roasted Beets with Orange Vinaigrette and Lake Erie Creamery Feta, crostinis topped with apples, ricotta and honey, and soup, such as carrot ginger.
What else is new: Hot Chicken Takeover has converted the NoMa Kitchen into a dining hall serving four levels of fried chicken (wicked hot to not) and a banana pudding that'd make any grandma proud. Owner Joe DeLoss has committed to stay through May, but market executive director Rick Harrison Wolfe is hoping to extend the lease.
What's coming: In case you thought the North Market shuffle was winding down, longtime vendor Pure Imagination Chocolatier closed its stall last month. A new vendor-an award-winning startup, Wolfe says-has been tapped, should be revealed sometime this month and could open in April. northmarket.com