Artizone’s new “split order” checkout feature

DeliveryOption- BlogIf you already thought Artizone made it easy to schedule home delivery of the food you crave from your favorite local artisans, just wait until you see the tweak we’ve made to our checkout feature.

Our new “split order” option gives you greater flexibility for determining when the items in your shopping cart will be delivered to your front door. This is because some of the items you order may be ready for delivery right away, while other items may require some lead time to prepare.

For example—say you’re browsing through Artizone’s artisan shops and you get a hankering for Dude! Sweet Chocolate’s Crack in a Box. Then you see that Chef Stephanie’s Mediterranean Trio would make a great meal for the night you don’t want to cook this week. Oh, and your supply of Oak Cliff Coffee Roaster’s Rosemont Crest Blend is running low—wouldn’t that pair well with Festive Kitchen’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies? But before you check out, you see that Emporium Pies is taking pre-orders for the coming holiday. Finally, you also need a couple of simple grocery items.

Some of the items in this cart are ready to go out this evening. Others will be ready a day or two later, and the pie order won’t be fulfilled until next week. But you need your morning cup of joe right away, not next week.

That’s where the split order feature comes in handy. When you check out, you’ll see the available delivery times of each item, grouped together with other items that are available at the same time. Then you can choose from one of three options: minimum deliveriesconvenient and speedy.

DeliveryOptionsMinimum deliveries will bring you all your items in as few deliveries as possible, saving you a little cash in the process. If it really doesn’t matter to you when you get your items and you like saving a little at checkout, this is the option for you.

Speedy, on the other hand, puts all the items on your front door as soon as possible. As each item is ready, it will be grouped with other items that are ready at the same time so they can be delivered together. You’ll pay for each delivery (but not too much), and if delivery time is critical to you, it’ll be worth it.

Convenient is the happy medium between those two. With the convenient option, your order will be grouped into fewer deliveries than the speedy option, so you’ll save a little on delivery. But you also won’t have to wait for the item with the longest lead time before you get the items that are ready now.

We’re excited about this tweak because it’s really an enhanced experience for our shoppers.

“Artizone already brought convenience to Dallas shoppers who enjoy local, artisanal food,” says Amber Dietrich, Vice President of Market Operations. “Now with the split order feature, planning meals and buying groceries for delivery throughout the week through Artizone is even easier.”

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Artizone’s favorite craft beers

If you think of the big beer companies as one big hot, stuffy room, then craft beer makers—with their endlessly innovative new flavors and brewing methods—are the cool, refreshing breeze blowing in through the window. If you’re looking for something beyond basic Bud Light for your next bash, Green Grocer‘s selection of fine, locally crafted beer is ready for convenient home delivery.

Here are Artizone’s top picks from Green Grocer’s well-curated craft beer selection:

Lakewood Brewing Company

Lakewood Lager

A star of Texas’ craft beer community, Lakewood Brewing Company uses combination of traditional brewing techniques and a little bit of their own innovation. Try the Lakewood Lager, a Vienna-style beer with a caramel scent and some bitterness from the hops. It’s got a dry, clean finish, and it pairs well with queso and grilled meats, making it a hit at block parties and barbeques.

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The Temptress is another favorite Lakewood brew. This imperial milk stout pours with a thick, milk chocolate head. Chocolate and caramel malt give it a rich body, and its low carbonation results in a silky mouthfeel. You’ll taste its seductive warmth with every sip.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Dallas Blonde

Having had enough of bad beer, the creators of Deep Ellum Brewing Company set up shop in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district with the single goal of showing Big D what it’s been missing. To that end, they’ve crafted Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, a citrusy, balanced session ale.

Deep Ellum IPA

The Deep Ellum IPA, on the other hand, is composed of American hops varieties with high alpha acid contents in ways that emphasize their fruity, citrusy, pine and floral flavors.

Real Ale Brewing Company

FIremans 4

Real Ale Brewing Company has been brewing up craft beer in the Texas Hill Country since 1996. In addition to being unfiltered and unpasteurized, their beer is made without the use of preservatives or artificial colors.

Firemans #4 is Real Ale’s most popular and best-selling beer to date. With an ever-drinkable balance of smooth malt and zesty hops, this refreshing blonde is perfect on a hot day or paired with spicy food.

Revolver Brewing Company

Blood & Honey

Located just southwest of Fort Worth, the family-owned Revolver Brewing Company crafts beers with water from the Trinity Aquifer and incorporates seasonal, local ingredients into its masterfully created beer.

Our favorite from Revolver is Blood and Honey, a unique, unfiltered deep golden ale made with malted two-row barley, blood orange zest, local Fall Creek Farms Honey and other spices.

Cheers!

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How to make pizza at home

SONY DSCWhat is it about pizza that makes it so addictive? Even just hearing the word “pizza” gives us cravings. Next time you’re craving your own slice, ditch the takeout menu—pizza is fun and easy to make from scratch at home. Just whip out this week’s featured recipe for Pizza Two Ways and round up the whole family for a fun, delicious evening at home.

All-Purpose Pizza Dough
From Wolfgang Puck

  • 1 package active dry or fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water, 105 to 115° F
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Pizza Two Ways

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The Sweet Italian

The Classic 

  • 2 six-ounce balls or 1 twelve-ounce ball of All-Purpose Pizza Dough
  • 1/3 cup of Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce
  • 1 ball of Burrata
  • handful of fresh basil
  • ½ cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 spoonful of extra virgin olive oil

Preparing the Dough
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in ¼ cup of warm water. In a food processor, combine the flour and the salt. Add the oil, the yeast mixture and the remaining water and process until the mixture forms a ball. (The pizza dough can also be made in a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed until the mixture comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl and starts to climb up the dough hook).

Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and knead by hand 2-3 minutes longer. The dough should be smooth and firm. Add additional flour as needed. Cover the dough with a clean, damp towel and let it rise in a cool spot for about 2 hours.

Divide the dough into 4 six-ounce balls for small pizzas or 2 twelve-ounce balls for large pizzas. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball. Repeat 4 or 5 times. Then on a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let rest for 1 hour. At this point, the balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

When You’re Ready to Bake
Preheat the oven to 500° F.

To prepare the dough for pizza assembly, roll out each ball as thinly as possible to desired shape and place on a baking sheet dusted with semolina flour.

For The Sweet Italian, prep mozzarella, onions and sausage and set aside. Take prepped pizza dough and spread sauce over pizza base. Top with sliced mozzarella, caramelized onions and Luscher’s sausage. Bake pizza until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove pizza from oven and place on cutting board. Slice with pizza cutter or knife and top with fresh arugula and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

For The Classic, prep tomatoes, basil and burrata and set aside. Take prepped pizza dough and spread sauce over pizza base. Top with sliced burrata and tomatoes. Bake pizza until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove pizza from oven and place on cutting board. Slice with pizza cutter or knife and top with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

When You’re Short on Time
If you don’t have time to prep the dough, no problem. Just order the new Pizza Making Kit from Holy Ravioli. It includes the dough, sauce and cheese to give you a head start on a pizza that can be ready in under 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Amber’s fresh picks for March

Spring is synonymous with renewal—new leaves appear on the trees, wildflowers bloom with new color and we all shed our winter layers. That’s why Amber Dietrich, Artizone’s VP of Market Operations, thinks that now is the perfect time to feature a few brand-new products from Artizone’s artisans.

SONY DSCChef Stephanie‘s New Spring Menu
With warmer weather finally on the horizon, it seems a such a shame to spend time indoors cooking up lunch or dinner. Artizone’s Chef Stephanie will free you up with her new spring menu of more than a dozen individually portioned meals, all made fresh with quality ingredients.

The lineup includes a Chicken Salad Lunch, featuring her signature tarragon chicken salad with apricots and pecans, fresh grapes and butter crackers. For dinner, try the Linguine with Lentil Ragu, made with green lentils simmered in a rich tomato sauce and served over linguine with parmesan. There’s also a vegetarian version, which comes ready to heat in a microwave-safe dish. Just consider Chef Stephanie your own personal springtime chef.

Plain Greek Yogurt from Urban Acres
If you’re looking to get into shape this spring, plain Greek yogurt should figure into your nutrition plan. Urban Acres’ Plain Greek Yogurt is locally handmade and pasteurized at 145 degrees for only 30 minutes to retain as much of the yogurt’s natural enzymes and nutrients as possible. No hormones are used in the dairy production process, resulting in a delicious, natural product.

Culiacan Chamoy Sauce from Mölli
Whether used as a dipping sauce or served over chicken, fish or vegetables, Mölli’s Culiacan Chamoy Sauce lends a unique Mexican flavor that’s spicy, sweet and sour all at once. Made with apricots, freshly squeezed lime juice and guajillo and pequin peppers, the chamoy also tastes great with chips. Pick up a jar for your family’s next taco night—you won’t be disappointed.

Cold BrewsCold Brew from Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters
Single-origin Arabica beans make for a fine cup of morning joe, but a piping hot brew isn’t the only way to get that perfect cup. Noble Coyote’s Cold Brew is brewed, filtered and bottled in small batches using freshly roasted single-origin beans. The result is a smooth, low-acid product that’s delicious straight from the bottle or over ice. What’s more, it’s made from ethically traded and sustainably grown coffee beans.

Ayara Thai Sauces from America’s Got Palate
If you’re already planning your first outdoor get-together or barbecue of the season, you’ve gotta try the lineup of Ayara Thai Sauces from America’s Got Palate. The Thai BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce with a little heat; it’s delicious as a dip, marinade and a dressing. It’s also vegetarian-friendly. Try it on chicken, shrimp and fried foods.

While you’re at it, try their Thai Cucumber Sauce, which is made with chili paste and real chunks of cucumber and makes the perfect complement to fried foods. Finally, their Thai Peanut Sauce is a blend of peanut butter and hoisin sauce enhanced by the kick of garlic and onions and the sweetness of pure cane sugar. It’s a marinade, a dip, a dressing—even a sandwich spread.

Happy spring!

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Artizone’s glorious greens

It seems as though the month of March is about all things green. For one thing, it’s the month when spring finally returns. Then there’s the Dallas Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Greenville Avenue, with its green parade floats, spectators decked out in green and, of course, free-flowing green beer in just about every bar in the city. On top of that, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has declared March to be National Nutrition Month, and what’s more nutritious than greens?

That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to explore the health benefits of the green food lineup from Green Grocer.

kaleKale
Among greens, kale is currently king, having made quite a comeback after nearly going extinct at the grocery store for a more than a generation. Now it’s everywhere—in the grocery produce section, at farmers markets and on the menu at trendier restaurants.

Packed with calcium, Vitamin A and protein, kale is especially high in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which fight the formation of cataracts and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in Americans age 65 and older. Tasty sautéed, steamed or added to soups, kale deserves a place on your plate.

Cucumbers
As much as 96 percent of a cucumber is water, which makes it a hydrating food that can relieve you on a hot summer day or ease a post-St. Patty’s Day hangover. It’s also useful in easing facial swelling, which can again come in handy after drinking all that green beer.

Parsley
More than a mere garnish, parsley may be the world’s healthiest food. Eat a single sprig and you’ll consume nearly six percent of the Vitamin C you need each day. Parsley is also antiseptic, which means it can freshen your breath. Throw several sprigs into your juicer when you’re juicing veggies or add them onto an omelet or salad to boost your calcium, potassium and Vitamin K, which may lower your risk of bone fracture.

Avocados
Green Grocer’s organic avocados bring all the flavor and nutrition of this creamy fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) without the boatload of toxic insecticides that can coat a regular avocado. With more potassium than a banana, organic avocados are loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids and fiber. They can also help your body better absorb the nutrition of other vegetables, so there’s a good reason to dig into that guacamole.

celeryCelery
Celery is so low in calories that some say it burns more calories to eat celery than you get from it. Regardless, a cup of chopped celery provides 40 percent of your Vitamin K and 10 percent of your Vitamin A, along with a smattering of folate and several key minerals.

Grocer’s Delight Juice
Packing the nutrition of cucumbers, celery and kale blended with apples, lemon and ginger, Green Grocer’s Grocer’s Delight juice is a delicious, hydrating beverage that replenishes the body and pleases the senses. Whether you’re feeling low or just looking for a refreshing boost, this juice may be just what you’re craving. It’s blended to aid digestion and root out your body’s impurities, helping you stay fit and healthy.

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