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Shop With Jenny

If you are looking for healthy and delicious dinner options, have we got a treat for you. Food blogger, Jenny with the Good Eats, will be sharing her tips and tricks tonight at 5:30 p.m. Stop by and learn how to shop smart and cook amazing meals.
 
Below are the recipes she will be sharing with all of you:
 

Italian Style Eggs in Purgatory

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 eggs
2 garlic cloves
14oz of crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons of Kalamata olives, chopped
¼ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
 
Serve with 1 loaf of Russo’s ciabatta bread (with Kalamata olives and feta)
 

Preparation:

  1. Chop ¼ cup parsley, olives, garlic until finely minced together.
  2. Add in oregano and red pepper flakes to mixture.  
  3. Heat cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add olive oil to the pan.
  5. Add parsley, garlic, olive, and seasoning mixture to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add crushed tomatoes to pan. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Make 4 indents in sauce to place eggs into.
  8. Sprinkle with half the parmesan and half the feta.
  9. Cover with lid and cook 5 minutes, you will want the egg whites to be set.
  10. Finish dish with addition olive oil drizzle, the rest of the cheeses, and the remaining parsley.
  11. Serve with warmed Russo’s bread. 
 

Russo’s Grilled Cheese

Makes 1 sandwich 

This recipe is simple, flavorful, and vegetarian. This dish is high in unsaturated fatty acids from the olive oil and pine nuts in the pesto. Roasted red peppers have a high vitamin C content, which is important for boosting immunity.
 

Ingredients:

2 slices of Russo’s Italian Bread (½ inch thick)
3 slices ¼ inch thick of fresh mozzarella
1 Tablespoon Russo’s Homemade Pesto
1 Whole roasted red pepper, sliced
1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Serve with balsamic vinegar on the side for dipping (optional)
 

Preparation:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan
  2. Spread both slices of bread with 1 tablespoon of pesto
  3. Place mozzarella slices on the bread, then top with sliced roasted red peppers
  4. Place sandwich in the pan over medium heat, cover with lid.
  5. Cook until both sides slightly brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.  
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy.
 

Crispy Prosciutto and Arugula Pasta

Serves 4
 
This recipe emphasizes the simplicity of good ingredients. The whole wheat pasta and fresh arugula provide the dish with fiber to help keep you full for longer. The dish is seasoned with fresh herbs and spices to help keep the sodium content down. The sauce of this dish is extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil is an unsaturated fatty acid that may help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
 

Ingredients:

1 package of whole wheat fettuccine
¼ lb of prosciutto, crispy
2 cups of baby arugula
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
Zest of 1 lemon  
½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup pasta water
1 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
 

Preparation for crispy prosciutto:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 depress.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lay prosciutto flat.
  3. Bake until crispy (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  4. Let cool to room temperature and break into pieces.
 

Preparation:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Pour ½ cup olive oil into a sauté pan, heat over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic to heat olive oil and cook for 30 seconds, do not brown the garlic.
  4. Add in ¼ cup pasta water, 1 cup parsley, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Take off heat and mix in pasta.
  6. After pasta is coated in sauce, plate into bowls.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh parmesan.
  8. Top pasta with baby arugula and crisp prosciutto.
  9. Zest lemon over pasta.   
  10. Serve immediately, pairs well with a simple Caesar salad. 
 
Let us know what you think!
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In the News: Announcement of our Downtown Location

Have you heard the news about our second store expansion?  

It’s been a whirlwind since the announcement of our second location! We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from the Grand Rapids community. We promise we will keep you ‘in the loop’ with project updates as they occur.

Take a look at the recent coverage and let us know what you think!

WKTV: Local international market Russo’s to return ‘home’ downtown, open 2nd location

Wood Radio: Russo’s to Open Grocery Store in Downtown Grand Rapids 

WoodTV: Russo’s to open grocery store in downtown Grand Rapids

MLive: Russo family bringing gourmet grocery store to downtown Grand Rapids

Channel 98.7 FM, WFGR: Russo’s International Market Announces Downtown Grand Rapids Location

Channel 95.7 FM: Russo’s International Market Announces Downtown Grand Rapids Location

GRBJ: Retailer plans downtown grocery store and restaurant

WZZM: Russo’s to open grocery store in downtown Grand Rapids

WMTA: Grocery & Restaurant To Open This Summer In Downtown Grand Rapids

GR Now:*Grocery & Restaurant To Open This Summer Downtown!

MLive: Shuttered Bagger Dave’s in downtown Grand Rapids finds a new tenant

Experience GR: Grocery & Restaurant To Open This Summer In Downtown Grand Rapids

MiBiz: Russo’s International Market plans downtown Grand Rapids location

To stay updated on our expansion into downtown Grand Rapids, visit: russosgr.com/downtown.

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*Grocery and Restaurant To Open This Summer In Downtown Grand Rapids

It’s official: This summer we will be expanding to a 4,500-square-foot second store location, located at 241 W. Fulton St. Our second location will feature catering, grocery, delivery, curbside pick-up and a 60-seat indoor and a 40-seat outdoor restaurant. For 112 years our family has been committed to the Grand Rapids community by offering one of the largest selections of wine, gourmet food, craft beer, liquor, kitchenware, homemade Italian entrees and more. We also plan on hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration once construction is finished! 

“Since opening in 1905, my grandfather made it his mission to serve the Grand Rapids community. Our first location was on Division in what was known as ‘Little Italy.’ When we needed more room, we opened up on 29th Street. We always knew we would return to our roots and this second location will allow us to serve the downtown community as we once did 112 years ago.”

-Phil Russo, President, Russo’s International Market

For the past two years, Grand Rapids has been recognized as one of the top metropolitan areas in the country for economic development. According to Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., 183 residential units were added to the downtown Grand Rapids area in 2015, with an additional 1,437 proposed units to be developed shortly after. With the addition of the proposed units, downtown Grand Rapids would house 5,201 residential units. Downtown Grand Rapids’ goal is to reach 10,000 residential units within the downtown area by 2025.

With the growing number of downtown residents, the need for retail options within the downtown area is evident. Because of this growing need, we will offer much-needed grocery and deli items, fresh produce, wine and beer, pre-made meals and more at our Fulton Street location. The store will also be open later to better serve customers – something that is also a current issue within the downtown area.

“The Grand Rapids community has been so devoted to our family-business throughout the years, and our goal is to continue to serve the community to the best of our ability. We realized the lack of offerings for downtown residents, and this gave us the opportunity to return to downtown Grand Rapids and serve the growing residential population.”

-Phil Russo

We are proudly run by the 3rd and 4th generation Russo family members. In addition to a second store expansion, our store(s) offer the following services:

  • Catering for events, business meetings and more
  • Custom corporate gifts
  • Alcohol delivery
  • Grocery delivery
  • European deli
  • A large selection of Michigan and Grand Rapids products
  • Extensive selection of wine and beer
  • In-store educational events
  • Private label Russo’s brand products
  • **Dine-in eating options
  • **To-go menu items
  • **Curbside pickup
  • **Coffee, espresso and cappuccino bar
  • **Gelato bar
  • **Fresh produce

**only offered at Fulton Street location

The Fulton Street location is in addition to the our existing 18,000 sq. ft. location on 29th Street, which was purchased in 1976, and expanded in 2008. The 29th Street location will continue to offer its 45-foot deli case, with over 300 meats and cheeses from around the world, olives, fresh baked breads, oils, pastas with Russo’s sauces, our own homemade Villa Russo frozen entrees, a vast selection of craft beers and liquor, thousands of wines, kitchenware and more.

The expansion comes nearly two months after a rebrand to commemorate our historic 112 years in Grand Rapids. For more information on the opening of our second location, visit: russosgr.com/downtown, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter.

Show this at our 29th Street store and receive 10% off Russo’s homemade frozen entrees and pizzas – try our brand!

*Pending project approvals. Once finalized and renderings complete, expect follow-up with further details.

 

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Have you seen us in the news?

It’s been an exciting couple of months for Russo’s International Market! Since launching our rebrand last month, we’ve received great feedback from the Grand Rapids community. In addition to this, we’ve had numerous engagement opportunities with local media (and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon).

Just in case you’ve missed us, here’s a recap of our recent earned media:

WZZM13 – My West Michigan
Thirsty Thursday

Our store offers the largest selection of wine in West Michigan, and therefore consider ourselves professional winos (We’re not ashamed). Watch Eric Russo explain the importance of wine pairings to WZZM’s Jennifer Pascua.

WZZM13 – My West Michigan
Pizza Time!

Who doesn’t love pizza? Nate Follette dishes on how to master the art of making homemade pizza. If this doesn’t savor your taste buds, we’re not sure what will.

WOOD Radio

Talk of the Town

Are you an avid Russo’s International Market shopper? Listen to Nate discuss all things Russo-related with WOOD Radio.

GRNow

Wine & Pairings, Part One

Ben from OGO Initiative breaks down the importance of wine pairings, specifically wine and pasta pairings — Two of our favorite things. Delicioso!
For more information on our expansive product offerings, visit: gbrusso.com/products.

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Spring Drinks to Enjoy Outdoors

Spring is finally here! With the change in season, it’s the perfect time to change your choice of beverage too. Whether you prefer wine, spirits or beer, we’ve chosen our favorite spring drinks to enjoy at your next night out, family gathering or cozy night at home.

Here are our top picks:

White Wine Spritzer: Made with True Myth Chardonnay & Fever Tree Club Soda

True Myth Chardonnay is a classic-style Chardonnay crafted within the Paragon Vineyard in the historic Edna Valley, CA. Known for its aromas of pear, white peach, pineapple and wet stone, along with its tropical fruit flavors and mineral undertones, True Myth Chardonnay will pair perfectly with your favorite club soda (our favorite is Fever Tree Club Soda.) Be prepared for an ultra-refreshing beverage that will quench your thirst on even the hottest of days.

 

West Michigan-made spirit: Made with Gray Skies Utility Vodka, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, & Musette Sparkling Lemonade

If you’re looking for a sweet and satisfying beverage, we recommend this West Michigan-made spirit. Distilled from one of our favorite local distilleries, the Gray Skies Utility Vodka is smooth and versatile, unlike most vodkas on the market. The smoothness of this spirit allows for a “clean” feel that pairs perfectly with your favorite ginger beer and sparkling lemonade.

 

Rosé: Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Domaine De La Fouquette Rosé

We can’t pick a favorite between the Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé and the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé! The Domaine Lafage Miraflors is a French Rosé that tastes as good as it looks. It is a soft, dry Rosé, with hints of cranberry and strawberry.  Our second pick, the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is handcrafted in the Pfalz region, the “Tuscany of Germany,” allowing this Rosé to have a unique and bold taste. With light and refreshing tastes, blended with bright berry and fruit flavors, this Rosé will certainly come as a (pleasant) surprise. 

 

Roak Blow Your Face Out Double IPA

For the IPA lovers, the ROAK  Blow Your Face Out Double IPA is crafted in Royal Oak, Michigan. This beer has a whopping 10.10% alcohol by volume (hence, the ‘Blow Your Face Out’ name) and is known for its malty, hop flavors. This makes the perfect summer drink for any Michigan beer connoisseur.

 

Aperol + Prosecco

 

Known as the Aperol Spritz and “Italy’s Favorite Cocktail,” this wine-based cocktail is pleasantly citrusy and slightly bitter. To avoid bitterness, try adding club soda to the mix as well. Otherwise, we recommend mixing half Aperol and half Prosecco to create this deliciously bubbly drink.

 

Oberon

A Michigan-staple brewed by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Oberon is a wheat ale blended with spicy hop and fruity flavors. Although Oberon is only made with four flavors, do not underestimate this beer’s distinct and thirst-quenching taste. Bell’s Brewery quotes, “Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon.” We recommend pairing Oberon with an orange pieces for an even greater refreshing taste.

 

Blood Orange Cider

You can’t compare apples to oranges, which is why we had to include a cinder in our list of spring drinks. Handcrafted on a fifth-generation family farm located in Hudsonville, Michigan, Farmhaus Cider Co. blends local ingredients to create a cider you’ll love. Farmhaus’ Blood Orange Cider is a crisp, tart, delicious drink ideal for a day spent outdoors, lounging on the deck with family and friends.

All of these beverages can be found in Russo’s International Market. To view the largest selection of wine in West Michigan, in addition to our plentiful spirits and beer options, visit the store from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.