Park & Party Prep in 30 Minutes at Dawson’s Market in Rockville
A gem of a grocer, Dawson’s Market is a local foods purveyor that is well worth an excursion if you love shopping at a store whose mission is “Celebrating Community through Local and Organic Food.” In every aisle, whether it is produce, dairy, wine, meat or their prepared foods, you’ll see local products front and center.
We gave store manager, Bart Yablonsky, this challenge: Can a busy person park, shop, pay and be on their way with Super Bowl party food and drinks in 30 minutes and under—all while eating natural and local food?
He took the challenge. And the answer is yes.
Park in the ample free parking in front of their Rockville Town Center store. Walk through the doors, and make your first stop at the prepared foods counter. Hors d’oeuvres will be available from Dawson’s service case, but save even more time by pre-ordering party platters 48 hours in advance of pickup. Bart’s suggestions include Dawson’s Buffalo Wings using Bell & Evans all-natural chicken, house made MD blue crab cakes, spiced shrimp platters and Thai chicken meatballs, a great twist to regular cocktail meatballs, these spicy balls are a top seller. And, if you aren't as concerned about local, but really want your party's focus on a "regional" theme, there are also Philly Cheesesteak Platters and New England Lobster Roll platters to be had. Dawson's also has a cold salad bar and a hot bar, if you want some other choices.
Conveniently enough, the beer and wine section is right behind you. Dawson’s has dozens of local beers on tap, in growlers or cans, including 7 Locks brewery (just 10 minutes from the market) and Brawling Bear Bare Knuckle IPA from Gaithersburg.
The Dawson's wine section has many local MD and VA wineries represented should your crowd prefer a white or a red. House made snacks and bread, lots of organic chips and salsas round things out, with a stop for some area cheeses and pickles to finish out the snack zone. Fisher's Popcorn from Ocean City is stacked high in buckets, grab one and know that you will be a hero for passing around their caramel corn.
And now to the checkout. Because you’re ready for your party and on your way.
Dawson's Market, 225 N. Washington St., Rockville, MD 20850
Open daily 8 AM – 9 PM. For catering orders, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240.428.1386. Dawson's Market is the northern sister store of Ellwood Thompson's Local Market in Richmond, Virginia.