Colonial Village Meat Markets or “Colonial” as we call it in our house, has THE BEST chicken salad in the tri-state region. I would drive for hours for what I now call my ‘chicken addiction’. Fortunate for me, I live only one mile from Colonial and grin from ear to ear during the entire two-minute drive. I don’t know what addictive chemical Rich and Kevin (owners of Colonial) put in the salad to make me crave it fortnight, but if I ate any more of it before Halloween, a costume wouldn’t have been necessary – I could have gone as a chicken. Although I started my daily Colonial visits for the sole purpose of purchasing the large container of chicken salad and making the deli attendant really pack it in, I began to realize, there is so much more to Colonial than my chicken addiction.
The second you step into the market, a comforting nostalgia wraps around you as you are carried back in time. I remember when my grandmother used to tell me stories of when she went grocery shopping in Brooklyn, NY. In the 1940’s, and still in certain parts of the country, grocery shopping included a multi-stop trek around a four-block radius where you visited, instead of shopped, and knew each vendor by their first name. Grandma would call from the kitchen, “I have to run down to see Kevin, my butcher, and get a cut of lamb for dinner tonight.” From cut to table, you knew the origin of your meat and could see the care and pride your butcher took in carving and wrapping your family’s supper.
My butchers, Kevin and Rich, provide the exact same service and standard for all of their products. I would consider myself a novice cook and I need all the support and guidance I can get, especially when it comes to meat selection, recipe and temperature. Colonial has a window at the back of the shop that is adorned with a large barrel of free pretzel rods for the kids. If you go to this window, Rich, Kevin or one of the butchers will provide all the assistance you need – except for actually going to your house and cooking your meal – to make you look like Julia Child.
Thank you Kevin and Rich!