Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 13th 2013 Contents Since opening its stylish doors earlier this year, Aioli restaurant has contin-
uously evolved its offerings, introducing new items to the menu.
This time, owner/chef John Aboud has introduced a new grilled Meditter-
anean flatbread menu for diners who prefer a light, quick gourmet meal.
The menu features a choice of six flatbread pizzas complemented with a
garden salad. The Margherita pizza, made with homemade pizza dough fea-
tures marinara sauce, buffalo mozzarella and fresh purple and green basil
leaves, not only looks attractive but delivers a burst of flavours on the palate.
The Chorizo di Funghi which contains baby bella mushrooms, spicy Span-
ish chorizo (pork sausage), mozzarella cheese and homemade marinara
sauce had the right kick of spices and flavour.
The Flatbread menu has something for everyone. Seafood lovers would
hail the Shrimp and Manchego flatbread made with grilled shrimp, manchego
cheese, mozzarella cheese, fresh cilantro and meyer lemon or the Sardinia
made with marinated white anchovies from Italy, buffalo mozzarella, micro
basil, thinly sliced garlic and homemade marinara sauce.
10 Friday, December 13, 2013 • Issue 118
Let's talk about food. But more than that, let's
talk about healthy, organic, locally grown food.
That is the conversation we had last Wednesday
at Fanatic Kitchen Studio, where D Market Move
re-launched their e-commerce website www.dm
movers.com to an intimate gathering of supplier
fanatics, foodies and media.
D Market Movers is a company geared towards taking
local produce and goods, and placing it directly into the
hands of consumers all over Trinidad and Tobago. The
website is the brainchild of co-founders David Thomas and
Rachel Renie, and its beginnings are rooted in Thomas' up-
bringing in the fishing village of Las Cuevas. While working
at the bank some odd four years ago, Thomas would bring
fresh fish from Las Cuevas, bundled with seasonings grown
in Paramin, to sell to co-workers who had neither the time,
nor the resources to acquire it for themselves. He called it
'giving the gift of time'.
Even after leaving the bank, Thomas continued to pro-
vide the service to friends and family, working with a rudi-
mentary order spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. Finally,
Renie, who was studying abroad at the time, encouraged
Thomas to move the business online, and so D Market
Movers was born, starting with just ten dedicated cus-
tomers and 25 products, and eventually evolving into a ro-
bust online shopping site with over 200 listed products
gs, meats, veget
s, fruits and eve
s from that pool
s that Fanatic Ki
nt Chef Jason Peru
evening's menu for the re-
launch event -- including braised rabbit in Moroccan spices, a
skewered fruit salad with Dolce Valle mozzarella cheese,
sweet potato gnocchi, salmon frittata with a cucumber dill
sauce and, a real crowd favourite, silk fig tempura with
ponche de crème sauce. Throughout the evening he re-
minded patrons that about 95 percent of the food being
served was fresh, organic and sourced locally through D
Market Movers website. The bar was also furnished with
local homemade wines from Baw Chateau -- the sorrel wine
was used to make some lovely sangria - and Bare Fruit
juices. Thomas made a point to invite many of the site's
suppliers to the re-launch event, so they could see their
hard work manifested in these delicious, artful creations.
Thomas and Renie have kept the website's marketing
mostly through word of mouth, mostly to accommodate a
steady growth, and to control demand so they aren't over-
whelmed. Many of their suppliers reach out to them first,
having heard about the service through the grape vine.
Thomas noted that the growing trend of aquaponic farm-
obago, such as arugula,
lemon cucumbers and kale.
Keeping with his original concept of the 'gift of time',
Thomas focuses on getting orders into the hands of the
consumers in a timely fashion. Delivery is available along
the East/West corridor and as far south as San Fernando.
Their turnaround time is usually by next day, but same day
deliveries are available at an additional cost. In addition to
individual items, D Market Movers also offers several 'box'
options, where you receive an assortment of products in
one package, with the option to make it a recurring order.
You can order gift baskets for corporate or personal gifts as
well; all compiled using products on the site.
These are some strong incentives to buy through D Mar-
ket Movers; the issue of convenience and expediency are al-
ways top of mind when customers are making their
purchasing decisions. Better yet, at a comparable cost to
the supermarket, consumers are guaranteed fresh, healthy
produce that hasn't gone the way of genetic modification
and pumped full of chemicals - a growing concern in today's
increasingly health-conscious society.
Shrimp and Manchego flatbread
The visually appealing Margherita
Blue Steak Flatbread
Photos: QD Ross
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