Every Product Has a Maker and Every Maker Has a Story
Â When you first walk into the shop there are tons of spices, sauces, pastas, gourmet chocolate, and more. They have everything from local jams and honey to amazing stir-fry blends and pasta saucesâ€¦ even a few jars of coconut oil! To the right is a case with fresh seasonal vegetables, Bell and Evans chicken (which I learned from Andy is served at the White House), grass fed beef, dairy, and specialty items like duck breast and venison sausage. Prepared foods include flatbread pizzas, chicken pies, and pasta dishes.
This is American Provisions.
Having opened less than four years ago in December 2010, American Provisions on East Broadway in South Boston has become core to the local community.Â The small specialty shop won Best of Boston in 2013, and is packed full of small batch artisan products including cheese, charcuterie, jams, sauces, bread, prepared foods, beers, wines, and more.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I recently had the opportunity to visit the shop and chat with Andy, one of the owners.
His passion for the business was evident; as was his great respect for the artisans they source from.
On weekends Andy and his business partner often visit the farms, and personally pick up products from makers so small they arenâ€™t yet able to deliver. American Provisions tells the story behind the product â€“ every product has a maker and every maker has a story.
Â Â Â Â Â Â What struck me is that unlike many gourmet shops, you could do all of your grocery shopping at American Provisions. Chat with the staff, and you might even leave with some great recipe ideas like grilled chicken with peanut sauce!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The charcuterie and cheese counter has 75-100 cheeses at any given time â€“ from local farms whenever possible, but always from small artisan producers.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Toward the back of the store is a carefully chosen craft beer and wine selection. The beer includes local favorites like Jackâ€™s Abby and Pretty Things, and the wines come from small batch, family run vineyards worldwide. The wines are generally high value at $12-$20 per bottle, with some special occasion options around $60-$70. The staff is knowledgeable and happy to help with recommendations and pairings, but the in depth descriptions almost make it unnecessary.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you havenâ€™t been to American Provisions, their events are a great way to learn about the store. They have beer and wine tastings every Thursday and Friday, and regular Meet the Maker Events with makers in house to discuss and sample their products.Â You can also check them out at the Boston Local Food Festival; theyâ€™re currently working on the menu and look forward to sharing the stories of their makers with Boston foodies!