Bacchus Market & Catering
Bacchus Market, on the corner of 23rd and Spruce Street near Fitler Square, is named after the Roman god of harvest, fertility, theater arts, good humor, and parties, images complementing the delicious food Bacchus Market cooks and sells. Tracey Wolfson, the owner, learned to cook at various restaurants before opening the Bacchus market in 1999. Tracey still cooks special dishes for fun, but Bacchus now has a full-time staff of 10, including an executive chef and two to three other chefs, plus numerous part-timers on the catering staff.
At Bacchus Market, open Tuesday through Sunday, morning through evening, you will find fresh homemade food selections daily. Customers will not get bored. Tracey is inclined towards healthy eating, so the menu includes at least three daily vegetarian and vegan options, and people with other special food needs, such as those who follow a gluten-free diet, will also find appropriate dishes. And you can stop by for a quick bite and beverage – coffee, cupcakes, gelato, ice cream, and more. Online reviewers have raved about the panini, fresh salads, and cookies. Get there too late, and they might be out of your favorite food. One reviewer claims to have chosen her apartment for its proximity to Bacchus Market.
The weather, the season, ingredients on hand, remembered tastes, or blue-sky ideas are sources of inspiration for the menu. For example, one day, Tracey felt inspired to make chocolate-covered bacon, which was a big hit with customers. Tracey purchases ingredients from small local vendors. She obtains locally grown food as much as possible, but of course, products like coffee and off-season fruits and vegetables must be brought in from some other climates.
The catering menu is extensive, particularly in fish, grain, and vegetables. Also offered are many choices of salads, pasta, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, sandwiches, soups, stews, and hors d’oeuvres. Bacchus doesn’t sell wine, but catered events can include alcoholic beverages.