Memorial Day is coming, on Monday 25th of May, and with it, the thoughts of many a Marin resident turn to BBQing. If you haven’t already dusted off the grill and charred a few steaks, Memorial Day weekend is the time to plan some al fresco dining. Maybe even plan a party to get BBQ season going. As ever, your local Novato businesses are ready and waiting to offer you great service and quality produce in your own backyard.
When it comes to planning any sort of party, you can’t beat the inspiration that comes with checking out fresh produce at the market. As it happens, the Downtown Novato Farmer’s Market is in full swing, May through September, on Tuesdays between 4 and 8pm, on Grant Ave. between 1st and 4th Street. A great way to pick up some farm-fresh veggies for the grill, and if you’re pondering what drinks to serve at your party, drop into Finnegan’s on Grant Ave. for a refresher and see if inspiration strikes.
It almost goes without saying that Whole Foods will have plenty of fresh, organic gourmet ideas to make your BBQ a full-on foodie experience, and well-informed staff who can steer you right when it comes to things like fresh fish on the grill.
Plentiful chips, dips, and a good selection of pre-marinated meats are just some of the reasons why Trader Joe’s might be on your Memorial Day shopping route.
Planning a party on a budget? Grocery Outlet Bargain Market on South Novato Blvd. offers value deals on brand-name products, a large selection of beers and wines, and the chance of running into an unexpected bargain item or two.
Looking to take the easy way out this Memorial Day? Maybe a few of Costco’s signature catering platters are more your scene. Along with great prices on large quantities of beer and plenty of other bulk-sized bargains, if you’re planning on serving a lot of guests, maybe plan to hit Costco first.
Harboring a desire to go even more fully-catered? Forks and Fingers in Bel Marin Keys offers a range of catering services, including higher-end deli items that will make your party presentation really pop.
And of course, if you are grilling, don’t forget to pick up some charcoal at Ace Hardware on South Novato Blvd.