Feast on Brilliant: A market in Aspinwall offers foods of distinction




If you’ve looked high and low for the Gelato Fiasco gelato and sorbetto you lapped up in Maine last year, prize-winning Grey Ghost cookies, Liddabit chocolates, Neuske’s applewood-smoked bacon or beef summer sausage, the chocolate-iced Irish shortbread from Claire Squares, Bonnie’s Jams, nut butters by Big Spoon Roasters, Cloister Honey either whipped or infused with something delicious, Crisp & Co. pickles, Callie’s savory cocktail biscuits, Gather’s frozen delectables for supper tonight, Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee sweetened with chicory, or possibly Empire mayo’s bacon variety so you can make double-dip BLTs …

If you’d be interested in house offerings such as a cunning meatloaf for one to three, at least one kind of chicken salad, a choice of soups from homemade stocks, crab cakes, one pasta or another, usually a couple of quiches and gratins, always some vegetarian choices, broccoli slaw, chocolate chunk brownies, to name a few …

Or if you’re hungry to support producers from next door or not far away, such as Champs sweets, almost any Turner Dairy product you can name, North Woods Ranch grass-fed beef, Ohio City fresh pasta …

Not to mention Lux chocolates, Three Sisters’ cheese straws, Naturi organic Greek yogurt, Serenity Hill Farm eggs …

If you’ve dreamed of a caterer who can blend your ideas with her specialties and who could plate everything on your own Kate Spade china or Pfaltzgraff pottery and deliver it a couple of days later right to your table …

Or it you’d be up for taking home supper or lunch when you come in to explore the possibilities. (Anyone for individual or loaf-sized sticky toffee pudding that goes into the oven and is ready as soon as you finish the entree?) ...

If some or all of the above describes you, there’s a store for you: Feast on Brilliant, the bright, jam-packed shop at 27 Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall. Owner Patty Danforth is eager to show you around and to swap ideas.

Feast opened two and a half years ago. But Ms. Danforth had eyed that busy corner location long before. Not with the idea of becoming a shopkeeper. But with regret that Brilliant Market, the long-time occupant, closed too early for her to stop there for dinner ingredients when she arrived home in Aspinwall from her office or a business trip.

On those trips to Chicago or Dallas, Las Vegas or wherever, she often visited local food stores and always tried out new restaurants. With her job in marketing she focused on what people bought and ate.

By the time she was ready to go into business for herself, she knew that she wanted to provide one place where a busy person could find everything needed for a dinner party or a family meal. She wanted to stock only well-researched, distinctive products, many exclusive to Feast.

When a customer asks her to stock a certain something, she says, “That’s particularly satisfying.”

On a personal level, she wanted to spend more time with her child and husband. Store duties are shared with chef Abby Brown and assistant Jack Rago.

The phone 412-781-2323. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

P.S. Feast on Brilliant is a CSA (community-supported agriculture) pick-up spot for Clarion River Organics, if that’s convenient for you, too.

Read more about it at feastonbrilliant.com

Nancy Hanst: nhanst@zoominternet.net.





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