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Orange County’s ‘Real’ Food Market In Downtown Santa Ana

It’s about time Orange County had its own real market and what better place than in the heart of Orange County: Downtown Santa Ana. Consisting of a diverse mix of trendy restaurants, art galleries, craft cocktail bars and a revitalized theater, Downtown Santa Ana has positioned itself as Orange County’s true ‘Downtown’. As Downtown Santa Ana is quickly becoming a central city hub, it makes sense to have a central market. With this in mind, the redevelopers of the area are planning to create a large market space to be built over the next year or so.

Downtown Orange CountySet to open in early 2014, East End Partners are looking to turn the area along East Fourth Street, formerly called the Fiesta Marketplace, into an open food market (they’re still working out a catchy name for it). The idea is to have a dozen small-scale restaurants, similar to ‘fondas’ found in a Mexican mercado. There will be specialty kitchens, like a gluten-free kitchen and a confectionery kitchen, for smaller-scale projects. These kitchens would act as incubators for people whose business models are too large for the cottage food law but too small for traditional commercial kitchens.

The market part will be created to emphasize local artisans. It will even have it’s own butcher shop run by Michael Puglisi, who rose from in-house butcher to sous chef at Bouchon in Beverly Hills. Much of the food for sale will come from the commercial kitchens and include a demo space as well.

We are excited to support the growth of Downtown Santa Ana and look forward to what this Food Market has in store come 2014!

Article Source: OCWeekly.com

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