Cafe and gourmet grocery with offerings of specialty cheese, antipasto, caramelized onion and Gruyere tarts, and fancy sandwiches in the purple West Main Market. Committed to supporting locally produced foods.
March 2012: Purple days: Feast! celebrates 10 cheesey years
Feast opened February 13, 2002. The 24 by 30 foot floor was clad in reclaimed hardwood, the walls a vibrant yellow with accents of burgundy red. The focal point at the center of the store was our olive oil table, a round table with an exquisite âolive treeâ base shaped by bent and welded steel rods. It held a French bottle tree stocked with sparkling glass bottles ready for filling (and refilling) from big clear decanters of olive oils and vinegars.
The heart of the store was the open cheese case, stocked with about 40 artisan cheeses and 10 hams and salamis. There was also a small chalkboard menu of sandwiches easily made from the selections in the case. There were three employees: Kate Collier, founder of Feast!, Suzannah Kerr, founding manager and Eric Gertner, founding generalist.
Feast has grown a lot since then. Kate and Eric got married and had a baby, Oscar. The store is almost 5,000 square feet. There are about 75 cheeses and 60 cured and deli meats. The lunch cafÃ© serves a full menu daily and Feast employs twelve full-timers.