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Top Ways to Make Your Memorial Day Fresh and Local

By Dena Zigun May 17, 2017

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It’s time for the official weekend to start off your summer BBQ season!

Make your Memorial Day menu local and flavorful with these fresh ideas:

Change up your burgers.

Start your beef burgers with high-quality meat.  Select from a full array of Beef for Your BBQ, from our USDA Choice Beef to Certified Angus Angus Prime Grinds to Grass-Fed Ground Beef. Add unique toppings, such as fried onions, sweet mango chutney or herbed goat cheese. Instead of beef, try our Plainville Turkey Burgers or Southwest Turkey Burgers.

Feature local cheeses on your cheeseboard.

Upon arrival, tempt your guests with cheeses that are made right here in Massachusetts, including Smith’s Farmstead Gouda from Winchedon, Mass., and Shy Brothers Farm Hannahbells in plain or shallot flavor. Or create a cheeseboard with options that hail from all over New England with our guide to Making a New England Cheese Board.

Choose fresh salads as side dishes.

Keep everyone coming back to the buffet table for more sides with bright, flavorful salads they’ve never had before, in addition to our popular homemade potato salad. Stop by the deli for  Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad, Pineapple Cole Slaw and Aegean Pasta Salad. And from Our Kitchen, try Gorgonzola Cole Slaw and Pea & Prosciutto Salad.

Grill your fruits and veggies.

The grill brings out the flavors of fruits and veggies for sides that match well with grilled and barbecued main courses. Read our Guide to Grilling Vegetables for tips and suggestions. Try grilling fruit kabobs with watermelon and pineapple. Serve them on the skewer for dessert, or take it off and mix it with feta and fresh mint for a refreshing salad.

Celebrate with fresh seafood off the boat.

Fresh fish from New England waters is fit for marinating and grilling. And so is seafood, such as oysters or our Chef-Ready Lobster Tails. Pick up shrimp skewers that are all set for throwing on the grill, and shrimp cocktail to eat while the grill is heating up!

Keep it sweet in red, white and blue.

Make your Memorial Day parties patriotic with a bit of red, white and blue! Decorate mini bowls of vanilla ice cream with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, or top our pastry shells with the same. And serve stripes with berry kabobs, all lined up on a platter, plus fresh whipped cream for dipping.

As always, our bakery is prepared for your celebration with flag cakes, red, white and blue trifles and more.

Enjoy cold New England beer.

Sit back with an ice-cold New England Beer! Select from a wide array, from Jack’s Abby to Harpoon IPA, at Roche Bros. stores in Marshfield, Sudbury, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Westwood,  and Downtown Crossing. (Find great wine options, too, using our Guide to Pairings for the Grill!)


Wishing you a great start to the summer from all of us at Roche Bros!