Tue, Sept. 17

Euro Deli

Gourmets, gourmands and chocolate lovers will have a new source of delicacies in Sedona starting May 12, when Swava and Peter Stachorski open their new Euro Deli in the Dry Creek Center.

Swava and Peter came originally from Gliwice, near Krakow, Poland. They have lived all over the world, in Poland, Austria, Iceland and Connecticut, and came to Sedona in June 2004. Their vision is to bring European style deli and grocery items to Sedona, including groceries and take-out foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As Swava said, "We invite people to come in for a taste of Europe. The flavors are those of a Polish-German, homestyle kitchen." Deli items include a wide range of cheeses imported from France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Specialty goat and sheep's milk cheeses will be offered. Meats will range from smoked and spiced European sausages which are fully cooked, to an extensive variety of hams and other deli meats.

Open at 7 a.m., the Euro Deli will offer breakfast wraps and sandwiches, omelets, and even eggs Benedict. Lunch and dinner sandwiches and salads are varied and include the deli's imported meats and cheeses, with hot sandwiches, smothered steaks and hamburgers available as well. Polish specialties include Golombki (Polish stuffed cabbage) and Pierogis, a savory meat-filled pastry. A wide range of vegetarian sandwiches and salads are on the menu, and Swava emphasized their focus on offering local and organic produce as much as possible. Organic coffees and teas will be served and available for sale.

Both Swava and Peter see the deli as a source for the local community, not just for tourists. "The locals will be the basis of our business, and we want to know what they want. If we don't have an item, we want them to let us know, and we'll do our best to find those products." Grocery items include sauerkrauts, pickles, and peppers, European butters and dairy products, and a wide variety of snack foods. Imported chocolates, fruit preserves, and the best gingerbread cookies from Torun will tempt the sweet tooth.

As Peter said, "a huge percentage of Americans have European roots, so what you'll find here is the food your grandmother made."

The Euro Deli is located at the corner of Arizona 89A and Dry Creek Road, in the former Cinedona building. Summer hours are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Euro Deli's grand grand opening will be May 12 from 7 a.m., and all are invited.

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