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LOCAL Delights Cafe

Where: 2 Temple St., Nashua
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call: 718-8295
Visit: localdelightscafe.com




Warm and eclectic
Cafe features local ingredients and beer baked goods

03/12/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



In an old brick building on Temple Street in Nashua, LOCAL Delights Cafe stands out with a large, rounded window lined with bright orange-colored trim. Inside the cafe, a display case is filled with salads and lined on top with beer-based cupcakes. 

Next to a large whiteboard that lists the day’s menu of sandwiches, soups and smoothies with brightly colored markers, Marie-Chantal Vera is busy preparing a plate of food for a patron. A view of the counter and display cases from the top floor, which holds the seating area, gives an open feel to the orange-walled space with pictures of green grass and white birch trees.
“We want you to come in here, enjoy, and be able to get an experience,” said Vera, co-owner of LOCAL Delights and founder of the BEERkery. “We like having a casual, eclectic, comforting [atmosphere],” she said. “It screams warmth.”
Vera, along with co-owner Sharon Parent, opened LOCAL Delights in November. Vera had previously founded The BEERkery Co., which combines craft beers and baking to create unique cupcakes, breads, pies and sauces. Now the two companies have fused, and her beer baked goods are for sale at the cafe.
“I’ve always wanted to do a cafe ... and Sharon was actually one of my clients … so she knew about my products,” Vera said. 
The two combined their inspirations to open a cafe that supports local businesses and works with local farms. Currently, LOCAL Delights sources vegetables, chicken and sausages from Brookford Farm in Canterbury and fruits and vegetables from PT Farm in North Haverhill and  Lull Farm in Hollis.
With a commitment to being farm-to-table across the board, LOCAL Delights faced a challenge with the harsh winter. Certain menu items were limited, but others were highlighted. 
“We’ve been able to put up our chicken salad because cranberries and almonds, we can always get that,” Vera said. “And that’s actually the talk of the town is our chicken salad sandwich.” 
The winter menu has also boasted soups, sandwiches and salads, plus beer baked goods.
While LOCAL Delight’s menu will have staple items, there will often be an opportunity to try something that’s a bit uncommon. Recently, Vera made spring rolls with anise, jicama (a root vegetable with the crunch of an apple, but not the sweetness, Vera said), snow peas, cucumbers and a cashew and almond mixture. 
“I did a ginger sauce with coconut milk and ginseng so it has like a nice little energy facade added to it,” she said.
 Greatly influenced by her French mother and Ecuadorian father, Vera wants to present an eclectic and fresh food experience. 
“You come in, you have conversation, that’s why there [are] no TVs in here,” she said. “You enjoy your beverage and your sandwich or your soup and just … relax.” 
 
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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