Regional chef opening Mount Vernon Market's most recent store


Baltimore chef Sarah Acconcia has made a career out of preparing meals for others. Now, she is hoping to offer the active ingredients for customers to do it themselves.


Acconcia will open Juniper Culinary Apothecary as part of the Mount Vernon Marketplace in early August. The store's focus will be providing a range of items that can assist customers take their meals to the next level, from spices and herbs to superfoods and teas.


" I believe individuals who like the marketplace are searching for enjoyable, fascinating food experiences and that is exactly what I wish to produce," Acconcia stated. "My store isn't really a sub for the supermarket it will be a source of very special ingredients and items I select specifically for that market."


Acconcia has acted as executive chef at 13% Wine Bar and Le Garage in Hampden also at Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill. She has actually likewise operated in restaurants in Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C.


Most recently, she has run her own business, Wild Thyme, an event studio that does wedding event and occasion preparation, dining establishment consulting and private dining.


Juniper Culinary Apothecary will occupy 100 square feet in the Mount Vernon Marketplace, which is located at 520 Park Ave. The market is part of a fairly new apartment building and houses more than a lots vendor. The approximately 15,000-square-foot space opened last fall.


A brand-new advancement next door at 500 Park Ave. is expected to open next year and include 171 brand-new luxury apartment systems.


Offering a variety of active ingredients, Acconcia isn't really simply looking to assist the home cook, but offer options for other chefs along with work as a go-to location for gifts.


" I am calling it a cooking apothecary because I want to have a strong focus on health," she said. "I think that food can recover your body which healthy food can be delicious."


Acconcia said she will turn all her attention towards the Mount Vernon Marketplace store, however believes there is possible to broaden the brand name not only in Baltimore but in comparable markets such as D.C. and Philadelphia.

"I believe there is a lot of interest in difficult to find, specialty food components and I would like to offer a source," she said.

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