Oradell market creates the ultimate food experience, serving fabulous, fresh ingredients for 25 years
If you’re familiar with Oradell, chances are you’re also familiar with the reputable town favorite, Great Foods Market and Catering. Located right downtown at 225 Kinderkamack Road, this one-stop shop is managed by the dynamic husband and wife duo of Stephen and Jennifer Serventi. For 25 years, Bergen County residents have enjoyed its delicious meals combined with unmatched quality and service – a beloved local business that certainly lives up to its name.
Formerly a retail seafood and produce market, the store always had a wonderful local charm and loyal following, which the Serventis hoped to maintain, while also bringing the little shop to its full potential. Stephen and Jennifer slowly introduced a variety of changes over the years, starting with the addition of a salad bar, and later, new prepared foods, such as soups, salads and entrees that focus on fresh seafood, chicken and vegetables. From simple steamed and roasted options, to other dishes with an extensive ingredient list, Great Foods always keeps freshness and top quality at the forefront.
“Initially, we thought we would simply build up the business to sell and start a new one in a different location,” said Jennifer. “But as we became more involved in the community and our customer base, we didn’t want to leave. There is pleasure and satisfaction in creating great food for your customers year in and year out.”
The couple began the full-service catering portion of their business a few years later, providing meals for countless events – even baby showers and college graduation parties for the same families.
Built on a philosophy of attention to detail, Great Foods consistently keeps an eye on the process, even after 25 years.
“We start with impeccable ingredients and never compromise on quality,” said Jennifer.
The small market offers an abundant total of 54 items in grab and go cases. Unlike most delis, the majority of Great Foods’ sandwiches are made with homemade grilled, blackened, breaded and Milanese chicken, a fan favorite. Patrons can also enjoy fresh roasted turkey and in-store made burgers including turkey, shrimp and scallop or salmon, in addition to panko crusted cod and golden crisp flounder, just to name a few baseline sandwich specials. All dips and sauces are also homemade.
“Our business stands out because of our wide array of homemade offerings, from continental breakfast items like our over-stuffed blueberry muffins to scrumptious lunch fare and everything you need to take home for a delicious dinner that the whole family will enjoy,” said Jennifer.
Apparently, the Canadian farm-raised grilled salmon with honey mustard glaze is a must-try item on the dinner menu.
While customers love and depend on the staples, they also look forward to new and exciting plates that make it on the menu. Stephen has worked in the restaurant business since high school. He trained in culinary arts in the Swiss tradition as an apprentice chef and previously worked at the Market Basket in Wyckoff, helping to launch the Franklin Lakes location. When the opportunity arose to buy a seafood and produce market from a former Market Basket employee, Stephen jumped at the chance. Now celebrating 25 years, Stephen and Jennifer enjoy the freedom to continually try new recipes and dishes that are always enthusiastically received.
“We have created and sustained a real excitement about food, which we believe helps us stand out in the gourmet market,” said Stephen.
The Serventis also attribute much of their success to their dedicated staff, some of which have been with the company for nearly 20 years.
“Over the years, we have employed over 150 students from local high schools. Many continue to work through college and some have even gone on to pursue careers in the restaurant industry,” said Jennifer. “We hope that their experience here – where it all began – has instilled in them a vigorous work ethic and genuine love of food.”
So, the next time you’re in town looking for a quick bite or planning that holiday party menu, think Great Foods Market and Catering.
“What makes Bergen County so special is its small towns and the local business. I would like to remind people that, although shopping online and in malls may be expedient, it lacks heart and soul,” said Jennifer. “Local stores are not only a way to make purchases, but a place to interact with your friends and neighbors, reminding us that we are a community who care and depend on each other.”
By Megan Montemarano