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Roundz Gourmet Market Opens in Gambrills

Culinary Crofton's chef Zachary Pope and his staff host a grand opening for the Roundz Gourmet Market in Gambrills.

Overcast skies did not dampen the spirits of approximately 40 area residents and community officials gathered in a Gambrills parking lot Thursday for the grand opening of Roundz Gourmet Market, owned by Crofton resident chef Zachary Pope. The new business is located at 2299 Johns Hopkins Rd., at the end of the Hopkins Place shopping center.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker (7th District) presented Pope with a proclamation signed by all seven council members offering congratulations and appreciation for his “commitment to better serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County.” A representative of County Executive John Leopold gave Pope a citation in appreciation of his contributions to the economic growth of the region.   

But after the speeches were made and the ribbon was cut, it was all about the food. Roundz signature sandwiches and soups were on Thursday’s menu, along with the more exotic offerings, such as shallot and spinach-stuffed beef tenderloin and fresh diver scallops.   

At the stainless steel counter perimeter of Roundz “open kitchen,” chef Rob Brown hosted a cooking demonstration on how to prepare diver scallops. Market customers asked questions and tasted the finished product.  Nearby, samples of exotic grains and vegetables were on display for a “name that food” challenge.  

“For me, it’s all about food awareness,” Pope said. “I want to engage the community in a conversation about what we eat as well as introduce new foods.  Our company philosophy has always been ‘life, love, food’ and that’s what we’ll celebrate at Roundz Gourmet Market.”     

Pope is the owner of Roundz Catering, an award-winning catering business serving the Maryland-Virginia-DC area for over seven years. Roundz Gourmet Market is extension of that business, housing the catering operation as well as offering gourmet meals for carry-out or eat-in dining, cooking classes, specialty food items and unique kitchenware.  

“This market has been my dream for many years,” Pope said. “I am so thankful for the great turnout we had today and look forward to getting to know more folks in the community.”

Editor's note: Patch contributor Lea Hurt also does marketing and communications for Roundz.

Karts Huseonica November 18, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Karen & Art will be there to get Saturday lunch. Already looking forward to our 2nd visit. Cheers, Karen & Art H.
Nicki Mayo November 18, 2011 at 04:37 PM
I can't wait to hear all the reviews from people checking out the new shop. So far I'm hearing good things.
Cindy Drabick November 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Great article Lea! I had a great lunch there on Thursday! I'm coming back!! Tell Chef Pope that I would like something with capers!! :)
Lea Hurt November 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Thanks Cindy! I remember your preference for capers! We'll definitely work something out!
Karts Huseonica November 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Our second visit to the Gourmet Market went really well. Art finished off the huge brownies last night.... Yummy! Everyone was very attentive. Thanks Chef Pope and Lea A. Hurt. Cheers, Karen & Art Huseonica
Ashley Forrest Music November 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM
@Lea, later this week I'll drop by the Market with a photo. Hopefully, you and Chef Zachary Pope will be there. Reads like I should pick up brownies for Art H... he loves the sweets! See you soon, Ashley F.
Diane Lewis November 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Attended the opening on Thursday and was very impressed. The curry chicken salad was superb!! Diane Lewis
Jessica Lynn DeGraff November 21, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Will there be any gluten free options on the menu?
Lea Hurt November 21, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Ashley- That sounds wonderful! Thanks so much.
Lea Hurt November 21, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Jessica- I spoke with Chef Pope about this and he said that most of the items on our menu are indeed gluten free. Our chefs will be happy to make recommendations. Thanks!
Nicki Mayo November 22, 2011 at 12:28 AM
OK I really need to find my way to this market. Sounds like people are loving this.
Karts Huseonica November 22, 2011 at 01:30 PM
They were really busy last night when I drove by. @Lea, let me know if Nicki does NOT make an appearance real soon. Art H.
Nicki Mayo November 22, 2011 at 03:21 PM
lol @Art. About ever 5 weeks I get to host the Patch.com Anne Arundel and Prince George's County meetings here in Crofton-Gambrills. I think that will be when I check out the spot. :)

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