New Food Store In Fairfield Sets Grand Opening Date

Patch.com

By Anna Bybee-Schier, Patch Staff

Sep 17, 2019 1:50 am ET

FAIRFIELD, CT — BD Provisions invites the public to a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration and open house with First Selectman Mike Tetreau, to be held 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in the store at 1215 Post Road in the Brick Walk in Fairfield.

BD Provisions provides a cutting-edge new concept in food shopping, a foodie paradise, merging quality foods with zero-waste packaging at affordable prices, according to husband and wife co-owners John and Cynthia Boccuzzi and Tony and Tara DiPippa.

"We like to say that our thinking on food is so far outside the box, we just got rid of it," the owners said in a news release.

Fairfield is BD Provisions' second franchise location. The first is in Newtown.

"Our mission is to nourish the communities which our stores are in 'one scoop at a time.' We can't wait to bring our new concept in food retail to Fairfield and couldn't think of a more supportive community for our second store," the owners said.

BD Provisions offers a carefully curated collection of more than 300 items in bulk, including nuts, candies, grains, baking ingredients, spices, beans, loose-leaf teas and more, all sold by weight. The store also features a range of artisanal olive oils, vinegars, local honeys and maple syrups on tap, nut grinding machines that grind fresh nut butters right in front of customers' eyes and a state-of-the-art coffee roaster so customers can watch fresh coffee beans being roasted and take them home while they're still warm.

The store offers a range of zero waste lifestyle products and offers sustainable packaging, which includes mason jars (and a mason jar exchange program) to eliminate excess waste.

"Concerns about our impact on the environment are at an all-time high. Zero waste/bulk shopping is becoming more mainstream and we believe a massive collective impact can be made when all consumers make even small changes in their daily lives. That's why we founded BD Provisions," Tara DiPippa said in the news release.

Everyone is welcome for the grand opening event. Refreshments and free samples will be given throughout the day. Visit www.bdprovisions.com for more information. Wholesale accounts and franchise agreements are available.


BD Provisions Bulks Up Grocery Concept In Newtown

By Kevin Zimmerman

December 9, 2018

A pair of former Edible Arrangements executives are putting a new spin on that name by opening BD Provisions — offering what they call “a carefully curated collection” of bulk foods, coffee and health and beauty items — in Newtown.

“My wife and I were on vacation this past spring,” said co-founder John Boccuzzi at the 125 S. Main St. store. “We saw a bulk store that we kind of liked, but it wasn’t at all focused on being environmentally friendly. When we got back home we started talking it over and decided to try it ourselves, but with a more local angle — for example, our honey is produced within 100 miles of the store — and we try to make it as eco-friendly as possible.”

Most of Provisions’ wares — nuts, beans, pastas, spices, candy and grains — are stored in some 200 self-serve barrels, allowing customers to scoop what they want into biodegradable bags or reusable glass mason jars. Recipes for soup, brownies and the like are taped to the top of the barrel with the relevant ingredients to further cut down on paper. Customers simply photograph the recipe or can retrieve it from Provisions’ website.

The store also features a dozen artisanal olive oils and vinegars on tap.

One of its centerpieces is Midnight Joe, its own line of coffee beans, which sits alongside several others ranging from decaf to dark; Joe is named for an uncle of Boccuzzi’s who was rarely seen without a cup in his hand. His visage adorns the bags produced, with a larger version of the logo hanging near Provisions’ large coffee roaster. “He’s been gone for some time now,” Boccuzzi said, “but this was our way of paying a little tribute to him — his kids really like it.”

Boccuzzi’s background in consulting and branding includes nearly four years as vice president of sales, B2B gifting and customer care at Edible Arrangements, the Wallingford-based chain that produces fresh fruit arrangements similar to floral bouquets. There he met Tony DiPippa, now the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Edible. The duo, along with wives Cynthia and Tara, began seeking space around the county in April and opened on Nov. 10. (The Boccuzzis and DiPippas provide the “BD” in “BD Provisions,” he noted.)

“We’ve been Newtown residents for 22 years,” Boccuzzi said. “We looked at spaces in Westport, where Tony and Tara live, Wilton, Fairfield, South Norwalk and Southport, but (Newtown) really represents our roots. We knew the concept could work here and we believe in the town.”

Provisions is bringing additional traffic to Newtown’s Highland Plaza, a slow-to-fill commercial site anchored by the Fusion 25 Asian restaurant and Butcher’s Best meat market. According to Boccuzzi, the 2,000-square-foot store — 1,600 of which makes up the retail component — is easily surpassing the foot traffic he and DiPippa had forecast, with sales growing by double digits each week.

“We were a little surprised when we first opened,” he recalled. “People were coming in and looking around but not really buying very much — just a small amount of olive oil or flour. But pretty soon they started coming back and buying larger quantities. I had one customer who started out trying a half a cup of rice and now she’s coming back and buying it three pounds at a time.”

Provisions is also looking to expand into the wholesale business. Boccuzzi said he’s already made a deal with one local restaurant for coffee. The company is also open to customer suggestions for additional goods, which led to its plan to add homemade dog and horse treats soon.

Such success, Boccuzzi said, has almost inevitably led to talk of franchising the concept.

“We’ve had half a dozen people contact us about that already, including one from Hartford,” he beamed. “We’ll probably start exploring that in the first quarter of next year.” The idea would again be that additional stores would be within 100 miles of Newtown, to allow better control and in-person visits. Since Provisions manufactures its own furniture, additional stores would maintain a similar appearance, he said.


Clinging On To Plastic Wrap Is A Way Of The Past

By Alissa Silber

Published: January 05, 2019 at 07:00 am

In Newtown, individuals have been doing their part to reduce single-use plastics by using reusable water bottles, requesting restaurants eliminate straws, and supporting the local ban on plastic shopping bags — but there is still another sticky situation at hand: plastic wrap.

Most plastic wraps are commonly made of PVC (polyvinylidene chloride) or LDPE (low-density polyethylene). The latter is considered safer for the body and environment, RecycleBank reports, because of PVC’s “health concerns regarding phthalates, the chemical plasticizers that make PVC softer and more flexible, and the environmental concerns of dioxins from chlorine…”

Certain plasticizers can expose consumers to chemicals that can be absorbed into hot and fatty food, RecycleBank details, and the toxins have been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Plastic wrap is also unable to be recycled due to the chemicals and resins used to make it sticky.

Natural Alternatives

Fortunately, there are simple, easy ways to reduce and replace the need for plastic wrap in everyday life.

The switch to using lunchboxes and reusable containers with lids can help for storing and transporting food; alternative products on the market also offer a similar flexibility and sealant to plastic wrap.

The online brand Etee (Everything Touches Everything Else) markets a variety of colorful, reusable, and biodegradable wraps that are made from USDA organic beeswax, clove and cinnamon essential oils, and jojoba oil.

Similarly, another product called Bee’s Wrap is offered locally at BD Provisions, 125 South Main Street.

Owner John Boccuzzi uses the malleable food wraps — which are made of GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin — in his daily life as an alternative to plastic wrap.

Whether looking to ditch the dependency on plastic wrap for environmental or health reasons, there are small changes that can add up to make a big difference.

And that’s a wrap.


‘Nourishing The Community,’ One Cup Of Coffee At A Time

By Shannon Hicks

Published: January 18, 2019 at 08:00 am

John Boccuzzi, Jr is taking the motto of his recently opened business to heart.

Having co-founded BD Provisions, which opened just a few months ago with a mission of “Nourishing the community and environment one scoop at a time,” Mr Boccuzzi, Jr, made a generous donation to FAITH Food Pantry last week on behalf of his customers.

During the month of December, 100 percent of the proceeds of the sales of hot coffee at the Highland Plaza business was set aside for FAITH Food Pantry. On Wednesday, January 9, Mr Boccuzzi presented a check in the amount of $529 to Lee Paulsen, president of the nonecumenical food pantry.

Mrs Paulsen was extremely pleased with the donation.

“This is just incredible,” she told Mr Boccuzzi. “Thank you so much. We can help a lot of people with this.”

‘Chopped’ Winner Leads Cooking Demo At BD Provisions

https://www.newtownbee.com/%E2%80%98chopped%E2%80%99-winner-leads-cooking-demo-bd-provisions/02222019Newtown Bee

By Alissa Silber

Published: February 22, 2019 at 07:00 am

The alluring aroma of spices filled the entryway of BD Provisions as culinary instructor and June 2011 Food Network Chopped winner Heather Priest hosted a free, hour-long Spice Up 2019 cooking demonstration on Sunday, February 10.

With a table set up at the front of the specialty grocery store, Ms Priest cooked two dishes, the Super Amazing Red Lentil Dahl and Heather’s Super Amazing Top-Secret Chili, for guests to sample.

During the ongoing demonstration, Ms Priest incorporated a variety of fresh spices from BD Provisions and spoke with customers about the ingredients she was using.

Ms Priest says she is passionate about the zero waste movement as a chef in her professional and personal life. When she heard about BD Provisions and its zero waste mission, she was eager to stop by the store last December.

Upon meeting co-owner John Boccuzzi, the two hit it off and developed the idea for her to do a cooking demonstration.

She enlisted her friend and fellow Wilton resident Tammy Thornton to be her sous chef for the day, and Ms Thornton helped hand out samples to customers visiting the store.

Newtown resident Christine Updegraff went to BD Provisions for the first time on February 10 after hearing about the much-anticipated cooking demonstration through Facebook.

She says the store is great in that it is helping support her decision to shop fresh and be more self-sufficient in the meals she creates.

Ms Updegraff was delighted trying the sample of Heather’s Super Amazing Top-Secret Chili, saying it was “delicious.”

“It was just enough spice — it was perfect,” she added.

BD Provisions is going to be a sponsor for the upcoming Zero Waste Faire on Saturday, March 23, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Wilton High School Field House. The event will be featuring more than 100 exhibitors, guest speakers, cooking demos, activities for children, a zero waste store, a café, and a zero waste tiny home.

For more information about BD Provisions, visit bdprovisions.com.

Interested in creating meals like a professional chef? Try these recipes, courtesy of Heather Priest, from the Spice Up 2019 cooking demonstration at BD Provisions.

Super Amazing Red Lentil Dahl Ingredients

1 cup of lentils

½ teaspoon of turmeric

1 teaspoon of salt

4 cups of water

Bring all ingredients above to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.

Tempering oil:

¼ cup of clarified butter or ghee

½ cup of sweet onions, chopped

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ small green chili seed removed, chopped

2 whole dried red chilis

1 teaspoon dried turmeric

2 teaspoons cumin

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cardamom powder

½ teaspoon cayenne

Fresh cilantro and lime for serving

  1. Heat ghee over medium high heat in a medium size sauté pan.

  2. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and chili and cook until browned and fragrant for about two minutes.

  3. Add green chili and dried chilis and cook, stirring, for one to two minutes.

  4. Add cumin, cinnamon, cardamom powder, and cayenne and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and pour over lentils. Serve with Chapati.

Heather’s Super Amazing Top-Secret ChiliIngredients

1 pound of 80/20 ground beef

½ pound bacon, diced

1 large sweet onion, diced

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 large link chorizo, chopped fine

2 bottles of Negra Modelo beer or another lager with a rich flavor

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

2 28oz of cans crushed tomatoes

1 28oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes

1 cup each of kidney, pinto, black, and navy beans soaked and cooked or from the can*

2 jalapenos seeded and diced

2 serrano seeded and chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 to 3 whole dried chilis (depending on level of spice you want). Soaked in boiled water until tender then seed and blend in food processor with a little water

2 tablespoons of dried basil

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

2 tablespoons of dried cumin

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons of chili powder

1 tablespoon of Chipotle chili powder

2 cups of water

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Sauté ground beef in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot or Instapot until browned. Remove meat from pan and pour off the fat and juice.

  2. Add bacon and cook until fat is starting to render out but bacon is not crisp. Remove bacon from the pan, leaving the fat behind.

  3. Add onion and garlic to pot and sauté until vegetables start to sweat.

  4. Add the beer and tomato paste and boil for 2 minutes

  5. Add meat including the chopped chorizo back into the pot

  6. Add tomatoes, peppers, and spices to the pot and cook for about an hour.

  7. Add cooked beans to the chili and cook for another half an hour.

  8. Add water if chili gets too thick, making sure to stir occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom.

  9. Season chili to taste with salt and pepper.

*For beans — soak beans overnight or for at least six hours. To cook the beans, place them in a pot covered with at last three inches of water. Add a piece of onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, bay leaf, and salt to the pot. Cook for one hour or until tender.

Westport Couple Opens Bulk Food Store In Newtown

Westportnow.com

Anna-Liisa Nixon

Westporters Tara and Tony DiPippa, along with Newtown residents Cynthia and John Boccuzzi, have opened BD Provisions, a bulk food store with an emphasis on low and zero-waste packaging, at 125 South Main St. in Newtown. BD Provisions offers a selection of grains, snacks, chocolate, pastas, nuts, candy, and more in over 250 large barrels that customers can scoop themselves and pay for by the pound, with the option to buy as much or as little as they want. Also on offer are artisanal olive oils, vinegars, local honey, and maple syrups on tap with refillable glass bottles, as well as coffee beans roasted at the front of the store. Already named one of the favorite zero waste shops by MarthaStewart.com, BD Provisions looks forward to expanding via franchises in the United States and abroad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com

Can No Waste Culture Solve The Garbage Problem?

THE FULL STORY

WSHU FOR NPR

Hosted by Ron Ropiak

June 3, 2019

Municipalities across New York and Connecticut are considering, or implementing, recycling goals to reduce pollution, such as bans on plastics from single-use bags to straws and takeout containers. But how hard will it be to break residents of their wasteful culture? We’ll discuss the zero waste movement with guests:

Listen here:

https://www.wshu.org/post/can-no-waste-culture-solve-garbage-problem

BD Provisions: Gourmet Bulk Food Shopping That’s Really “Out Of The Box”- Jessica Ryan For CT Bites

Bulk shopping isn’t exactly a new concept – we’ve been filling the trunks of our cars and SUVs with oversized products from those mammoth box stores for years. But bulk shopping that’s zero waste is something we don’t often see. BD Provisions, in Newtown, takes this familiar concept and gives it a breath of fresh air with a new, environmentally friendly spin.

Less is more, especially here. Less waste means more product which means greater savings and more fun, but you really need to head over to experience it yourself.

At BD Provisions you’ll find 270 carefully curated products sold by the pound in massive sustainable containers.Products range from dehydrated and powdered superfoods. You won’t want to pass by the creative, flavored rice, quinoa and soup blends that will enhance any weeknight dinner. Of course there are plenty of healthy snack options from the most beautifully colored wasabi coated soybeans, beautiful and delicious dried, crunchy beets, spicy chick peas, a wide selection of nuts both raw and flavored. Gorgeous beans and pastas. Beautiful aromatic spices, a generous selection of the most beautiful tea blends.

Creative vinegars and olive oils, maple syrup from Litchfield and honey from Weston’s Red Bee are available in bulk, as are shampoos, body lotions and essential oils. And yes, of course there’s something for Fido too!

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll find plenty for your sea-salt-vanilla-chocolate-coffee-espresso-nut-peanut cravings. Perhaps you’re more of a gummi lover? Yes, there are plenty of those too.

How does it all work? You can bring in your own canning jars, or buy some from them that can be exchanged for ones that have been cleaned and sanitized. Or you can use the biodegradable plastic or paper bags provided. Grab a pen and some twist ties and when your bags are filled, mark them with the numbers marked on the bins. This makes checkout a breeze.

Shopping here is an experience and you are encouraged to try before you buy. So ask to have that sample before you fill your bags with goodies; sample as many as you’d like. May I steer you toward the warm, freshly made, honey roasted peanut better? How about the chocolate honey roasted peanut butter? No really, these are a must to try!

I can’t write about BD Provisions without mentioning their coffee beans. Hand selected from coffee farms world-wide, they source only the very best, fair-trade beans from Peru, Guatemala, India, Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia and Sumatra. A great deal of effort was made to find those grown in different climates and soils, harvested and dried in different. With a coffee roaster on premise, in a matter of 20 minutes or so you can have freshly roasted medium or dark beans.

You can take their beans home whole, or have them ground to the consistency of your choice at the store’s grinding station. Their signature roast, Midnight Joe, is a blend of three dark roasted and named after the uncle of Co-Founder, John Boccuzzi. As with everything else they sell, there’s plenty of coffee to sample too. Can’t make it into the shop? Their coffee can be purchased online.

Do yourselves a favor and take the drive to Newtown and support this great venture.

BD Provisions
125 South Main Street Newtown, CT 06470

Are Zero-Waste Grocery Stores the New Way to Shop?- Martha Stewart.com

Original article from marthastewart.com –> https://www.marthastewart.com/1535413/zero-waste-grocery-stores-package-free

January 16, 2019

Here are a few of our favorites.

By Alexandra Lim-Chua Wee

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KATERINA BOGATIREVA

New year, new ways to save the planet. At least that’s what the latest eco-lifestyle trend, zero waste stores, has us feeling.

From France to Florida and Canada to Connecticut, more and more retailers are on a mission, not just to reduce the amount of food and product packaging in stores, but to eliminate disposable packaging completely.

(SEE: How This Family Is Living a Zero Waste Life)

By offering people the option to buy bulk items in their own containers, or purchase refillable ones, these new package-free stores could change the way we shop. Food and product packaging, like plastic bags, bottles, and boxes, make up nearly a quarter of the trash in U.S. landfills. According to the EPA, this waste is also a majority of the litter that ends up infiltrating waterways and washing onto beaches.

Is there a zero waste store near you? Read on for our roundup and let us know if we missed your favorite. Then, use our tips to shop greener.

PRECYCLE

Determined to help people shop with less packaging, Katerina Bogatireva opened a zero waste grocery store in Brooklyn earlier this month. (Also new in Brooklyn is The Wally Shop, a new package-free grocery delivery service that’s currently in beta.) Similar to the handful of other package-free stores popping up worldwide, Precycle prioritizes selling locally sourced produce (sans plastic bags) and bulk pantry staples like grains, flours, beans, oils, baking ingredients, spices, and more.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KATERINA BOGATIREVA

After filling up their own containers or bags, shoppers can then get bulk items weighed (minus the tare) and pay only for the food they need. A new way to shop that’s plastic-free, helps reduce food waste, and saves you money? What’s not to love!

(LEARN: Why Bulk Food Shopping is a Smarter Way to Shop)

BD PROVISIONS

This sustainable shop in Newtown, Connecticut features over 270 bulk items from vinegars, oils, and honey on tap to bins of grains, spices, teas, and snack items. You can even refill your jar of coconut oil or buy package-free beauty products, like bath bombs.

HELLO! BULK MARKETS

With a stock list available online to help you prepare for your shopping run, this Utah bulk shop (set to soon re-open in a new Salt Lake City location) wants to make waste-free shopping easier for everyone. Stock up on grains, legumes, herbs, and dried nuts and fruits in the food section. There are also cleaning supplies, body care needs, and essential oils for sale completely package-free.

JAR THE ZERO WASTE SHOP

Founded by eco-focused teen, Brandi Kneip, just two months before high school graduation, this Stuart, Florida store is stocked with organic bulk items, like coffees, beans, pastas, flours, and dried fruits. There are also non-food items available, including reusable sandwich bags and plastic straw alternatives, to help promote more sustainable lifestyles.

(LEARN: How One Woman is Making Zero Waste Living a New Norm)

ROOTS ZERO WASTE MARKET

Scheduled to open in spring, this Garden City, Idaho eco-shop will offer plastic-free shopping for bulk pastas, flours, oils, spices as well as beers and wines on tap. Local organic produce will also be available alongside non-toxic household and personal care products.

RAINBOW GROCERY 

While not technically a zero-waste store, this Bay Area worker-owned co-op has become an eco-emporium for locals because of its massive bulk section. Over 800 items are available, including a wide variety of organically grown and locally sourced products, everything from miso, salsas, spreads, and syrups along with other dried good essentials and package-free produce.

(TRY: These 4 Simple Ways to Pack a Zero Waste Lunch)

YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD!

If a zero waste store hasn’t opened in your town yet, you can always check out the local farmers’ market for package-free produce along with baked goods (just bring your own bag!). If your neighborhood has a co-op, consider becoming a member, as some co-ops require membership in order to shop, or find a public one; most co-ops prioritize locally sourced produce and offer bulk pantry essentials. Finally, check if your local grocery store has a bulk aisle. Many chains like Whole FoodsSproutsEarth FareFresh Thyme, and MOM’s organic market feature a wide selection of bulk items and have no problem with customers using their own bags and containers (though it doesn’t hurt to double check first).

Waste Free Shopping Tips

If the thought of switching your usual grocery shopping trip for a new bring-your-own routine sounds like too much, Bogatireva of Precycle says there’s no need to quit packaging all at once: “Do your research and find the way that works for you!” This could be as small as carrying reusable shopping totes and skipping plastic produce bags. Maybe it’s keeping a few small cloth bags with you, as Bogatireva does, in case you pass by a bulk aisle. Whatever you choose, remember changes take time, but small steps can have big impacts.