NorthPark Center has many great dining options. Not only do we offer an exceptional shopping experience, but we also offer a variety of great dining options to satisfy any palette. You can find everything from Italian to Vietnamese cuisine as well as healthy and convenient options. Each month, we will feature the culinary wizards at your favorite NorthPark Center restaurants as part of our “Chefs at NorthPark” blog series. To kick off the series, I met with Green House Market head chef Ben Hutchinson.
Ben has worked as the Green House Market chef when they were just a food truck. Even now as a farm-to-table, sit-down restaurant, Ben adds a fine dining quality to quick service food. On this particular day, Ben made a black-eyed pea salad since their dishes are seasonally inspired. Following the age-old tradition, Chef Ben told me you eat “black-eyed peas for good luck and swiss chard for money.” He said this as he tossed all of the wonderful smelling ingredients into his extremely hot pan. Every ingredient is fresh, local and prepared that day.
Ben walked me through the cooking process, providing great tips. “The Swiss chard stems will add a bit of a crunch and sautéing all of the vegetables at a hot temperature will concentrate the flavor.” Onions, carrots, garlic and a little bit of thyme are added to the beans. He told me that you never want to overcook vegetables. Putting a lid over your pan will allow the vegetables to steam and will keep them crisp. The fresh chipotle adds a delicious smoky flavor to the salad. Chef Ben finished off the dish with some salt, pepper, and parsley and added a dressing made of red wine vinegar and olive oil.
The finished black-eyed pea salad is added to the line-up of other salads that can be ordered in groups of three. The entire menu at Green House Market caters to all types of individuals with different dietary restrictions. You’ll find Paleo, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options listed on their menu. Receive 10% off your purchase at Green House Market when you bring in your AMC movie ticket stub. Green House Market is located on Level Two behind the AMC box office. Valet parking validations are also available.