Chris McKenzie, better known as “Mac,” has been in the food business for a long time, but he’s recently started a new venture in Dogtown — Mac’s Local Buys Market (1221 Tamm Avenue). The shop specializes in local food made in small batches, from fresh-baked bread to dry-aged, grass-fed beef.
McKenzie, who got his start in the food business with the CSA Mac's Local Buys, is now the chef at Mac’s Local Eats, a well-reviewed burger joint inside Tamm Avenue Bar. The adjacent market space is a side project he's has been working to get up and running since this summer. After opening on Black Friday, the market is now celebrating its grand opening with a "holiday blitz" on Saturday, December 9.Nearly everything in the shop comes from within a few hundred miles of St. Louis. Its shelves hold Banner Road Baking Company granola, made by former Pastaria executive pastry chef Anne Croy; Core + Rind’s vegan cashew “cheesy” sauce; Kakao hot chocolate; pot pies from Dogtown’s Sugaree bakery; and of course, Dogtown frozen pizzas.
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