I just wanted to call everyone's attention to a new food market in Bethesda, called Cornucopia Specialty Food Market on Norfolk Ave., across from the Duron Paint store.
The guy's just starting out, and the store isn't fully stocked yet, but I see some good signs: he's going to sell breads from both Breadline in DC and Metropolitan in Philadelphia; he already has some really beautiful pastries (which I haven't tried yet) and some fairly good quality croissants. He's going to sell cakes from the owners of the excellent but sadly now closed Pastry Designs. He's building up a pretty good selection of olives and meats, and his cheese selection, though not pushing the envelope in terms of selection, is already decent, and moderately priced. I bought a really nice aged Gouda from him the other day.
Already I'd say in terms of meats, cheeses, and olives, this place is a step or two ahead of Vace, and it could get much better since new products seem to be appearing each day. Best of all, the owner seems to be readily amenable to suggestions.
I'm beginning to think of this place as a tender little bud just poking out of the ground, and I think with the help and encouragement of local chowhounds, it has the potential to become something special. Let's hope...this area could really use a successful place like this.