Gastromé Market

Gastromé Market opened recently, giving residents of Gainey Ranch, McCormick Ranch and their neighbors a new place to shop for specialty wines, cheeses, spices and other items that can’t be found elsewhere. 

The market, situated in a 5,000-square-foot facility off of Doubletree Ranch Road between Scottsdale and Hayden roads, is divided into a market, a wine cafe and a classroom where cooking and wine pairing classes will be held. 

“We believe in the education of food,” explains Gastromé Market co-owner Jenny Le.

Adds Gastromé Market co-owner Tiffany Chavez: “We want people to understand and appreciate where this food that comes from nourishing us and gives us some great protein-packed things with little to no fillers.”

Le herself found a love for wine and cheese through her education. 

Growing up, she says, she loved food but wasn’t very fond of cheese. 

That all changed when her career led her to Formaggio Kitchen in Boston, Massachusettes, where she worked as the restaurant’s financial controller and learned about myriad kinds of cheese and how to pair them with wine and other products. 

Soon Le went on a quest around the world to find the best cheeses and other products that she hoped to feature at a restaurant of hers someday. 

Along her quest, she also found love in Chavez — a physician’s assistant who met Le while hiking through the Massachusetts wilderness. 

“I met Jenny when I was in a state where I was open and receptive to enjoying new foods, and she fostered it as a result. We went to some amazing restaurants,” Chavez says.

Chavez and Le joke about their different reactions to food.

“I’m a very vocal person when I eat. So when I’m eating something, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, this is so good,’ whereas Jenny goes into an almost Zen-like state,” Chavez says with a laugh. 

After Chavez moved from Boston Children’s Hospital to Phoenix Children’s Hospital — where she still works part-time in the children’s surgery department — the duo decided to take their culinary knowledge westward.

Together, the two bonded over a love for food and began scouring the world in search of the best foods and spices. They also began planning to open a concept that was similar to Formaggio Kitchen, which also is part specialty grocery store, part wine bar and part classroom. 

Le opened Pho Bowl with her sister Oanh in 2018 and, after spending four years getting a pulse on the Phoenix culinary scene, decided to embark on creating her dream concept alongside her life partner, Chavez. 

After securing a space near Gainey Ranch, they spent months converting it into the concept that Le had fallen in love with.

“It’s the same concept but we have elevated tiers,” Chavez says. “We’re going to have a teaching experience and a really good, fully dedicated restaurant that gives credit to Formaggio Kitchen, but Jenny wanted to help bring these things from the east over so that people could enjoy this new, fun thing.” 

The space includes a 3,500-square-foot market stocked full of products from all over the world — including olives and olive oil from Spain and Portugal, spices from South America, and, of course, cheese.

Shoppers can also get a good taste of local goodies through locally made products and wines. 

Additionally, guests can enjoy of wine in the 1,500-square-foot restaurant 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. and stay for a nightly class where as many as 17 guests can learn about things such as wine and cheese pairings and how to cook specialty dishes from a Michelin star-trained chef. 

With its space laid out and its idea devised, Le and Chavez still knew they needed a name and decided to name their new venture by combining the words “gastronomy” and “gourmet” to get “Gastromé.”

Chavez and Le are optimistic about the new concept.

“We see we see this concept continuing to flourish and we want to remain humble,” Chavez says. “We want to stay engaged with the community. We want to bring together women. We want to bring together diverse crowds and close that that gap on misconceptions about food.”