It’s now open. Photo courtesy belleepicurean.com..

Pantries and mercantiles were a hot-and-heavy trend of 2011 (some successful, some sadly not), but we’ve yet to see the last of them.

Today the Madison Park Belle Epicurean opens Provisions, an auxiliary shop amply stocked with on-the-go wares. Types of things you’ll find: books on food and wine, condiments, rotating cheeses, take-and-bake items, cake mix, and “other ingredients we use,” says owner (and pastry extraordinaire) Carolyn Ferguson. Her oenophile husband Howard will stock plenty of bottles as well.

Oh, and Ferguson added wine tastings are lined up for every Thursday this month from 5–8. Do stop by.

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