Holidays are Here!

Can I say they taste as good as they look?  I know we can talk in superlatives about our products, but we are so glad to have these grapes in our produce department this time a year. When it comes to the best of the best, many agree that this particular seedless variety is the true gift of the holiday season. Grown in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, by 4th generation farmers, who take great pride and care in hand selecting these extra large holiday grapes.  They are unparalleled when compared them to any other grape for size and sweetness, it is no wonder Columbine Vineyards has this proprietary grape as their flagship grape. 

As the saying goes all good things must come to an end, and the superior quality of these grapes are only with us from late September to early December, so come see us now and take home these amazing grapes while they are available.

Holidays are Here!

Can I say they taste as good as they look?  I know we can talk in superlatives about our products, but we are so glad to have these grapes in our produce department this time a year. When it comes to the best of the best, many agree that this particular seedless variety is the true gift of the holiday season. Grown in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, by 4th generation farmers, who take great pride and care in hand selecting these extra large holiday grapes.  They are unparalleled when compared them to any other grape for size and sweetness, it is no wonder Columbine Vineyards has this proprietary grape as their flagship grape. 

As the saying goes all good things must come to an end, and the superior quality of these grapes are only with us from late September to early December, so come see us now and take home these amazing grapes while they are available.

No Tricks, Just Halloween Treats!

First on the list is Central Market Plano who will be hosting a Halloween Breakfast from 8-10:30am. They will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes from 8-10:30am in the Café, and will also have trick-or-treating throughout the store beginning at 9:30, followed by a costume contest.  There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures, so don't forget to bring those cameras. 
 
Our newest store, Preston Royal, also has a few things up their sleeves and hidden around the market.  The Halloween fun begins with Creepy Crawly Morning from 9:30-10:30am. The kids won’t want to miss buggy crafts and buggy cupcake decorating taught by Texas Discovery Gardens Educators. (The class is free but space is limited. Please stop by the Information Desk or call us at 972.860.6500 to reserve your spot). Starting at 11:00 there will be trick-or-treating and each department will have a special treat for kids.  Then at 12:30 a costume contest where the kids will parade through the store for our judges to vote on best costume.
 
Then in the afternoon our Fort Worth store will be hosting a Halloween Carnival from 3-5pm, with a scavenger hunt, cake walk, beanbag toss, cookie decorating and of course, the costume parade! Although, if you want to get out to enjoy the weather, Fort Worth and Southlake also have free tickets to Boo at the Zoo for this weekend when you redeem your receipt of a $50 or more at the information desk. All of the details for Boo at the Zoo are also here on the blog and the Fort Worth Zoo website.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Celebrate Books, Authors, and Food

The festival will get off to a quick start on Saturday morning, October 27th, with lots to see and do, but we have a few special guests visiting the cooking school prior to the official festival start.

On Thursday, October 25, join 2012 James Beard finalist Chef Hugo Ortega in this exploration of vibrant, traditional Mexican street food. Enjoy Chef Ortega’s stories while sampling tlacoyos, aguachile, and gaznates. Then, on Friday, October 26, spend an evening enjoying Kevin Gillespie’s southern charm, passion for food and witty stories. Author of Fire in My Belly and a Top Chef fan favorite, Kevin’s inspiring message is that "cooking is figuring out the great qualities of any food and making those qualities shine."  

After a few busy days in the cooking school, visit the Central Market Cooking Tent located right in front of the Capitol on the corner of 11th and Congress Ave. The schedule for the weekend at the tent includes:

 
Saturday, October 27th
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Hugo Ortega shows you how to make the street foods of Mexico.
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Diane Morgan gets back to your roots during this demo on root vegetables.
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Naomi Duguid reveals the flavorful foods of Burma
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Liz Gutman & Jen King will share the secrets of making scrumptious candy in your own kitchen.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Jesse Griffiths shares his knowledge of hunting, dressing, and cooking wild game
Sunday, October 28th
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Bill & Claire Wurtzel demonstrate how to make fun, nutritious breakfasts for your young, picky eaters 
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – Robb Walsh cooks some mouth-watering Texas heritage recipes.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Bruce Aidells tells you everything you need to know about meat.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy share some of the secrets of Texas' beloved Salt Lick barbecue

Full schedule of events is available at the Texas Book Festival website.

And finally, if you have any more room in your brain or belly, join us on Sunday evening in the cooking school to welcome trendsetter Naomi Duguid as she leads a non-traditional class devoted to the food and culture of Burma, which has only recently opened to tourists after a half-century of seclusion. The esteemed world traveler and author of the award-winning cookbook, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, will unveil this exotic country, its food, and its flavors through traditional Burmese recipes.

Celebrate Books, Authors, and Food

The festival will get off to a quick start on Saturday morning, October 27th, with lots to see and do, but we have a few special guests visiting the cooking school prior to the official festival start.

On Thursday, October 25, join 2012 James Beard finalist Chef Hugo Ortega in this exploration of vibrant, traditional Mexican street food. Enjoy Chef Ortega’s stories while sampling tlacoyos, aguachile, and gaznates. Then, on Friday, October 26, spend an evening enjoying Kevin Gillespie’s southern charm, passion for food and witty stories. Author of Fire in My Belly and a Top Chef fan favorite, Kevin’s inspiring message is that "cooking is figuring out the great qualities of any food and making those qualities shine."  

After a few busy days in the cooking school, visit the Central Market Cooking Tent located right in front of the Capitol on the corner of 11th and Congress Ave. The schedule for the weekend at the tent includes:

 
Saturday, October 27th
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Hugo Ortega shows you how to make the street foods of Mexico.
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Diane Morgan gets back to your roots during this demo on root vegetables.
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Naomi Duguid reveals the flavorful foods of Burma
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Liz Gutman & Jen King will share the secrets of making scrumptious candy in your own kitchen.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Jesse Griffiths shares his knowledge of hunting, dressing, and cooking wild game
Sunday, October 28th
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Bill & Claire Wurtzel demonstrate how to make fun, nutritious breakfasts for your young, picky eaters 
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – Robb Walsh cooks some mouth-watering Texas heritage recipes.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Bruce Aidells tells you everything you need to know about meat.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy share some of the secrets of Texas' beloved Salt Lick barbecue

Full schedule of events is available at the Texas Book Festival website.

And finally, if you have any more room in your brain or belly, join us on Sunday evening in the cooking school to welcome trendsetter Naomi Duguid as she leads a non-traditional class devoted to the food and culture of Burma, which has only recently opened to tourists after a half-century of seclusion. The esteemed world traveler and author of the award-winning cookbook, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, will unveil this exotic country, its food, and its flavors through traditional Burmese recipes.

Bacon, Did Someone Say Bacon?

This chef favorite began making its way into home kitchens via online orders and specialty food co-op a few years ago, but we are so happy to tell you that we now have this great product from specialty retailer D’Artagnan in all our stores.

To make this distinctive bacon, the entire duck breast is smoked over real wood chips, which gives it a rich, smoky flavor, similar to what you would expect from traditional pork bacon, then the breast is thinly sliced. Duck bacon is ideal for pork-free diets and is a fun substitute for traditional pork bacon lovers. Serve it for breakfast or use it to enhance all kinds of dishes, including salads, pizza and flaky white fish. Or make a DBLT—duck bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich—for a change of pace. You could also take the lead from celebrity and avid home cook, Gwyneth Paltrow, and use it in a duck ragu.  Whether you wrap it around scallops or use to enrich a braise, you’ll find plenty of uses for this savory duck bacon.

I guess a final note should be, if those rampant rumors about an impending bacon shortage ever become true, now you know where to turn.

Bacon, Did Someone Say Bacon?

This chef favorite began making its way into home kitchens via online orders and specialty food co-op a few years ago, but we are so happy to tell you that we now have this great product from specialty retailer D’Artagnan in all our stores.

To make this distinctive bacon, the entire duck breast is smoked over real wood chips, which gives it a rich, smoky flavor, similar to what you would expect from traditional pork bacon, then the breast is thinly sliced. Duck bacon is ideal for pork-free diets and is a fun substitute for traditional pork bacon lovers. Serve it for breakfast or use it to enhance all kinds of dishes, including salads, pizza and flaky white fish. Or make a DBLT—duck bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich—for a change of pace. You could also take the lead from celebrity and avid home cook, Gwyneth Paltrow, and use it in a duck ragu.  Whether you wrap it around scallops or use to enrich a braise, you’ll find plenty of uses for this savory duck bacon.

I guess a final note should be, if those rampant rumors about an impending bacon shortage ever become true, now you know where to turn.

Go Wild with Boo at the Zoo!

There are pumpkins and candies at every store to get you into the ghoulish mood, but this year we have something special for our customers, and a way to wrap all of our favorite traditions into one great outing.  As proud sponsors of the Fort Worth Zoo's 21st annual Boo at the Zoo, we are giving away tickets to this family-friendly event. 

Boo at the Zoo features Halloween décor, events, games and candy, and the most popular attraction: Zoo animals! Daytime event hours will make the entire Zoo open to Boo at the Zoo guests, allowing keepers to incorporate Boo-themed activities into the animal exhibits throughout the entire park. The main portion of Boo at the Zoo—games, entertainment and trick-or-treating—will take place at the Zoo’s special event site, and children are welcome to wear their favorite Halloween costumes to the Zoo.


Bring your most recent October receipt of $50.00 or more to the Fort Worth or Southlake Information Desks to receive two free tickets to Boo at the Zoo with your purchase. Ticket includes zoo admission, and are available while supplies last.

When: October 26-28 from noon-5pm
Where: The Zoo’s special event site, located behind Zoo Creek Cafe.

Feast of Sharing

The Feast of Sharing dinner is a free holiday celebration and is open to people of all ages. The celebration includes a free Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities. In addition, the celebrations include a Family and Social Services Area and Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painters and photos with Santa Claus. A full lineup of live music will add to the festive atmosphere, including in Fort Worth the Western Hills High School Drum line and Color Guard, FWISD Honor Choir, The Texas Girls’ Choir, Kids Who Care, Wade Hatton & the Texas Hat Band and many more. In Dallas, groups include blues singer, Andrea Dawson; The Superkings, New Orleans-style jazz; Canta Rhythm and Brass, Downtown Fever and others.
 
What makes this event so unique? Guests are served a complete Thanksgiving dinner by a wait staff of volunteers bringing meals to the tables, a significant departure from similar events where meals are dished out in cafeteria-style lines. This personal service lends a sense of warmth and celebration. In addition, more than 600 volunteers from Central Market/H-E-B store, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community will be on hand at each event to dish up and serve the dinners, which will be prepared in a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen. 
 
The Mobile Kitchen, specially designed for H-E-B is the true workhorse behind the Feast of Sharing dinner. It’s a 45-foot trailer equipped to cook more than 2,500 meals per hour.  The kitchen is operated by a seven-person staff and accompanied by two 53-foot trailers full of food and supplies. The Mobile Kitchen travels statewide to assist in all Feast of Sharing events and also assists in disaster relief efforts when needed.
 
Event organizers are expecting close to 20,000 guests this year due to awareness that has been created by working with more than 80 community organizations, nonprofits, churches and schools throughout Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this past year.
 
Free transportation is available to both events. The details are listed below:
 
FREE TRANSPORTATION:
In Fort Worth: The T is offering free bus transportation from all of its bus stops to the Feast of Sharing event. Riders must present the Feast of Sharing flyer/voucher to receive a free ride. Vouchers will be available at various social service agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the city, as well as at Central Market-Fort Worth located at 4651 West Freeway (on the corner of Hulen Street and I-30 in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center). Click here to print a free bus voucher.
 
In Dallas: Free continuous bus transportation will run between 1:30 and 6 p.m. from these locations: The Bridge, 1818 Corsicana St.; The Salvation Army Center, 5554 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas Life Foundation, 1100 Cadiz St.; Anita Martinez Recreation Center, 3212 Winnetka Ave.; and Lakewest YMCA, 3737 Goldman.
 
Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing 24 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas. The event is one of 30 dinners the company will hold throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 275,000 people.  
 
WHEN  AND WHERE:
Fort Worth:
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Election Day), 2 to 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Building
3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas
 
Dallas:
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 2 to 7 p.m.
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, Texas

Feast of Sharing

The Feast of Sharing dinner is a free holiday celebration and is open to people of all ages. The celebration includes a free Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities. In addition, the celebrations include a Family and Social Services Area and Kid’s Zone with bounce houses, face painters and photos with Santa Claus. A full lineup of live music will add to the festive atmosphere, including in Fort Worth the Western Hills High School Drum line and Color Guard, FWISD Honor Choir, The Texas Girls’ Choir, Kids Who Care, Wade Hatton & the Texas Hat Band and many more. In Dallas, groups include blues singer, Andrea Dawson; The Superkings, New Orleans-style jazz; Canta Rhythm and Brass, Downtown Fever and others.
 
What makes this event so unique? Guests are served a complete Thanksgiving dinner by a wait staff of volunteers bringing meals to the tables, a significant departure from similar events where meals are dished out in cafeteria-style lines. This personal service lends a sense of warmth and celebration. In addition, more than 600 volunteers from Central Market/H-E-B store, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community will be on hand at each event to dish up and serve the dinners, which will be prepared in a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen. 
 
The Mobile Kitchen, specially designed for H-E-B is the true workhorse behind the Feast of Sharing dinner. It’s a 45-foot trailer equipped to cook more than 2,500 meals per hour.  The kitchen is operated by a seven-person staff and accompanied by two 53-foot trailers full of food and supplies. The Mobile Kitchen travels statewide to assist in all Feast of Sharing events and also assists in disaster relief efforts when needed.
 
Event organizers are expecting close to 20,000 guests this year due to awareness that has been created by working with more than 80 community organizations, nonprofits, churches and schools throughout Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this past year.
 
Free transportation is available to both events. The details are listed below:
 
FREE TRANSPORTATION:
In Fort Worth: The T is offering free bus transportation from all of its bus stops to the Feast of Sharing event. Riders must present the Feast of Sharing flyer/voucher to receive a free ride. Vouchers will be available at various social service agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the city, as well as at Central Market-Fort Worth located at 4651 West Freeway (on the corner of Hulen Street and I-30 in the Chapel Hill Shopping Center). Click here to print a free bus voucher.
 
In Dallas: Free continuous bus transportation will run between 1:30 and 6 p.m. from these locations: The Bridge, 1818 Corsicana St.; The Salvation Army Center, 5554 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas Life Foundation, 1100 Cadiz St.; Anita Martinez Recreation Center, 3212 Winnetka Ave.; and Lakewest YMCA, 3737 Goldman.
 
Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing 24 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi, Texas. The event is one of 30 dinners the company will hold throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 275,000 people.  
 
WHEN  AND WHERE:
Fort Worth:
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Election Day), 2 to 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Building
3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas
 
Dallas:
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 2 to 7 p.m.
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, Texas