Preston Royal – Events, Live Music & Fun for the Kids All Summer Long

Expect events for adults such as our popular Weekly Wine Workshops on Monday nights led by our Beer & Wine Managers and the addition of new Floral Workshops such as “contemporary floral design” and “planning for an event.”

Don’t forget the kids — Inspire a love of reading in your kids during our interactive story time every Tuesday and Thursday. Central Market welcomes our local Preston Royal Public Library for a teacher guided storytime featuring one of our favorite children’s books. Following the reading, we ignite kids imaginations and bring the story to life through fun and interactive food projects and crafts inspired by the selected book of the day. June 11th features “The Rainbow Goblins”. Kids will create rainbow colored cinnamon toast and decorate rainbow streamers.

Summer is here and so is live music! Join us every Friday from 5-7pm as we kick of the weekend right with wine, cheese and live music. Haven’t checked out our balcony yet? With its lofty view and cool shaded umbrellas it’s the best place to enjoy our featured selections of summer sippers and cheeses to pair. So visit our café, grab a glass of wine and a cheese plate, and then join us on the balcony! Friday June 7th we enjoy wine and cheese from France and live jazz and big band tunes from local artist Judy Chamberlain.

Stone Fruit Summer

I can’t see or smell a plum or peach without my memory instantly jolting me back to my grandmother’s garden in the North Texas country and summers spent perched in the top of her fruit trees (I was much smaller then obviously), plucking colorful plums right off the branches and devouring them, covering my face and clothes in sticky juice and spitting the pits out on the ground below. Something about the earthy texture and sweet sunshine bursting through the skin of a ripe stone fruit kept me in that tree from dawn until dinner some days, and lives on in memory forever.

Inside the kitchen, the plums were being “put up” in jars, made into jelly and preserves, and the peaches were being baked into pies and cobblers faster than they could hit the ground. There were no luxurious summer vacations for us; we picked okra that “itched” our hands and shelled peas on the screened-in porch and loved every minute of it. I didn’t realize that Foodie history was being piped into my brain at the time – I just thought everyone spent their summers this way.

Stone fruit season is here at Central Market and that means plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots and the like are all in abundance and at their peak. Walk by a display and you’ll waft in that unmistakable aroma of ripe Texas peaches – there’s no way you can resist them. And, of course, our Produce experts will be on hand to show you how to pick the right one for you, and how to bag them for optimum ripeness and longevity. Our Foodies will be cooking with them all over the store and offering up the latest recipe ideas. We’re making new food memories every day that rival some of the old ones.

What are your favorite stone fruits, and do they hold a special place in your childhood memories? Do you have any recipes you’d like to share? 

Stone Fruit Summer

I can’t see or smell a plum or peach without my memory instantly jolting me back to my grandmother’s garden in the North Texas country and summers spent perched in the top of her fruit trees (I was much smaller then obviously), plucking colorful plums right off the branches and devouring them, covering my face and clothes in sticky juice and spitting the pits out on the ground below. Something about the earthy texture and sweet sunshine bursting through the skin of a ripe stone fruit kept me in that tree from dawn until dinner some days, and lives on in memory forever.

Inside the kitchen, the plums were being “put up” in jars, made into jelly and preserves, and the peaches were being baked into pies and cobblers faster than they could hit the ground. There were no luxurious summer vacations for us; we picked okra that “itched” our hands and shelled peas on the screened-in porch and loved every minute of it. I didn’t realize that Foodie history was being piped into my brain at the time – I just thought everyone spent their summers this way.

Stone fruit season is here at Central Market and that means plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots and the like are all in abundance and at their peak. Walk by a display and you’ll waft in that unmistakable aroma of ripe Texas peaches – there’s no way you can resist them. And, of course, our Produce experts will be on hand to show you how to pick the right one for you, and how to bag them for optimum ripeness and longevity. Our Foodies will be cooking with them all over the store and offering up the latest recipe ideas. We’re making new food memories every day that rival some of the old ones.

What are your favorite stone fruits, and do they hold a special place in your childhood memories? Do you have any recipes you’d like to share? 

Chocolate Crispy Cookies are Loaded with Secrets � and Not Much Else

Many people don’t realize that our famous, top-selling Chocolate Crispy Cookie is flourless (gluten free), made with egg whites only (fat free) and chock-full of premium pecans. Delightfully crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside with rich gooey cocoa and nothing artificial added, it’s no wonder the Chocolate Crispy Cookie hits the shelves running.

When you combine the amazing taste and the satisfying “treat factor” of this cookie with the fact that we don’t really advertise its absence of fat and gluten, it makes you wonder how many of us consume these cookies not knowing any of the secrets. Do we just assume that they are “bad” for us? Do we feel guilty after eating them? Do we hide them on the top shelf of the pantry so we aren’t found out? Well, we can all start feeling better about our choices now. The secret is out.

We don’t always talk about the health attributes of this amazing product, but we thought you should know.  We only taste the delicious, chocolate-y goodness that is the CM Chocolate Crispy Cookie, and that’s how it should be.

Stop by your favorite Central Market bakery for a taste of these amazing creations today.

Chocolate Crispy Cookies are Loaded with Secrets � and Not Much Else

Many people don’t realize that our famous, top-selling Chocolate Crispy Cookie is flourless (gluten free), made with egg whites only (fat free) and chock-full of premium pecans. Delightfully crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside with rich gooey cocoa and nothing artificial added, it’s no wonder the Chocolate Crispy Cookie hits the shelves running.

When you combine the amazing taste and the satisfying “treat factor” of this cookie with the fact that we don’t really advertise its absence of fat and gluten, it makes you wonder how many of us consume these cookies not knowing any of the secrets. Do we just assume that they are “bad” for us? Do we feel guilty after eating them? Do we hide them on the top shelf of the pantry so we aren’t found out? Well, we can all start feeling better about our choices now. The secret is out.

We don’t always talk about the health attributes of this amazing product, but we thought you should know.  We only taste the delicious, chocolate-y goodness that is the CM Chocolate Crispy Cookie, and that’s how it should be.

Stop by your favorite Central Market bakery for a taste of these amazing creations today.

Delicious Just Came Into Season

A two week festival to celebrate summer, just didn't seem like enough, so to make the most of the next few warm months we have a few particularly fantastic items to highlight each week, so you can make the summer season a yummier season.

Kick-off to Summer: May 22 – June 4 – Let's be real honest, grilling is about the only yard work I like, and I can think of no better way to kick-off of summer than to fire up the grill.  For these two weeks we will give you all the tips, tricks, and secret sauces you will need to be the backyard hero.  Now, these are not just any tips, these are tips from the people who know grilling best, like more than 20 of our favorite barbeque sauce suppliers taste testing the best of their goodies in-store, and Chef Tim Byres teaching summer grilling classes in the cooking school

Berry Fest: June 12-18 – As the sun gets brighter, the berries get juicier, and we can not think of a better time of year to show off the best of the best berries, like those from Wheeler Farms in Poteet, Texas. These antioxidant rich berries deserve to go beyond your cereal bowl.  Think Strawberry Iced Tea or Mango-Blueberry Salsa, or try delicious cold pressed juices from Red Jacket Orchard like Raspberry Apple and Strawberry Apple.

Tour de Fruit: June 19-25 – This stage of summer is all about stone fruits. The best of local Texas peaches, nectarines, California Pluots, Red Raven plums, and Rainier cherries will not only be highlighted, but available for tasting. Because we want you to go home with the perfect piece of fruit, ask any of the produce team members to slice something open so you can try.  Did we mention that these fruits make a great updated take on sangria, doesn't that sound refreshing?

Go Coastal: June 26 – July 2 – Come on in, the water's fine. And more importantly the summer seafood is great! Our fish mongers searched high and low for the best catches. American Red Snapper has a firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor means these filets can take everything from delicate herbs to hot chiles.  Plus they hold up beautifully on the grill.  Feeling a bit more shellfish?  Then jumbo white shrimp or P.E.I. fresh black mussels might be right up your alley. Take a look at our seafood guide for more ideas on how to "Go Coastal".

Melon Mania: July 3-9 – Summer delicious. Actually all are delicious… Peak of season melons are the star of the show this week. We are talking about Golden Kiss melons, Candyloupes, and more. Also, a variety of Texas watermelons, that are what I like to think of as the perfect porch eating food, just in time for Fourth of July Fireworks.  If something is new or unfamiliar, just ask and let our produce teams help you find the sweet spot.

Carpe Vino: July 10-16 – All this week we will be highlighting foods for every wine, and wines for every food.  Two of our favorite for this time of year are crisp and refreshing. Cross River Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand has a balanced fresh citrus flavor, nice mineral finish, and pairs well with shellfish, chicken, and pork. Another favorite is French rosé, Château Paradis, which is an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc, and has flavors of red berries and citrus. To top off a week celebrating everyone's favorite food – wine, seven of our nine stores will be hosting a stroll-around style event on Friday, July 12th, where you can sip and sample your way through food and wine pairings in every department with a commemorative etched wine glass. Cheers!

Mango Wango: July 17-23 – Give your meal a mango makeover this week, by using mangos to transform the ordinary into something fun and inspired. Not only are mangoes an excellent source of vitamins A and C, but they are delicious.  So take a feel around, find a mango that is just perfectly ripe, it should be slightly soft like a peach or avocado, and add it to just about anything your heart desires.

Texas summer is here at Central Market. Now, aren't you glad you will be?

Memorable Meals in the Garden With FWSO and CM Fort Worth

Central Market Fort Worth is proud to be the official Picnic Partner of the annual Concerts in the Garden Summer Music Festival. Preorder your concert Picnic Pack through the Fort Worth Catering department by calling 817-377-9307, and pick it up fresh at the concert.
 
Meal choices include cool grilled shrimp with all the accompaniments; cheese and salad sampler with two chocolate éclairs; antipasti or cheese plate appetizers; and kids’ meals with PB&J or turkey and cheddar sandwiches. Order a CM Italian soda or sparkling water to complete your meal. You can see the full menu on the catering page of our website.

Place your order in advance (12 pm the day before the concert) by calling Central Market Fort Worth Catering Department at 817-377-9307. Orders will be available for pick up at the concert from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens on Rock Springs Road, between the lawn admission area and the white tables area.

If a concert is canceled due to inclement weather, catering orders will be available for pickup at Central Market Fort Worth, on the corner of Hulen and I-30. No refunds or exchanges.

MOA Brewmaster Josh Scott Hits Dallas Hard

The moment I opened MOA Brewing Co.’s website and saw Josh Scott’s face Photoshopped onto a lean-muscled, loin-cloth shrouded, spear-holding body crossing a river next to a larger-than-life moa bird’s head (it is an extinct flightless birds from New Zealand), I exploded with laughter. Then I got concerned. Is he for real? Then I read on and I was okay. What a great sense of humor these guys have.

MOA proudly boasts that they continue to make beer “the way it used to be made before everyone started making it differently.” Josh made his first batch at age 13 in an old shed at the back of his father’s vineyard, in Marlborough, New Zealand. And he confesses that it was not the best thing you’ve ever tasted. He’s obviously come a long way since then.

MOA is about as “Down Under” as you can get. Made with fresh, locally produced hops and water sourced from a natural artesian spring, the pilsner takes its name from its native Moa bird, described also quite comically on the beer’s website as a “giant, flightless, dinosaur bird.” In the beginning Josh promoted the beer by hand-delivering it to archaeologists working in the area on a bone dig.

Josh Scott takes flight all the way to Dallas for an up-close and personal beer tasting right here at the Lovers Lane store on May 25th. That’s this Saturday, from 1-4 pm. If he is half as entertaining as his website, I’m sure he will be a real treat to meet in person. Come on down!

Be sure to check out the MOA Brewing website for more fun facts.
 

MOA Brewmaster Josh Scott Hits Dallas Hard

The moment I opened MOA Brewing Co.’s website and saw Josh Scott’s face Photoshopped onto a lean-muscled, loin-cloth shrouded, spear-holding body crossing a river next to a larger-than-life moa bird’s head (it is an extinct flightless birds from New Zealand), I exploded with laughter. Then I got concerned. Is he for real? Then I read on and I was okay. What a great sense of humor these guys have.

MOA proudly boasts that they continue to make beer “the way it used to be made before everyone started making it differently.” Josh made his first batch at age 13 in an old shed at the back of his father’s vineyard, in Marlborough, New Zealand. And he confesses that it was not the best thing you’ve ever tasted. He’s obviously come a long way since then.

MOA is about as “Down Under” as you can get. Made with fresh, locally produced hops and water sourced from a natural artesian spring, the pilsner takes its name from its native Moa bird, described also quite comically on the beer’s website as a “giant, flightless, dinosaur bird.” In the beginning Josh promoted the beer by hand-delivering it to archaeologists working in the area on a bone dig.

Josh Scott takes flight all the way to Dallas for an up-close and personal beer tasting right here at the Lovers Lane store on May 25th. That’s this Saturday, from 1-4 pm. If he is half as entertaining as his website, I’m sure he will be a real treat to meet in person. Come on down!

Be sure to check out the MOA Brewing website for more fun facts.
 

Central Market Westgate has Upped the Wow Factor

The biggest place that we upped the ante is in the center of the store, this is where you find coffee, bulk food, and shelves filled with your favorite chips, baking mixes, and drinks. But now, some great new imported additions like, couscous from Israel, tartlets from France, risotto from Italy, and delicious vinegars and preserves from Belgium have been added to our shelves. 

Then as you turn the corner our Partners in the coffee department have been really hard at work creating an area that we are just buzzing about. With everything you need to properly experience specialty coffee, including our own quarter bag roaster to roast eleven hand selected origin-specific, organic coffees. We began sourcing select green coffees from Brazil and Colombia and now are working with farmers and importers to create an assortment of great coffees from around the world that we will roast in store. Make sure you chat with the coffee partners while you are there, because after training in cupping, roasting and coffee extraction they are excited to teach you all they know about coffee from roasting to identifying flavors in a pour over cup.

Not to be out done by the coffee team, the bulk department has added more than 500 new items, including grains, teas, herbs, oils, vinegars and candies to their bins and barrels.

  • Westgate's bulk teas and herbs area now has the largest assortment of bulk teas and herbs in Texas with more than 220 bulk teas and 34 new herbs.
  • Crescendo bulk oils and vinegars are new and a premium quality product. The assortment includes 32 new oils, and 32 new vinegars made with real fruit.
  • Chocolate and candy is always a dazzling area and now you’ll find the largest assortment of specialty chocolate bars, as well as the largest assortment of organic chocolates, in Texas at this store. We feature many small-batch producers, traditional European producers and more.

As if all this is not enough, we have expanded the healthy living department, salad bar, and the cafe patio, just in time to enjoy live music on a warm summer night.

Come in and enjoy all the newly remodeled Central Market Westgate has to offer beginning June 5th. Then join us on June 6, from 5:00-8:00 PM for an ode to a store that is “South of the River, Left of Normal, and Right on Taste" during a self guided 'stroll around'-style food and wine tasting, for $10. Where you can sip and sample your way through over 30 demos with a commemorative etched wine glass, while enjoying live music throughout the store including Dale Watson and His Lone Stars. Proceeds from the evening benefit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Register for the stroll around on our website.