Make Some Magic with Storytime at Central Market Preston Royal

Storytime uses children’s literature to ignite the imagination. Kids gather round at the start of class for a reading which sets the theme for the day. But Storytime isn’t just about fostering a love of books and literacy in children it’s about creating connections and providing a rich curriculum that fosters the imagination and brings that story to life in an engaging way. Kids explore food, crafts and the senses through sensory and imaginative play.
 
December brings the holidays and when I was a kid the holidays went hand in and with baking, decorating, crafts and of course some of my favorite stories. Join us this month as we celebrate the holidays with wintertime favorites your kids are sure to love!

Dec. 3. It’s all about gingerbread with a reading of The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone, gingerbread men decorating, a chance to make gingerbread garlands and play with gingerbread play dough. Reserve your spot now.

Dec. 10. The theme is snowmen with a reading of Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, making chocolaty melted snowmen, creating puffy snow men paintings and playing with frosty fluff sparkle snow. Reserve your spot for this class.

Dec. 12. You won’t want to miss a reading of fairytale favorite, Hansel and Gretel  by Susan Jeffers. This one is sure to fill up fast so register now! Kids make cocoa with peppermint whipped cream, decorate gingerbread houses and create designs with peppermint paint and glitter.
 
As always Drop-off is optional with our classes, optional which means busy parents and caregivers can get their shopping done, meet a friend for lunch in the Cafe, or simply run some errands. Classes are geared towards children ages 3-6. 
 
We look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Make Some Magic with Storytime at Central Market Preston Royal

Storytime uses children’s literature to ignite the imagination. Kids gather round at the start of class for a reading which sets the theme for the day. But Storytime isn’t just about fostering a love of books and literacy in children it’s about creating connections and providing a rich curriculum that fosters the imagination and brings that story to life in an engaging way. Kids explore food, crafts and the senses through sensory and imaginative play.
 
December brings the holidays and when I was a kid the holidays went hand in and with baking, decorating, crafts and of course some of my favorite stories. Join us this month as we celebrate the holidays with wintertime favorites your kids are sure to love!

Dec. 3. It’s all about gingerbread with a reading of The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone, gingerbread men decorating, a chance to make gingerbread garlands and play with gingerbread play dough. Reserve your spot now.

Dec. 10. The theme is snowmen with a reading of Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, making chocolaty melted snowmen, creating puffy snow men paintings and playing with frosty fluff sparkle snow. Reserve your spot for this class.

Dec. 12. You won’t want to miss a reading of fairytale favorite, Hansel and Gretel  by Susan Jeffers. This one is sure to fill up fast so register now! Kids make cocoa with peppermint whipped cream, decorate gingerbread houses and create designs with peppermint paint and glitter.
 
As always Drop-off is optional with our classes, optional which means busy parents and caregivers can get their shopping done, meet a friend for lunch in the Cafe, or simply run some errands. Classes are geared towards children ages 3-6. 
 
We look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Gingerbread House Decorating

Starting this week and running through December, there are a ton of great gingerbread decorating classes for kids and grown-ups alike in each of our seven cooking schools. These miniature works of art are as tasty as they are captivating and so much fun to make! We'll provide an authentic Swiss Lebkuchen gingerbread house, lots of royal icing and mountains of candy. Just bring your creativity and imagination. 

See class schedules and register here:

Photo courtesy of the Houston Press

Gingerbread House Decorating

Starting this week and running through December, there are a ton of great gingerbread decorating classes for kids and grown-ups alike in each of our seven cooking schools. These miniature works of art are as tasty as they are captivating and so much fun to make! We'll provide an authentic Swiss Lebkuchen gingerbread house, lots of royal icing and mountains of candy. Just bring your creativity and imagination. 

See class schedules and register here:

Photo courtesy of the Houston Press

Decorate Your Holiday Table with a Host of New Side Dishes

New this holiday season, we’re introducing:

Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes and Apple
Our chefs dressed up the newest super-food with fall-friendly fruits and vegetables. This dish features quinoa studded with roasted sweet potatoes, Granny Smith apples, red onion, cranberries, arugula, and kale in an apple cider vinaigrette.
 
Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin
Enjoy leafy, green, Swiss chard with fresh leeks in a creamy Gruyère and Parmesan sauce.
 
Green Bean with Roasted Carrots and Hazelnuts           
Add sweetness and crunch to green beans. We toss fresh green beans and dill roasted carrots with toasted hazelnuts and dried cranberries.
 
Asparagus and Mushrooms with Prosciutto and Sage Salt (pictured)
This savory side dish of grilled asparagus, roasted Crimini mushrooms and crispy prosciutto enhanced with sage salt just might steal your turkey’s spotlight.
 
Autumn Salad with Walnuts and Coastal Cheddar 
Add a colorful, flavor-filled, not-so-traditional salad to your holiday meal. Ours features field Greens with apple, celery, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts, Coastal White cheddar, and red onion with a celery root dressing.
 
Browse or download our Holiday Guide, or call your local Central Market’s Holiday Hotline to orders our holiday side dishes today! 

Power to the Peanut

He and his team drive more than an hour every few days for Reginald’s key ingredient – fresh, blanched Virginia peanuts. That’s when the artisans at Reginald’s get down to the business of making gourmet peanut butter.
 
Even though Reginald’s Homemade Nut Butters are minimally processed, all natural, and come in tantalizing foodie flavors like Apple Sin (not your ordinary apple cinnamon), Nana Honey (bananas + honey + peanut butter = awesome), and Bourbon Pecan (think bourbon pecan pie in a jar), for Broocker, “gourmet” is about the process.
 
Batches of Virginia peanuts are roasted by hand with nothing by a few drops of oil in pans dedicated to that purpose, and each jar of peanut butter is prepared by expert hands – mixed, poured, weighed, lidded, sealed, and labeled with handwritten freshness dates. 

The team at Reginald’s also go the extra mile in creating their fun-flavored, comfort food. Each of Broocker’s flavors is specially crafted to actually taste like its name without overwhelming the pure taste of Virginia peanuts. What you get is the perfect mix of gourmet and just plain good.
 
And just plain good, it is. So good, in fact, that you can forget jelly, bread, pretzels, apples or anything else that normally goes with peanut butter. Just grab a spoon!

So if founder and owner Andrew Broocker is not Reginald, who is? Reginald was the family dog – a 25-pound Cockapoo who, according to Broocker, “ruled the world for 14 years and who would be proud at how the company’s turned out.” 

 

Power to the Peanut

He and his team drive more than an hour every few days for Reginald’s key ingredient – fresh, blanched Virginia peanuts. That’s when the artisans at Reginald’s get down to the business of making gourmet peanut butter.
 
Even though Reginald’s Homemade Nut Butters are minimally processed, all natural, and come in tantalizing foodie flavors like Apple Sin (not your ordinary apple cinnamon), Nana Honey (bananas + honey + peanut butter = awesome), and Bourbon Pecan (think bourbon pecan pie in a jar), for Broocker, “gourmet” is about the process.
 
Batches of Virginia peanuts are roasted by hand with nothing by a few drops of oil in pans dedicated to that purpose, and each jar of peanut butter is prepared by expert hands – mixed, poured, weighed, lidded, sealed, and labeled with handwritten freshness dates. 

The team at Reginald’s also go the extra mile in creating their fun-flavored, comfort food. Each of Broocker’s flavors is specially crafted to actually taste like its name without overwhelming the pure taste of Virginia peanuts. What you get is the perfect mix of gourmet and just plain good.
 
And just plain good, it is. So good, in fact, that you can forget jelly, bread, pretzels, apples or anything else that normally goes with peanut butter. Just grab a spoon!

So if founder and owner Andrew Broocker is not Reginald, who is? Reginald was the family dog – a 25-pound Cockapoo who, according to Broocker, “ruled the world for 14 years and who would be proud at how the company’s turned out.” 

 

Our Cooking Schools are Here To Help You Through The Holidays

Our guest chefs and seasoned staff are standing by to help you ease into holiday entertaining and gift giving. In our hands-on classes, you'll roll up your sleeves and make everything from cookies to side dishes, desserts, and entire meals. Our staff will provide assistance, share insider's tips, show you time saving techniques and bolster your confidence as you perfect your skills – think of it as a trial run with a coach by your side every step along the way. We even do the shopping and the dishes!

We've also brought in some outside experts who will provide the same encouragement while introducing you to their own areas of expertise. Valerie Gordon, a self-taught baker who now owns several successful bakeries in Los Angeles and a popular on-line chocolate company, is touring our schools next week with tips on making the best home made, edible gifts.

  • Dallas Lovers, Monday, November 11 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Fort Worth, Tuesday, November 12 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Southlake, Wednesday, November 13 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Houston, Thursday, November 14  Register >
  • Austin North Lamar, Friday, November 15  Register >

She'll show you how to make delicious mango jam, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, muesli (for those interested in healthy options) and more. A copy of her beautiful, just-released book (featured in this month's Town & Country magazine) is included in the price of the class. Just think – a signed copy of the book and a bag of home made muesli tied with a beautiful bow. Check one gift off the long list.

Carrie Morey of Callie's Charleston Biscuits will be in our Dallas and Houston stores in early December to help you perfect your biscuit making skills just before the holidays. Tiny, tender, flaky biscuits make the perfect appetizer for parties or can complement your holiday meals. But she won't stop there. In her hands-on class, she'll teach you how to make a number of family favorites with South Carolina flair.

Anne Willan, the founder of La Varenne Cooking School, recipient of innumerable awards, author of over 30 cookbooks, and instructor extraordinaire will share stories of her fascinating life as our staff whips up specialties from memorable moments along the way. This is a class that will delight any foodie on your list! Copies of her memoir will be available for sale and she will graciously personalize your books for gift giving. 

Lastly, many might equate "Bordeaux wines" with "intimidating" but Master Sommelier Guy Stout will introduce lucky participants in Ft. Worth and San Antonio to six value-priced selections and convince you that you should be serving them along with your favorite casual appetizers to guests this season.

For the details on these classes and more including the complete menus and registration details go to the cooking school page of our website.

Our Cooking Schools are Here To Help You Through The Holidays

Our guest chefs and seasoned staff are standing by to help you ease into holiday entertaining and gift giving. In our hands-on classes, you'll roll up your sleeves and make everything from cookies to side dishes, desserts, and entire meals. Our staff will provide assistance, share insider's tips, show you time saving techniques and bolster your confidence as you perfect your skills – think of it as a trial run with a coach by your side every step along the way. We even do the shopping and the dishes!

We've also brought in some outside experts who will provide the same encouragement while introducing you to their own areas of expertise. Valerie Gordon, a self-taught baker who now owns several successful bakeries in Los Angeles and a popular on-line chocolate company, is touring our schools next week with tips on making the best home made, edible gifts.

  • Dallas Lovers, Monday, November 11 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Fort Worth, Tuesday, November 12 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Southlake, Wednesday, November 13 – Book Signing 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Houston, Thursday, November 14  Register >
  • Austin North Lamar, Friday, November 15  Register >

She'll show you how to make delicious mango jam, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, muesli (for those interested in healthy options) and more. A copy of her beautiful, just-released book (featured in this month's Town & Country magazine) is included in the price of the class. Just think – a signed copy of the book and a bag of home made muesli tied with a beautiful bow. Check one gift off the long list.

Carrie Morey of Callie's Charleston Biscuits will be in our Dallas and Houston stores in early December to help you perfect your biscuit making skills just before the holidays. Tiny, tender, flaky biscuits make the perfect appetizer for parties or can complement your holiday meals. But she won't stop there. In her hands-on class, she'll teach you how to make a number of family favorites with South Carolina flair.

Anne Willan, the founder of La Varenne Cooking School, recipient of innumerable awards, author of over 30 cookbooks, and instructor extraordinaire will share stories of her fascinating life as our staff whips up specialties from memorable moments along the way. This is a class that will delight any foodie on your list! Copies of her memoir will be available for sale and she will graciously personalize your books for gift giving. 

Lastly, many might equate "Bordeaux wines" with "intimidating" but Master Sommelier Guy Stout will introduce lucky participants in Ft. Worth and San Antonio to six value-priced selections and convince you that you should be serving them along with your favorite casual appetizers to guests this season.

For the details on these classes and more including the complete menus and registration details go to the cooking school page of our website.

Are You Really Into Holiday Meals?

Our ovens are hot, aisles are stocked, and our chefs are ready to wow at all of your holiday gatherings.

Back again this year, to make your holidays even easier, you can order up all of our made from scratch favorites right on shop.centralmarket.com.  Whether you need a few extra sides, a delectable dessert, or want a complete meal prepared by our chefs, we are ready to help make your holiday favorite appear, as well as your holiday stress dissapear.

Once you’ve made your selections, simply choose a store and time for pickup. Holiday orders can be placed until December 22, 6 pm.  

Can’t find what you need online? Then download our complete Holiday Guide and call your store's holiday hotline. 

  • Austin North Lamar 512-206-1044
  • Austin Westgate 512-899-4332
  • Dallas Lovers 1-877-263-1379
  • Dallas Preston Royal 972-860-6555
  • Fort Worth 817-989-4780
  • Houston 713-386-1785
  • Plano 469-241-8386
  • San Antonio 210-368-8607
  • Southlake 817-310-5609
This year, we’re all about helping you make some holiday magic—no matter how you order it.