Celebrating Twenty Years of Loving Food

Now, twenty years later, we are still cooking, but not even close to being done, and we thought that was cause for celebration. So let the party begin… Starting Wednesday, September 10th and running for the next twenty days we will be celebrating food, life, and you our customers, with specials and special guests in every store.

There are a few can't miss items, and the first of those is our commemorative 20th Anniversary cookbook filled with over 120 of the tastiest recipes from dedicated Central Market shoppers, guest chefs and store Partners, the book will resonate with cooks everywhere, from passionate foodies to culinary professionals. We also have collaborated with Wüsthof Knives for a special knife and cutting board set that is specially monogrammed to celebrate not only our twentieth anniversary, but also Wüsthof's 200th (wow!). One of my favorite items for our special anniversary is a heritage barbeque sauce made by Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, last made twenty years ago with a mix of tangy tomatoes and old-fashion sorghum for just a hint of sweetness. 

Since our early days, we’ve hosted myriad high-profile local and international chefs. Now, fast forward to this year’s celebration, where you will enjoy spectacular food, drink and entertainment at the original North Lamar store on September 25th. This is going to be the biggest party we have ever thrown, and I might add, worth a road trip if you are not currently in Austin. Headlining the event is world-renowned chef Francis Mallmann of Argentina, who will demonstrate his unique style of cooking with open fire by roasting salmon, chicken, whole pigs and vegetables over three large aboveground fire pits in the park just adjacent to the store. Additionally, Daniel Olivella of Barlata and Iiana De la Vega of El Naranjo will serve their own unique cuisine for guests to enjoy during the evening. After enjoying an unparalleled dining experience, guests will be treated to the sounds of Grammy award-winning Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, led by the inimitable Ray Benson. 

Tickets to the 20th Anniversary party are $40 per person, with proceeds going to benefit Austin’s Sustainable Food Center, a nonprofit organization that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Get your tickets today.

Dairy Good

To help navigate these densely packed shelves here is a quick tutorial on some of the yogurt varieties we carry and how to find just the one you are looking for. 

As a refresher, yogurt is made by combining milk and live cultures, you might want to begin your tour of the yogurt aisle with a regular American yogurt, and Maple Hill Creamery is at the head of the class when you are talking about a classic yogurt. From there try a European-style yogurt like Traders Point Creamery which are made with no preservatives or stabilizers and are so smooth and creamy that you can drink them. 
 
From there you can move to the popular kid on the shelf, Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is made by straining away some of the whey from a regular thinner yogurt. By straining away the the whey you have a thicker product that is higher in protein and more tangy. Greek yogurt is not only a great snack, but works well in a lot of recipes, like this summer soup, Chilled Ginger Carrot Hatch Chile Soup. Lastly in a pinch, you can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream. 

A great take on Greek yogurt, is Noosa Australian-style yogurt, which is made in small batches, set, and infused with honey to give it that delicious sweet-tart tang, and smooth, velvety texture that sets us apart.

 
Even thicker than Greek yogurt and just as high in protein is Skyr, which has been made since the Middle Ages in Iceland. We carry Sigi’s and it is one of my yogurts on our shelves, just a hint of sweet in the fruit flavors like Açia and Mixed Berry make this a great dessert substitute. 

This is just the start of our yogurt selection, we have drinkable yogurts, kid friendly yogurts, even non-dairy yogurt, like Co Yo Yogurt, made from coconut milk, a July Foodie Find. The yogurt alternative is free of soy, dairy, gluten, and sugar, and a Central Market exclusive.

All Dressed Up and Everywhere to Go

Developed in their Los Angeles restaurant, Bacaro LA, with the help of their in-house Executive Chef, your favorite dishes, and just about anything else you can think of, are in for a treat: Tangy, peppery, sweet-and-sour Pomegranate Parsley; savory, creamy, zesty, with a hint of crispness Kale Tahini; and spice Smoked Chipotle can add a kick anything from eggs and burritos to sushi and salmon to chips and fries!

All Dressed Up and Everywhere to Go

Developed in their Los Angeles restaurant, Bacaro LA, with the help of their in-house Executive Chef, your favorite dishes, and just about anything else you can think of, are in for a treat: Tangy, peppery, sweet-and-sour Pomegranate Parsley; savory, creamy, zesty, with a hint of crispness Kale Tahini; and spice Smoked Chipotle can add a kick anything from eggs and burritos to sushi and salmon to chips and fries!

Baked (So) Goods

We have been working on these new recipes for months, and last week when Edouard, our Bakery Manager, brought all of them to my desk for sampling, of course I said yes. New flavors include:

  • Toasted Almond Apricot
  • Peach White Chocolate Ginger (this one might be my favorite, the spicy hint of ginger is perfect with the creamy white chocolate and sweet peach)
  • Fig, Honey, and Walnuts
  • Sweet Pepper and Goat Cheese
  • Corn, Poblano, and Chihuahua Cheese (I'm thinking this will be perfect alongside a bowl of chili this fall)

Your favorites are also still available, if you are looking for Bacon Cheddar, Cranberry Orange, or classic Plain, there is not reason to fret.

So swing by the bakery, have a sample, or five, and find your new favorite flavor.

Baked (So) Goods

We have been working on these new recipes for months, and last week when Edouard, our Bakery Manager, brought all of them to my desk for sampling, of course I said yes. New flavors include:

  • Toasted Almond Apricot
  • Peach White Chocolate Ginger (this one might be my favorite, the spicy hint of ginger is perfect with the creamy white chocolate and sweet peach)
  • Fig, Honey, and Walnuts
  • Sweet Pepper and Goat Cheese
  • Corn, Poblano, and Chihuahua Cheese (I'm thinking this will be perfect alongside a bowl of chili this fall)

Your favorites are also still available, if you are looking for Bacon Cheddar, Cranberry Orange, or classic Plain, there is not reason to fret.

So swing by the bakery, have a sample, or five, and find your new favorite flavor.

A Toast to Toast

And here’s why:  To make our signature Bostock, Central Market’s Bakery experts soak brioche in orange syrup made with real orange zest, water infused with flavor from the flower bud of an orange tree, and a splash of Grand Marnier.  Each slice is topped with almond cream and sliced almonds, then baked to golden perfection, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 
 
Replace waffles and pancakes with Bostock for brunch, or top a slice with fresh raspberries or vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert!

A Toast to Toast

And here’s why:  To make our signature Bostock, Central Market’s Bakery experts soak brioche in orange syrup made with real orange zest, water infused with flavor from the flower bud of an orange tree, and a splash of Grand Marnier.  Each slice is topped with almond cream and sliced almonds, then baked to golden perfection, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 
 
Replace waffles and pancakes with Bostock for brunch, or top a slice with fresh raspberries or vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert!

Super-samic

Made from a reduction of pressed Italian regional grapes, primarily Trebbiano grapes, the syrupy vinegar is barrel-aged for intense flavor. Without any artificial colorings, thickening agents, or preservatives, what you get is pure balsamic infused with citrus, raspberries, hot chiles, and more foodie flavors.

Get creative! Use QO Balsamics as sauces, dips, even drizzle it over strawberries or ice cream.

Super-samic

Made from a reduction of pressed Italian regional grapes, primarily Trebbiano grapes, the syrupy vinegar is barrel-aged for intense flavor. Without any artificial colorings, thickening agents, or preservatives, what you get is pure balsamic infused with citrus, raspberries, hot chiles, and more foodie flavors.

Get creative! Use QO Balsamics as sauces, dips, even drizzle it over strawberries or ice cream.