2015 Feast of Sharing

Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing more than 25 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi. Today the event has grown, to lift spirits throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 250,000 people.

The Feast of Sharing dinner is free and is open to people of all ages, during the celebration 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. Here in DFW Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities from the HEB Mobile Kitchen. In additionn to dinner, the celebrations include a Family and Social Services Area and Kids' Zone with bounce houses, face painters and photos with Santa Claus. 

2015 Feast of Sharing:

Dallas, November 3rd, 2:00-7:00 PM
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210

Fort Worth, November 10th, 2:00-7:00 PM
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
3401 West Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Feast of Sharing being the community event that it is, means that each year we have hundreds of HEB / Central Market Partners, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community volunteer to serve meals, man the Kids' Zone, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the links below:

  • 11/2 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest! We now have a full roster of volunteers for the Fort Worth, Novemeber 10th Feast. We appreciate each individual and organization who has volunteered their time.  
  • 10/22 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest! Due to the overwhelming response from our community, we are pleased to announce that we have reached the maximum number of volunteers needed for the November 3rd Dallas Feast. If you are not able to register as a volunteer, you are still invited to come and enjoy the food, entertainment and camaraderie!

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–>Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What do I wear? If you are an H-E-B or Central Market Partner, please wear your store uniform. Non-Central Market and H-E-B groups can wear what their organization deems appropriate. Individual volunteers should wear clothes appropriate and comfortable for the occasion.
  • Where do I check in? At the volunteer/entertainment entrance. Please refer to map for exact location. 
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map
  • Is there an age restriction for volunteers? There is no age restriction. We ask that parents please keep their children with them at all times.
  • Will I receive confirmation that my shift and job assignment have been accepted? Yes. Volunteers will receive a confirmation letter with final instructions when all positions are filled. 
  • Do volunteers get a meal? Yes, all volunteers get a meal at the end of their shift. Organizations will schedule when their members will eat. Individual volunteers can eat when they choose.
  • Where do I park? Is parking free? Please refer to the map for parking; parking is free.
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map 

For more information about the event and event transportation please download the 2015 Feast of Sharing PDF.

2015 Feast of Sharing

Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B, started Feast of Sharing more than 25 years ago in Laredo and Corpus Christi. Today the event has grown, to lift spirits throughout Texas and Mexico in November and December, serving more than 250,000 people.

The Feast of Sharing dinner is free and is open to people of all ages, during the celebration 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. Here in DFW Central Market is prepared to serve up to 20,000 people combined during the 5-hour events in both cities from the HEB Mobile Kitchen. In additionn to dinner, the celebrations include a Family and Social Services Area and Kids' Zone with bounce houses, face painters and photos with Santa Claus. 

2015 Feast of Sharing:

Dallas, November 3rd, 2:00-7:00 PM
Centennial Building at Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210

Fort Worth, November 10th, 2:00-7:00 PM
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon Carter Exhibit Hall
3401 West Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Feast of Sharing being the community event that it is, means that each year we have hundreds of HEB / Central Market Partners, individuals, and organizations from throughout the community volunteer to serve meals, man the Kids' Zone, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the links below:

  • 11/2 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest! We now have a full roster of volunteers for the Fort Worth, Novemeber 10th Feast. We appreciate each individual and organization who has volunteered their time.  
  • 10/22 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest! Due to the overwhelming response from our community, we are pleased to announce that we have reached the maximum number of volunteers needed for the November 3rd Dallas Feast. If you are not able to register as a volunteer, you are still invited to come and enjoy the food, entertainment and camaraderie!

<!–

–>Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What do I wear? If you are an H-E-B or Central Market Partner, please wear your store uniform. Non-Central Market and H-E-B groups can wear what their organization deems appropriate. Individual volunteers should wear clothes appropriate and comfortable for the occasion.
  • Where do I check in? At the volunteer/entertainment entrance. Please refer to map for exact location. 
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map
  • Is there an age restriction for volunteers? There is no age restriction. We ask that parents please keep their children with them at all times.
  • Will I receive confirmation that my shift and job assignment have been accepted? Yes. Volunteers will receive a confirmation letter with final instructions when all positions are filled. 
  • Do volunteers get a meal? Yes, all volunteers get a meal at the end of their shift. Organizations will schedule when their members will eat. Individual volunteers can eat when they choose.
  • Where do I park? Is parking free? Please refer to the map for parking; parking is free.
    Dallas Map
    Fort Worth Map 

For more information about the event and event transportation please download the 2015 Feast of Sharing PDF.

In-House Roasted 100 Clove Roast Beef

You're probably already a fan of our Deil's In-House Roasted Meats. If for some reason, you haven't tried them, you must do so. Immediately.

At the top of your Must-Try List should be In-House Roasted 100 Clove Roast Beef. A brand-new recipe created especially for our very first Garlic Fest, this one has "delicious" written all over it.

Our Deli Experts roasted roughly 100 garlic cloves to caramelized perfection in a mixture of fresh herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. The roasted cloves are blended and chopped with black pepper for a sharp combination that’s hand-rubbed daily and roasted to perfection.

Of course you can pair with our fresh-baked sourdough bread, your favorite cheese and a swath of horseraddish (or spicy mustard), and create just about the best sandwich ever. But here are some other ideas to try:

  • Add 3-4 torn slices to garlicky/Philly Cheesestake twist to an omelet.
  • Slice a pound into beef stroganoff recipes. 
  • Cheat your way to a barbecue beef sandwich by adding your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Our roast beef will make excellent homemade gyros.
  • Pair with Sauerkraut for a great hoagie. 
  • Do up a grilled cheese with roast beef and Sterling Goat Cheddar Smoked with French Farm Shallot Confit.
  • Or  maybe you've got a beef noodle soup recipe you're dying to try?

The possibilites are endless they are tasty! 

In-House Roasted 100 Clove Roast Beef

You're probably already a fan of our Deil's In-House Roasted Meats. If for some reason, you haven't tried them, you must do so. Immediately.

At the top of your Must-Try List should be In-House Roasted 100 Clove Roast Beef. A brand-new recipe created especially for our very first Garlic Fest, this one has "delicious" written all over it.

Our Deli Experts roasted roughly 100 garlic cloves to caramelized perfection in a mixture of fresh herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. The roasted cloves are blended and chopped with black pepper for a sharp combination that’s hand-rubbed daily and roasted to perfection.

Of course you can pair with our fresh-baked sourdough bread, your favorite cheese and a swath of horseraddish (or spicy mustard), and create just about the best sandwich ever. But here are some other ideas to try:

  • Add 3-4 torn slices to garlicky/Philly Cheesestake twist to an omelet.
  • Slice a pound into beef stroganoff recipes. 
  • Cheat your way to a barbecue beef sandwich by adding your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Our roast beef will make excellent homemade gyros.
  • Pair with Sauerkraut for a great hoagie. 
  • Do up a grilled cheese with roast beef and Sterling Goat Cheddar Smoked with French Farm Shallot Confit.
  • Or  maybe you've got a beef noodle soup recipe you're dying to try?

The possibilites are endless they are tasty! 

Garlic Tips and Tricks

But don’t worry. While you’re discovering the wonderful world of garlic, we’ve been busy compiling some quick-n-easy tips and tricks to help you make the most of your bulbs. 

How to Buy Garlic
To be sure you’re getting the best bulbs, the first thing to know is the plumper the better. You also want a bulb that feels a little heavy. Lighters cloves may have signs of dehydration. Second, pick them up, and give them a light squeeze. Firm bulbs, good. Soft, spongy bulbs, bad. 

How to Peel Garlic in 10 Seconds
Peeling garlic can be a mess. We can help you avoid that in no time, and all you need is two bowls exactly the same size. First, place your bulbs on a chopping board. Your countertop can work, too. Then smash the garlic with the heel of your hand. Gather the cloves together in one of your bowls, and cover that bowl with the other bowl. Now give the bowls a good shake. In 10 seconds, your cloves will be peeled and ready for your recipes!  

How to Chop or Mince Garlic
You'll need a sharp knife. Depending on the size of the dice you want, make several close-together vertical cuts into a peeled clove, but not through the root end. Being careful not to pierce the root end, make horizontal cuts. Now make as many cross-wise cuts as needed until your garlic is diced as finely as you want it.  

How to Add Mild Garlic Zest to Bowl Dishes
By "bowl dishes," we mean salads, rice bowls, noodle bowls, etc. But feel free to experiment with this old chef's trick. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub both halves over the inside of the empty bowl or dish before adding your ingredients. That's it! You'll love what this does to Caesar's salads. 

How to Make Garlic Paste
First, mince your garlic as finely as possible. Then, holding the knife handle in your dominant hand with the blade parallel to your body, set the blade into the pile of minced garlic toward the front. With the blade at an angle to your cutting board or counter, hold the top of the blade with both hands. Scrape the knife across the minced garlic, making a pile as you go. Keep scraping and piling until you get a pulpy paste. Add salt to avoid sticking.

How to Reuse Garlic Skins
Remember when you peeled garlic like a pro? Don't discard the peels! Pack them into a tea strainer to make a tea that does wonders for your immune system. (Flavor it with lemon, honey, sugar, whatever you've got a taste for!) Or you can freeze them, and once you've collected enough, add the skins to flavor bone stocks or vegetable stocks. 

How to Fry Garlic
Roasted garlic, sautéed garlic, garlic pastes and powders are popular with many chefs. But have you tried adding fried garlic to soups, salads, or stir-fry dishes? All you need is peanut oil (or an oil that works for you) and peeled, trimmed, thinly sliced garlic cloves. Pour one inch of oil into a small saucepan, and heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic slices in small batches and constantly stir gently with a slotted spoon until the slices are golden brown, or for about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb moisture. 

How to Host a Garlic Tasting
With so many varieties available during Garlic Fest, why not have a garlic tasting? The simplest way to go is to treat it like a wine tasting. Choose 3-4 varieties to taste raw and the same varieties to sample roasted. You'll want to sample the roasted garlics first. The milder taste of roasted garlic makes for a good place to start. The raw garlics will be more pungent, and they might even have the same heat as chile peppers. Be careful! Bread, bland crackers, lemons, or red wine make great palate-cleansers between tastings. You also may want to have milk on hand for the heat of raw garlics. 

Now you’re ready to tackle any recipe that need garlic. In fact, we’ve got over 200 for you to start with. 

Behold, Our Bounty of Bulbs

Here’s a quick look at the bounty of bulbs we’ll have in stores during our first-ever Garlic Fest.

Black Garlic
It’s fancy! It’s fermented! Great raw or cooked, black garlic goes through a fermentation process that gives it a darker color and softer, sweeter taste than regular garlic.
 
Extra Large California White Garlic
California is known for garlic greatness, and this variety proves it. Rich and complex, it’s perfect for any recipe.
 
California Organic White Garlic
Just pure deliciousness, this classic, flavorful garlic goes great wherever garlic goes!
 
California Garlic Braids
Décor that’s also delicious! These garlic braids add a homey touch to any kitchen, but they’re also practical: just cut down bulbs when you need ‘em!
 
French Pink Garlic
This famous variety dates from the Middle Ages and is known the world over for its super-strong flavor. Sacré bulb!
 
French Pink Garlic Braids 
Add some French country flair to your kitchen décor with braids of this famous garlic, renowned for its strong flavor. Cut off bulbs as recipes require!
 
French Torpedo Shallots
These French beauties are so sweet you’ll be tempted to eat ‘em raw. But cooking brings out even more sweet flavor.
 
French Brittany Shallots
These naturally sweet shallots from western France are planted one by one and harvested by hand. Anything worth that much work has got to be delicious!
 
Elephant Garlic
A gentle giant! Although not a true garlic, this variant of the garden leek is perfect for when you want a touch of garlic flavor, but not too much. 

Seems like a lot, doesn't it? It is! But don't worry. You can bet we'll have plenty of in-store demos, cooking school classes, pairings, and recipes to help you get to know your garlic. Just imagine the dishes you'll make!

Go Gaga for Garlic

For two full weeks, we're hosting a storewide salute to the versatility of garlic. We're filling just about every department with something delicious and garlicky:

Discover more than a dozen rare and exotic garlics from around the country and the world! Black, Pink, Elephant—you'll find them all in our Produce Deparment. Don't even get us started on what our Expert Bakers are crafting. Two words: Garlic Knots. The list goes on and on with ice creams, lamb chops, cookies, butters, and so much more!

Of course, that's not all. You'll find garlic-infused, chef-prepared dishes in our Chef's Case; delicious in-store demos hosted by our Foodies; tasty garlic recipes to try at home; and a host of Cooking School classes designed to up your garlic expertise! 

Central Market's Garlic Fest happens at all our store locations Sept. 16-29th. Write down the date and come go gaga for garlic with us!

Go Gaga for Garlic

For two full weeks, we're hosting a storewide salute to the versatility of garlic. We're filling just about every department with something delicious and garlicky:

Discover more than a dozen rare and exotic garlics from around the country and the world! Black, Pink, Elephant—you'll find them all in our Produce Deparment. Don't even get us started on what our Expert Bakers are crafting. Two words: Garlic Knots. The list goes on and on with ice creams, lamb chops, cookies, butters, and so much more!

Of course, that's not all. You'll find garlic-infused, chef-prepared dishes in our Chef's Case; delicious in-store demos hosted by our Foodies; tasty garlic recipes to try at home; and a host of Cooking School classes designed to up your garlic expertise! 

Central Market's Garlic Fest happens at all our store locations Sept. 16-29th. Write down the date and come go gaga for garlic with us!

Black Garlic Chocolate Cupcakes? Yes.

This brand-new invention blends black garlic, fermented until it reaches a satisfying sweetness, into a luscious chocolate batter made with sour cream and European chocolate. Spongy-moist with enough garlic to meld into the chocolate without punching you in the mouth, the whole thing is topped with thick black garlic butter cream icing. That extra kick you get at the end comes from a pinch of cayenne pepper.

This one is a treat for more than one reason. How would you like a chocolate cupcake that’s also good for you? If you said, “Yes, thank you,” this is us saying, “You’re welcome.”

The fermenting process that creates black garlic from conventional garlic takes about a month. During that time, the conventional garlic morphs into a super-garlic that has properties able to fight high cholesterol. Black garlic also has twice as many antioxidants as conventional garlic. Antioxidants help in the battle against aging and free radicals, among others.

The conclusion? You need this! It’s healthy! That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. But you really do need to do yourself a favor and try this. 

Black Garlic Chocolate Cupcakes? Yes.

This brand-new invention blends black garlic, fermented until it reaches a satisfying sweetness, into a luscious chocolate batter made with sour cream and European chocolate. Spongy-moist with enough garlic to meld into the chocolate without punching you in the mouth, the whole thing is topped with thick black garlic butter cream icing. That extra kick you get at the end comes from a pinch of cayenne pepper.

This one is a treat for more than one reason. How would you like a chocolate cupcake that’s also good for you? If you said, “Yes, thank you,” this is us saying, “You’re welcome.”

The fermenting process that creates black garlic from conventional garlic takes about a month. During that time, the conventional garlic morphs into a super-garlic that has properties able to fight high cholesterol. Black garlic also has twice as many antioxidants as conventional garlic. Antioxidants help in the battle against aging and free radicals, among others.

The conclusion? You need this! It’s healthy! That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. But you really do need to do yourself a favor and try this.