Football For Foodies

Everything we do at Central Market is a few yard lines ahead of the other guy, and our Game Day Catering Menu is no different. Upscale presentation, unbeatable quality, and exclusive, high-end ingredients score plenty of extra points at kickoff with your friends.

Thanks to our Catering teams, you won’t be fumbling around the kitchen during the pre-game, trying to throw spicy wings in the end zone with seconds to spare. Intercept one of our speedy delivery drivers, pop the lids off our expertly prepared favorites like Chicken Tenders, Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Flank Steak (think sliders!), and Quesadillas, then kick your heels up and enjoy your guests.

If your halftime audience has a bit more refined palate, we’ve got them covered, too. Charcuterie, Artisan Cheeses, and Antipasti Platters can be teamed up with our scratch-baked breads, cracker baskets, or buttery rolls and everyone will be happy.

Grab a Game Day menu next time you shop with us, then make the call to our Catering sales specialists at your favorite Central Market location to start planning your selections.

We’ll just need a minimum of 24-48 hours notice to customize your order. After that you can take home the ring without ever having to lift a finger.

Football For Foodies

Everything we do at Central Market is a few yard lines ahead of the other guy, and our Game Day Catering Menu is no different. Upscale presentation, unbeatable quality, and exclusive, high-end ingredients score plenty of extra points at kickoff with your friends.

Thanks to our Catering teams, you won’t be fumbling around the kitchen during the pre-game, trying to throw spicy wings in the end zone with seconds to spare. Intercept one of our speedy delivery drivers, pop the lids off our expertly prepared favorites like Chicken Tenders, Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Flank Steak (think sliders!), and Quesadillas, then kick your heels up and enjoy your guests.

If your halftime audience has a bit more refined palate, we’ve got them covered, too. Charcuterie, Artisan Cheeses, and Antipasti Platters can be teamed up with our scratch-baked breads, cracker baskets, or buttery rolls and everyone will be happy. 

Grab a Game Day menu next time you shop with us, then make the call to our Catering sales specialists at your favorite Central Market location to start planning your selections.

We’ll just need a minimum of 24-48 hours notice to customize your order. After that you can take home the ring without ever having to lift a finger.

Chocolate Indulgence

It’s a two-week countdown to Valentine’s Day, so even if you don’t like chocolate (who ARE you?!), perhaps your Valentine would enjoy a selection of our exclusive chocolate bars or a box of Dilettante Chocolates inspired by the recipes of the Master Pastry Chef for the Emperor of Austria in the early 1900s. Seriously. We have those.

But it’s not just sweet treats: The whole store is in on Chocolate Fest, so you’ll find chocolate for the grill, like Espresso Cocoa Beef New York Strip Steaks and Smoked Paprika and Cocoa Dry-Rubbed Chicken Breasts, Salami De Cacao for cheese platters, and orchids that smell like chocolate. Yes, I just said that. Orchids that smell like chocolate. Now that’s a special flower!

Even our Wine & Beer Partners are getting in on the chocolate fun, so if you like to drink your chocolate, look for Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Detroit. It smells like vanilla milk chocolate and tastes like milk chocolate with a extra-velvety smooth mouth-feel thanks to a low amount of carbonation. It’s like a chocolate truffle in a glass! And, of course, we have a range of wines that will be perfect for a special Valentine dinner, so don’t forget to pick up a bottle when you stop in to get the roses and lobster. (And perhaps those Emperor of Austria truffles, amirite?)

Chocolate Stroll
The aisles will be full of tasting stations so you can sample some of the world’s finest chocolate bars, crowd-pleasing classics, and edgy, avant-garde chocolate items throughout the store.  You’ll learn a little bit about how chocolate is made, discover unexpected pairings, and delight in the abundance of new products. So mark your calendar for Feb. 9, register on line for your store, and join us for an evening of indulgence!
Come join the Chocolate Fest fun! We’re busy baking Chocolate Pecan Chess Pies and prepping Smoked Paprika and Cocoa Dry-Rubbed Chicken, just for you. Indulge!

Chocolate Indulgence

It’s a two-week countdown to Valentine’s Day, so even if you don’t like chocolate (who ARE you?!), perhaps your Valentine would enjoy a selection of our exclusive chocolate bars or a box of Dilettante Chocolates inspired by the recipes of the Master Pastry Chef for the Emperor of Austria in the early 1900s. Seriously. We have those.
 
But it's not just sweet treats: The whole store is in on Chocolate Fest, so you'll find chocolate for the grill, like Espresso Cocoa Beef New York Strip Steaks and Smoked Paprika and Cocoa Dry-Rubbed Chicken Breasts, Salami De Cacao for cheese platters, and orchids that smell like chocolate. Yes, I just said that. Orchids that smell like chocolate. Now that's a special flower!

Even our Wine & Beer Partners are getting in on the chocolate fun, so if you like to drink your chocolate, look for Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Detroit. It smells like vanilla milk chocolate and tastes like milk chocolate with a extra-velvety smooth mouth-feel thanks to a low amount of carbonation. It’s like a chocolate truffle in a glass! And, of course, we have a range of wines that will be perfect for a special Valentine dinner, so don’t forget to pick up a bottle when you stop in to get the roses and lobster. (And perhaps those Emperor of Austria truffles, amirite?)

Chocolate Stroll
The aisles will be full of tasting stations so you can sample some of the world's finest chocolate bars, crowd-pleasing classics, and edgy, avant-garde chocolate items throughout the store.  You'll learn a little bit about how chocolate is made, discover unexpected pairings, and delight in the abundance of new products. So mark your calendar for Feb. 9, register on line for your store, and join us for an evening of indulgence!

 
Come join the Chocolate Fest fun! We’re busy baking Chocolate Pecan Chess Pies and prepping Smoked Paprika and Cocoa Dry-Rubbed Chicken, just for you. Indulge!

Houston, We Have A Party

Look for samples and demos in these departments as we gear up for a Sunday full of food and football:

Monday, January 30
4-6 pm
Beer & Wine Department

Tuesday, January 31
4-6 pm
Meat & Seafood

Wednesday, February 1
4-6 pm
Grocery aisles, starring new International items

Thursday, February 2
4-6 pm
Chef Prepared items

Saturday, February 4
12-4 pm
Grill and Band on the Patio

Don’t forget! You’re Big Game party will score big with football favorites from Central Market! Stop by the Catering desk for samples and menu suggestions or call 713-386-1750 to reserve your order.

Houston, We Have A Party

Look for samples and demos in these departments as we gear up for a Sunday full of food and football:
 
Monday, January 30
4-6 pm
Beer & Wine Department

Tuesday, January 31
4-6 pm
Meat & Seafood

Wednesday, February 1
4-6 pm
Grocery aisles, starring new International items

Thursday, February 2
4-6 pm
Chef Prepared items
 
Saturday, February 4
12-4 pm
Grill and Band on the Patio

Don't forget! You're Big Game party will score big with football favorites from Central Market! Stop by the Catering desk for samples and menu suggestions or call 713-386-1750 to reserve your order. 

Turn Up Your Weekend with a Fresh Cherry Sidecar

INGREDIENTS
2 lb Fresh Heavenly™ Cherries, pitted and halved. Save some pits for the infusion.
1 pint Brandy
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Sugar for the Rim
Fresh Lime Slices

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHERRY BRANDY
1. Put 1lb of pitted and halved Heavenly™ Cherries in an old jam jar with lid or other water-tight container.
2. Pour in the pint of brandy.
3. Put a few cherry pits in for the infusion.
4. Put the lid on & keep cool for 5 days.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHERRY SYRUP
1. Put aside 6 whole Fresh Heavenly™ Cherries with the stalk on.
2. Combine the remaining 1lb of pitted Heavenly™ Cherries, sugar and water in a saucepan & bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Add the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Poor the syrup through a strainer and remove the solids.
5. Put into a separate container and store in the refrigerator.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COCKTAIL
1. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime slice and dip it into sugar. Put the glass into the refrigerator to chill.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. For each cocktail add 1.5oz of the cherry brandy, 0.5oz of the cherry syrup and 0.5 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.
3. Shake and pour into the chilled glass.
4. Put your feet up and let the work-week stress melt away. Sipping on this version of the classic sidecar cocktail, you’ll half expect someone to bring you your slippers and smoking jacket!

  Image: Matt  Armendariz    

Turn Up Your Weekend with a Fresh Cherry Sidecar

INGREDIENTS
2 lb Fresh Heavenly™ Cherries, pitted and halved. Save some pits for the infusion.
1 pint Brandy
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Sugar for the Rim
Fresh Lime Slices
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHERRY BRANDY
1. Put 1lb of pitted and halved Heavenly™ Cherries in an old jam jar with lid or other water-tight container.
2. Pour in the pint of brandy.
3. Put a few cherry pits in for the infusion.
4. Put the lid on & keep cool for 5 days.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHERRY SYRUP
1. Put aside 6 whole Fresh Heavenly™ Cherries with the stalk on.
2. Combine the remaining 1lb of pitted Heavenly™ Cherries, sugar and water in a saucepan & bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Add the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
4. Poor the syrup through a strainer and remove the solids.
5. Put into a separate container and store in the refrigerator.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COCKTAIL
1. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime slice and dip it into sugar. Put the glass into the refrigerator to chill.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. For each cocktail add 1.5oz of the cherry brandy, 0.5oz of the cherry syrup and 0.5 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.
3. Shake and pour into the chilled glass.
4. Put your feet up and let the work-week stress melt away. Sipping on this version of the classic sidecar cocktail, you'll half expect someone to bring you your slippers and smoking jacket! 

  Image: Matt  Armendariz    

Drink Coffee = Help Haitian Children

The Coffee
The coffee is made from Haitian coffee beans that are roasted locally in Houston. (The photo is a bag of the beans straight from Haiti!) Since the beans grow at a higher altitude in the mountains of Haiti, they ripen more slowly, allowing them to develop a higher sugar content which produces a smoother, richer taste.

Flavor Notes: Orange, Sweet Lime, Milk Chocolate

Roast: Medium
Body: Medium
Acidity: Medium

Texan Raleigh Jenkins leads efforts
A Child’s Hope is a project of love founded by Houston businessman Raleigh Jenkins. When he sawthe devastating images of orphaned Haitian children after the 2010 earthquake, he was moved to action. Along with his family, close friends, and business associates, Jenkins, president of ABC Home & Commercial Services, established A Child’s Hope to provide these children with a safe, loving, and supportive home that was different than other orphanages in the country.

It’s a family-style facility with a full-time staff living with the children. A Child’s Hope goes beyond housing and provides education, including agriculture-based, as well as medical care, counseling, and athletic opportunities.

A Child’s Hope eventually plans on farming, growing, and selling their own coffee beans as part of its goal to be self-sufficient. And while seeds have been planted, the first harvest is still a little ways off. But in the meantime, the organization works with a local co-op to produce the coffee, creating and sustaining jobs in the area, another critical area of need for the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

“Our goal is to create a facility that is self-sustaining and to teach the children how to eventually support themselves,” says Jenkins. “Our plans include farming, growing and selling coffee beans, and establishing jewelry and craft business, to create a sustainable source of income to support the facility.”

Come on in for Coffee Week, pick up a bag of A Child’s Hope Coffee, and feel good knowing that through that simple act you are helping to make a difference in the lives of Haitian children.

Drink coffee = help kids. It’s a win-win!

Drink Coffee = Help Haitian Children

The Coffee 
The coffee is made from Haitian coffee beans that are roasted locally in Houston. (The photo is a bag of the beans straight from Haiti!) Since the beans grow at a higher altitude in the mountains of Haiti, they ripen more slowly, allowing them to develop a higher sugar content which produces a smoother, richer taste.
 
Flavor Notes: Orange, Sweet Lime, Milk Chocolate
 
Roast: Medium
Body: Medium
Acidity: Medium

Texan Raleigh Jenkins leads efforts 
A Child’s Hope is a project of love founded by Houston businessman Raleigh Jenkins. When he sawthe devastating images of orphaned Haitian children after the 2010 earthquake, he was moved to action. Along with his family, close friends, and business associates, Jenkins, president of ABC Home & Commercial Services, established A Child's Hope to provide these children with a safe, loving, and supportive home that was different than other orphanages in the country.
 
It’s a family-style facility with a full-time staff living with the children. A Child’s Hope goes beyond housing and provides education, including agriculture-based, as well as medical care, counseling, and athletic opportunities.

A Child’s Hope eventually plans on farming, growing, and selling their own coffee beans as part of its goal to be self-sufficient. And while seeds have been planted, the first harvest is still a little ways off. But in the meantime, the organization works with a local co-op to produce the coffee, creating and sustaining jobs in the area, another critical area of need for the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

"Our goal is to create a facility that is self-sustaining and to teach the children how to eventually support themselves," says Jenkins. "Our plans include farming, growing and selling coffee beans, and establishing jewelry and craft business, to create a sustainable source of income to support the facility."

Come on in for Coffee Week, pick up a bag of A Child’s Hope Coffee, and feel good knowing that through that simple act you are helping to make a difference in the lives of Haitian children. 

Drink coffee = help kids. It's a win-win!