"...Austin's homegrown gourmet grocery chain, Central Market, began the culinary passport series in the spring of 2010. This year, the focus is on Italy and shoppers have one more week to immerse themselves in culinary traditions, wine, products, music, and culture from the boot of Europe from now until Wednesday, May 13...."
"...To the delight of Hatchheads all over town, Central Market's annual celebration of all things Hatch chile starts today, Aug. 7, and runs through Aug..."
"...Central Market Westgate has always been a sales leader for the chain, yet it has received little attention in the way of upgrades since it opened in 1999. The last six months has seen the end of that era of corporate laissez faire – the entire store has been expanded and upgraded..."
"...I always look forward to Central Market's annual 2-week passport to the cuisine of a specific country, but when I heard this year's event was centered around Brazil, my heart skipped a beat. Brazil is one of my favorite places on earth...."
"...Cooks from some of Austin's top restaurants showed up at the Central Market Cooking School early last Saturday morning to compete for a spot in the finals of this Food Network-style cooking competition...."
"...The folks at Central Market augmented their annual celebration of fresh green chiles from New Mexico's Hatch Valley with a free-for-all recipe contest this year. All of the recipes entered in the contest statewide will be presented in an unedited and untested cookbook that will be on sale in Central Markets sometime this fall, and the winners at each store received a $500 Central Market gift card..."
"...And all of it occurring in Central Market Cooking School's second-floor kitchen-and-classroom, a bright clean rectangle of a space that's as outfitted with state-of-the-art video technology as it is with the most effective (and shiny!) culinary apparatus. It's the kind of environment that – when you're sitting there soaking up the knowledge and the foodie banter and devouring the various edibles – makes you feel like you're on the set, like you're part of the audience, of some intimate cooking show on The Food Network...."
"...Sunday, July 27, 2-6pm, Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar..."
"...Fortunately, Central Market's Cooking School is there to help. Until recently, an unfortunate gap existed between the school's classes for adults (minimum age: 18) and those geared to the littlest chefs (maximum age: 12), leaving adolescents out of the loop..."
"...Mandy BarnettCentral Market 38th, August 25 Divas don't function well when they're not the center of attention. Certainly what Mandy Barnett was up against at this installment of KGSR's Blues on the Green, or rather Blues in the Dirt, would have worked Leontyne Price or Cher's last nerve..."
"...Coming up this week via foodie wonderland Central Market, Brazil (the actual country) – which is in many aspects relatively paradisical even now – is brought here, to Austin, in the form of food and drink and cooking classes and sundry other items comprising a wealth of culinary goodness you may be unfamiliar with. Or, if you are familiar with it, you'll be like, "OK, finally, thank you, I've been trying to find this stuff in the States for the longest time."..."
"...I'm not suggesting you chow down on cardboard and wrapping paper but rather that you get a gift whose tastiness will reverberate past the winter holidays. Central Market has recently opened its Cooking School doors to teenagers, and its monthly class, Teens in the Kitchen, is an excellent outlet for the cuisine-inclined student in middle school or high school...."
"...This month's round of the Citywide 86'd competition between cooks at some of Austin's top restaurants takes place Friday morning at the Central Market Cooking School as an event affiliated with this weekend's Austin Food & Wine Festival...."
"...In order to make a living in the food business these days it is often necessary to wear many different hats. Talented and resourceful Englishwoman Shirley King has one of the most impressive resumés around: cookbook author, chef, cooking instructor, artist, photographer, food stylist, caterer. King brought her considerable skills to Austin recently to promote two new books with classes at Central Market..."
"...We are back to pleasant temperatures this weekend, which will be a relief for the farmers, as the last two weekends have been challenging. This is the last weekend before Christmas, so I imagine that all the booths will be pulling out the stops, there will be lots of vendors at every market, and plenty of last minute gift items...."
"...When the new Whole Foods Market opened its doors a few weeks ago, it did so with plenty of anticipation, an attendant media buzz, and a party. The opening shindig a benefit for KUT was attended by Whole Foods staff, invited guests, volunteers for KUT, the media, and roughly 3,000 Austinites who had each paid $25 a ticket to see the store before its official opening on March 3..."
"...A mere five years ago, the only reliable sources for what one food writer calls "Yuppie Chow" were a few Whole Foods Markets and Wheatsville Co-op. The larger, corporate chains were satisfied to offer your basic head of iceberg and plenty of white bread..."
"...The local greenhouse tomatoes are pouring into the Farmers’ Markets, and here is the photographic evidence. These are the heirloom tomatoes sold on Sundays at the Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market at the South Star of Texas table...."
"...If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then the local supermarkets have Wheatsville to thank for their entry into the natural foods business...."
"...Flowers are entering their finest season in Central Texas, and it is now possible to get amazing locally grown bouquets at all the markets. Prices range from $7-15, and you can’t get fresher, longer-lasting flowers anywhere...."
"...These beauties are from the Downtown SFC Farmers Market at Republic Square. [image-1] It’s Official: 2 Happy Children Farm does indeed have a fall crop of sweet corn. As far as I am concerned this is a total miracle - the ears are big, the kernels are sweet, and it’s very fresh; I tasted an ear at the market and it tasted like it was picked that morning..."
"...When you eat venison in a restaurant or buy it in a market, you may be surprised to learn that it probably has been raised on a farm or a ranch. Originally developed in New Zealand, farmed venison is now a burgeoning business across this country, and it thrives in Central Texas..."
"...You may be noticing as you read this that I am changing my approach to the Farmers Market Report!..."
"...This is the last Farmers’ Market weekend before Thanksgiving, and even though the prediction is for cold weather, it's the time to buy winter squash, greens, turnips, potatoes, carrots, pecans, apples, broccoli, onions, and maybe even picking up your Heirloom turkey tomorrow or Sunday...."
"...At Barton Creek Market, 2 Happy Children Farm and Fruitful Hill Farm will both have sweet corn, as will Boggy Creek Farm on the Eastside...."
"...Is this not the absolutely cutest farmers market picture ever??!?! Well, it's up there, anyway. First, the weather: It is going to be hot and humid tomorrow, so shop early if you can...."
"...The biggest and most important Farmers Market News this week is: the Sunset Valley Market will not be at the Toney Burger Center this Saturday, due to the Marching Band Contest. In their own words:..."
"...Should they choose to sell the homes, under the Foundation’s first-refusal purchase option they can accrue only an annual 2% in equity over their original purchase price. However, over several years the Foundation had then resold some of the homes at Mueller’s spiking market values to help underwrite the overall program..."
"...Sugar snap peas and pea shoots are also making an appearance. These are also only around for a few weeks, so get them while you can. [image-2] Dewberry Hills Farm will not be at either market this weekend due to cool weather slowing down chicken growth..."
"...I don’t have really any exact information about this week’s markets, because it’s Thanksgiving Week and folks are busy, but it is my understanding that the farmers markets will be where they always are and they will be open!..."
"...Hale has studied Central America social and political turmoil since 1981. Aside from economic distress, a factor contributing to the refugee surge is increased violence as drug traffickers – whose major illegal market is the U.S..."
"...Well, time for the giant frowny-face: No more corn. It's always a brief thing here in Central Texas (we used to never get any!) but, though corn was available as recently as Tuesday at the Eastside SFC market, by today there was no more to be had at the Barton Creek, Sunset Valley, or Downtown markets...."
"...In Other Almost Unbelievable News: two different vendors at the Barton Creek Market have had sweet corn in recent weeks, and it is really sweet and delicious. Sweet corn doesn’t really grow all that well in this Zone (we are Zone 8 but heading toward Zone 9 what with the warming trend) so when farmers manage to coax any out of the ground, it’s close to a miracle..."
"...And I think that's what we're trying to have over existing competitors in the ento industry. We're going for, in terms of marketing position, for the Clif Bar, the Kind Bar area.”..."
"...5. Southside Market & Barbecue..."
"...The June 6 Wimberley Lions Market Days, a favorite monthly event, opened for business..."
"...Central Texas brought home six of the coveted national Good Food Awards, and several of the winners are regulars at Austin farmers markets! Congratulations to Pogue Mahone Pickles (Barton Creek Market) for their Jalapeno Mint Pickles and to Rinkon Farm’s Flume Creek Preserves, who won for their Raspberry Preserves. Other winners include Cuvee Coffee and Aunt Nita’s Homestyle Foods, who won for their Sweet Jalapeno Relish...."
"...With much fanfare, the downtown Austin Farmers' Market opened at Republic Square park in May of 2003. Why did the market garner such publicity and visibility? It's not as if a farmers' market is a novel idea..."
"...The quality and variety of produce at the farmers’ markets is unparalleled right now. Asparagus, young spinach, golden beets, bunching onions, strawberries, baby carrots, celery tops, radishes, kale, parsnips, lettuces, and more are all vigorous and without blemish...."
"...There is a lot going on this weekend at the Farmers’ Markets, by which I mean, winter vegetables are still producing nicely, and the spring produce is finally arriving in earnest...."
"...To make it even more magical, a few spring crops like sweet corn, pea shoots, and strawberries will be at the farmers’ markets, too. [image-1] Although I reported last week that Farmer John from 2 Happy Children Farm would have sweet corn, he had to postpone for a week. Actually this weekend will be the final weekend for his miracle sweet corn (Barton Creek Farmers Market and Cedar Park Farmers Market).2 Happy Children will also have gorgeous sweet peppers, lettuce, pie pumpkins and butternuts...."
"...This week at the markets you will be sure to find sweet peppers, lettuce, butternut squash, carrots, okra, sweet potatoes, and sweet Texas 1015 onions...."
"...If you didn’t get your sweet corn this year, you have now officially missed the boat. No one at any of the markets has sweet corn anymore..."
"...A lot of the non-root produce at the markets last weekend was looking a little frostbitten, and even the broccoli was looking a little pinched. Although it has barely gotten down to 32˚ at my house in Central Austin, there have been some hard freezes out in the country..."
"...Stuffed Cajun Meat Market and Specialty Foods12226 RR 620; 512/918-1600 Mon-Fri., 10am-8pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm www.stuffedfoodstores.com..."
"...2 Happy Children Farm is melon central this year, with cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydews, mystery melons and canary melons; many other farmers have a few melons for sale as well. [image-1] (Referring to the 2 Happy Children Farm website, I see that they are planning to bring in a fall crop of sweet corn. Amazing if it can be done and I’ll be looking out for it.) [image-2] Flying Pig Provision Company has joined the Barton Creek Farmers Market, selling two different styles of home-cured bacon and smoked turkey..."
"...The SchmidtsKreuz Market..."
"...The magazine polled top chefs for their lists of the best places to eat all over the world and the results are in. Central Texas’ venerable Luling City Market (633 Davis in Luling; 830/875-9019) is included in the list of 101 Best Places to Eat in North America and the old smoke house is certainly in some high cotton...."
"...With over 100 years of refinement, the result of this culinary congregation is a reputation for world-class brisket and sausage, plus pork, chicken, mutton, and even cabrito that can hold their own with any man's pit work. Whether it's smoked over oak, pecan, mesquite or hickory, served on butcher paper in a historic family meat market, out the window of an aromatic roadside shack, or in a comfortable sit-down restaurant with a wine list, Central Texas barbecue is cause for pride and celebration...."
"...In the last few years, however, the burgeoning interest in South American culture and the gradual influx of South and Central American eateries has made this segment of the restaurant market one of the fastest-growing in town. From the popular upscale Brazilian steak houses like Estâncía Churrascaría (4894 Hwy..."