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Good Eats (and Drinks) Every New Student Should Know
The Food staff weighs in on student dining
Food Story  August 24, 2012, by The Food Staff
"...You should know up front that every generation of students that's matriculated here will swear that the Austin of their experience was the best, the coolest, the weirdest. You can proudly tell them you arrived in Austin when it was a full-fledged and well-documented foodie heaven, and how cool is that? Austin is not only the home base of two of the best-known grocery store chains in the state (Central Market) and the world (Whole Foods Market), but we've also got wonderful neighborhood grocery stores, ethnic markets, convenience stores with awesome beer selections, and six (soon to be seven) artisanal farmers' markets at strategic locations around the city on different days..."

The Luv Doc: The North American Oblivious Sloth
This is why foreigners hate Americans so much: Our ignorance, our self-absorption, our oblivion.
Columns  August 10, 2012, by The Luv Doc
"...Dear LuvDoc, Every time I go to Central Market there is always someone who parks their shopping cart right in the middle of the lane and leaves it there while they take forever weighing their produce. It drives me crazy..."

Food Events
The Hatch Chile season is here
Food Column  August 3, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Hatch Chile Festival Like everything else this year, the Hatch chiles are arriving early, and Central Market has arranged for truckloads of the New Mexico specialty to be available fresh, roasted, and in prepared foods throughout the stores. The Cooking School has a full slate of chile-inspired classes available..."

Food Events
Break out of your comfort zone and enjoy Bastille Day celebrations of French wine and cuisine
Food Column  July 13, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Book Signing with Marcus Samuel­sson Chef/restaurateur Samuelsson will sign copies of his new memoir, Yes, Chef at Central Market Cooking School. $20 reservation for the book signing includes a copy of the book..."

Food Events
Putting booze in a sno-cone? Fine by us.
Food Column  May 4, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› The Beat Divas present a cooking class well-seasoned with jazz tunes at Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar)..."

A grill big enough for Texas, some morsels for Mother's Day, and other food news
Food Column  May 6, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Patterned after the legendary fortnight events at Neiman-Marcus, Central Market stores across Texas will host their second annual excursion in the international Passport series. Last year's in-depth focus on the cuisine and culture of Argentina was such a rousing success it gave birth to the annual event..."

Event Menu
Get your South by Southwest started the right way – with pork!
Food Column  March 11, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Cookbook author Rebecca Lang will present a class based on recipes from her new book, Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less, at the Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1014,"

Event Menu
Let former Longhorns coach you in the art of eating ribs
Food Column  February 25, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Olympic gold medalist and swimmer Garret Weber-Gale will demonstrate his prowess in the kitchen with a cooking class featuring healthy food as fuel for fitness at Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar,206-1014)..."

Host your own Tex-Mex Super Bowl party, buy your sweetie a heart-shaped pie or pizza pie, or discover other food news
Food Column  February 4, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Both Central Market stores encourage you to say yes to decadence during their Chocolate Festival, Feb. 9-15, with delectable chocolate samples throughout the stores and an inviting array of chocolate products that includes everything from the expected (truffles, cakes, cookies, mousses, bonbons, and bars) to the unexpected (beer and body-care products)..."

Event Menu
Local foodie events for the week of Nov. 6
Food Column  November 5, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Writer/filmmaker Ron Deutsch will prepare an authentic New York City deli-style meal to complement his screening and discussion of Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose at the Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1014)..."

Chef winners, restaurant openings, and more
Food Column  November 5, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...A second-generation chef, Lee attended the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She works at the original Central Market Cooking School (4001 N..."

Off the Record
Forsaking the Song, the final chapter
Music Column  September 17, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Instead, as announced here last week, KUT hired Matthew Muñoz, a former marketing director for Houston's Justice Records with no prior booking experience. Fresh from UT orientation on Monday afternoon and supervised by KUT public affairs representative Erin Geisler, Muñoz's eager enthusiasm was offset by a reverence for the past..."

History Reheats Itself
Twenty-year timeline of 'The Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival
Food Story  August 27, 2010
"...1995: Protests are threatened over hot sauce art, which is a depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Our largest crowd ever at the Travis County Farmers' Market! Unfortunately, we need to find a new home...."

Event Menu
You'll have plenty of time to work on your Hatch chile recipe after the grape stomps
Food Column  August 20, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Both Central Market stores (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000; 4477 S..."

Event Menu
This week, celebrate our nation's birthday and several eateries' anniversaries
Food Column  July 2, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1014) offers cooking classes with recipes and musical performances by local artists featured in Music on the Menu – Favorite Recipes From 'Austin City Limits' Performers, edited by Glenda Facemire (UT Press, $34.95)..."

Half-price appetizers at American spots old and new this week
Food Column  May 28, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Central Market's live-fire cooking demonstration and dinner featuring Argentine chef Francis Mallmann last Friday night was a spectacular success. Read more about it on my blog, and check out Mick Vann's review of chef Mallmann's award-winning cookbook, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, in our summer reading section this week on p.38....."

Sushi Takes Over Austin
In a town dominated by Tex-Mex and barbecue, something fishy is happening
Food Story  May 21, 2010, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Fourth, 493-4900) and Mizu Prime Steak & Sushi (3001 RR 620 S., 263-2801), which both feature elegant surroundings, eclectic menus, and fine sushi selections. On the other end of the spectrum, fast-casual concepts like Zen (various locations) are a popular option for takeout, as are Central Market, most H-E-Bs, and Whole Foods..."

The month of May is mighty busy
Food Column  May 21, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...53rd, 459-1010,; the cozy dinner house with a clever and eclectic menu opened May 20... The diversity of dining options in the busy Hong Kong Supermarket center has increased with the recent opening of Crazy Cajun Kitchen (8557 Research #126, 782-8597,, where you'll find Cajun specialties plus traditional shrimp and crawfish boils....."

What's a Hungry Brit to Eat in Austin?
It may not be Mum's bubble and squeak, but it's close
Food Story  May 7, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...In six years, her little bakery has gone from a stall at the farmers' market to store shelves around the nation, including Whole Foods, with around 500,000 individual puddings sold a year. In 2007, her English Lemon Pud­ding won the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's Specialty Outstanding Food Industry Award for Outstanding Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal..."

Sons of Austin
Murph and Ben Willcott develop a new paradigm for the next generation of a beloved family business
Food Story  February 5, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The original Texas French Bread was part of a 10-year Austin culinary renaissance that included the opening of Anderson & Company Coffee, Sweetish Hill Bakery, Jeffrey's, Fonda San Miguel, Basil's, Chez Fred, and Whole Foods Market. The young business flourished, and after her divorce, Judy began to expand..."

Romance available in paper bags, restaurant closures/openings, Girl Scout cookies, and more yummy news
Food Column  February 5, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...So far, my favorite local Valen­tine's treat is the fabulous selection of hand-decorated cookies at Quack's 43rd Street Bakery (411 E. 43rd, 453-3399,, especially the skunk inscribed with "Love stinks." If a romantic evening at home sounds like the best Valen­tine's Day celebration option, the chefs at Central Market are ready to help..."

Event Menu
A guide to holiday foodie events around Austin
Food Column  December 11, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The Jewish Community Association invites you to celebrate Chanukah in the Hood at Central Market (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000)..."

Austin Slow Burn Gourmet Fiery Foods
Food Story  August 28, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In 1994, local condiment company Austin Slow Burn was born out of a bumper crop of habanero peppers and the creativity of food service professionals Jill and Kevin Lewis. In the early years of the business, Jill spent nights cooking, packaging, and labeling their products in rented restaurant kitchens (Pica Cafe, then the Chuy's at Research and Duval Road) and took care of sales, marketing, and distribution during the day..."

Event Menu
A guide to some August foodie events in and around Austin
Food Column  August 14, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• August always means Hatch chiles, and chile lovers can enter their original recipes in the contest at Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000; 4477 S..."

Event Menu
This week's local foodie events
Food Column  August 7, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Central Market Westgate (4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300) is hosting a weekly Bock, Barbeque & the Blues series..."

Wine of the Week
Texas summers are the right time for dry Rosé wines
Food Column  June 19, 2009, by Wes Marshall
"...Cortijo III Rosé is available at Central Market North. Marqués de Cáceres Rosado is available at most H-E-Bs, Twin Liquors, Spec's, and many other fine wine outlets...."

Event Menu
Local food events, June 4-11
Food Column  June 5, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› Central Market (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000), 101X, and Blue Moon Brewing kick off their bimonthly free outdoor summer movie series this week with a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark..."

Adam Cotorceanu plays with his latte at Quack's, while spring brings changes around town
Food Column  April 10, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm (1801 FM 1890 near Marble Falls, 830/798-1462, are ripe and ready for picking... Central Market announced last week that it has voluntarily removed all pistachio products from its shelves "strictly as a precautionary measure" until the Food and Drug Administration is able to identify the source of the current salmonella outbreak attributed to pistachios...."

Event Menu
Your local food events for March 14-17
Food Column  March 13, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Central Market Westgate (4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300, celebrates St..."

La Condesa celebrates its VIP opening, and Elizabeth Wins­low and Stephanie Scherzer introduce us to Farmhouse Delivery
Food Column  February 27, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...That's a lot of tacos, folks. And to get back to the La Condesa opening for a minute – the Michael Hsu and Joel Mozer­sky-designed space is midcentury modern cool, folks were raving about the custom $10 cocktails designed by master mixologist Junior Merino, and there are certainly some interesting aspects to chef Rene Ortiz's menu, but I have to say, the thing I'm most curious about is this: Has the Austin market evolved to the point that we're ready to embrace a Mexican restaurant charging $4 for chips and hot sauce? Let me know....."

Mourning Roger Mollett
Food Story  February 6, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Roger Mollett, 53, died last week in a Minnesota hospital from complications of diabetes and liver disease. For many Austinites, the genial chef was the individual they most identified with the flagship Central Market grocery store, because he was the first food information specialist (foodie) hired in 1993, he helped to create the in-store demonstration department, and he taught more than 20,000 students in the very popular Good Cook series of basic-techniques classes in the Cooking School from 1995 until 2003..."

Event Menu
Your local foodie events for Jan. 8-10
Food Column  January 9, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Appreciate both wine and art at A22 Wine Bar (Central Market West­gate, 899-4300) during an exhibit of "Women & Wine" paintings by local artist Kathy Womack. Guests will enjoy fine wines paired with a distinctive selection of cheeses and gourmet chocolates, along with complimentary posters signed by the artist..."

The Next Fun Fearless Female Rock Star
Austin's now generation comes of age in Suzanna Choffel
Music Story  November 28, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...Striding across the full parking lot of Central Market near Ben White on a partly cloudy Wednesday before the presidential election, Suzanna Choffel resembles any of several working women heading to and from the store: preoccupied, breezy, and self-assured. Her car keys splay between her fingers as she deflects the sun from her tiny cell-phone screen to read a message, expressionless..."

Event Menu
Nov. 14-20
Food Column  November 14, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• There's still time to reserve a seat in the holiday cooking class presented by Beat Divas Mady Kaye, Dianne Donovan, and Beth Ullman, at the Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar, 458-3068)..."

Event Menu
Local food events
Food Column  August 22, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The end of summer always means it's time for Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival. Look for prepared foods made with chiles in every department, plus plenty of fresh and roasted chiles for sale..."

Hatch chiles weather the storm, Jane King leaves Central Market for Patricia's Lunchbox, Bill Norris of Fino heads to Queensland with his Bee Sting, and Bennigan's lives on while Ararat goes nomadic
Food Column  August 8, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...However, the mayor's office in Hatch, N.M., assured me last week that the crop did not suffer any significant damage. Growers in the Hatch Valley expect to harvest a big, healthy crop of the wildly popular chiles later this month in plenty of time to supply produce for the local chile celebrations scheduled at Austin stores, restaurants, and farmers' markets in late August and early September....."

Lots of news on reataurants opening and closing
Food Column  July 4, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Tony Ingargiola is pleased to announce the opening of Chado Tea Mar­ket (4616 Triangle Ave. #408, 206-0524, in the Triangle..."

Event Menu
May 16-18
Food Column  May 16, 2008
"...• Central Market Westgate (4747 S. Lamar, 899-4332) continues the series of tasting events with An Evening in Spain featuring Spanish tapas and wines chosen by their chefs and wine experts..."

Aurelia's Chorizo
Leslie Horne's Aurelia's Chorizo produces authentic Spanish chorizo right in Austin's back yard, in Boerne
Food Review  December 7, 2007, by MM Pack
"..."When my son left for college, I was ready to start a business with a product that I wanted to see on the market," Horne says. "But I had no idea how complicated a process it is; wholesaling is a whole other level..."

Doctor Kracker Flatbreads and Snacker Krackers
Food Column  July 20, 2007, by Kate Thornberry
"...In Germany he met Klaus Karg, an award-winning German baker, and together with fellow German Carsten Kruse, the three bakers founded Doctor Kracker in Dallas. Doctor Kracker's Snacker Krackers and Flatbreads have been showing up here in Austin at grocery stores, specialty shops, and farmers' markets, and the timing is perfect..."

Pixar scores another triumph of animated wonder with this story of a rat who craves haute cuisine over garbage.
Film Review  June 29, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Pixar's animation is simply flawless; colorful, deeply realized, and ably conveying both the chaos of the kitchen, and the sensual allure of food well prepared. So much so, that I'd recommend foregoing the concession stand (and, if you're a hardcore foodie, storming it à la Bastille and burning it to the ground for crimes against la palette de humanité, exempting, of course, the Alamo Drafthouse) in favor of a post-screening trip to the Marché d'Intérêt National de Rungis or Central Market..."

New & Noteworthy
Full Quiver Farms Farmstead Cheese
Food Story  April 6, 2007, by Kate Thornberry
"...When you are operating an organic family farm, milking 30 cows, feeding 200 chickens and 20 pigs, and making cheese 24 hours a day, the suggestion to birth a full quiver of potential farmhands is probably pretty sound advice. Michael and Debbie Sams have nine children, and one or two usually can be spied helping their dad at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market...."

What we'd like to see happen in 2007
Food Column  December 29, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...3) A warm reception in Round Rock for the new Grape Vine Market location. Suburban shoppers are lucky to have the great store, especially Ike Johnson's incredibly well-stocked deli...."

Giveable City
The treat of Austin eats
Food Story  December 15, 2006, by MM Pack
"...and M.A., she worked for eight years in England as a speech pathologist, all the while dreaming both of returning to Austin and baking for a living. Sometimes dreams do come true, and 2003 found Claros, along with son James, happily selling her handmade Sticky Toffee Puddings to devoted fans at the downtown Austin Farmers' Market..."

New and Noteworthy
Flavors from Spiceburst
Food Column  September 15, 2006, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Because it comes in a plastic squeeze bottle, it is easy to dispense and safe to carry in a picnic basket. Spiceburst products are available at Grape Vine Market, Central Market, Fresh Plus Hyde Park, Breed & Company, Eastside Cafe, Farm to Market Grocery, and the Sunset Valley Farmers Market, or check out for more info and direct purchase...."

The Animation Show 2005
This second incarnation of the Mike Judge- and Don Hertzfeldt-produced animation anthology is, if anything, even better than the first.
Film Review  April 15, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Austin’s Jen Drummond, a former Waking Life animator, uses Bob Sabiston’s proprietary rotoscoping software to fine effect in the documentary "F.E.D.S. – The Art of Slinging Samples," which reveals the not-so-hidden world of supermarket sample stands..."

Ate Days a Week
How much more food and music can you ask for in this town around this time and after?
Food Story  March 18, 2005
"...Me? I Like Any Kind of Music (and Food) ...Central Market..."

Other Austin Salad Dressings
From Caesar to miso to basil to spicy peanut …
Food Story  June 11, 2004, by Claudia Alarcón
"...They have been bottling three of their most popular flavors for about 13 years now: Dijon Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette, and everyone's favorite, Creamy Feta. They are available in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, Central Market, Wheatsville, and some HEBs and Randalls...."

V.B.W. keeps an eye on the comings, goings, and goings-on
Food Column  May 28, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The folks at the Sustainable Food Center (236-0742) have a new project coming up. Every Friday morning in June, they'll be presenting Food Awareness Workshops in conjunction with the Central Market Cooking School (4001 N..."

The King of Cakes
A history of the almighty king cake
Food Story  February 20, 2004, by Erin Mosow
"...Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000 Daily, 9am-9pm King cake (with strand of beads) to go Size: 1.5 pounds for $9.99..."

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