News & Events

Prepare your taste buds for what’s in store with updates about our newest and tastiest happenings. From new product rollouts to monthly festivals to celebrity chefs in our Cooking School, here’s where you’ll find the latest and greatest information about Central Market.

Bacon and Brew Pairings


One of the things that we love about bacon is that it’s a very egalitarian kind of food product. People from all walks of life, cultures, and foodie persuasions appreciate bacon's reputation for being a delicious, hearty food for people on a budget, easy to cook, and gives a wonderful, deep flavor for many simple dishes. Bacon’s full flavor, means that a little can go a long way, and that even straightforward food can be elevated by bacon’s deliciousness.

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Bacon's Sophisticated Cousin: Pork Belly


The Wolf family runs Old Hickory Smokehouse in Lewisburg, TN, where pit masters slow-smoke choice cuts of perfectly seasoned meat in a real smokehouse over smoldering hickory embers until they are juicy, tender and full of flavor. During Bacon Fest we are highlighting the artfully crafted Wolf Family Smoked Pork Belly. Pork belly is the origin of bacon, but when left uncured and not turned into bacon, pork belly delivers an extra rich and meaty flavor experience. 

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Bacon Fest Leaves No Foodie Behind


If your bacon proclivities are rather particular (you don’t eat pork, or you only like round bacon, or local bacon, or you only eat bacon that’s been cooked outdoors), never fear! Bacon Fest is like a big tent of foodie fun, and we have just what you’re looking for. (Or maybe what you didn’t know you were looking for until it landed in your cart!) 

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Bacon: No pork? No problem!


Whether your diet doesn’t include pork, or you’re just looking for new bacon tastes, we have the alternatives you’re looking for: duck, wild boar, beef, and turkey. Here are a few featured products that will bring you the amazingness of bacon — without the pork:

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Revel in Your Love of Bacon


A man in England recently changed his name to Double Bacon Cheeseburger. I am not making this up. The man formerly known as Simon Smith had a cheeseburger crowned with bacon that was so delicious, he decided a name change was in order. And while I admire his dedication to bacon, there are certainly easier ways to revel in your love of pork. 

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Hog Heaven


When pigs fly…into your mouth…you know we’re kicking off Bacon Fest; the glorious two weeks when we celebrate the amazing food that makes everything better. 

 

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What’s Your Bacon Style


For our annual Bacon Fest, we are bringing you more than 75 varieties of specialty and artisan bacons in our Market and Deli, which means you have more than 75 different ways to let your bacon imagination take you beyond breakfast. Here are some basics of bacons to help you get started.

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How do you say bacon in Spanish? “Delicious!”


The famous Spanish Ibérico pigs — also called Pata Negra, which translates to black hoof — have roamed the old growth oak forests of the Salamanca and Cordoba mountains in western Spain for hundreds of years, eating wild herbs and acorns. This idyllic setting and regional diet results in the exquisite Jamón Ibérico, a rich, nutty pork meat hailed as the finest in the world.  

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Pick Poke


L.A. and NYC are wild about poke (POH-kay). A fleet of restaurants with names like Okee Poke and Pokeworks are popping up to serve the traditional Hawaiian fish salad, which is like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl. It’s made with large cuts of tuna marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and green onions, served along side rice. 

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Elusive Opah


An enormous silver disc with white speckles, tiny crimson fins and golden eyes, the Opah (Moonfish) is quite a looker — but not often seen. Opah prefer the deep sea and don't swim in eas-to-catch schools, making these elusive fish a seafood prize!

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