Dessert by Design


For proof that what you learn in school really can be useful in the real world, look no further than Coolhaus Ice Creams and Bars.

Founder Natasha Case studied the concept of "Farchitecture" (Food + Architecture) in a graduate architecture program, and decided that ice cream sandwiches were the perfect realization of the Farchitecture concept, given the unique structure of Coolhaus sandwiches. 

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50 Shades of Green


Former Central Market Produce Partner Sean Henry knew Frances & Thatcher Farms Salad Mixes were perfect for our stores when he co-founded the farm in 2008.  With our committment to bringing customers to high-quality, locally grown produce, Central Market was proud to be one of Frances & Thatcher Farms' first customers.

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Eat, Love, Ciao Passport Italy


The last two weeks have been packed full of Italian taste treats as far as the eye can see. As we say ciao to this year's Passport Italy, there is no reason to be sad, because so many of our and your favorite goodies are going to stay stocked on our shelves for months to come.

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Italia in a Flash: Salumi


There are lot of different ways to say delicious in Italian, like delizioso or squisito. But for me the clear translation of delicious is salumi, salame, and salsiccia all words generally referring to seasoned meats that are then cured or smoked. We refer to our great variety of salami and Italian style dry cured sausage as salumi.

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Italia in a Flash: Riso and Risotto


Riso is rice in Italian and risotto is a famous Italian cooked rice dish. Risotto probably originated in Milan, drawing on the rice grown in the fertile Po River Valley since the Arabs introduced rice to the country in the Middle Ages.

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Italia in a Flash: Prosciutto


Prosciutto basically translates to ham in English; there are two major types produced in Italy, prosciutto crudo and prosciutto cotto.

Prosciutto crudo is a raw cured ham typically made with only pork, salt, sometimes a few herbs, and time. This is what we typically refer to as prosciutto in the U.S.

Prosciutto cotto is any cooked ham, which can be plain or flavored with herbs, truffles, or other flavors. We have lots to choose from in our deli.

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Italia in a Flash: Pasta


Chances are when you think of Italian cuisine, you think of pasta, right? Right. Spaghetti, fettucine, linguine, even farfelle, and orecchiette may all be part of your pasta vocabulary. But we've got some tips to help increase your pastas knowledge or get you started on the path to perfect pasta.

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Italia in a Flash: Olives


More than a martini garnish or a pizza topping, olives have been cultivated for the last 5,000 or more years and are deserving of the lore that follows this precious fruit. And during Passport Italy they are getting their turn in the spot light.

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'Nduja: Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Enjoy


The minute I first tried this spicy, spreadable, cured sausage I knew that it would become a regular part of my culinary repertoire. Pronounced en-doo-ja, this new item from La Quercia is one of my very favorite Passport Italy treats. Here is why...

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Italia in a Flash: Parmigiano Reggiano


Known as the King of Cheeses, there is only one Parmigiano Reggiano, which can only be produced in five regions in North Central Italy. Parmigiano Reggiano is a DOP (Denominazione Origine Protetta) cheese, which means a specially protected artisan product. And wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano shipped directly from Italy are one of the highlights of Passaporto Italia!

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