World-Renowned Chefs and Winemakers Visit Central Market for Passport France

Sure, you can stock your pantry with new French staples, such as Chateau d’Estoublon olive oil, Maison Bruyere cookies, and Les Palais des Thes. Or you can nibble on France’s most famous street food at one of our in-store crêpe stations. You could also take home one of our 20 scratch-made breads and pastries created especially for Passport France. But, in addition to authentic and delicious food, we’re committed to great knowledge.
For that reason, we’re bringing in the world’s leading experts on French wine and food. They’ll simplify French cooking and demystify French wines. From cooking classes and winemaker dinners to demonstrations and bottle signings, you won’t want to miss the chance to rub elbows with one of these French culinary experts—without spilling your wine.

Discover the Food and Wine of France
Dallas Lovers (5/18) and Houston (5/19)
Anne Willan, cookbook author and recipient of countless culinary honors, has been a driving force in the cooking world for decades. Her La Varenne cooking school in Burgundy was long regarded as one of the best in the world. She shares her love affair with French cooking for just two engagements during Passport France.
Regional French Favorites: The Loire Valley
Southlake (5/15) and Dallas Lovers (5/16)
Bruno Davaillon, a 2012 James Beard award nominee for Best Chef Southwest, grew up on a farm in France’s Loire Valley. He spent five years as executive chef at Mix in Las Vegas, where he earned a Michelin star in 2008 and 2009. He then came to Dallas to be the executive chef at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. His class for Central Market cooking schools, My French Favorites, is a treat.
A Taste of Provence, Regional French Favorites: South of France
Dallas Lovers (5/8), Houston (5/10), San Antonio (5/11), Fort Worth (5/12), and Plano (5/13)
A graduate of the famed Ecole Hôtelière de Marseille, Patrice Olivon has cooked in kitchens from Nice to the White House. A winner of Food Fight and Iron Chef America on the Food Network, Olivon charms students into cooking while they marvel at his speed with knives, flames, and many ingredients.
Begin With a Bit of Bubbly
Houston (5/9), Austin North Lamar (5/10), Fort Worth (5/11), and Dallas Lovers (5/12)
Thomas Henriot’s family has been in Champagne since the 16th century. Henriot now represents all four of Maisons et Domaines Henriot’s prestigious estates: Bouchard Père et Fils, William Fèvre, Villa Ponciago, and Champagne Henriot. Experience one of the world’s more coveted Champagnes and learn from a master about its creation and long history in France.
Biodynamic Wines of Burgundy
Dallas Lovers (5/14), Fort Worth (5/15), and Houston (5/16)
For the last 130 years, Maison Joseph Drouhin has offered an intriguing array of Burgundy wines, recognized for their great purity and taste. With a total of 182 acres, it is one of the largest estates in the region. Laurent Drouhin, grandson of Joseph, recalls roller skating in the cellars and trailing his father into the vineyards at a young age. One of four grandchildren carrying on the Maison Joseph Drouhin legacy, Laurent shares his wines and the family’s continuing pursuit of natural elegance.
Fort Worth (5/20)
Trimbach has been dedicated to creating exceptional Alsace wines since 1626. The eldest of the 13th generation – that’s right, 13 generations – Anne Trimbach joined the family business upon graduation from business school. She is now Trimach’s brand ambassador, committed to communicating the celebrated Trimbach styles to customers around the globe. Have a bottle signed while chatting with Anne as she shares the Trimbach story.
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