Celebrating Twenty Years of Loving Food


Central Market has always been a different sort of grocery store, starting with our globe-trotting team of Partners who were given the mandate to discover and taste the fresh market bounty from around the world. With the passion and perseverance of this pioneering team, our first Central Market opened on a unique bit of Austin land in 1994, and a food revolution was born.

Now, twenty years later, we are still cooking, but not even close to being done, and we thought that was cause for celebration. So let the party begin... Starting Wednesday, September 10th and running for the next twenty days we will be celebrating food, life, and you our customers, with specials and special guests in every store.

There are a few can't miss items, and the first of those is our commemorative 20th Anniversary cookbook filled with over 120 of the tastiest recipes from dedicated Central Market shoppers, guest chefs and store Partners, the book will resonate with cooks everywhere, from passionate foodies to culinary professionals. We also have collaborated with Wüsthof Knives for a special knife and cutting board set that is specially monogrammed to celebrate not only our twentieth anniversary, but also Wüsthof's 200th (wow!). One of my favorite items for our special anniversary is a heritage barbeque sauce made by Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, last made twenty years ago with a mix of tangy tomatoes and old-fashion sorghum for just a hint of sweetness. 

Since our early days, we’ve hosted myriad high-profile local and international chefs. Now, fast forward to this year’s celebration, where you will enjoy spectacular food, drink and entertainment at the original North Lamar store on September 25th. This is going to be the biggest party we have ever thrown, and I might add, worth a road trip if you are not currently in Austin. Headlining the event is world-renowned chef Francis Mallmann of Argentina, who will demonstrate his unique style of cooking with open fire by roasting salmon, chicken, whole pigs and vegetables over three large aboveground fire pits in the park just adjacent to the store. Additionally, Daniel Olivella of Barlata and Iiana De la Vega of El Naranjo will serve their own unique cuisine for guests to enjoy during the evening. After enjoying an unparalleled dining experience, guests will be treated to the sounds of Grammy award-winning Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, led by the inimitable Ray Benson. 

Tickets to the 20th Anniversary party are $40 per person, with proceeds going to benefit Austin’s Sustainable Food Center, a nonprofit organization that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Get your tickets today.
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Mary Lang wrote on 9/12/2014 12:21:22 PM

I never know where to indicate whether I'm coming or not... I'll be coming - but only in spirit. I wish I could come to every one of Monika's parties! Even Dallas and Fort Worth TX have heard about how wonderful they are and how much fun everyone has. Thank you for inviting me.

Kiley wrote on 9/5/2014 7:38:14 AM

Can't wait! Happy birthday!

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