Delicious Just Came Into Season
Often here in Texas we lament about the heat of summer, and have to be reminded that there are a lot of great things about summer in our fare state. For example, grilled (almost) anything is back on the menu, local peak-of-season fruits and vegetables are filling our produce department and your table, and longer days mean longer dinner parties with friends and family. So this year we say, "Bite Into Summer" and enjoy!
A two week festival to celebrate summer, just didn't seem like enough, so to make the most of the next few warm months we have a few particularly fantastic items to highlight each week, so you can make the summer season a yummier season.
Kick-off to Summer: May 22 - June 4 - Let's be real honest, grilling is about the only yard work I like, and I can think of no better way to kick-off of summer than to fire up the grill. For these two weeks we will give you all the tips, tricks, and secret sauces you will need to be the backyard hero. Now, these are not just any tips, these are tips from the people who know grilling best, like more than 20 of our favorite barbeque sauce suppliers taste testing the best of their goodies in-store, and Chef Tim Byres teaching summer grilling classes in the cooking school.
Berry Fest: June 12-18 - As the sun gets brighter, the berries get juicier, and we can not think of a better time of year to show off the best of the best berries, like those from Wheeler Farms in Poteet, Texas. These antioxidant rich berries deserve to go beyond your cereal bowl. Think Strawberry Iced Tea or Mango-Blueberry Salsa, or try delicious cold pressed juices from Red Jacket Orchard like Raspberry Apple and Strawberry Apple.
Tour de Fruit: June 19-25 - This stage of summer is all about stone fruits. The best of local Texas peaches, nectarines, California Pluots, Red Raven plums, and Rainier cherries will not only be highlighted, but available for tasting. Because we want you to go home with the perfect piece of fruit, ask any of the produce team members to slice something open so you can try. Did we mention that these fruits make a great updated take on sangria, doesn't that sound refreshing?
Go Coastal: June 26 - July 2 - Come on in, the water's fine. And more importantly the summer seafood is great! Our fish mongers searched high and low for the best catches. American Red Snapper has a firm texture and sweet, nutty flavor means these filets can take everything from delicate herbs to hot chiles. Plus they hold up beautifully on the grill. Feeling a bit more shellfish? Then jumbo white shrimp or P.E.I. fresh black mussels might be right up your alley. Take a look at our seafood guide for more ideas on how to "Go Coastal".
Melon Mania: July 3-9 - Summer delicious. Actually all are delicious... Peak of season melons are the star of the show this week. We are talking about Golden Kiss melons, Candyloupes, and more. Also, a variety of Texas watermelons, that are what I like to think of as the perfect porch eating food, just in time for Fourth of July Fireworks. If something is new or unfamiliar, just ask and let our produce teams help you find the sweet spot.
Carpe Vino: July 10-16 - All this week we will be highlighting foods for every wine, and wines for every food. Two of our favorite for this time of year are crisp and refreshing. Cross River Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand has a balanced fresh citrus flavor, nice mineral finish, and pairs well with shellfish, chicken, and pork. Another favorite is French rosé, Château Paradis, which is an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc, and has flavors of red berries and citrus. To top off a week celebrating everyone's favorite food - wine, seven of our nine stores will be hosting a stroll-around style event on Friday, July 12th, where you can sip and sample your way through food and wine pairings in every department with a commemorative etched wine glass. Cheers!
Mango Wango: July 17-23 - Give your meal a mango makeover this week, by using mangos to transform the ordinary into something fun and inspired. Not only are mangoes an excellent source of vitamins A and C, but they are delicious. So take a feel around, find a mango that is just perfectly ripe, it should be slightly soft like a peach or avocado, and add it to just about anything your heart desires.
Texas summer is here at Central Market. Now, aren't you glad you will be?