First Summer Fruit of the Season!

Backyard barbecues, patio parties, graduation get-togethers—they are all the perfect time to serve up a gorgeous fruit salad. And just in time to help you kick-off outdoor eating season, we’re getting our first summer fruits in fresh from California. Peaches, cherries, nectarines…all juicy and delicious, and all ready for eating fresh or adding to sweet and savory recipes paired with everything from greens and cheese to cake and vodka! 

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A Cut Above Grilling Festival: May 18-31

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer, and to celebrate we all gather around our grills and cook up our favorite backyard specialties. And whether you fill your grill with steaks and fish, fruits and veggies, or even a pizza or two, we have everything you need to welcome summer with new ideas, new flavors, and new products. So come visit us during our A Cut Above Grilling Festival, then round up the family and fire up the grill! 

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Veggies Are Getting Royal Treatment – Even in Texas

Have you noticed? Veggies, once relegated to basic side dishes, have begun stealing the spotlight as center-of-plate stars. And I’m not talking about salads. Chefs are layering complex flavors and interesting ingredient pairings to create vegetable-based meals that shine. The Dallas Morning News ran a recent article about local restaurants “where vegetarians are treated like royalty.” I found the flavors described to be fascinating and wanted to share it with you. I figured you could take it one of perhaps three ways:

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Don't Show Up Empty-Handed: Bring Mom Flowers

You can banter with your siblings all afternoon about what to get Mom for Mother’s Day, but there is one thing that isn’t up for debate: flowers. Whatever else you do, Mom needs flowers. Gorgeous ones. Bright, beautiful flowers that say, “We love you and are super appreciative you didn’t sell us to the circus when we totally deserved it.”

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Spa Day Fun for Mom This Weekend

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday our Healthy Living department is throwing Spa Day parties for moms with free samples, demos, gift baskets, raffles, and special sales.  Whether you’re shopping for Mom or ARE Mom, you’ll want to check this out. 

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Big Hats & Mint Juleps: It Must Be Derby Day!

The first Saturday in May is always the Kentucky Derby. So bust out your bow ties and big, fancy hats, listen for the bugle calling riders to the starting gates, and enjoy the iconic Derby day drink — a Mint Julep.

Here’s the official Churchill Downs recipe so you can sip one right at home. You need to refrigerate the mint syrup overnight, though, so start tonight so you’re ready for post time!

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Mothers Day Gifts for the Mom Who...

Sunday is Mother's Day, and Central Market is aisle after aisle of awesome gift ideas for Mom. Just think about what she likes (Chocolate? Tea? Lobster? Peanut butter? Cheese? Local beer?) and get shopping!

And don’t forget the flowers, of course. (Add some leafy vegetables or succulents to the bouquet for an unexpected special twist.)  To get you going, here are a few ideas for the mom who… 

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Mother’s Day Brunch: You Got This

It's time to celebrate Mom! The amazing woman who cut your grapes in half and sat through your games, recitals and plays. This year, rather than making brunch reservations, make a wonderful brunch right at home. Don't make that face -- you can totally do this. Central Market has everything you need, and we're happy to help a little or a lot. Pick up a few key items that our chefs and bakers have prepared and then add a couple simple homemade touches to round it out. You’ll have a spectacular brunch in no time at all!

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It's the Last Day of Passport: Shop For Cinco de Mayo!

Passport Mexico wraps up today, but don’t be sad: with the 5th of May right around the corner, you can use everything you learned during the event to throw your best Cinco de Mayo celebration ever!

The techniques and recipes you learned at our special cooking school classes and the new products and flavors you discovered in the store are everything you need for the perfect party. 

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