Explore the Many and Varied Culinary Treasures of Mexico at Central Market April 20-May 3
The chefs at Central Market are preparing a wide array of authentic cuisines from Mexico to be savored throughout the festival. Every dish, even the most simple, has roots in the past and traditions of the region from which they originate. Hundreds of products and dishes will be imported and created locally during the two-week event, Pasaporte Mexico. Here are some of our chefs’ favorites to try.
Chocoflan- Rich creamy flan, baked on top of a moist chocolate cake that is covered in a sweet cajeta
Deli & Cheese:
Queso Menonita– Menonites settling in the state of Chihuahua centuries ago made this clothwrapped, glorious melting cheese
In-House Roasted Chicken Breast– Hand-seasoned tender chicken breasts in flavors like Mole Poblano, Oaxacan Red Chile, and Green Chile and Tomatillo
• Prickly pear
• Jack fruit
• Green, white and brown coconuts
• Mamey- A sweet, creamy tropical fruit
• Cherimoya- Tropical fruit with a sweet, mellow flavor
• Dragon fruit
• Spiny Chayote- A medium-sized, mild squash
• Nopales • Jicama
• Yucca, taro, malanga, and boniato roots
• Guaje beans- Often ground and added to sauces and guacamole
• Manzano peppers- Thick fleshed and moderately spicy
• Hoja Santa- A pleasant anise flavor with a black pepper aroma
• Verdolaga- Mexican herb with a slightly salty, tangy acidic flavor
• Huauzontle- Sharp herbaceous aroma with notes of pepper, spinach and mint
Olivares de la Sierra Extra Virgin Olive Oils- Premiering in the United States for the first time, there are three varieties of oils derived from three different cultivars of olives
• Koroneiki- Grassy with notes of tropical fruit and a mild pepper finish
• Arbequina- Rich texture with a slight pepper finish
• Arbosano- Buttery flavor with a broad appeal
Pozole Verde & Pozole Rojo- These thick and hearty Mexican soups are made with light, summery herbs and red or green chiles
Seafood: Artisanal Fisheries–
Central Market has partnered with a small group of fishermen in Magdalena Bay, who use more primitive fishing techniques that ensure quality and sustainability.
Wine & Beer:
Featured Wineries– All wines are new, exclusively available at Central Market, and premiering in the United States for the first time
• Casa Magoni- Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California • Viresa- San Vicente, Baja California • Monte Xanic- Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California • Rimbombante- San Antonio de las Minas, Baja California • Alximia- Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California • Casa Madero- Parras Valley, Coahuila • Santo Tomas- Ensenada, Baja California • Las Nubes- Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California • Viñas de Garza- Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California • Cava Maciel- Ensenada, Baja California
• Albur Brewing- Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
• Ocho Reales- Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
• Minerva- Guadalajara, Jalisco
• Malafacha- Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Pasaporte Mexico Event Highlights at Central Market Broadway
4821 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209
Wednesday, April 20 4 to 7 p.m.
Alximia Vino Elemental
Led by the Alvarez-Parrilla family in the Valle de Guadalupe of Baja, Mexico, Alximia is named for the Spanish word for “alchemy” (alquimia) as a nod to a family well-versed in the sciences.
Friday, April 22 5 to 8 p.m.
Paseo de Pasaporte Mexico
Join us as we kick off Passport Mexico in style! Indulge your love of authentic Mexican food, and sample some of the finest foods and drinks from Mexico at tasting stations throughout the store. Reserve your spot at this free event at www.centralmarket.com.
Sunday, April 24 1 to 4 p.m.
Monte Xanic (MONT eh – sha NEEK), which means “flower that blooms after the first rains,” was founded in 1987 by five friends interested in making great-tasting wine. Join us for a tasting of Monte Xanic’s signature wines.
Wednesday, April 27 4 to 7 p.m.
Las Nubes Bodegas y Viñedos
Winemaker Victor Segura samples wines produced in his highly acclaimed Baja, Mexico winery. Viñas de Garza Winemaker Amado Garza and his daughter Melissa host a tasting of their family’s small, boutique family wines.
Saturday, April 30 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Bodegas de Santo Tomas
Founded in 1888, and the first to bottle wine in Mexico, this Baja winery is steeped in history. Join us for a tasting of their very best varietals.
Sunday, May 1 1 to 4 p.m.
Winemaker Cruz Macias hosts a tasting of select Vinos Rimbombantes wines. Viresa Sample wines produced from vineyards in the Original Wine Route in the San Vincente Valley of Baja
Tuesday, May 3 4 to 7 p.m.
Sample wines from the Magoni family, one of the largest growers in the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja.