Enjoy Southern Cuisine as Central Market Celebrates Taste the South

Wednesday 03rd, May 2017 / 13:16 Written by
Enjoy Southern Cuisine as Central Market Celebrates Taste the South

Enjoy Southern Cuisine at “Taste the South” at Central Market May 17-May 30

Enjoy Southern cuisine as Central Market invites you to “savor the South” bringing classic & modern southern cuisine, wines and charm to stores during its event, ‘Taste the South,’ May 17 – 30. Throughout the two-week foodie festival, customers will indulge on a journey through America’s culturally-rich, southern region, as ‘Taste the South’ showcases the diverse, home-grown cuisines from Virginia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.

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Southern cuisine is not just about the food, but also the experience, and Central Market stores across Texas will be full of new and old, down south products and dishes including tomato pie, southern biscuits, Mississippi mud pie, blue crab, green tomatoes, okra, and collard greens, as well as a variety of cheeses and country sausage. In addition, there will be an impressive array of sought-after, specialty smoked hams such as Benton’s, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse Cooked Country Ham and Lady Edison Ham. Central Market has scoured the region for the best growers and producers of quality southern products, and this event will tell their story and also feature a record number of unique products exclusive to the store.

The southern U.S. is home to a host of culinary talent including Nancie McDermott, food writer, cookbook author and cooking teacher; and James Beard award-winning chefs Linton Hopkins, executive chef of Resurgens Hospitality Group; Bill Smith, chef at Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC; The Lee Brothers, acclaimed cookbook authors; and Martha Foose, executive chef of the Viking Cooking School. Each of these distinguished experts will host a farm-to-table dinner, along with in-store events and appearances at Central Market stores across the state allowing you to enjoy southern cuisine.

San Antonio special events include:


May 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $75 per person/$130 for two

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Let Chef Martha Foose give you a taste of her inspiration for Southern cooking as you sit family style and enjoy her noteworthy, seasonal classics.

Foose, a James Beard Award winner for American Cooking, has the South running through her veins.  Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Foose attended the famed pastry school Ecole Lenotre in France, but returned to her hometown to open Bottletree Bakery and later Mockingbird Bakery.

Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, her James Beard Award-winning Cookbook, and My Two Souths, her James Beard Award nominated cookbook, will be for sale after the dinner, and Chef Foose will personalize copies purchased at Central Market.

Menu Includes: Bacon Crackers; Carrot & Mint Chutney Toasts; and
Crab Casserolettes with Fennel & Sweet Potatoes. Sweet Pickle Braised Pork Shoulder; Chicken Thighs with Dumplings; Apricot Rice; and Deviled Tomatoes. Silent Shade (Blueberry) Cobbler.

Instructors: Chef Martha Foose



May 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $70

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Get cooking y’all! 2016 winner of the James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence in the Focus on Health, Virginia Willis, will teach you how to add French flair to Southern food, while staying true to her down-home roots. A native of Georgia, Willis has written five cookbooks adding her upscale French background to low country meals.  Willis, who was featured in Country Living and Southern Living magazines, will share her tips on how to make memorable Southern dishes with a twist!

Menu includes: Field Pea & Butterbean Salad with Toasted Cornbread Crumble; Country Captain; Stone Ground Grits with Fresh Corn & Sweet Onion; Braised Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey & Caramelized Onions; Buttermilk Biscuits; and Meringue Baskets with Berries & Old-Fashioned Boiled Custard.

Instructor: Chef Virginia Willis

Featured Central Market Cooking School classes include:


May 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $65

HANDS-ON (For Ages 18 & Up) Spend an evening exploring the delights of a meal centered around utilizing a grill pan. You’ll perfect your techniques as you work with fruit, air-chilled chicken and vegetables and create this meal that would make any Southerner proud: Grilled Lemonade; Okra Oven Fries with Kitchen Sink Mayo; Barbecued Poulet Rouge Chicken from North Carolina with Carolina-style Mustard Sauce; Cucumber & Tomato Salad; Grilled Potatoes with Pimento Cheese; and Banana Pudding Pie.


COUPLES COOK: A Southern Meal

May 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $125 per couple

COUPLES. HANDS-ON (For Ages 21 & Up) Another way to enjoy Southern cuisine: Make a date to learn to create these modern versions of Southern classics and then pick up tips on pairing them with delicious wines from Virginia. We’ll show you how to prep, bake and serve Pork Ribs with Mustard Sorghum Sauce. You’ll break up into teams and make the rest of this meal that includes: Turnip Green Fritters with Whipped Tahini; Ripe Tomatoes with Grilled Cornbread & White Balsamic-Thyme Vinaigrette; and Basil Shortcakes with Strawberry Riesling Jam.

INSTRUCTORS: CM Cooking School Staff



May 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $65
HANDS-ON (For Ages 18 & Up) Let’s skip the beef options tonight and turn out perfectly prepared, thick cut, juicy pork chops as the centerpiece of our festive meal. Who wouldn’t enjoy southern cuisine like this! Celebrate Spring as you make this menu that features seasonal vegetables and fruits done up with Southern style: Blue Cheese Fondue with Blackened Crab; Thick-cut, Lightly Smoked Pork Chops with Braised Peaches; Corn Pudding; Baked Tomatoes & Butter Beans; Alabama Orange Rolls; and Lost & Found Lemon Pound Cake with Blueberry Sauce.

INSTRUCTOR: CM Cooking School Staff

For complete class information, go to https://centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/SanAntonio

WHEN:       Taste the South takes place Wednesday, May 17 – Tuesday,  May 30

WHERE:    Central Market San Antonio, 4821 Broadway, San Antonio, TX  78209,210.368.8600

About Central Market

Central Market’s open, serpentine-flow, full view European-style layout offers a completely new food shopping experience. A bountiful produce department with unmatched quality and variety, an 80-foot seafood case with selections from throughout the world, hundreds of cheeses, 2,500 wine labels, stupendous specialty grocery aisles with delights from every continent, and a world-class cooking school featuring hands-on instruction are among the features that make the Central Market experience unique. http://www.centralmarket.com.

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