For the past three years, Central Market stores have created a lively and tasty two-week celebration of the culture, chefs, food and drink of one country. This year, we present Passaporte Brasil, a multi-faceted celebration of South America's largest country with a huge variety of cuisines, desserts, drinks, and, of course, Brazilian culture.
More than just the forest of the Amazon or the beaches of Rio, Brazil is a nation with a world of flavors to be explored. Our buyers and Partners visited Brazil many times to truly discover the country's bounty, and along with brightly colored Havaianas and beautiful tropical fruits, they have brought back seafood-infused recipes from Bahia, wines from Rio Grande do Sul, and coffee from Minas Gerais just to name a few.
A lot of the foods that we will be featuring were new to us just a couple months ago, so below is a quick guide to some tasty Brazilian treats and a preface to Portuguese:
- Feijoada – a hearty traditional stew of beans and pork is the quintessential Brazilian comfort food. Served with rice, couve a julienned and sautÃ©ed collard green, farofa, and a citrus salad.
- Moqueca – Brazilian fish stew with a base of fish stock, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro. It is cooked slowly, with no water added.
- PÃ£o de Queijo – usually eaten for breakfast or a snack, this cheese bread is the most common bread in Brazil. It’s naturally gluten-,yeast-, and leavening-free. Central Market bakers will bake this up throughout the day.
- Brigadeiros – a deliciously sweet truffle-like bon-bon typically savored midday alongside a bold cup of Brazilian coffee.
- EmpadÃ£o Franca – a savory pie of chicken, herbs, olives, and eggs.
- Catupiry – award-winning spreadable soft breakfast cheese, available in dairy.
- Quindim – a custard-like mixture of egg yolks, sugar and coconut.
- Romeu e Julieta – a classic Brazilian pairing of fresh cheese and guava paste, to satisfy both your savory and sweet tooth.
If any of the food above feels a bit intimidating, do not worry. We have some of Brazil's most celebrated chefs coming to the Cooking School to give hands on instruction for both traditional and newly imagined favorites. Visit the Cooking School page to see class schedules.
As you might expect, we are not going to let the Cooking School have all the fun, we will also be hosting more than a dozen wine makers and coffee experts to help expand your knowledge of Brazil. See the store events calendar for the full schedule of activities.
Are we excited about Passaporte Brasil? You bet churrasco!