Central Market Brings Traditional British Cuisine to Houston During ‘Passport United Kingdom’

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Specialty grocery retailer to host two-week celebration of all things British,

September 19 – October 2


[HOUSTON] – September 5, 2018 – Central Market invites shoppers on a culinary journey across the pond during, ‘Passport United Kingdom,’ September 19 through October 2. In celebration of all things British, Central Market will showcase traditional foods and ingredients along with hundreds of brilliant new items from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


The popular retailer’s annual Passport 18series has honored such countries and regions as Greece, Mexico, Italy, France, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and the Southern United States in recent years, bringing authentic food, wines, spices, coffees, cheeses, and all manner of pastas, produce, meats and seafood to Central Market customers.  Passport is much more than a weekend of product sampling—it is a virtual in-country voyage of international culinary discovery.


Throughout this year’s two-week foodie festival, proper British products and dishes will be available for sample and purchase including Native Scottish Hebridean Salmon, award-winning sparkling wines, artisanal meat pies, Earl Grey brined rotisserie chicken, fish and chips, and pasties, along with Victorian Sponge Cake, a large array of confections, Yorkshire Pudding and a large selection of unique cheddar and Stilton cheeses.


Houston special events include:


Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, September 19 from 5 – 6 p.m.

Guests are invited to Central Market’s ‘Passport United Kingdom’ Opening Ceremony where they will enjoy bagpipe music with passed samples and sparkling wine from the U.K.


Signature Tented Event

Thursday, September 20 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Central Market is moving their festivities outside where they will have a tented event with traditional British fare, including recipes from Chef Noel McMeel, a giant Chess Board, live music and a welcome from the Consulate-General of the U.K., Karen Bell.


Store Stroll

Friday, September 21 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Central Market invites all Foodies to sample authentic British cuisine during their Store Stroll event. Participants will be offered samples from 6 stations throughout the store. Stations will highlight some of the store’s star items selected exclusively for ‘Passport United Kingdom’. Guests will start at the store’s Main Entrance and wind their way around to the Chef’s Case. The event is free, but guests are asked to register on line at www.centralmarket.com.


Pub Crawl

Thursday, September 27 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Join Central Market for a British pub crawl throughout the store. Guests will sample from 6 stations with pairings of some of the best British brews.


Ale to the U.K. Trivia Night

Sunday, September 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Guests are invited to the Upstairs Mezzanine to sample some of Central Market’s favorite British Ales while testing their U.K. knowledge with a game of Trivia. Winners will be awarded special prizes – a staple in every British pub!


Central Market Cooking School classes include:


COUPLES COOK: A Dinner from Merry Old England

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:30 – 9 p.m., $140 per couple

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

COUPLES COOK. HANDS-ON.  Spend an evening with your special someone making this very traditional British fare. You’ll perfect your roasting skills, discover the secret to flavorful pan gravies and make the most of simple vegetable preparations that support an outstanding main dish. Menu includes:

  • Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Bread Sauce & Best Gravy
  • Sausage & Bacon Rolls
  • Roasted Potatoes in Beef Drippings
  • Simple Boiled Cabbage, Butter & White Pepper
  • Pear Crumble



Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $65 per class

Instructor: Aaron Bertelsen, Cook & Gardener, Great Dixter, England; Cookbook Author

FEATURED CHEF. DEMONSTRATION.  Aaron Bertelsen believes that autumn can be one of the most productive times for cooks and gardeners. As a gardener, he is making plans for the coming year, and, as a cook, is busy stocking the pantry and freezer by turning fruits and vegetables into jams, chutneys, soups and stocks for the coming winter. Learn about the ornamental and vegetable gardens begun at Great Dixter, home of the gardener & writer Christopher Lloyd, at the start of the 20th century; how fulfilling eating seasonally can be; and pick up tips as Aaron shows you how to make:

  • Warm Zucchini Fritters served with Hummus, paired with British Sparkling Wine
  • Warm Parsnip Soup
  • Chicken & Leek Pie
  • Chocolate Steamed Pudding

The demonstration will include tips on creating Ripe Tomato Chutney and Pickled Pears.



Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., $65 per person

Instructor: Steve Ferris, Crabbie’s & CM Cooking School Staff

FEATURED EXPERT. DEMONSTRATION & TASTING. Spicier and less carbonated than ginger ale, this alcoholic version of ginger beer can be perfectly paired with a variety of foods. So expand your repertoire by sampling this refreshing Scottish original with traditional dishes from the land of Loch Ness, William Wallace and Robert Burns. You’ll learn a little about the history and development of this brew as our Cooking School Staff show you how to make:

  • Scottish Oat Cakes with Smoked Scottish Salmon & Granny’s Apple Chutney paired with Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer
  • Carrot & Orange Soup paired with Crabbie’s Spiced Orange Ginger Beer;
  • Steak Pie paired with Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer
  • Raspberry Cranachan (Fresh Raspberries, Whipped Cream & Toasted Oats) paired with Crabbie’s Scottish Raspberry Ginger Beer



Monday, September 24, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., $45 person

Instructor: Katarina Carlson, CM Deli Cheese Lead & CM Cooking School Staff

DEMONSTRATION. TASTING. In this one-hour class, you’ll be guided through a tasting of a variety of cheeses from the U.K., learning a little about their production and a lot about the factors that contribute to their amazing flavors and textures. Our experts will suggest condiments that will enhance the experience and show you how to put together a cheese board featuring the cheeses that you’ve just sampled. Expand your appreciation of imported cheeses, pick up tips on serving and displaying your new favorites, and take home a selection of the cheeses discussed so that you can create impressive displays to share with friends and family.


PERCEPTIONS: A Modern Scottish Meal

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $75

Instructor: Mark Greenaway, Chef, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh

FEATURED CHEF. DEMONSTRATION. Mark Greenaway grew up in Scotland and Scotland remains a constant source of inspiration to him. His reputation has been built by challenging the (mis)perceptions of Scottish food and championing the abundant ingredients of his homeland. Enjoy an evening of Scottish favorites transformed by Chef Greenaway’s style and discover what modern Scottish fare is all about in this menu that includes:

  • Cullen Skink: Smoked Whitefish / Leeks / Caviar
  • “Spaghetti Bolognese”: Haggis / Neeps / Tatties
  • Roasted Venison Loin: Celeriac Rosti / Roast Root Vegetables / Chocolate Jus
  • Cranachan: Raspberries / Honey / Toasted Oats



Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 6:30 – 9 p.m., $65 per person

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

HANDS-ON. The British have adopted curry as a national dish and curry houses can be found throughout the U.K. But these special dishes, adapted from their origins over the years to suit available ingredients and British tastes, have their own special flavors and simplified techniques. You’ll make these favorites, and in true British fashion, participants can enjoy the results of their efforts paired with British beer:

  • Mulligatawny Soup with a Hoppy Ale
  • Chicken Tikka Masala with an IPA
  • Basic Curry Sauce
  • Spicy Lamb Vindaloo with an IPA
  • Vegetable Balti with a Lager


LEARN @ LUNCH: Ploughman’s Lunch with Stotty Cake

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 12 – 1 p.m., $25 per person

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

LEARN @ LUNCH. DEMONSTRATION. In our one hour, lunch-time class, you’ll be introduced to an age-old English tradition. We’ll show you how to make the stotty cakes and the piccalilli and share some information about the imported cheeses. You’ll enjoy a hearty lunch that includes:

  • Stotty Cakes (Handmade Bread from Northeastern England);
  • World Class Cheeses
  • Slices of Ham
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Seasonal Apples
  • Piccalilli (An English Version of South Asian Relish that includes Onions, Fennel, Cauliflower & Spices)



Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6:30 – 9 p.m., $65 per person

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

HANDS-ON. Pubs are the center of the village, or in larger cities, the neighborhood. Spend a little time learning to make these dishes that are meant to complement the beers, ales and ciders served in the local gathering places throughout the UK:

  • Quick Pickled Eggs with Curry Sauce
  • Spiced Peanuts
  • Sausage Rolls in Puff Pastry
  • Irish Stew with Lamb & Potatoes
  • Knickerbocker Glory (A Layered Ice Cream Sundae with Fruit & Meringue).

A sampling of beers, ales and ciders from the UK will be paired with the dishes.


PARENT & CHILD: The Ulster Fry-Up

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., $100 per parent/child team

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

PARENT & CHILD. HANDS-ON.  Spend a morning together learning to bake, griddle and fry Northern Ireland’s favorite meal. Working in teams, parents and children will not only improve their skills in the kitchen, but will enjoy:

  • Potato Farls (Griddled Potato Bread)
  • Soda Bread
  • Sausages & Irish Bacon
  • Grilled Tomatoes
  • Sautéed Mushrooms
  • Fried Eggs


For complete class information, go to centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com.


WHEN:            Passport United Kingdom takes place Wednesday, September 19 – Tuesday, October 2


WHERE:         Central Market

3815 Westheimer

Houston, TX  77027

Phone: 713.386.1700



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.


CONTACT:     Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations

Christie Garella / Molly McMurtry

christie@dpwpr.com / molly@dpwpr.com



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