South of the River, Left of Normal, and Right on Taste
Central Market: Westgate

The Austin are is filthy with great grocery markets. Not confined to the typical big box shopping experience, a certain flagship location and home office of a renowned whole food chain sits on the hottest corner in downtown.  There are corner niche markets and  farmers markets and specialty markets and package-free markets and cheese shops and butchers and spice shops....

Seriously...we're stinking rich.

Central Market, the Texas-based gourmet grocery and wunderkind of the larger most-popular HEB chain, has a soft spot in my own heart. When we moved to Texas, my daughter and I spent Sunday afternoons on their patios, sampled their cheeses, ogled their seafood, settled on their produce.  I even worked for the company for quite some time.

I have a bias.  I love the people they employ.

Central Market has been gracious to me, too.  I have been invited to attend several excellent media preview parties, one of the hottest tickets in town.  Their recent Passport to Brazil event, celebrated in the collage, above, was as elegant as all they offer.  From their wine department, to catering, to floral, to partners....they know how to throw one heck of a party, and never disappoint.

The Grand Re-Opening of Central Market's Westgate location was true to form!  An "ode to a store that is South of the River, Left of Normal, and Right on Taste, the self-guided 'stroll around'-style food and wine tasting" provided over 30 food and wine demonstrations and samplings, four, four! musical groups to serenade you throughout the store, and expanded departments that included a revamped and enlarged Bulk Foods, Healthy Living, an in-store coffee roaster and bar, and more. The Cafe was hopping-- packed table to table, shoulder to shoulder with eaters, and drinkers, and jammers, and dancers, enjoying the rockabilly raucousness that follows the incredibly talented and popular Dale Watson.

The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, but should you miss them, don't fret.  There's live music playing three nights a week, every week, a Cafe that churns out great grub, consistently, and tables scattered inside and out--perfect spots from which to enjoy that great bottle of wine you nabbed on special, or that favorite cheese and fresh-baked loaf you can't wait to try, or an impromptu party, catching up with old friends, or new, that you've run into-- just as I did this perfect evening.

Catching up with new friends, and old, over a bottle, or two.
Thank you for another lovely event, Central Market!


  1. Thanks for the post! I've seen more pics from the grand opening from you than any of my co-workers!

    1. Perhaps they've had enough of this remodel?? lol It was great to see everyone there, but your sweet face was missed!

      Thanks for stopping by in the midst of vacationing!

  2. Awww, that was our location to shop, used to live not too far from there off William Cannon. I miss living there. Glad to see my old haunt. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We used to live close, too! Small world!

      Thanks for stopping by, girl!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love this CM it's the perfect "go to" whether food shopping or a nice lunch/dinner.

    1. It was a lot of fun. Working for the vendor wasn't work at all, getting to visit with old friends, and share cheese with new friends. I love that both CM's are quite different.

      Thank you for stopping by!


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