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Pasaporte España at Central Market Starts Wednesday

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After the legendary success of last year’s Argentina week, folks around here are buzzing in anticipation of Central Market’s Pasaporte España, May 11-24. Beyond paella and tapas, the event not only brings in celebrity chefs but also focuses on topics from molecular gastronomy to the Spanish food movement cocina de autor (cuisine without rules). Central Market on Greenville kicks things off with a paella event in the parking lot featuring Miguel Torres of Torres Wines of Penedès from 5 to 8 pm.  Plan on attending the tapas demo on Thursday and the parent/child churros & hot chocolate tasting on Sunday morning.

Check the store’s online schedule for cooking demos and classes from the following chefs:

Paco Roncero (molecular gastronomy), Isma Prados (Catalan specialist), Daniel Olivella (owner of B44 Catalan Bistro in Oakland), Adrian Martin (sous chef de cuisine, Drolma and Petite Comitè, Barcelona), Quim Marqués (Suquet de l’Almirall), and Seamus Mullen (Tertulia, NYC).

Throughout the two-week event, take advantage of opportunities to visit with wine makers and purveyors from throughout Spain: Alvaro Palacios (Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Rioja), Jorge Ordonez (Fine Estates From Spain), Patrick Mata (Olé Imports), Isabelle Salgado (Fillaboa, Rías Baixas), Javier Ybañez (Marqués de Riscal, Rioja), Michel Parellada (Caves Naveran, Penedès),Albert Costa (Cellar Vall Llach, Priorat), Juanjo Pinol (Cellar Vinos Pinol, Terra Alta), Louis Geirnaerdt (Enate Winery and Axial Vinos), and Alfredo Candela (Señorio de Barahonda, Yecla).

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