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Central Market Makeover

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Oh Central Market. White Truffles for $2,200/lb

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The coffee/smoothie bar was totally redone. All new kitchen hardware! "Somebody" told me the coffee bar had a $50k budget :o

 

Renderings laidout out for public viewing!

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Drip station. Fancy :P

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Long line. All brand new

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Menus are up.  Nothing on beer! :rolleyes:  Still rooting for growler refills.  They're not going to increase the amount of beer taps, but they might be able to do growler refills. With you bringing your own growler in.  Other CM locations have a "full wall" of beer taps!  We have like 5.. Oh well :(

 

Wonder how they're going to price out a growler of barrel aged stout? Might be like $40 or something.

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Smoothie menu.  One of the smoothies $6.99! Heard that it's not uncommon for a health smoothie. All those organic fruits and veggies adds up.

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As of today the coffee (and smoothie?) bar is open!

 

Glass guard for the three smoothie machines.

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Pour over drip station. Never seen one so "heavy duty" like.  It's stout.

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Anybody know what this is?

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Each CM is different but.. Must be nice.. River Oaks should have this!

 

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Ribbon cutting tonight!!

 

Lots of action in the store. Think there are CM partners from other districts visiting.  H-E-B's CEO will be there for the ribbon cutting! (so I was told)

 

This is upstairs. Wonder what's behind the curtain? Maybe just new framed posters or artwork?

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The media/photographers are setting up. About to interview CM partners?

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CM's chocolate factory is complete! Photos over the past week or so.

 

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The cacao beans come in an 11x17" container? Looks like 11x17" copy paper reams! :P

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Cacao beans. Shiny/oily. Reminds me of coffee beans

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Liquid chocolate spinning around in circles! You can see the spout to the right.

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As of today, packaged bean to bar chocolate is for sale! They have waxed cacao beans (and cacao nibs?) placed around the bars as an example of what you're buying.

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wow! what an event!

 

Sipping champagne in River Oaks with H-E-B execs all around.

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Flower arrangement. Little did I know.. It was based on my favorite holiday wreath!

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Walked upstairs to see the action. it was photographers with the chefs and management.

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Wine station for the "elite"

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Okay..

 

CM's organizing for the major event was just like my (shamelessly) non-profit. For the "first 500" bag handout, it was an immediate rush. It was like bumper cars! Think Black Friday sale. Little did I know, the bags were (also) for sale, after the fact.

*some things went wrong during the premier. I don't blame them. It's a lot of pressure to have the owner and media visit,.

 

Their "ribbon" was made out of a wreath! It was the Holiday wreath design! Lased with misc. vegetables and citrus!

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The wreath has.. purple kale, lemon, kale, ?, radishs, and leaves..

wow!!

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Two of the Butts pictured here.

Charles Butt, the CEO of H-E-B isn't pictured

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Ribbon cutting

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LOVE the chocolate factory.  Way better than a coffee bean roaster.

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Saw $500 wine out in the open today. A lot of retailers put expensive alcohol behind a locked door. I know the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway locked up a $10 beer..A Prairie Artisan Ales barrel aged imperial stout. $10/12 oz.

 

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Saw $500 wine out in the open today. A lot of retailers put expensive alcohol behind a locked door. I know the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway locked up a $10 beer..A Prairie Artisan Ales barrel aged imperial stout. $10/12 oz.

 

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It's over priced.

 

http://www.wine.com/v6/Eisele-Vineyard-Cabernet-Sauvignon-2013/wine/165361/Detail.aspx

 

And so is the Dalla Valle next to it.

 

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You know, I was thinking the over priced tag was for "shock" value. Display one or two really silly priced wines for the allure.

 

I have a problem with cheese. Stuff is expensive :wacko:

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