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Olé! Pasaporte España Kicks Off At Central Market Despite Torrents

Central Market kicked off Pasaporte Espana with a food & wine class in the Cooking School (left) and a prepared-foods case stocked with national favorites. (Photos by Sarah Reiss)

Central Market’s Pasaporte España—a total store takeover with Spanish seafood, wine, pastries, oils, canned seafood (a Spanish specialty), and so much more—kicked off last night in the Greenville Ave. location. For the ribbon cutting (which was supposed to be held in the tent in the parking lot but was moved to the entry vestibule due to rain), top brass filled the store with costumed team members, flamenco guitarists, flamenco dancers from the 2011 Dallas Flamenco Festival, Spanish wine producers, cultural liaisons, and more. jump for the pictures and a video of saucy flamenco dancers …

Central Market team members costumed and at the ready.

The ribbon cutting with (from left) Chef Quim Marques, Chef Daniel Olivella, winemaker Miguel Torres, Sr. VP HEB/Central Market division Stephen Butt, honorary consul of Spain Janet Kafka, and president of the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy Rafael Anson.

Chef Quim Marques, Chef Daniel Olivella, and winemaker Miguel Torres. Chef Olivella was one of the primary forces behing the event.
Spanish guitar and accordion in the cafe (left), ice sculpture, Ole! (right)
Just a few of the products of Spain, olives, tuna, and wine.
Dehesa de Llanos cheese and roasted meat sliced while you wait.
Oh, so many olive oils to choose from.