Central Market enlightens the epicurean masters of tomorrow with instruction from the gourmet gurus of today, having previously hosted guest professors such as the renowned Cat Cora and Mario Batali. Meal mentors post classes in Houston every four to six weeks, usually providing 26–30 options per month. Whether it's your first time holding a skillet or you're looking to polish your sushi skills after finally discovering how to uncook fish, Central Market provides coaching for every experience level. Curious foodies can peruse an array of informative options, including sharpening knife skills ($60), making indulgent desserts ($50), creating Italian favorites ($55), and fine-tuning a soufflé filled with an event horizon. Running roughly 2.5 hours each, sessions are offered most days of the week. Most hands-on classes can accommodate about 18, while demonstration classes can accommodate up to 48, depending on location. See Central Market's frequently asked questions pages for more information.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.
Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Chocolate Pizazz's mod cube-shelves bustle with boxes and ribbon-festooned bags of treats dipped by hand in smooth Swiss chocolate. Vibrant M&Ms dapple milk-chocolate-coated popcorn ($7.95/5 oz. bag), and cocoa-ensconced Valentine's Day cookies ($17.95 for six) show affection without the interviews with roses necessary to complete a love poem. Skewers garnished with gauzy bows bear dipped moon pies ($5), Twinkies ($5), or trios of jumbo marshmallows crowned with chocolate and toffee, peanut-butter candy, or butterscotch ($5). Chocolate Pizazz also accommodates special requests, such as rendering a classic confection in dark chocolate or crafting forests of pretzel rods to boost the self-esteem of glum lumberjacks.
Lisa Patel was at a crossroads; she knew she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, but she didn’t know which one. After getting into a car wreck that injured her back, she discovered the benefits of chiropractic medicine and, ultimately, the solution to her dilemma. She went on to pursue a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and today treats all manner of pain and ailments with spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and rehabilitation techniques at Precision Chiropractic. She works alongside a team of massage therapists, who strive to complement her practice with a variety of bodywork techniques designed to recalibrate the muscles of semiprofessional athletes, marathon runners, and chauffeurs who have to pack up their car and take it home in their backpack after every shift.