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The Whole Deal™ on our Bakery

By Winnie Hsia, December 4, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Winnie Hsia

Allow me to introduce you to our bakery department.  This beautifully arranged and often deliciously fragrant part of the store is filled with cakes, pastries and breads - perfect for your holiday entertaining needs, as well as your everyday needs.  Did you know you can buy cake by the slice or half loaves of bread?  Have you considered shopping specialty and the bakery for your party needs?  Check out this week's excellent customer tips for some smart ways to shop this sweet department. Remember, each week, we choose tips to be featured in our weekly The Whole Deal™ blog post. Every chosen tip gets a $25 gift card, so submit you tips and recipes here. From Bharathi:

I love the healthy, beautifully decorated, and especially the variety of cakes available in the bakery at Whole Foods. Ever since I started visiting whole foods, it has been my habit to stop by the bakery to see what variety of cake I can get. The specialty of the whole foods bakery is that they provide a piece of any cake. This way you can buy and taste it without buying the whole cake. If you like a piece of cake after tasting, you cal also go ahead and buy the full cake as the same cake is also available in full size. Our family love tasting a variety of cakes at the same visit. So I end up buying variety of small portions of cakes packed independently. Our family has really learned the value of shopping at Whole Foods. You can also do the same by getting a cut pieces of cake instead buying one full cake. Whole foods have an expert baker who will help you in selecting right cake piece for you. So next time you visit whole foods don’t forget to visit the bakery section. A new world of cakes is waiting for you. I am sure that you will love my idea.

From Jackie:

I am originally from Germany and love bread, and trust me German’s know their bread. Until WF came to Colorado I had a difficult time finding good healthy bread. Know I only purchase my bread from Whole Foods. The Prussian and Munich Rye is awesome and reminds me of home. I also like the Nick’s Mountain a lot. Whole Foods lets you just buy 1/2 loaves which is great if you live alone. I usually buy a couple different 1/2 loaves and then freeze them. This way I have healthy fresh bread to make sandwiches for lunch to take to work with me.

From Stacy:

I run a small, non-profit media company and we host a lot of last minute meet-ups and small speaker events. I think it’s always a good idea to have things for guests to nibble on so that they stick around, but often we are on a really tight budget. I’ve found that if I choose one or two trays from whole foods catering department (the crab cakes and the chicken drumette platters are a great deal) I can build around them with other wise choices. I usually get two boxes of plain crostini in the bakery, pick up two or three cheeses and then hit the olive bar. Sweep past the salad bar for sliced peppers and grab a bunch of flowers on the way to the check-out. I end up with a nice little starter spread and guests think I went to a ton of trouble!




Robin says ...
Thank God above for Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakery!!! I don't know what I would do without it! I LOVE the hamburger buns (I keep them on hand at ALL times) And Thanksgiving and Christmas would be very sad for me without the pie crusts and dressing cubes. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for thinking of us G-F people!!!
12/04/2008 11:48:02 AM CST
Jenn says ...
The WF Bakery is a nice place to get a loaf of bread for a special occasion or a cookie on the run. However, as a vegan, I mostly find myself yearning for the lovely cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates in the counter window. I would love for WF to start offering more vegan prepared foods and baked goods!
12/04/2008 3:46:37 PM CST
Eileen says ...
I am with Robin(above). I am so thankful for the wide variety of GLUTEN FREE foods available at WF. I live a distance away, so I stock up when there, as I did today. There was a terrific variety of special food for the holidays. Even we CELIACS need a treat now & then. Please continue to stock these foods.
12/06/2008 7:37:26 PM CST
Krista says ...
I love the bakery items; especially since they are made with healthier alternatives and without trans-fats. Does anyone know the nutritional break down of the low fat bran muffins? Does Whole Foods plan to list the nutritional break down of their muffins, cookies, granola, etc.? I really enjoy the foods; however, when trying to be calorie/sugar/fiber/fat conscious, it is really helpful to know what I'm eatting. THANKS!
01/27/2009 11:35:23 AM CST
Charles Harlow says ...
I was born and raised in Germany, when it comes to breads I am spoiled rotten. I love your bakery and cheese sections, that is the main reason I go to whole foods. I wish you would stock bauernbrot or farmersbread in English, it is very delicous, and I bet you could sell tons of it. I also like your pies, they are very good. Cherry pie being my favorite.
01/02/2010 8:20:56 AM CST
Evelyn Kahn says ...
I am looking for a Danish bread called Rugbrod. It is made with rye flour and contains yeast, buttermilk, also sunflower seeds and flaxseed.. Do you have this bread, or if not, would you consider making it? Thank you plaiddots@comcast.net
01/12/2010 8:32:07 AM CST
01/27/2010 8:55:41 PM CST
vaughnm says ...
Our product selection and prepared foods vary from store to store, so you'll need to check in w/ your local store directly. Thanks! http://bit.ly/allstore
03/18/2010 9:01:51 AM CDT
Margaret Zelkowitz says ...
My daughter has several food allergies (dairy, eggs, nuts and Sesame) so getting a dessert for her Bat Mitzvah was tricky. Happily I discovered that Whole Foods makes a vegan cupcake that she could eat. Whole foods colored the frosting used on the vanilla cupcakes (lavender, pink and green). They were not only delicious but beautiful. The kids loved them and the adults wanted them as well. I would highly recommend buying vegan cupcakes from whole foods if you or someone you love has food allergies.
03/20/2010 5:38:38 PM CDT
vaughnm says ...
Product availability is handled individually by each store. You could ask the Georgetown store for the recipe and then request it from the Short Pump location. Best of luck! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/index.php
04/01/2010 10:26:48 AM CDT
Kathy says ...
Does Whole Foods make wedding cakes?
03/01/2011 6:13:27 PM CST
bepkom says ...
@Kathy: Many of the bakeries at our stores take special orders for wedding cakes. Please check in with your local store. Thanks!
03/02/2011 12:07:30 PM CST
Lindsay says ...
I used to love the Whole Foods bakery section. Until yesterday when I bought a tiramisu to take to a friend's house for dinner. 1.5 hours later we went to cut into it and it was FROZEN. I had stopped at whole foods to buy a nice, fresh desert and was shocked when we couldn't serve my contribution because it was frozen. It may have been my ignorance but I always felt Whole Foods had presented a fresh bakery section. I called to let them know my disappointment and was surprised to learn that all of their cakes are frozen at some point in the process. A bit more truth in marketing would have been nice - I could have bought a frozen cake for 1/2 the price and would have known I had to defrost it before serving.
04/29/2011 11:16:58 AM CDT
pat says ...
We drive three hours to shop at the Baton Rouge store. We shop about every three weeks. The store has really meant a lot to us for the healthy food. The drive is worth it just to get the uncured bacon, the vegan chocolate cake, the organic grapes, etc. I could go on and on, everything is wonderful. Thanks for being there and also everyone is so nice and helpful.
09/20/2011 12:52:13 PM CDT
Linda says ...
For Lindsay...I've worked for many bakeries and all of them freeze their cakes at some point. If they weren't, the cakes would dry out before we could get to them all to decorate. Imaging baking a two dozen sheet cakes and trying to get them all decorated in one afternoon? They actually hold the frosting better when frozen. Whole Foods is no different than any other bakery. Except that they use better ingredients than most!
10/20/2011 3:08:02 PM CDT
dovi says ...
I want to give a shout out to Chris in the bakery.He makes the best juices you can get ANYWHERE! and he's friendly and cool under pressure(you know when everyone at once wants Gelato, Pastries, Bread and a Juice!!)So if you love Organic fresh juice He is your Guy.
03/21/2012 11:31:55 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Dovi: Thanks for your comment and support. If you'd like to pass this comment on to Chris' superiors at his store, please contact the store directly at the following link. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
03/22/2012 11:17:47 AM CDT
naomi says ...
As someone with multiple food allergies (very common for people with gluten allergies to also be allergic to dairy!), walking by the bakery can be a very sad experience. How about more vegan and gluten free products? (Is there one?) That could work for maybe a whole host of other people....
04/09/2012 10:54:04 PM CDT
Kelli Pike says ...
I am awaiting results on if I have ciliac disease. Do you make bread that is gluten free? We do not have lots of variety where we live, so I am looking ahead at all the possibilities. I love whole foods and so wish there was one close by. My oldest has dairy allergies and it is always great when we can come there and get a treat that is fine for him to eat.
11/06/2012 8:50:29 AM CST
Megan says ...
@KELLI We do have a few Gluten Free Bakehouses, but availability of these products varies by store. Your best bet would be to call ahead to your nearest store before stopping by, and they can check on the stock for you!
11/06/2012 9:14:18 AM CST