December 2012

Sat
01
Kid’s Holiday Bazaar
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Whole Body Department
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Kid’s Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 1st
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Whole Body Department, Free

Come in and get the scoop on what’s hot AND natural for the kiddos this holiday season! Whole Foods has searched far and wide for some of the cutest clothes, environmentally friendly toys, and educational children’s gear available and we’ve brought it all together for the 2012 Holidays! P.S. We’ll be sampling hot chocolate and cookies, too!

Sat
01
Meet the Winemaker!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Specialty Wine Bar
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Meet the Winemaker!
Saturday, December 1st
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Specialty Wine Bar, Tasting Free

Meet Mike Laing, Assistant Winemaker at M. Lawrence/L. Mawby Wines on the Leelanau Peninsula.  Mike will be at our bar from 1-4pm to discuss his Michigan made sparkling wines.

Sun
02
Traditional Hanukkah Tasting
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Holiday Table
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Traditional Hanukkah Tasting
Sunday, December 2nd
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Holiday Table, Free

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in delicious fashion by trying some of the tastiest holiday items available! Traditional Hanukkah dishes will be sampled at our Holiday Table as well as some new twists on conventional favorites. Stop on in for a taste!

Mon
03
Italian Holiday with Francesca Giarraffa
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Italian Holiday with Francesca Giarraffa
Monday, December 3rd
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cooking Classroom, $55.00

Learn to cook this special dinner as a treat for your loved ones this holiday. Imagine a Lobster Linguine cooked in white wine, tomatoes, garlic, and fresh parsley.  Follow with a Salmon fillet poached in champagne and topped with a lemon/garlic, vinaigrette. Accompany this rich meal with broccoli florets sautéed in garlic, chilies, and anchovies. Now crown this epicurean delight with a Chocolate and Chestnut Mousse for the perfect holiday celebration. Please register with Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation. Pre-registration required. Call 734-994-2300 x 53203. www.aareced.com.

Tue
04
Holiday Baking with Superfoods
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Holiday Baking with Superfoods
Tuesday, December 4th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, Free

Learn how to incorporate superfoods into holiday baking. We’ll be mixing up Maca, Goji, Lacuma, Camu Camu, Chia, raw nuts, and of course, Cacao! Feed your loved ones the best this holiday season; they’ll taste great and be good for you, too! Space is limited. To register for this workshop, please visit our Customer Service Desk or call us at (734) 975-4500.

Wed
05
Italian Holiday Suppers: Christmas and New Year’s Eve with Francesca Girraffa
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Italian Holiday Suppers: Christmas and New Year’s Eve with Francesca Girraffa
Wednesday, December 5th
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cooking Classroom, Series Tuition: $79 Materials Fee: $19

The Italian kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where simple, fresh ingredients are transformed into satisfying meals and memorable events. The class is led by an instructor born into the Italian cooking tradition who apprenticed at a specialty restaurant in Naples, Italy. The class features two holiday meals. Christmas menu: traditional chicken soup (with egg noodles and spinach, topped with parmigiano cheese), roasted herbed duck (served with roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary), sauteed stuffed curly endive (with pine nuts and currants) and chocolate tiramisu. New Year's Eve menu: lobster (cooked with diced tomatoes, white wine and fresh herbs, served with linguine, baked salmon fillet (topped with a creamy parsley sauce, served with a lentil salad tossed in garlic, fresh herb and wine vinaigrette) and traditional holiday sponge cake (filled with ricotta cream, walnuts, pieces of chocolate and dried fruit). This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom at Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., in Ann Arbor. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu

Fri
07
Meet the Brewer! Wolverine Launches “Winter Lager”
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Specialty Wine Bar
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Meet the Brewer! Wolverine Launches “Winter Lager”
Friday, December 7th
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Specialty Wine Bar, Tasting Free

Meet the owners and brewers of your local lager brewery, Wolverine State Brewing Co., as they launch their new Winter Lager. Come by the bar during Happy Hour and get $3 pints of Ann Arbor’s leaders in the lager revolution!  Stop in at our Specialty Bar by the pizza station.

Fri
07
Happy Hour Monthly Mezzanine Musical Series: Dark Eyed Molly
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Mezzanine
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Happy Hour Monthly Mezzanine Musical Series: Dark Eyed Molly
Friday, December 7th
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mezzanine, Free

Purchase a pint of your favorite at Happy Hour prices and enjoy the talented musical duo, Dark Eyed Molly, Eric Moore and Jo Brown. Hear dynamic guitar and vocals to soothe your soul and start your weekend.  Table and chairs seating available for your comfort during the event. Complimentary, light holiday snacks will be served.

Fri
07
Health Starts Here Holiday Treats
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Health Starts Here Holiday Treats
Friday, December 7th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, $10.00

Join our Healthy Eating Specialist, Jan Kemp, for a cooking demo and sampling of holiday treats that will let you indulge without the guilt. When you attend this class you will get delicious and healthy ideas for appetizers, almond nog and cookies to serve at your holiday events that will delight your guests and have them begging you for the recipes. Please share them with everyone!

Our Health Starts Here™ program is a simple mindful approach to building healthy and delicious meals that is supported by four healthy pillars of healthy eating: Whole Foods, Plant-Strong™, Healthy Fats, and Nutrient Dense food. To secure your ticket for this class, please stop by the Whole Foods Market Customer Service Desk or call (734) 975-4500. Payment is due at time of registration.

Sat
08
Ypsilanti High School Choir Holiday Caroling
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Ann Arbor
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Ypsilanti High School Choir Holiday Caroling
Saturday, December 8th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ann Arbor, Free

Join us in the aisles and hear the wonderful voices of the Ypsilanti High School Choir singing traditional holiday carols.

Sun
09
Traditional Gingerbread House Classes
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Traditional Gingerbread House Classes
Sunday, December 9th
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, Fee $19.99 for gingerbread house kit

This class offers a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and kids to have fun together.  Join our talented bakery team show you how to put an all-natural spin on a holiday favorite. Join this fun gingerbread house decorating class to inspire your creativity. This class will be held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom at Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., in Ann Arbor. To register, call (734) 975-4500. Space is limited even with 2 classes offered. Please register early to secure a ticket

Wed
12
Slow Food Film Festival Presents "Food Stamped" at Food Gatherers
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Food Gatherers 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, 48105 (Carrot Way is off DhuVarren Road between Pontiac Trail and Green Road)
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Slow Food Film Festival Presents "Food Stamped" at Food Gatherers
Wednesday, December 12th
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Food Gatherers 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, 48105 (Carrot Way is off DhuVarren Road between Pontiac Trail and Green Road), Tickets at door $5 donation

Whole Foods Market joins with Food Gatherers and Slow Food Huron Valley to present an evening of film, food, music and friends. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door. Seating is limited. All proceeds from the event benefit Slow Food Huron Valley and Food Gatherers.

 

The evening opens with a special performance by artists from Rap For Food (www.rapforfood.org) Rap For Food supports educational programs related to youth gardening, sustainable food systems, and healthy eating through the arts.

 

The performance is followed by a screening of the movie Food Stamped, a humorous but informative documentary film that follows a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system http://www.foodstamped.com/      Trailer: http://vimeo.com/31749550

                  

                 Guests have ample opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments donated by Whole Foods Market

 

Thu
13
Grab Hunger Race for Food Gatherers
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Ann Arbor
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Grab Hunger Race for Food Gatherers
Thursday, December 13th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ann Arbor, Free

Come watch 2 racers for charity battle to fill their cart with products for Food Gatherers and win a $300 donation to the charity of their choice in our Grab Hunger Race for Food Gatherers. Each contestant will have a grocery list of pantry staples, a grocery cart and 5 minutes to finish shopping for the list and cross the finish line. All products will be donated to Food Gatherers and the winner also receives a $100.gift card from Whole Foods Market.

Sat
15
Buy Local and Meet the Local Producers
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Store Wide
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Buy Local and Meet the Local Producers
Saturday, December 15th
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Store Wide, Free

Buy local! Today meet some of our local entrepreneur vendors and learn their stories. Taste the delicious products they produce locally. Consider the importance of buying locally produced products to build our local economy. The shorter distance between producer and your table also has a positive environmental impact.

Sat
15
Traditional Gingerbread House Class
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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Traditional Gingerbread House Class
Saturday, December 15th
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, Fee $19.99 for gingerbread house kit

This class offers a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and kids to have fun together.  Join our talented bakery team and let them show you put how to put an all-natural spin on a holiday favorite. Let your creativity be inspired! This class will be held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom at Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., in Ann Arbor. To register, call (734) 975-4500. Space is limited even with 2 classes offered. Please register early to secure a ticket

Sat
15
Ypsilanti High School Choir Holiday Caroling
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Store Wide
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Ypsilanti High School Choir Holiday Caroling
Saturday, December 15th
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Store Wide, Free

Join us in the aisles and hear the wonderful voices the Ypsilanti High School Choir singing traditional holiday carols.

Sun
16
Holiday Tasting
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Holiday Table
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Holiday Tasting
Sunday, December 16th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Holiday Table, Free

Get a taste of our holiday menu. We have a lot to offer to help you how to bring your holidays together!

Mon
17
South Indian Cuisine with Smriti “Simmi” Isaac
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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South Indian Cuisine with Smriti “Simmi” Isaac
Monday, December 17th
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, Tuition and Materials $50.00

Dosa, Potato Masala and Payasam

Come and learn to prepare one of the most popular South Indian dishes, a Dosa (a crispy crepe made from a fermented batter of soaked rice and lentils).  Dosas may be served as a meal at any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a snack!  A “Masala” Dosa is one with a savory and spicy mashed potato filling (you’ll learn how to make the masala from scratch).  The meal will finish with a South Indian dessert called Payasam (a roasted vermicelli and sago pudding cooked in milk, raisins and almonds). This class is held in the Cooking and Lifestyles Classroom at Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., in Ann Arbor. Students may register on-line through www.wccnet.edu

Wed
19
The Truth About Fats with Shannon Roznay
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Cooking Classroom
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The Truth About Fats with Shannon Roznay
Wednesday, December 19th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooking Classroom, Free

Fats are essential for many things, including hormone production and brain health.  Find out which fats we need in our diet and which kinds you should be avoiding. Space is limited. To register for this workshop, please visit our Customer Service Desk or call us at (734) 975-4500.

Events At Nearby Stores

Beer Tasting: Sam Adams Latitude 48 Deconstruction
Tuesday, October 21st
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
at the bar, price varies
Vitamix Roadshow
Thursday, October 23rd
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
in-store,

Whole Foods Market hosts a Vitamix demonstration on the sales floor. Vitamix is a high-powered blender that can make meal preparation healthy and easy http://vitamix.com/ Join us for tasty recipe ideas and samples.

Whole Foods Market hosts a Vitamix demonstration on the sales floor.

Vitamix Roadshow
Friday, October 24th
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
in-store,

Whole Foods Market hosts a Vitamix demonstration on the sales floor. Vitamix is a high-powered blender that can make meal preparation healthy and easy http://vitamix.com/ Join us for tasty recipe ideas and samples.

Whole Foods Market hosts a Vitamix demonstration on the sales floor.