January 2014

Thu
09
Twitter Chat: A Healthful New Year
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: A Healthful New Year
Thursday, January 9th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

Many of us start the new year with a variety of resolutions. Join us to learn ways to chart the path to healthy eating! Follow #WFMdish to particpate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST. 

Thu
16
Twitter Chat: Staying on Track with Your Health
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Staying on Track with Your Health
Thursday, January 16th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

Keeping your resolutions going can be difficult. Join us to share and learn how and where to find the motivation to stay on track with your healthy eating goals! Follow #WFMdish to participate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST. 

Thu
23
Twitter Chat: Winter Eating
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Winter Eating
Thursday, January 23rd
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

As we approach the end of the first month of the new year, join in to share and learn ways to keep things delicious and interesting for your long term healthy eating goals! Follow #WFMdish to participate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST. 

Thu
30
Twitter Chat: Score With Big Taste
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ online
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Twitter Chat: Score With Big Taste
Thursday, January 30th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
online, free

The Big Game is coming up so it's time to start thinking about great game-day grub! Join us to share menu ideas and recipes that are sure to keep everyone happy and full. Follow #WFMdish to participate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST. 

Events At Nearby Stores

December 26: National Candy Cane Day
Friday, December 26th
12:00 AM
Whole Foods Market San Mateo,

December 26: National Candy Cane Day

Five Food Finds about Candy Canes

1. The candy cane was originally a straight stick.
2. It was not until the mid 1900’s that candy canes with red stripes appeared in Sweden.
3. The curvy shape of the candy cane is credited to a choirmaster who worked at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It is believed that he bent the peppermint sticks to look like the canes that shepherd’s used.
4. Other sources credit the bending of the candy maker in Indiana. It is rumored that he also decided to added three red stripes to the candy cane which were meant to represent the Holy Trinity.
5.Some people believe that the reason the peppermint sticks were bent into their curvy shape was so that they could look like a “J,” for Jesus.

December 26: National Candy Cane Day

Five Food Finds about Candy Canes

1. The candy cane was originally a straight stick.

December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day
Sunday, December 28th
12:00 AM
Whole Foods Market San Mateo,

December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day

We're milking today for all it's worth - December 28 is National Chocolate Candy Day!

It's impossible to have a bad day when chocolate is on the menu, especially melt-in-your-mouth candy that comes in oh so many flavors and forms.

Candy was pretty popular in the 1800s (how could it not be?) and if you had a sugar craving, you could cure it by going to a general store or candy shop and scooping up a giant bag of whatever your heart desired ... except for chocolate. Our predecessors were rather attached to it as a beverage or rich dessert. But when the public began to clamor for chocolate candy, the chocolate bar was born.

Fry's Chocolate Factory is credited with molding the first chocolate bar that actually tasted decent in England, 1847. From chocolate cream bars to chocolate Easter eggs, the company churned out more than 220 products in the decades that followed.

But because packaging cost money and it was cheaper to buy loose candy, it wasn't until the early 1900s when an enterprising Hershey Company stepped in with the first wrapped chocolate bar. It is still the same bar we know and love today!

And if bars aren't your fancy, it's not too early to buy yourself a big box of fondant and cream-filled chocolates in a heart-shaped box, or a big-box-store bag of your favorite chocolate candy. Indulge yourself today, and we're sure you'll be melting with chocolate happiness.

December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day

We're milking today for all it's worth - December 28 is National Chocolate Candy Day!

December 31: National Champagne Day
Wednesday, December 31st
12:00 AM
Whole Foods Market San Mateo,

December 31: National Champagne Day

Everything’s better with bubbles! December 31 is National Champagne Day.

It’s no coincidence that National Champagne Day falls on New Years Eve; the two are probably one of life’s more obvious pairings. In France (and New Orleans), the new year is ushered in with a lavish Réveillon feast where extravagant dishes like lobster, foie gras and escargot are served.

Because Champagne has long since been associated with celebrations, it’s no surprise it was, and still is, the drink of choice for the festivities. Since then, the tradition of toasting the year to come with Champagne can be found worldwide. But, not all countries can rightfully claim to be serving or producing Champagne.

By law, to accurately be called Champagne, the grapes used in the production of the wine must come from the Champagne region of France. Anything else simply isn’t Champagne. Italians call their bubbles Prosecco and Spain has Cava, while in America it’s mostly called sparkling wine.

Another stipulation of calling Champagne by that name is that a second fermentation must happen inside the bottle. Méthode Champenoise is a complicated process. Champagne is typically made from pinot noir and/or chardonnay grapes. The second fermentation creates the bubbles, and the smaller the bubbles, the finer the Champagne. Some wine makers have tried adding carbon dioxide to wine, but the result isn’t authentic. The second fermentation takes place with the addition of sugar and yeast to the wine. When the Champagne is ready, some producers add a sugar syrup to sweeten the wine.

Outside of New Year’s, sparkling wine is perhaps most popularly drunk at brunch in the form of a Mimosa. But, don’t skip over the bubbles portion of the wine list the next time you’re out to dinner; Champagne pairs very well with rich or oily foods. Fried chicken and shrimp and grits are two of my favorites. Pizza also pairs well.

To all those celebrating with (or without) bubbles tonight, have a safe and Happy New Year!

December 31: National Champagne Day

Everything’s better with bubbles! December 31 is National Champagne Day.