August 2013

Thu
01
Twitter Chat: Late Summer Grilling
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Late Summer Grilling
Thursday, August 1st
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

The calendar may indicate that summer's coming to a close, but the weather sure isn't! Join us for a fun online discussion where we share our best tips and tricks for the grill, as well as favorite foods to cook over live fire! Follow #WFMdish to join the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Thu
08
Twitter Chat: Summer 2013 Scrapbook
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Summer 2013 Scrapbook
Thursday, August 8th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

As summer vacation comes to an end, let's take a moment to remember the last three months. Join us to swap our very best memories, stories and photos of summer 2013! Follow #WFMdish to join the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Thu
15
Twitter Chat: Tiny Victories (Small steps... Big change)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Tiny Victories (Small steps... Big change)
Thursday, August 15th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

Getting kids to think differently about their food choices can be a challenge. Join us for an online discussion to share tips and best practices for inspiring small changes that will ultimately have a big impact on better nutrition! Follow #WFMdish to join the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Thu
22
Twitter Chat: Heading Back to School
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Heading Back to School
Thursday, August 22nd
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

Summer vacation is officially over and the kids have gone back to school. Join us for an online discussion to share ideas for simple and nutritious breakfasts, sack lunches worth keeping and delicious suppers that are managable on a tight weekday schedule! Follow #WFMdish to join the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Thu
29
Twitter Chat: Summer's Last Hurrah
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Summer's Last Hurrah
Thursday, August 29th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

Labor Day is just a few days away, so let's make sure summer goes out with a BANG! Join us for an online discussion to share party ideas, recipes and general merriment during the final days of outdoor celebrating! Follow #WFMdish to join the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Events At Nearby Stores

December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day
Thursday, December 25th
12:00 AM
Whole Foods Market San Mateo,

December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day

Here are today’s five thing to know about Pumpkin:
1. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
2. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
3. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
4. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
5. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day

Here are today’s five thing to know about Pumpkin:

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!