February 2014

Sat
01
Yoga at Whole Foods
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Meet at Healthy Eating Desk
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Yoga at Whole Foods
Saturday, February 1st
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Meet at Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

Join us for the first Saturday of the month for a free vinyasa yoga class taught by an instructor from Just Breathe Yoga Rivermark.  After the class we’ll walk back to the store for a complimentary healthy breakfast. 

 

Location: Meet at Kathleen’s Healthy Eating Desk

Instructor: Just Breathe Yoga Rivermark Instructor and Kathleen, Healthy Eating Specialist

Cost: FREE

 

Sign up here

Sat
01
Stock Your Pantry for the Engine 2 Challenge
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Stock Your Pantry for the Engine 2 Challenge
Saturday, February 1st
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

Set yourself up for success!  Kathleen will take you on a tour around the store highlighting pantry essentials that will allow you to whip up an easy, pant based meal any day of the week!  You’ll reactive a goody bag with Kathleen’s favorite pantry staples as well as the opportunity to win a copy of the Forks Over Knives DVD and Cookbook.

 

Pre-registration required.  Sign up here

Mon
03
Engine 2 Mocktail Party Kick-Off
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Engine 2 Mocktail Party Kick-Off
Monday, February 3rd
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

Kick off the Engine 2 Challenge in style!  We’ll be serving Engine 2-approved appetizers and mocktails while you have the opportunity to meet those who will be joining you on your healthy eating journey.  Past challengers will share their experiences and you’ll have the opportunity to win some fantastic Whole Foods Market prizes.

 

Pre-registration required.  Sign up here

Fri
07
Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
Friday, February 7th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

Whether you’re taking the “Firefighter” or the “Cadet” approach, you’ll enjoy honing your culinary skills while socializing with others participating in the Engine 2 Challenge.   Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of the challenge:

                Week 1: Dairy-Free Cooking

 

Pre-registration required.  Sign up here

Sat
08
Workout and Breakfast Saturday (Zumba)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Workout and Breakfast Saturday (Zumba)
Saturday, February 8th
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

A healthy lifestyle not only consists of a plant strong diet, but also regular physical activity.  Jumpstart your healthy weekend by attending a beginning Zumba class with Jane from the YMCA and then enjoy a (much deserved) Rip’s Big Bowl breakfast. 

 

Pre-registration required. Sign up here

Sat
08
Raw Engine 2 Hands-On Cooking Class with Guest Chef Bernadette Astrella
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Raw Engine 2 Hands-On Cooking Class with Guest Chef Bernadette Astrella
Saturday, February 8th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Culinary Center, $10

Bernadette Astrella, Gourmet Raw Food Chef and Certified Nutrition Consultant, and Kathleen are teaming up to bring you a raw foods cooking class!  We’ll be helping you prepare plant strong recipes that you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner! On the menu: overnight oatmeal, homemade almond milk, Beradette’s “Everything in the Garden” Salad, raw lasagna with cashew cheese and thumbprint cookies.

 

Register here

Fri
14
Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
Friday, February 14th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

Whether you’re taking the “Firefighter” or the “Cadet” approach, you’ll enjoy honing your culinary skills while socializing with others participating in the Engine 2 Challenge.   Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of the challenge:

                Week 2: Meatless Meals

 

Pre-registration is required. Sign up here

Sat
15
Workout and Breakfast Saturday (Zumba)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Workout and Breakfast Saturday (Zumba)
Saturday, February 15th
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

A healthy lifestyle not only consists of a plant strong diet, but also regular physical activity.  Jumpstart your healthy weekend by attending a beginning Zumba class with Jane from the YMCA and then enjoy a (much deserved) Rip’s Big Bowl breakfast.

 

Pre-registration is required. Sign up here

Wed
19
Engine 2 Sampling 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Demo Station
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Engine 2 Sampling 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, February 19th
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Demo Station, FREE

Did you know that Whole Foods Market carries Engine-2 brand products?  These delicious items will make the 28-day challenge a cinch!  Kathleen will be sampling out the Engine 2 cereal, almond milk, tortillas, veggie burgers and ancient grain blends so be sure to stop by!

 

No registration required.  Just stop on by between 9am and 11am or 1pm and 3pm!

Wed
19
Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) Support Group Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Culinary Center
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Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) Support Group Meeting
Wednesday, February 19th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

The Gluten-Intolerance Group (GIG) is hosting a gluten intolerance support group meeting on the third Wednesday of the month in the Culinary Center.  You'll have the opportunity to share your challenges, successes and sample some gluten-free products. 

 

To sign up or receive more information, please email: Kim Rice at thrivinggfcf@gmail.com

Thu
20
Easy One-Pot Engine 2 Meals Cooking Demo
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Demo Station
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Easy One-Pot Engine 2 Meals Cooking Demo
Thursday, February 20th
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Demo Station, FREE

Learn how you can whip together hearty and delicious one-pot meals in a matter of minutes! These recipes are perfect for weekday dinners when you’re pressed for time.  You’ll be amaze at how simple yet satisfying each of these dishes are!

 

Pre-registration is recommended.  Sign up here

Thu
20
Twitter Chat: Winter Comfort
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Winter Comfort
Thursday, February 20th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

The weather is still cold... How do you eat to keep warm? Join us to share recipes and stories around how and why food is so comforting during the winter months! Follow #WFMdish to participate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

Thu
20
"The 5 Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss" Lecture by Dr. Vikki Petersen
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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"The 5 Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss" Lecture by Dr. Vikki Petersen
Thursday, February 20th
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

 

A lecture given by

Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN

Internationally published author and public speaker, founder of HealthNOW Medical Clinic in Sunnyvale, CA

 

In this lecture, you’ll find out:

• What causes one to have “cravings”

• How certain hormones dictate whether we burn or store fat

• How to tailor a healthy eating program to your body

• The link between low-fat diets, obesity and diabetes

• How food allergies/sensitivities affect weight, digestion and energy

• How to lose weight safely and easily without drugs, fads or special foods

 

Register here

Fri
21
Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
Friday, February 21st
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

Whether you’re taking the “Firefighter” or the “Cadet” approach, you’ll enjoy honing your culinary skills while socializing with others participating in the Engine 2 Challenge.   Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of the challenge:

                Week 3: Oil Free Cooking, Baking and Salads

 

Pre-registration is required. Sign up here

Sat
22
Workout and Breakfast Saturday
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Workout and Breakfast Saturday
Saturday, February 22nd
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

A healthy lifestyle not only consists of a plant strong diet, but also regular physical activity.  Jumpstart your healthy weekend by attending a workout class with local certified fitness partners and then enjoy a (much deserved) Rip’s Big Bowl breakfast. 

 

Pre-registration is required. Sign up here

Tue
25
Oil-Free Salads, Roasting and Baking Cooking Demo
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Demo Station
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Oil-Free Salads, Roasting and Baking Cooking Demo
Tuesday, February 25th
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Demo Station, FREE

How can I ever make a salad dressing without oil? Or sauté onions? You’d be surprised how simple and creamy oil-free dressings are and how easy it is to sauté without unnecessary fats!  Kathleen also has a great trick for oil-free baking, so be sure to attend!

 

Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up here

Thu
27
Healthy Eating Value Store Tour
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Healthy Eating Value Store Tour
Thursday, February 27th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

Eating healthy can not only be delicious, but affordable too!  Learn Kathleen’s tips and tricks for shopping on a budget and ways to reduce packaging and food waste.  You’ll receive a goody bag with a few of Kathleen’s favorite Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value Brand items and Engine 2 resources.

 

Pre-registration required. Sign up here

Thu
27
Meet Rip Esselstyn!
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Healthy Eating Desk
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Meet Rip Esselstyn!
Thursday, February 27th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Healthy Eating Desk, FREE

Meet Rip Essylsten! Join us for mocktails and plant-based appetizers in the Healthy Eating Area where Rip will speak about the benefits of eating a Plant Strong diet. You’ll also have the opportunity to have your “Engine 2 Diet” or “My Beef with Meat” books signed by Rip himself! Pre-registration is required.  Sign up here

Thu
27
Twitter Chat: Food in Film
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Online
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Twitter Chat: Food in Film
Thursday, February 27th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online, Free

The biggest awards show of the season is coming up! Join us to chat about this year's favorites as well as the culinary classics of the past. Follow #WFMdish to participate in the conversation from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.

 

 

Fri
28
Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Culinary Center
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Group-Style Cooking Class Fridays!
Friday, February 28th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Culinary Center, FREE

Whether you’re taking the “Firefighter” or the “Cadet” approach, you’ll enjoy honing your culinary skills while socializing with others participating in the Engine 2 Challenge.   Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of the challenge:

                Week 4: Unprocessed Snacks

 

Pre-registration is required. Sign up here

Events At Nearby Stores

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.

NEW YEAR HOLIDAY STORE HOURS
Wednesday, December 31st
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Whole Foods Market Blossom Hill Location,

Hi friends! Please take note of our New Year's Holiday Store Hours:

December 31st New Year’s Eve: 8am to 8pm

January 1st New Year’s Day: 10am to 8pm

Hi friends! Please take note of our New Year's Holiday Store Hours:

December 31st New Year’s Eve: 8am to 8pm

January 1st New Year’s Day: 10am to 8pm