Monday, April 30, 2012
What turns a boring broth into an exciting soup or stew? Usually it's the chopped veggies, meat, herbs, spices, and noodles that you add to it. But don't forget about the broth itself! Thickening it adds more body, texture, and flavor to your soup.
You can thicken a broth by cooking something starchy, like noodles, rice, or potatoes in it. Some people add plain flour, and some cook up a roux (flour and butter, sautéed together in a pan) to thicken their soups. But there's a simpler and, some might say, healthier way to thicken a soup—nut butters!
Source: SERIOUS EATS
Dear Team Members,
Last week, we introduced you to Whole Journeys – an exciting new travel company designed to take our customers directly to the sources of our products around the world. Now, you can visit Grapevine to read a letter from John Mackey about the program and view photos of our executives taking their own Whole Journeys adventures.
Executive Director Kathy Dragon is currently creating active, multi-day trips for small groups of WFM customers, who will be able to meet our food producers and artisans, both domestically and internationally. In the future, we’ll also offer programs that dive deeper into cooking, wine, tea, coffee and more, plus partner with our Healthy Eating Team and Whole Planet Foundation on future wellness/immersion and volunteering programs, respectively. We’ll then share the experiences of our travelers through in-store communications, our social media channels and more!
Stay tuned for more information, including the Whole Journeys website, and please direct any questions to WholeJourneys@wholefoods.com.
Global Team Member Services
Global Team Member Services
Hello Pacific Northwest!
It is Whole Foods Market’s 10th anniversary in Canada; 10 years since our first Canadian store opened in Yorkville, Ontario on May 1, 2002. We are honouring the occasion by announcing and celebrating Grow Canada Day throughout the Region, and along with the Midwest Region, throughout the company!
Our entry into Canada was a very important milestone. It tested WFM’s ability to understand ‘local’ in a way it had never had to before, as well as to translate systems, to listen and to learn, to know when to be proud and when to be humble, and to prove that the concept that was working so well in one country had the potential to be equally or more successful in another.
Thanks to the knowledge, passion, dedication, patience, mentorship, and just plain hard work of many Canadians, it worked. Our acceptance and growth in Canada is amazing, and for our Region it has been critical. What we’ve gained is not just about sales and profit, it is about some of the best TM’s in the company; about ideas that have carried across the region and the company; about a place where we can evolve our systems and be prepared for greater growth; and about integrating a Canadian spirit and attitude that is a wonderful compliment to our American temperament.
Of course, in the PN our Canadian entry into Park Royal in 2004 set the stage for our eventual merger with Capers in 2008, which truly made the difference in our local expertise, acceptance, and potential. More on that later.
In the coming days you’ll hear about many Team Member and public activities and events, which will culminate on our official Grow Canada Day – May 16.
So raise a toast, send a note, post a comment, and celebrate with us this 10th Anniversary of Whole Foods Market Canada!
Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest
Thursday, April 26, 2012
On opening day of the NORTH PROVIDENCE EAST LITTLE LEAGUE, University Heights performed a RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS and made new friends with this youth baseball league, just miles from the store.
Flying solo today, yours truly loaded up the car with organic apples, Clif Kid Z Bars and water and showed up just before the celebration began. Instantly made new friends with the president and concession manager, who said with joy in face receiving this bounty of healthy snacks -- “Nobody ever donates food to us!”
Of course, the concession stand was loaded with candy and other junk food and they were overjoyed to give the kids a healthy option.
The discussion will continue next week how we can support them with regular donations of fruit and nutritious snacks!
Score one for the UNI team!
In the line up below is former Mayor of Providence, now Congressman David Cicilline who came up and shook my hand in thanks!
Marketing Team Leader
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