Friday, January 31, 2014

Hawks love WFM!

A few fun things in Seattle for the Super Bowl. The first one is a posting from the Seattle QB’s wife of a display at Bellevue. ESPN also filmed a piece about Russell Wilson at that store. Banner ads online Seattle Times sports section, lots of social media about events like gauc making, chili cook-offs, growler flash sale, and big deals.

Song of the Week

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Roof in the Whole: The Roof

Photos by Austin Mcallister

Standard dieting advice says that food shopping on an empty stomach can leave you with a cart full of calorie-dense impulse buys. But dining before you shop at the Roof, the taproom and counter-service café on the second floor of Brooklyn’s new Whole Foods, poses different risks. You might easily blow your entire shopping budget on wholesome bar food before your aisle-wandering even begins. Or, after a few rounds upstairs, you may find yourself drunkenly loading your cart with Third & 3rd specialties like frozen Roberta’s pizzas, pints of Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream and Chocopologie Chestnut Cocoa Stout Chocolate Truffles, wiping out both your budget and your dietary resolutions. But we don’t think you’ll regret it.

The taproom is tucked into the corner of a larger seating area, where customers can bring trays from the food court and downstairs. If you’ve got a big appetite, it’s worth hitting the Yuji Ramen counter on your way up for a bowl of broth-less yet big-flavored noodles to eat as an appetizer; the Roof’s food service is on the slow side. Otherwise, we couldn’t complain. Even on a recent rainy Saturday afternoon, the second-floor space was filled with natural light. There were a few seats taken at every one of the many communal tables, and the majority of parties were helmed by a kid or two; despite all the highchairs, the scene was mellow enough to sip a Stillwater Stateside Saison—a citrusy, golden farmhouse ale—in peace. (The 16 beers on tap include a few that are brewed especially for the Third & 3rd Whole Foods Market, like Evil Twin’s Even More Denmark, a smoky and malty chocolate-chestnut stout that’s 10 percent alcohol.) - click here to continue at The L Magazine.

SoPac Salmon & Supplement Facebook Posts

Rocky Mountain's most recent Local Producer Loan Recipient: Veggie-Go's

We are happy to announce the Rocky Mountain Region’smost recent Local Producer Loan recipient Veggie-Go’sby the Naked Edge! Located in Boulder, Colorado, Veggie-Go’s are the original fruit AND veggie strip! Veggie-Go’s are currently selling in: Rocky Mountain, South, North East, Mid-Atlantic, SoPac, NorCal, PacNW (Canada only), Midwest (Canada only). They have been approved and will be hitting the shelves in Midwest (US) and Southwest in April.
Founders and owners, John and Lisa McHugh started The Naked Edge after returning home to Boulder after working on Organic farms across Europe. They were shocked by the over processed food that made up the majority of American's diets, so they decided to create a product that represented the way they were eating on the farms. Though a ton of trial and error, they created Veggie-Go's in 2011. They started out at farmer's markets and they are now growing exponentially!
Veggie-Go’s are similar to a fruit leather but made from whole organic fruits AND veggies and NO added sugar! Veggie-Go’s are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO project Certified and come in unique flavors like Mountain Berry Spinach, Carrot Ginger, Cinnamon Spiced Beet and Sweet Potato Pie.  John and Lisa have outgrown their current capacity and will use the funds of this loan to purchase a larger dehydrator to increase their output!
Since loan recipients have a unique relationship with Whole Foods Market, we’d really appreciate you keeping Veggie-Go’s in mind for things like in-store marketing, promotions, demos, etc.  Please share this information with your team members and guests! Facebook and Twitter verbiage is below.  Let me know if you need contact information in order to set something up in your store.  Also, please contact Mark Law or Erin Harper  if at any time you are considering discontinuing or significantly decreasing your purchase of this product.

Way to go Birmingham!

Some of our stores  have become shelters for team members and some customers.  See this Birmingham customer post. The store fixed a late night dinner at the Brasserie for folks stranded on the road! Pretty cool!
-Omar Gaye 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Whole Story

The Whole Story is headed your way! 
Get excited for the upcoming release of the hour-long documentary The Whole Story, an in-depth look at the history of Whole Foods Market and some of the major achievements (and struggles) along the way.
Stay tuned for more information about screening opportunities in your location! We’ve created a cool movie poster to place Back of House to advertise when your region or store will be showing the documentary (look for guidance from your regional and store leadership on showtimes/locations) The high-res poster is located on Cumulus: Active Programs > One-Time > Whole Story Movie Poster 2014

Getting Read for the Big Game in Rocky Mtn.

Mushrooms in CLJ!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TONIGHT on network TV: Dark Rye: The TV Show

Thank you Scott Simons for the below post:

Team, the Dark Rye TV show debuts tonight on the Pivot network at 8:30 PM, central standard time.  This is certainly a first for WFM and we’re getting a ton of media buzz today.  

Major Remodel at Baseline

Almost done…

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Timelapse Video of Brooklyn WFM Being Built

How to Choose A Bottle of Wine

How to choose wine, in an infographic. Pair with the indispensable illustrated scratch-and-sniff guide to becoming a wine expert.  - click here to view.

Healthy Lunches at High Street Kensington!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beverly Hills Touchdown Cakes!

Whole Foods Market Oakland Celebrates MLK National Day of Service

We're at the Gardens at Lake Merritt today supporting the annual MLK National Day of Service! Over 600 volunteers have showed up to clean the lake and gardens - go Oakland!

Whole Foods Keeps it All Natural

58 days of king cakes: Whole Food's all-natural king cake comes in many flavors, including praline, berry and Chantilly Cream, cinnamon and raspberry and cream cheese. (Noah Simon, | The Times-Picayune)  

Whole Foods is known for its natural foods with no preservatives. The king cakes carry that same label, and as we continue our Mardi Gras quest to eat 58 king cakes, one for each day of Carnival, we stopped in for a berry and chantilly cream.
For all 58 days of this long Carnival season - click here to continue on                 

Citrus Fest in Boise!

Pictures from the Prepared Foods Immersion Last Week

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

69-Cent Oysters Return!

The Seattle Times
Westlake Whole Foods: 69-Cent Oysters Return After Makeover 
By Tan Vinh
January 15, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

All Hail the Seahawks and Bellevue Whole Foods

This is from Russell Wilson's wife; she's a regular at our Bellevue store.