Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Outstanding Community Volunteer

In the spirit of Team Member Appreciation … I wanted to give a shout out to our WFM Newport Beach Whole Body Team Member Michelle Gordon.
Michelle was awarded The Orange County Spirit of Volunteerism Award on April 9th.

Congrats to Michelle Buck-Gordon for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer! Michelle truly embodies our core value of caring for our community!
Below is her story. We are very proud of her!

Name:  Michelle Buck-Gordon
Honoree Category:  Human & Community
Why Nominated:  Michelle is recognized for her incredible dedication to promoting the arts on campus at The Academy Charter High School, a community project of Orangewood Children’s Foundation. With 71% of students on the free or reduced lunch program, The Academy targets educationally underserved teens prepares them for college and careers. Michelle facilitates the Art Class during the after-school program and is coordinating a fundraiser to in Fullerton to benefit the art program 
Michelle’s story:
I stared this program and hope to not only keep it within Orangewood but bring it to shelters and other organizations with young struggling teens in Orange County.
Creating Paths – Art Teens was created by Michelle Buck-Gordon, a former foster child.  The volunteer outreach program represents Michelle’s dream of providing struggling youth an opportunity to create and share art with the community.  Michelle is involved in the Orange County Art scene and participates in local events where she can share her art.  She also is a volunteer teacher at The Academy Charter School after school art class.  She works with young adults, in hopes that she can help them tap into their own creativity and develop skills for life. 

Raina and Rocco loving the 40% discount!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Juan "front runner" Nunez

New TM in Boca! Please welcome him to the team. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Knife Skills: How to Cut Citrus Fruit Into Wedges, Slices, and Suprèmes

This week we're gonna show you how to cut citrus fruits into slices (rounds), wedges, and suprèmes (aka fancy-pants segments). Seems like simple stuff, right? And it is, but doing it right can make a world of difference in how your finished dishes look and taste.
When shopping, look for fruit that seems heavy for its size. Most ripe citrus fruit should give quite a bit when squeezed. If too firm, leave it on the shelf and move on. Citrus fruit will get softer as it sits at home, but don't expect a sour orange to become sweeter. Once it's been picked, it's about as sweet as it's gonna be. Click here for more on

Friday, April 25, 2014

Scott Saulsberry Blending Up Smoothies for Team Member Appreciation Week

Team Member Appreciation is Alive in NorCal

Angela Lorenzen is so "old school" helping out our customer service team for TM appreciation. 

E40 at Haight, San Francisco

Check out this post from rapper E40 at our Haight store -

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WFM Supplier Awards

This week, Whole Foods Market revealed the winners of the coveted annual Supplier Awards, Whole Food Market’s highest honors for producer partners that embody our mission and core values.

Some of these suppliers are wonderful partners of WPF, including:
  • WPF’s Supplier Alliance for Microcredit member Alaffia, who will give $50,000 to WPF in 2014
  • Del Monaco Foods, who makes the microcredit client-inspired Turkish Lentil Soup found in Prep Foods, a portion of which goes to Whole Planet Foundation.
  • Alter Eco Foods, who will be partnering with us for this year’s WFM Team Member Volunteer Programs in Peru and Thailand
  • Suja Juice who gives 20¢ per bottle of Mango Fuego juice to WPF
We are so fortunate to work with so many amazing suppliers who help us to alleviate poverty around the globe. They truly are amazing and we are so proud of them.

You can read about these vendors and all the winners of the Supplier Awards here.

         Morgan Peretti 
         Education and Awareness Specialist

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chandrika Knocking out Some Curry in Santa Rosa

Love Local :: Hawaiian Chocolate

The cool folks of Madre and Manoa Chocolate are doing bean to bar right on the island of O'ahu. Check out this one of a kind opportunity and commitment to local flavor and sustainable agriculture and to see our own Claire Sullivan at work!!!


Please share with your friends! So far our Hawaii series of Local Local Stories has had over 462K VIEWS and counting!!! If you have not checked out the videos please see below for the full listing. 

Double Discount in PN

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pliny Hunt in La Jolla

Thanks to Jennifer Lahotski in La Jolla for the below post:

Easter Saturday was crazy-fun at Whole Foods Market La Jolla! There was a natural egg coloring kids club in the morning, fresh handcrafted paella being made outside on the patio, and at 3PM, the madness took the sales floor with LAJ’s version of an Easter Egg Hunt for Adults. . . . Pliny Hunt!

Customers and beer geeks were tipped off by the friendly specialty team the week before and showed up for some fun on Saturday afternoon. Some made out like bandits! Enjoy the pictures (and the Pliny!)!

NC Leadership serving up donuts and coffee!

Venice Watermelon Cake

Just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day!  We will be putting this on e-store, and they will be available for order from our vegan grill / juice bar for $19.99. Some culled berries, a mini watermelon and some made in house cashew cream icing, simply delicious!

Monday, April 21, 2014

WPF Campaign

Pics from Tuesday’s visit from Global EVP David Lannon.  Alexandra was presented with a new WPF hoodie sweatshirt and a $100 gift card from SERRV, a local business that focuses on fair trade products.

Thank you all so much for making the time for this presentation.  I know how much there is to do on a visit of this nature, and I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support and congratulations.

Thanks everyone!

David Beardsley, MW Madison

Happy Easter from Kensington High Street

Some tidbits from High Street Kensington- London
·         Team Member Call outs
·         Easter tasty treats
·         Great Signs from our Artistic Team
·         Team Member Innovations
·         Price Match Large scale displays
·         And yes, an EMPTY TABLE!  Because we sold all of our Simnel Cakes!   
It’s a lovely traditional English Easter Cake- and we sold a TON of them!

Happy Easter all!
Kim and the Kensington Team