Friday, December 18, 2009

Whole Foods, Revisited & A Giveaway

Before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to visit a Whole Foods Store in Tempe AZ and was able to spend some time with one of their chefs.  She suggested some new recipes (although we all decided we did NOT like beets, we did like her take on mashed potatoes!) and was very helpful.

When Lydia and I arrived at the store, she looked up at the sign -- and said "Hey!  Top Chef!!"  Yes, I'm a reality TV junkie and my daughter's favorite shows are "cooking shows"  On Top Chef, they often do their shopping at Whole Foods, so she recognized their logo.  She was excited about meeting a Top Chef, and was slightly confused when she didn't recognize Bethany :)

One thing that really struck me during our visit was how friendly and helpful ALL of the staff was. As we moved through the store, I noticed various associates offering help to customers.  Everyone I saw seemed to genuinely like their job, and was eager to provide help, advice or information.

Associates were ready to provide samples, and genuinely wanted to make sure customers were purchasing something they would enjoy.  When we asked for a recommendation for wine, Dave asked us our price range, then pulled out a bottle that was in our price range that he felt would be perfect.  We were able to try a sample, and had to agree that it was delicious!  I also appreciated the chance to try the pricey cheese before we purchased it.

The Whole Foods website is also full of helpful information and recipes.   There are thousands of delicious-looking recipes to try, and you can sign up for a Recipes newsletter to always get the latest recipe.  I also like that they split up the recipes into different categories like "Cooking with Kids", "Gifts" and "Quick and Easy."  They even have almost one thousand gluten-free recipes listed!

One thing that Bethany did mention was that people sometimes refer to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck"  While there are plenty of items that could eat up a food budget (plenty of yummy, delicious items I'd like to add!) there are also plenty of competitively priced items.  Choosing from the Whole Foods 365 brand for things like butter, canned goods, and other staples won't cost you any more than traditional grocery stores.

Whole Foods would like to give one of my readers a $10 gift certificate to spend at one of their stores.  If you have one near you and want to pick up some goodies for the holiday season, check out their website and leave a comment with a recipe that you would like to try.   

Giveaway will be open for comments until midnight, Monday, December 21, 2009.  Winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on Tuesday and contacted via email. (So, please make sure I can easily find your email address!)

Disclosure: I want to thank Whole Foods for providing a gift certificate for this giveaway!  

** Comments are closed!  Commenter #10 was chosen by and has been contacted.  Thanks for entering! **  


  1. I have two that are not too far from me. I love going to them.
    I would like to try the Chicken Tetrazzini.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  2. Their recipes look great! I would like to try the butternut squash tart. Thanks for the giveaway! Stopping by from Mama Bzz!
    madamedeals at gmail dot com

  3. Oh yum I'd love to try the ROASTED BEEF TENDERLOIN.

    jrhammlett at yahoo

  4. I think the Chocolate Mocha Sugar Cookies would be delicious!!

    brewcrew27 (at) comcast (dot) net

  5. MY MOST Favorit indulgence! There is a new WF near my parent's house and I love, love, love it!

    I'm eager to try some of their budget friendly options... But I would use the GC for their awesome cheeses and coffee!

  6. The Chocolate Mocha Sugar Cookies sound good.

  7. Mexican Taco Soup sounds like it would be worth trying. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Anonymous5:59 PM

    Don't enter me in the giveaway, but I had to say that Lydia's confusion about Whole Foods and Top Chef reminds me of Colin's confusion at a similar age when you came to the airport to get me and he was distressed because he thought I'd left my baby on the plane.

    I love Whole Foods for some of the things I can't get anywhere else, some of the things I'm picky about like eggs and milk, for the quality of the produce and the fact that while they do have things from all over they also seem to try to carry local products. They always seem really helpful and that was the case just this afternoon when I was there.

  9. Creamy Spring Asparagus Soup sounds yummy! ckachelmuss at gmail dot com

  10. Kraig2:49 PM

    I would like to try some of their cheeses.

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