Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day sweets and treats!

Hello Wheatsville friends, fans and sweethearts!

It's not too late to express your love for your sweetheart, friend or favorite Wheatsville product or department. Stop by the Hospitality desk and make a Valentine for your favorites and we'll hang them in the window for all to see! (Just keep them G rated, ok?)

We're suggesting treating your sweetheart to some breakfast or brunch in bed this Sunday, so look throughout the store for our V-Day brunch themed items... we've got a bunch of stuff all together for your convenience in the cooler at the front of the store and in our freezer for an easy, breezy special Sunday!

In The Grocery Aisle
Tons of Chocolate for Valentine's Day:
We've got all kinds of chocolate on sale at Wheatsville. Chocolove chocolate bars, including the most excellent Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt, are on sale for $1.79. These bars have been one of the HUGEST hits we've seen in a long time. The smaller size of Chocolove is on sale for 89 cents. These all come with a poem inside the wrapper. We also have Endangered Species Bars in two sizes. The new smaller size is $1.29 with new flavors like Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Equal Exchange fair trade and organic chocolate bars are on sale, too. Last but certainly not least, we've got beautifully packaged Sjaak's Organic Vegan Fair Trade Chocolates and Caramels ! These delicious treats come in lovely boxes made of tree-free paper by a women's collective in Thailand. This is really a special product and will really hit a home run with your loved ones (or treat yourself!) Justin Merrifield, Grocery Buyer

Happy Valentine's Day from your Wheatsville Co-op Deli!

Lovin' from our Oven(s)!
Once again, Wheatsville's bakers have gone above and beyond to create a tantalizing array of homemade sweets this Valentine's Day for you to share with your loved ones! Our homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, in three-packs and singles, and local Tom's Fudge, in six-packs and singles, are an easy way to show your love with chocolate! Our holiday-inspired and vegan Chocolate-Raspberry Heart Cakes and Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting will be available in our Bakery case through Sunday, as will our classic Raspberry Jam-filled Linzer Torte Sandwich Cookies. Any one of these would surely make a delicious and thoughtful Valentine for friends and family, but don't forget to grab a sweet treat for your favorite professor, thoughtful bus driver, or last-minute babysitter, too! With some very decadent vegan muffins in the case this week as well, you can even start your mornings with a chocolate fix!

In addition to our wonderful assortment of sweet treats, this Sunday's Valentine's Day celebration most certainly calls for a relaxing breakfast in bed with your sweetheart! We'll have two house-made varieties of creamy and tender whole quiches for you to take home – our classic Broccoli Cheddar and our brand-new staff favorite Bacon Florentine, full of crispy Boar's Head bacon, baby spinach and cheddar cheese! I bet you can't eat just one slice!! Heat up either of those quiches alongside some cool, sweet, sparkly Mimosas and start your V-Day on the perfect note!

The Deli case will also be filled with all sorts of pretty and tasty salads and entrees to fill out the rest of your Valentine's Day, like our Creamy Saffron Risotto, Grilled Asparagus, Honey-Herb Beets with Feta, Risotto Cakes and Turkey Florentine Meatballs – pick up a few items on Saturday and you can spend all day Sunday lounging in your PJ's with your honeybunch!

Want to eat and run, or get something sweet and healthy for your little one? Our Valentine's inspired smoothie of the month is Chocolate-Covered Strawberry, blending strawberries with cacao nibs, and a hint of vanilla! Triple yum, and all that frozen goodness for just $4.99!

In addition to our holiday weekend specials, the Wheatsville Deli is still running our two fabulous Fresh In The Deli recipes for February! The recipe for First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op's delicious Black Forest Cookies may have come all the way from Oregon, but we wanna keep it right here in the Lone Star State! Chewy and crispy at the same time, these giant chocolate vegan cookies are packed with chocolate chunks and tart dried organic cherries. They are amazing and yet another irresistible option for your Valentine gifting!

And from Viroqua Food Co-op in Wisconsin, we have Tomato Dill Pasta Salad with Parmesan and Mozzarella! This penne pasta salad combines sweet cherry tomatoes, salty Parmesan, creamy mozzarella, fresh dill, garlic and Kalamata olives to create a deliciously simple balance of flavors.

Prefer something warm during these chilly days? Hit up our hot bar from 11am-2pm and again from 4pm-7pm every day, for hot dishes like Vegan Mac & Cheese with Broccoli, Creamy Three-Cheese Lasagna, Cheesy Chicken & Biscuits, Lil' Cheddar Meatloaf Muffins, Coconut-Curry Kale, and Chocolate-Cranberry Croissant Bread Pudding! Our ever-changing selection of hot soups rounds out the hot bar with winners like African Peanut, Corn Chowder and the immune-boosting Garlic Soup, alongside our vegan Tempeh Chili. Can't get enough of that chili?! At the Deli Counter, our famous Frito Pies are available on Owner Special this month – at just $3.99 this is one of the cheapest and most filling meals in town, loaded with crunchy Fritos and hearty chili! Add some jalapenos for extra heat or some cheese if you're feeling the need!

Also on sale for owners in the Deli this month are both sizes of our organic, fair-trade and much-loved Latte! Sidle up to our Deli Counter's coffee bar and save 50 cents on this delicious drink! Need something to pair with your morning coffee? Well, our locally-made Sweetish Hill Cinnamon Rolls are also on Owner Special, and they are amazing! And amazingly huge! These tender, light rolls are swirled with cinnamon sugar for a just-sweet-enough chew and would most certainly hold up to repeated latte-dunking!
So come on in and celebrate Valentine's Day with your Wheatsville Co-op Deli and feel the love!!

Bodycare new local product!
Wheatsville has recently (last 2 weeks) started carrying Skin Organics by Ann Webb.  She is local, the products are clean, and the results are really fantastic.  We are having an introductory sale of 25% off the whole line through February, and an in store demo on February 12th, from 5-7.  Everyone should come in to check out this great new skin care line!

From Bryan, the Butcher

Check out this month's specials:
Shelton's turkey breakfast links on sale for $3.99 ea reg. 5.29 ea.
Shelton's turkey breakfast patties on sale for $3.99 ea reg. 5.29 ea.
Shelton's turkey Italian sausage $3.99 ea reg. $5.29 ea.
Niman Ranch Top Sirloin full cut Steak $8.49 lb reg. $8.99 lb
Niman Ranch Top Sirloin Ambassador Steak $8.99lb reg. $9.49lb

Organic Prairie All Beef Hamburger patties, regular $6.99 now _____ while supply lasts
Wild Catch Coconut shrimp $8.29 lb regular now _____while supply lasts.

Check out some great new items!
Applegate Farms Organic Smoky links $8.99. Classic little snack sausage and it organic and certified humane treatment.

Niman Ranch St. Louis style ribs $8.49 lb average 1.50 lbs. Do you love the pulled pork as much as I do? If so here's another great quick meal idea from Niman Ranch. Fully cooked, ready to eat, and made with 100% all natural pork and its certified humane treatment.

Louisiana sourced crawfish tails
$19.99 lb. Got a hankering for some gumbo? It's not complete until the crawfish makes it into it. Help support Louisiana aquaculture. Plus it's a best choice on the Seafood watch list.

Wild Caught King Salmon "Ivory whites" steaks
for $14.99 lb. This is a sustainable seafood choice from north western waters of the U.S. It's a great choice for a grilling fish.

This is Dan again, wishing you a super swell and sweet Valentine's Day! We love you!

Dan Gillotte
Wheatsville GM, e-mail guy and Valentine's enthusiast

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Valentine's... IN BED!

Organic Fair Trade Vegan Chocolates for Valentine's Day!!!

Holy smokes! We've got the most awesome Organic Fair Trade Vegan
Chocolates for Valentine's Day!!! And, they are even MORE eco and
ethical than that because they are packaged in boxes made from tree
free paper by a women's collective in Thailand! Show your sweetie that
you care about them AND the world with these candies!