Thursday, February 02, 2012

Game On!



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Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!

We are proud to be supporting Safe Place this February through our Community Action Wednesday
donation program. The Mission of Safe Place is ending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.We will donate 1% of total store sales on 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22. Your shop on these days will help contribute to our overall donation.

If you can't shop on these days but would like to support Safe Place please consider donating your bag refunds or making a cash donation at checkout. We will also be collecting pantry items for the shelter through February 29th. Collection bins are near the Hospitality Desk.

And thank you to everyone who contributed to People's Community Clinic. We collected dozens of children's books for their waiting room and were able to raise a cash contribution of $2,517.11!!! WOW!!! Thank you so much for your generosity! Our Wheatsville family never fails to amaze us.

And have your heard the BIG NEWS? This week we launched our amazingly tangy & perfectly spiced Vegan Buffalo Popcorn Tofu and Vegan Blue Cheez Dressing just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! You won't care who wins as long as you've got some Buffalo Popcorn Tofu on hand!

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This week's One Big Thing

·         Wholly Guacamole!

·         Game on!

·         Super Bowl of Cheese

·         Touchdown!

·         Ruthless Rye

·         Valentine Sparklers

·         Omega Sale

·         New at Wheatsville

·         Co+op & Owner Deals

·         Local Valentines


This week's One Big Thing is Buffalo Popcorn Tofu

Why do we love it?
1. It's a tasty spin on a prized Wheatsville favorite!
2. It's great for parties and potlucks!
3. It's especially great for Super Bowl festivities

Wholly Guacamole!

Super Bowl is such a great snacking event, but it doesn't have to be an unhealthy one.  In addition to the standard guacamole fixin's, we're featuring all-natural Wholly Guacamole in three flavors:  Pico, Spicy, and a new variety, Classic Organic.  It doesn't get much easier than opening the package and squeezing it out into a bowl.  Even though they are "natural" and not organic, the Pico and Spicy flavors don't use any weird preservatives or chemicals. 

To go along with your hot wings or spicy buffalo popcorn tofu, we've got plenty of pre-packaged fresh cut veggie packs.  They're all organic and contain carrots, celery, broccoli, and radishes.  Something to help take the heat off your palate!

Game on!

Austin knows football, and even when it's not our local faves in the Big Game, we still party like it is! In fact, that means there's possibly even less time spent shouting in front of the screen and more time savoring all the tasty treats at your Super Bowl Party! We are absolutely thrilled to introduce a brand new item that we think you're gonna love: Buffalo Popcorn Tofu! That's right, we have been working on a spicy version of our best-selling, vegan PCT and it's ready to roll just in time for Super Bowl! It's great dunked in some of our vegan Blue Cheez sauce! We'll have large containers of both our classic Popcorn Tofu and the Buffalo Popocorn Tofu along with the Blue Cheez and Cashew-Tamari dressings available for game day.

In addition, we're featuring a Hot Wings Hot Bar on Sunday with our tasty, crispy Buffalo Hot Wings and BBQ Wings, plus some classic Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings – we'll even have large bags on hand if you'd like to stock up on hot, ready to go wings to bring to your shindig! In addition, we'll have tons of other yummy stuff, like Lil' Cheddar Meatloaf Muffins, Oven-Roasted Hot Wings, Tempeh Chili, Black Bean Turkey Chili, Bacony Baked Potato Salad, Bucky's Baked Beans, Meme's Coleslaw, Cheeseballs, Vegan Queso, Spinach Feta Dip, Walnut Pecan Pate, and tons of salsas for endless chip dippin'!

And if you're really planning big, think about taking advantage of the convenience of our Catering Trays! From Popcorn Tofu to Middle Eastern spreads to a selection of Sliced Meats and Cheeses to Sweet Dessert Bars, we've got the perfect tray for every occasion – and now our Sushi department is making gorgeous and affordable trays of vegan and fishy Sushi rolls and wraps, too! Sushi-bowl!

Check out our online menu and call the Deli at 512-478-1164 to place your order. Just let us know what you're looking for and we will do our best to make your Superbowl party dreams a delicious reality!

Click here to read about all of our Deli's new items, deals & specials!

Super Bowl of Cheese

This weekend is Super Bowl Weekend, and we have some tasty ideas to sustain you through the hours of pre-game analysis and through the game. Not to mention the half time show.

Emeril Legasse's Blue Cheese Dressing
Rachel Ray's Blue Chees Dressing
Baked Stuffed Jalapenos
Joe's Screaming Stuffed Jalapeno
Stuffed Mushrooms
New York Cheeseburger: The Cheeseburger Society
New England Steamed Cheese Burger


Wheatsville is now offering Maple Leaf Farms Pekin Duck. Antibiotic-free, hormone-free and humanely raised these guys are available whole for $5.49 / lb. or parted into leg quartes and boneless breast. We also offer the giblets and unrendered fat. Try making Duck Confit with the leg quarters. More uses for duck fat can be found on our blog.

Wings are always a safe bet with football. We have our pre rubbed Six Pepper Wings or if you prefer to construct your own flavor profile just remember a couple of easy steps. Rub your wings, roast for about 15 minutes to dry out the skin. Baste them and cook for 10 minute intervals for about thirty minutes. I hear we will be stocking the Stubbs Wing Sauce. I have used this very sauce with the Six Pepper Rub Wings and it has been great.

Got smoke? Slow cook some Niman Ranch St. Louis Style Pork Ribs. No smoke? The oven works just fine. We will also have the Niman Ranch Pre cooked and sauced Ribs. Just heat and serve these for an easy game day treat.

Sausage? We have great in house made grilling sausages. The Tipsy Cow Beef Sausage, made with North Coast Brewery's PranQster is great on the grill and also makes a great burger. The Hot Italian is also a great solo grilling Sausage. Our Chorizo is great in queso. The Beef and Lamb and the Chicken Curry Sausage would also make great additions to other finger type foods. The Cilantro lime Chicken Patty is a great alternative to a beef burger, and the Premium Grind makes an amazing burger that will blow away all your friends.

Fancy pigs in a blanket? Over in the refrigerated section section Wheatsville has Immaculate Baking Co. Crescent rolls. Cut these guys into triangles and place a quarter hot dog per triangle in the middle and roll it up. Bake as per the Crescent Roll instructions and there you go. What kind of Hot Dog you ask? We have several options. In the self serve case we have the Niman Ranch Fearless Franks. These guys have a great Beef flavor and come from one of our favorite sustainable and humanely raised sources. The Tanka Dog is probably my favorite option that Wheatsville carries. A Buffalo dog that has really great flavor. These guys are really good. In the freezer, we have Apple Gate Farms Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs and Apple Gate Turkey Dogs. The Organic Beef Dogs are at a great new lower price, and the Turkey dogs are a great alternative to red meat hot dogs.

Wheatsville now has Organic Chicken, then you're in luck. We have Mary's Free Range Chicken. These Chickens are third party certified humanely treated by the Step 5 Program with Global Animal Partnership.  Check out the Step 5 Certification, and Mary's Free Range Chicken. These are at a great new price for Wheatsville. The 8 pc. Fryer is $5.49/lb while the Boneless Skinless Breast is $9.99/lb. and the Thighs are $5.99lb. They all come in "trayless" tray packs that have no Styrofoam.

In the freezer, on Coop Deals we have Shelton's Turkey Breakfast Patties and Links. These are a great deal when we can offer them.

Ruthless Rye

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is here! Sierra Nevada's new seasonal beer, Ruthless Rye IPA, is a delicious brew featuring the flavors of rye bread, citrus and pine. Think Sierra Nevada Torpedo with the addition of rye. Awesome!  Learn more about this beer on Episode One of BEERCAST!

Valentine Sparklers

Mumm Napa Cuvee M sparkling wine for your valentine! On the palate, full flavors of peach and pear combine with a creamy caramel character, which lingers into a long satisfying finish. This is the perfect sparkling wine to share with the one you love!

Omega Sale

Omega fatty acids can help your health, beauty, and state of well-being in so many ways.  And, New Chapter's Wholemega Whole Fish Oil is one of the best and most complete sources of Omega fatty acids on the market, providing Omega 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9's.  What makes New Chapter's Wholemega Whole Fish Oil supplement so unique is, as the name implies, it comes from the whole fish, with all the wonderful synergistic properties intact (including Astaxanthin!).  They take wild-caught salmon, press it, and that is what you get.  This delivers the natural profile of 17 omega fatty acids found in one of nature's true superfoods: Wild Alaskan Salmon.  In fact, taking the daily serving of Wholemega for a week provides the same amount of whole omega fatty acids as three servings of Wild Alaskan Salmon. Wholemega Whole Fish Oil has been the subject of multiple human clinical trials — with compelling results — including an ability to lower triglyceride levels in as few as 14 days.  Also, these wonderful omega fatty acids can help with brain, mood, joints, inflammation, allergies, cardiovascular health, and skin health.

New at Wheatsville

We work hard to seek out exciting new products and flavors we think our members will love—here's what's new at Wheatsville this week.

Co+op Deals & Owner Deals

Two fun food events are approaching our calendars during the next two weeks: Super Bowl & Valentine's Day. Wheatsville is ready for both! We've got the best locally crafted beers, flavorful and fun game foods as well as the finest chocolates available. What would Valentine's Day be without a savory piece Chocolove? It's on sale now for $1.99 a bar reg. $2.59. And don't forget to buy some bubbly to toast the sweetest folks in your life.

Click here for more Co+op Deals valid Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 – Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

Click here for more Owner Deals valid Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 – Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator

Local Valentines

Our locally made greeting cards are a big hit year round so we're excited to feature special Valentine designs from Flatflower, Peacenotes, and Chriss Blagrave. Each of these artists uses different techniques and mediums to give their line a unique feel, and all are made with love right here in the ATX!


I hope you have a most excellent week!

Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

About Duck Fat

Ducks carry all their fat right under their skin. The skin and fat trim can be rendered into a smooth very creamy and delicious fat. This fat is great for all sort of culinary uses. Cooking the skin and fat at low to medium heat until the skin is crispy and golden, straining the solids from the fat and storing in the refrigerator for around 4 months.

Alternately, you could make the fat solid in the fridge and the cut into smaller portions and freeze in an airtight bag for quick use later on. You can also use the fat that renders from roasting a whole duck in the same way. There is some debate for how long you can keep fats. If you do not scorch the fat, it can be strained and reused. When reusing fats, if it is not clear and gives off an offensive odor, it has probably been scorched and should not be used. Your nose will always be the surest way to keep from eating or using rancid foods.

New at Wheatsville

We work hard to seek out exciting new products and flavors we think our members will love —
here’s what’s new at Wheatsville this week.

With all of the new nut and seed milks available these days soy seems to have fallen from favor, but let's not forget the stellar qualities that have long made it a staple food for entire cultures and cuisines. Roughly similar to cow's milk, one 8oz cup of soy offers approximately 9 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber; unlike cow's milk, it has little saturated fat and no cholesterol. Like dairy milk, most soymilk is enriched with calcium and vitamins. Westsoy is proud to be Non-GMO Verified, and to offer all the goodness of soy without sugar or sweeteners.
64oz,   Reg. $4.69

Light up your taste buds with this exclusive gourmet blend of unexpected flavors from Popcorn Indiana’s Reserve collection. The spicy kick of wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is balanced with a touch of the sweet, mellow tang of soy sauce, then tossed with crunchy, fresh popcorn. Snack-aholic warning: this stuff is addictive!
5.5oz,  Reg. $3.99

Bobo’s Oat Bars have a moist and delicious homemade taste that is unlike any other snack bar on the market-- like a bowl of oatmeal in a bar! Bobo’s are simple, tasty and great for those on the go looking for wholesome nutrition. By using organic, non-GMO and vegan ingredients, these bars support sustainable agriculture as well as good health. Bobo’s Oat Bars are handmade in Boulder, Colorado. Located with the baked goods near our Deli counter.
3oz,     Reg. $2.29

Lean On Me's Tomato, Basil, Onion & Mozzarella Quiche is inspired by the essential fresh ingredients used in Italian home cooking, blended together in perfect harmony with fresh eggs and milk. Low in cholesterol and high in calcium, this mini quiche just the right size for one person. In our frozen section.
5oz,     Reg. $5.99

With pepperoni lovers in mind, Tofurky set out to create a meatless pepperoni that could satisfy the exacting standards of a nation of pepperoni experts. The traditional white fat normal pepperoni is speckled with was replaced with whole grain organic brown rice, and the texture adapted from Tofurky's famous deli slices. Fire up the pizza oven or try these in your favorite sandwich, and you will say Tofurky Pepperoni-- that’s amore! Located in our refrigerated department.
4oz,     Reg. $2.89

Fresh in the Deli

We are super excited about our brand new hot sandwich oven behind the Deli Counter! To celebrate its arrival, we are offering a menu of six hot and toasty sandwiches for you! Try our classic BLT on toasted local sourdough, or our cheesy Caprese with melted mozzarella, house-made pesto, fresh veggies and oil and vinegar! The Italian will fill you up, piled high with two kinds of salami and honey maple ham on local toasted ciabatta. Our Smoked Ham & Swiss comes with stone ground mustard, lettuce and tomatoes on local rye bread. Try my favorite, the Tuna Melt, which melts sharp white cheddar over our house-made tuna salad. Or have a WV Turkey Club, featuring oven-roasted turkey, crispy bacon and ripe avocado with veggies on organic wheat bread. Come on in to read the menu for all the details! We’ll be working on even more hot sandwich selections to come, but for now, just head on over and try one!

We are delighted to introduce a wonderful line of local, organic Zhi Teas at the Wheatsville Deli! We are now carrying seven of Zhi’s best-selling, most indulgent, aromatic, colorful, fresh and flavorful teas – hand-crafted in small batches and sold in individual, biodegradable (non-GMO) corn silk sachets. The folks at Zhi use many of the finest organic and fair-trade ingredients in creating their tea blends, like red rooibos, coconut, cacao, anise, stevia leaf, peppermint, vanilla, pineapple, papaya, rose petals, orange peel and lavender. Choose from Austin Breakfast, Jasmine Green, Restful Blend, Sweet Desert Delight, Tropical Green, Turkish Spice Mint and Custom Earl Grey, and get a steamy cup at the Deli counter for just $1.39! We hope you’ll love our local Zhi Teas as much as we do!

We are also thrilled to bring in an item that was requested via our customer wish list, Chocolate Croissants from Sweetish Hill! It only takes one bite to see why this flaky pastry stuffed with chocolaty goodness is a local favorite and we are happy to offer it for just $1.99 each! Wonderful with a cup of coffee or glass of milk, this fantastic croissant is great as is, or try heating it up just a bit to create a melty masterpiece of chocolate and bread! Yum!

Speaking of new items, there’s even more! Our first new Fresh in the Deli dish for February is Bombay Sweet Potatoes, courtesy of La Montanita Co-op in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These saucy sweet potatoes are seasoned with ginger, turmeric, fresh cilantro and chili powder, and taste great served over basmati rice!

Our second Fresh in the Deli dish this round is Vegan Chocolate Mousse from our friends at Lexington Cooperative Market in Buffalo, New York. Sweet and simple, this rich-tasting dessert is made by blending together silken tofu, semisweet chocolate, soymilk and a touch of vanilla.

Owners can now save big on our famed Popcorn Tofu Po’Boy freshly made at our Deli Counter – crunchy, savory batter-dipped and deep-fried tofu nuggets are stuffed inside a local Sweetish Hill hoagie roll with a drizzle of our cashew-tamari dressing, and loaded with your choice of veggies! This award-winning bad boy – also our top-selling sandwich! – is on sale for owners at just $5.49, reg. $6.49 each!

Also on sale for owners is our fabulous pecan and apple-studded Chicken Salad, available in our self-serve grab&go cooler. Made with local, all-natural Buddy’s white meat chicken, this tasty dish is on sale for $8.99/lb, reg. $9.99. Our most popular chicken salad makes a great light lunch over some organic greens from our salad bar, or spread on a sandwich!

Our Featured Salsa is the taco-tastic Chipotle Salsa! This smoky red salsa is very popular on our breakfast tacos and adds a definite element of heat to an order of our Deli’s famous $1.99 Rice & Beans! A Wheatsville Deli stock for quite a long time, our Chipotle Salsa is now becoming one of our rotating Featured Salsas, which means we will only be making it once a year – this is the time to stock up!

Our Featured Smoothie right now is the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie! Strawberries and organic, fair-trade chocolate syrup are blended with bananas, your choice of milk and apple juice, making one delicious, icy cold and thick drink! Come on in and taste the love, just $4.99!

Also on sale at the Deli Counter through February are tasty cold cuts, sliced to order: Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey at $9.49/lb, reg. $9.99 and Provolone Cheese, $4.99/lb, reg. $5.99! Come ‘n’ get it!

And for those of you looking to limit the gluten in your diet, c’mon in for our Bakery’s Wheat-Free Wednesdays and choose from a scrumptious selection of gluten-free baked goods, like muffins, bars and cakes, like the fabulous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies! Also, be sure to check out our new Bakery table every day in front of the Deli Counter, where you’ll find an assortment of wrapped, sweet treats! And don’t forget to try a loaf of our yummy, fresh-baked LaBrea artisan breads – have you tried our hearty Wholegrain Loaf?

From 7:30 til 11:00 am every day, the Deli is running a breakfast bar of grab’n’go goodness to start your morning right! Come on over to our hot bar, where you’ll find a variety of freshly made Breakfast Tacos wrapped and ready for you! Now, even when you’re running late, you can stop in for a super-quick and super-tasty breakfast with no wait! Grab a vegan Black Bean, Potato & Sausage Taco, a vegetarian Egg, Potato & Cheese Taco, or a meat-lovers mainstay Bacon & Egg Taco on a wheat tortilla with a side of Salsa to start your morning right! Or, come up to the Counter and order a custom-made taco!
Also, for just $1.99 a cup, our organic, vegan Steel-Cut Oatmeal offers a hearty, nutty bite to warm you up on these chilly mornings, and an abundance of toppings are available to make it just how you like it: organic butter, maple syrup, agave nectar, local honey, coconut milk, cow’s milk, brown sugar, raisins, sliced almonds, cinnamon and more! So come in and have a delicious breakfast in a flash at the Wheatsville Deli!