Married to the Empire

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

High Tea at Whole Foods Market

The blurb in last week's food section of The Dallas Morning News caught my eye: Free High Tea demonstration at Whole Foods Market in Dallas on Monday morning. I called my friend Karen and asked her to go with me.

Due to nasty weather and heavy traffic, we were about 30 minutes late, so we missed the presentation on the history of tea, but we were in plenty of time to taste the different teas and eat the delicious foods being prepared in front of us.

We were served a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, mini crumb cakes. Along with the morning's list of activites, the store gave us most of the recipes.

Did I mention that this was all free? We didn't even go out to lunch afterwards, as we'd originally planned. We were too full.

It turns out that this Whole Foods store has free food demonstrations every Monday morning. Coming up: Tastes of Italy, Greece, Cuba. Karen and I were both saying that we'll have to go back. We couldn't believe that all of these demos (and samplings) are free! What a fun way to spend a morning!

What's not free? Going downstairs and browsing the market, which beckoned with its siren call of exotic foods. Browsing led to buying. But how could I turn down that jar of wasabi mayonnaise, especially after tasting smoked salmon-wasabi tea sandwiches?

What I did manage to resist:

The bakery and candy counters were just amazing! So much delicious variety, all made in store. We were given free samples of the orange-creamsicle fudge, which really did taste like a creamsicle. Yummy! But its appearance like dried-out cheese was a little disconcerting.

Now that I've experienced Whole Foods, I think I can get out in the future without spending money, so those free demonstrations truly will be free. But what an experience! As an added bonus, it was a great way to spend time with a friend.


Rhonda in OK said...

that looks like so much fun!

Beth said...

Don't give in to the Whole Foods cupcakes! I've bought some because they were adorable, but they were expensive and really didn't taste as good as they looked. I will have to look for a tea event at my area stores - if I bribe the boys with gelato they would totally go with me. ;)

*carrie* said...

Yay free stuff! Although I can't say wasabi mayo sounds all that good to me. =)

Thumperdd said...

What a terrific idea! Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Thanks so much for this post. I'll have to check our local stores schedule. I'd never heard about this. Hope they have these gatherings as well...


Catherine at Frugal Homemaker Plus said...

Can I just say how much I miss Whole Foods? My husband and I made whole dates of that place when we lived in Fort Collins, CO AND they often beat Wal-Mart prices in the bulk section. It's called "Whole Paycheck" for a reason, but they also have some incredible deals and fun, free programs!

Sue said...

Cool! I've always wanted to go to a Whole Foods - we don't have one around here.
Oooh, creamsicle fudge! I have a great recipe for that...haven't made it in a while. Thanks for the reminder!