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Thanksgiving selections at Whole Foods Market in Capitola and Santa Cruz

Whole Foods Market's many Thanksgiving options include cooked turkeys

Whole Foods Market’s many Thanksgiving options include cooked turkeys

As usual, the Santa Cruz and Capitola branches of Whole Foods Market have stocked up on lots of delicious Thanksgiving options. You can place your Thanksgiving orders in person or online — but remember the deadline for both is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Here is the 2015 holiday menu.

Whole Foods Market’s selections include prepared meals such as turkey dinner for two, four, or eight people. Choices include regular, organic, smoked, or lemon herb turkey. Other dinners include 72-hour sous vide short ribs, and spiral-cut hams. You can also order cooked (or uncooked) turkeys a la carte, and sides a la carte. A few side dish highlights are sage sausage sourdough stuffing, broccoli cheddar gratin and sweet potato mash. Serving a vegetarian Thanksgiving and want to do your own cooking? Check out Whole Foods Market’s online menu, complete with recipes.

If you’re in charge of bringing appetizers to your Turkey Day feast, they have many appealing party trays to choose from.  A classic antipasto platter features ingredients like prosciutto, salami, and marinated olives, artichokes and mushrooms; other platter options include vegetable-stuffed mushrooms. For something less traditional, there are selections like pumpkin-almond wontons (vegan) and Sriracha chicken wontons. Of course, top-quality cheese always serves as a dependable appetizer, accompanied by your favorite cracker or perhaps olive or walnut bread, and Whole Foods has hundreds of selections ranging from cow-milk to goat, sheep, and buffalo. In fact, any given location has anywhere from 250 to 1,000 varieties that come from all over the world—many of these are organic, too. One of my favorites is Red Hawk, a triple cream variety from Cowgirl Creamery. Each market has a cheese expert who can help guide you.

Let’s not forget about dessert. The bakery team at each Whole Foods Market makes pies from scratch, on site. Varieties include pumpkin (traditional or vegan), brown butter walnut, and apple cranberry. I had the traditional pumpkin one last year, and loved it.

The Capitola and Santa Cruz locations will both be open the day before Thanksgiving, Wed. Nov. 25, from 7 am–10 pm, and Thanksgiving Day from 7 am – 2 pm. Whole Foods Market Capitola is located at 1710 41st Ave. Call (831) 464-2900 for more information. Whole Foods Market Santa Cruz is located at 911 Soquel Ave. Call (831) 426-9901 for more information.

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Whole Foods Market pies and paleo/vegan pie classes

Pumpkin pie for the holidays

Pumpkin pie for the holidays

Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz and Capitola each have upcoming pie events: this month, Santa Cruz has a four-part pie class series that includes vegan and paleo options, and Capitola has a small tasting event this Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

WFM Santa Cruz pie class
Santa Cruz’s Whole Foods (911 Soquel Ave.) invites the community to attend one or all four free classes that will teach you how to make traditional pumpkin pie as well as restricted-diet versions. Classes will be 45 minutes long and will include samples. Participants will receive recipes and shopping lists. Marketing and Community Outreach Team Leader Lily Hussey encourages attendees to use the class time as “an open forum for holiday-related questions.” Call or visit the store’s Customer Service Desk to sign up; the class size is limited.

WHAT: Pumpkin Pie 4 Ways
COST: FREE
WHEN: Paleo Pumpkin Pie
November 11th 6 – 6:45 pm

Gourmet Pumpkin Pie
November 13th 6 – 6:45 pm

Classic Pumpkin Pie
November 18th 6 – 6:45 pm

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie
November 20th 6 – 6:45 pm
WFM Capitola pie tasting
This Saturday, Nov. 8, from 2 -4 p.m., the store invites you to visit its bakery and sample three pies that are perfect for Thanksgiving. You can try apple, pumpkin, cranberry crumble, or all three. In fact, if you vote for your favorite, you have a chance to win a free pie! There will be at least a couple winners; if you don’t win, you can purchase the 10-inch pies for $19.99.

Unfamiliar with cranberry crumble? It used to be in stock at Whole Foods, but in 2013 it wasn’t available. Many people asked for it last year, so they decided to bring it back. If you haven’t tasted it, Saturday afternoon’s a great time to visit the shop.

Whole Foods Santa Cruz is located at 911 Soquel Ave. Call (831) 426-9901 for more information.

Whole Foods Capitola is located at 1710 41st Ave. Call (831) 464-2900 for more information.

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