During the shopping tours, which begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public, a nutritionist from Food Is Our Friend and store marketing specialist Lydia Martinez walks customers through the store explaining the Whole Foods sourcing philosophy. Samples are offered in various departments including produce, seafood and cheese. The nutritionist discusses everything from organic vegetables to label reading and answers other questions as asked as well as provide meal planning guidance to help with shopping. Attendees also receive a goodie bag and $5 gift card from Whole Foods.
Themed cooking classes are also offered on second, third and fourth Thursdays of the summer months at 7 p.m. The second Thursday of the month focuses on healthy cooking classes while others highlight cooking with kids or learning basic cooking skills. “My intent is to show people how easy it is to take control of their lives through easy, quick meals,” says Isabel Mejia, owner of Food Is Our Friend and cooking instructor. The free classes are demonstration focused rather than hands-on and attendees will learn how to make three new recipes and sample each of them using ingredients sourced from Whole Foods.
Mejia concludes, “If people have ever felt intimidated by making a change or going to a health professional for help, they can get a taste of what can be done for them if they give these group tours and classes a chance.”
Cooking classes at the Whole Foods South Valley location as well as Sugar House and Cottonwood Heights are listed on Whole Foods Market Utah Facebook page. Pre-register at: https://www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsUtah/events