Last night I was very excited to attend the Affordable Holiday Entertaining at the Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge. I was looking forward to sampling the vast array of Whole Foods’ holiday offerings, and looking forward to seeing many Boston bloggers, some whom I was already friends with and some whom I met for the first time. I met up with Meghan, Kathy and Daisy in chilly Central Square where Megan kindly scooped us up on her way over to the store.
We gathered in the Whole Foods community room alongside the cafe, which is a great space for small events. The offerings for the evening fit into four categories: cheese, beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. A Whole Foods team member from the cheese department started off the evening by giving us a little cheese instructional. In addition to a cheese platter, there were three different preparations of goat cheese: rounds fried in panko and sage, logs rolled in chopped nuts, and spreads made by mixing the goat cheese with various add-ins.
One of the best was the goat cheese mixed with roasted sun-dried tomato and basil. I also loved the nut-encrusted goat cheese on a cracker drizzled with honey.
I did not partake in the hors d’oeuvres which were mostly meat, but they all looked delicious, especially the prosciutto and pea arancini and chicken satay.
They wine and beer team had prosecco and a few wines for us to try. My favorite though was definitely the Santa’s Beered ale, which was flavorful but not too heavy.
Unsurprisingly, I found myself near the dessert table for most of the night. Members of the bakery team had an array of mini pastries for us to try, as well as mini cupcakes. My favorites were without a doubt the cheesecakes, of which there were four kinds: plain, key lime, pumpkin, and chocolate.
I’d like to express my own personal gratitude to Dennis and Aelcio of the bakery team last night for encouraging me in my pursuit to try every single dessert.
Whole Foods has so many options for your entertaining needs, whether you plan to make it all on your own, or if you are in a pinch need to buy something already prepared. I know I will be hitting them up for cheeses and cheese platters. Many thanks to David, Heather, and the Whole Foods team for a lovely evening. Looking forward to doing it again soon!