If you’re on a dairy-free diet, you’re likely already a regular at one of Connecticut’s seven existing Whole Foods Market’s locations. The chain is known for its extensive array of vegan dairy substitutes, baked goods, and prepared foods, and the stores offer frequent workshops, classes, and cooking demonstrations catering to those on special diets. Their website is also a great go-to resource for non-dairy and vegan recipes and cooking advice. Pretty good, right?
Well, what if your local Whole Foods Market expanded to 45,000 square feet, including a 190-seat dining area complete with free Wi-fi and children’s play area? What if they offered a full-time cooking expert on-hand to answer all of your questions about dairy-free ingredients, vegan recipes, and more? And what if they provided a virtual network of home cooks all available to instantly offer culinary advice from the convenience of an in-store kiosk or from the comfort of your home before you even enter the store? Too good to be true, you say?
As of today,a supersized Whole Foods Market with all of these features and more is now open in Fairfield. Located at 350 Grasmere Avenue, across from The Home Depot, Connecticut’s eighth and largest Whole Foods Market location has finally become a reality. Besides the market’s unprecedented selection of natural and organic products, Whole Foods Fairfield boasts “Cooking Fairfield”, a groundbreaking section of the store offering an interactive approach to grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking which contains features not found in any other Northeastern U.S. franchise.
First in “Cooking Fairfield”, you’ll encounter a full-time cooking coach who will be offering frequent cooking demonstrations, handing out samples, and offering healthy cooking tips and recipes to customers in the state-of-the-art demo kitchen. Her services are complemented by a healthy eating specialist who will offer Whole Foods’ trademark educational programs that customers enjoy in the chain’s other locations, many featuring food news and advice for those on special diets.
“Cooking Fairfield” also boasts some exciting features as a result of the store’s partnership with Food52.com, an online site designed specifically for the home cook. From two in-store kiosks, or by logging in at home, Whole Foods’ customers can ask questions about ingredients or cooking methods, search for recipes, or learn about new foods and enjoy instant feedback from a community of home cooks all eager to offer their experience and advice. This is a particular valuable resource for those on special diets, as information and recipes relevant to vegans and dairy-free eaters abound across the site.
This weekend is a great time to check out the new Whole Foods Market, whether you’re doing your weekly shopping, hosting a barbecue, or just want to stop in for a quick bite in the cafe. If you do visit, please leave a comment and let the dairy-free community know how you liked the new store and its features. Happy shopping!
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