Whole Foods offers free events throughout holiday season

Customers enjoy popular seasonal samples at Whole Foods Market's event store-wide event. Photo coutesy of Whole Foods Market, Cedar Center.

Whole Foods Market, proud winner of the 2008 Best of the Heights Award for “Favorite University Heights Business,” has announced a calendar of community events for December at its Cedar Center location. All of the events are free.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., Whole Foods will host "Festive Flavors: Wintertime Edition." It's a storewide sampling of seasonal products, from hot cocoa and holiday hors d’oevres to traditional dishes and freshly baked desserts. Live cooking demonstrations and holiday entertainment will also be provided. No registration is required.

"Quest for Cooking" will be held every Tuesday throughout December from 7-8 p.m. This weekly cooking class is a way to freshen up old holiday traditions. With entertaining instruction and free samples, each class offers a different menu. On Dec. 2, Guest Chef Eric Colby, from the Osteria, will lead "Holiday Entertaining 101." On Dec. 9, actress Elizabeth Ann Townsend, from the Cleveland Play House production of “A Christmas Story,” will join Whole Foods' "Demo Dave" for "Christmas Feasts." "Hannukah Feasts" will be featured on Dec. 16, and "Kwanzaa Feasts" is the menu for Dec. 23. Reservations are recommended.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 7-8:30 p.m., budget-conscious quality-minded shoppers can attend the "Holiday Value Tour." This event offers tips for bargain hunting and discovering high-quality specials, store brands, and seasonal savings at Whole Foods Market. Attendees receive complimentary samples and a free goodie bag. Reservations are recommended.

To make reservations, visit the store's customer service desk, or call 216-932-3918. More information about these and other store events is available online at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cleveland/storecalendar.php.

Jared Earley is a marketing specialist at Whole Foods Market, located at 13998 Cedar Road in University Heights.

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