Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Not On Purpose Vegan Dinner + April Happenings

Crostini: Cashew herb cream cheese with balsamic fig and cress

In these two years of graduate student life, I have become one of those people that stay in the common area of whatever Coffee Shop X you might happen to be in way beyond the appropriated cappuccino drinking time. I build a nest with my adult backpack, laptop, academic papers (read, BORING) and caffeinated beverage, trying not to look like one of those people.  I am guilty as charged for the Pearl Whole Foods location. It's comfortable, the WiFi is stellar and I always feel healthy there. So when I attended their Healthy Cooking Dinner complete with demo by Whole Foods Execute Chef flown in from Austin, Texas, Chad Sarno, I felt even healthier, not to mention my taste buds delighted. This dinner's intention was to be healthy, and it all happened to be vegan, too. 

We started off the evening with some vegan appetizers. My favorite was the cashew herb cream cheese with balsamic fig and cress, menage of velvety-fresh flavors and textures from the chewy fig to the crunchy crostini base. The rest of this meal goes as follows:

Polenta cake with roasted pepper relish. 

Slow roasted beetroot with beet-merlot reduction and toasted walnut, sprinkled with horseradish. Who doesn't love a beet lollipop? 

Teriyaki skewers with baked tofu and sake chile ponzu. The proper marination. 

Mojito Rosa, cherry infused rum, lime, and mint. Refreshment. Is it Spring in the Pacific Northwest yet? 

He moves way to fast.

Shaved fennel and apple salad with clementine champagne vinaigrette: bright, pallet cleansing and highly addictive. 

Asparagus mint risotto with lemon, and horseradish. It's hard to believe this is vegan - cashew cream sauce was used.

The good news is that more dinners and events like these are going down in April. Check out the schedule below!

Upcoming Health Starts Here Events

Pearl Store
Thursday, April 19th
Supper Club - From Around Here
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | $20 (donation)
 Join us as we celebrate Earth Month with dishes made from local seasonal foods! Four course vegan, gluten-free menu.

Pearl Store
Thursday, April 26th - Saturday, April 28th
Cooking Series: Health Starts with Foods From Around Here
$25 per class, $60 for all 3
Join Ashley, our Healthy Eating Specialist for a three night healthy eating cooking series featuring plant based global cuisines made with local ingredients

Fremont Store
Friday, April 20th
Dinner and a Movie
7PM - 9PM | $5
Studio 1
Join Healthy Eating Specialist Ashley for a private screening of Forks over Knives. Family Friendly, get your clan talking about the food choices we make. Dinner is a Healthy Starts Here taco bar!

Tanasbourne Store
Wednesday, April 18th
Heath Starts Here: Learning to Walk in the Kitchen
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | FREE
Bulk Department
Get out of the brown rice rut.  Our bulk department has a wide assortment of whole grains to choose from and this class will show you how to cook some of our favorites including quinoa, spelt and forbidden rice. Look for our demonstration in the bulk department.

Bridgeport store
Thursday, April 26th
Health Starts Here Supper Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Korean inspired meal consisting of five courses. This meal follows our Health Starts Here Four Pillars of Health. Plant-strong, nutrient dense, whole foods, and healthy fats. $15/person. All proceeds benefit local non-profit, Homeruns for Homeless Youth


Jenni Bost said...

Oh wow... I was there too! I also went to the West Elm thing and I didn't get to meet you either time! We must remedy that soon!

Banana Wonder said...

Jenni - I am going to confront you officially one of these days!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Wow. These are all delish. Although I must say that when I am vegan for the evening it is never on purpose either.

Ivy said...

OMG, I love everything he has created.

Helen said...

mmmm this all looks so delicious. I wonder if the Whole Foods in my city hosts a similar event?

Helen said...

mmmm this all looks so delicious. I wonder if the Whole Foods in my city hosts a similar event?

Banana Wonder said...

Trevor - Good to hear. BTW. I am coming over to your blog for a comment SOON.

Ivy - I second that.

Helen - I wonder! I would love to see your CA style Whole Foods.