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Whole Foods Market University Heights Helps With Holiday Parties
Whole Foods Market University Heights recently invited a group of food writers to sample their holiday offerings. Along with their abundance of prepared foods, Whole Foods is offering Party Packs through New Year’s Day. I do enjoy cooking and suggest that people do as much themselves, but sometimes—especially this time of year when we’re running in a million different directions on top of our thousand usual directions—getting a little assistance can be a good thing, and if that assistance can come from a store where you’re assured their cooking with quality ingredients, than all the better.
The Party Packs are discounted from Whole Foods Market daily pricing, and the savings go up as you purchase more of the Packs (12 items per Pack). Seafood offerings include the items you see in the above photo along with Shrimp Egg Rolls, Lobster Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoons, Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail and Mini Stuffed Clams.
There are also Mix & Match Appetizers that are made each day in the Prepared Foods Department. These can be purchased in Packs of a dozen as well and include Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Figs, three variations on Chicken Satay, four types of Meatballs and three kinds of Arancini. The staff at Whole Foods Market University Heights is also making their own Chutneys and Relishes. The Cranberry Onion Relish pictured to the left was a favorite of mine. In addition, there are an assortment of Every Cheese Platters, Crudités Bowls, Fruit Bowls and Antipasto Trays.
To round out your entertaining, we were also offered some desserts to sample. The Raw Fudge Balls were excellent. The Bakery Party Packs (in baker’s dozens of 13) include Assorted Cookies, Cheesecake Drops, Cupcakes, “Chipwiches” and Petite Cheesecakes, Tarts & Fours.
Prices vary, but most the Party Packs begin at $10 a dozen items. Whole Foods Market University Heights is at 601 North Main Street in Providence.