This section will be open earlier (6am) than the rest of the store (8am), serving coffee, oatmeal, house-made gelato, as well as other items.
There were a ton of flowers in this area as well, which looked really pretty and welcoming.
After strolling through the immaculate-looking produce section (tons of fruits and veg options, not yet manhandled by customers, haha), we stopped in the Specialty Foods section. Lots of seasonal, made-in-house products, as well as local cheeses. In the same section they also had a Grind Your Own Nut Butter bar and a Gourmet Sea Salt bar, which I thought were pretty cool.
One really neat section in this area is the Fresh-Cut Pasta Station. We learned that Severino homemade pasta is exclusive to Whole Foods, and two original pastas for this location are the orecchiette and multigrain cheese ravioli pastas.
Since the store wasn't open for business yet during this tour, there were no items in the prepared foods area, but they told us about the options that will be available- Including pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and Mediterranean food. That's one of the chefs telling us about the $7.99 food bar container- so rather than a price per weight, it's a set price per box.
I just thought the layout of these lemonade bottles was pretty cool-looking, haha.
Dry aged beef section behind the Neighborhood Butcher counter.
The Seafood Market has a few free marinade options that you can get with any seafood purchase, and more importantly, lots of signage about sustainability and educating the customers about seafood choices/origins.
Then it was over to the Bakery section...Since I have SO many photos from this tour, the majority of them being in the Bakery section, I'll be posting some of the Bakery photos in a separate post :o)
My favorite yogurt, Stonyfield!
Lots and lots of Kombucha options.
Yummy food + Swag bags!
Overall, I think the space is really really gorgeous, and it was really awesome to get to check it out without any customers present at all. We got to hear all the little details and stories about each section of the store, sample a bunch of foods during and at the end of the tour.
We were also given these awesome swag bags filled with lots of fun and useful items. Thank you to the Whole Foods team for putting together a great tour for us- it was so much fun! Luckily this Whole Foods is easy for me to get to both by metro and by car, so I'm v. excited to come back again - hopefully this weekend!