Hello Wheatsville friends and fans!
Today is Julia Child's 100th Birthday and throughout her life she shared her love of good food, fresh ingredients and taught techniques that would last a lifetime. It didn't need to be fancy (although most of the time it was), it just needed to be made well and enjoyed to the fullest. Eating what's in season, getting to know the people that grow, make and sell your food and sharing it with friends was (and still is) what it's all about.
As we look forward to September try and take a few of these ideas and pack them into your lunchbox or your kids' lunch box. Try eating a rainbow in every meal - fresh veggies with dip, a pretty piece of fruit all cut up and ready to eat, a handful of almonds, a decadent bite of brie (so many wee sizes and kinds to choose from), or treat yourself to some natural, organic Sour Mango Licorice Twists to share with friends. The more you enjoy what you eat, the happier you'll be!
August 17-19 is Tax Free Weekend and almost all of our lunch kits are ON SALE! Make sure you get yourself all set up for a litter-free lunch with reusable To-Go Ware stainless steel tiffins, bento-style Laptop Lunch kits, and reusable, machine washable, sandwich and snack bags. We've got tons of styles and colors to choose from.
We'll also have loads of samples both Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm to keep you Tax Free Weekend energy up and your lunch box food choices inspired! Kicking off the sampling this weekend we'll have our friends at Bola Pizza here at 11am on Saturday. They'll be baking pizza in their wood-fired mobile oven and giving samples! If you miss them, make sure you give the GodMother and Truffle Daisy pizzas in our freezer section a try. Julia Child would certainly approve!
If you're inspired to get cooking we have a late-breaking super awesome deal in our Seafood Department - Wednesday, August 15th through Sunday, August 19th.
Trollerpoint Coho Salmon Filets ON SALE $12.99/lb reg. $15.99/lb
Trollerpoint Coho Salmon Steaks ON SALE $10.99/lb reg. $12.99/lb
Perfect for a simple but delicious, Julia Child inspired dinner tonight: Salmon Fillet en Papillote with Shallots and Tomatoes.
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WHEATSVILLE’S ONE BIG THING
Every week, Wheatsville staff picks the product we’re most excited about right now!
This week we're loving Bola Pizza. Here’s why:
Bola Pizzas are handmade in Austin.
Excellent ingredients like, organic crushed tomato sauce, antibiotic & hormone free cheeses, and top quality local and imported toppings.
Wood fired frozen pizza + an oven from Italy mounted on a custom trailer = YUMMY PIZZA LOVE!
Sweet & Round
Our Produce Picks this week are two sure-to-pleasers: Organic Seedless Grapes and Young Thai Coconuts. Grapes are in the height of their season right now and are crunchy, juicy, and flavorful. They are great frozen and provide a punch to a fresh greens salad.
Young Thai coconuts are a favorite year-round but when the temperature rises, there’s nothing like coconut juice fresh out of the shell. Packed with potassium, they’re the perfect after-workout beverage and a super hydrator for these hot days. Just ask any produce clerk to open one for you - we'll even give you a straw!
Lunch is ON!
Stop by for lunch and try one of our new sandwiches at the Deli Counter!
Our Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Pita features warm, tender slices of our house-marinated and char-grilled Buddy’s white meat chicken on a fresh Phoenicia pita spread with pesto and topped with melted smoked provolone, field greens, tomato, red onion, and cucumber! This salady sandwich, full of Greek flavors, is the perfect summertime lunch!
Or come in and try our new Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, featuring sliced oven-roasted turkey on organic wheat bread with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and red onion, and slathered with a house-made cranberry mayonnaise for a mix of sweet and savory flavors you’ll love!
Click here to read about all of our Deli’s new items, deals & specials!
Quick to Fix
Getting back to school can be a trying and stressful time. Make it easier on yourself by getting some quick to fix items that are easy to put together and even easier to cook!
Niman Ranch entrees; Pulled Pork, Beef Pot Roast in Pomodoro Sauce and Beef Tips in Provencal Sauce, are a low fuss solution. Pick up some tasty sides or make a pulled pork pizza with the fresh pizza dough from the deli and dinner is DONE!
If you’re looking for excellent value the Wheatsville Turkey Burger is the way to go. They have great flavor and for $3.99/lb. they cannot be beat.
Tri-tip steaks are very popular in California, but there is no reason for this great cut to not be popular here in Texas. New to Wheatsville, tri-tip is a sirloin that is cut into medallion style steak. It looks similar to Tenderloin but is packed with sirloin’s great flavor for only $14.99/lb.
This steak is fantastic for grilling or just sear the steak on both sides in a hot pan with generous salt and throw that pan in a 425 degree oven (if your pan is oven safe) for about 5-7 minutes per side. While you are letting it rest for at least five minutes, deglaze the pan with stock or wine and let it reduce to your desired consistency and you have a great sauce to accompany your fantastic steak.
Don’t forget to try out our new Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Free Range Chicken for $4.99/lb. Rosie Chickens from Sonoma County, California is an easy way to feed the family.
New Tees & Tanks
New Eco-Friendly Wheatsville Tees and Tanks!
We just got a new batch of Wheatsville T-shirts and tank-tops! Made by Alternative Apparel and screen printed right here in Austin, these shirts are a super-soft staff favorite.
Available in colors never offered before, these are a great item to add to your wardrobe!
T-shirts $14.99 Tank Tops $16.99
Housewares Buyer showing off the new tanks and Cody, our Wellness Manager showing off the new t-shirts!
Litter Free Lunch
Save money and resources by packing your snacks in reusable containers. From bento-style boxes and stainless steel tiffins to bamboo utensil sets and machine-washable sandwich bags, we’ve got your lunch-toting needs covered.
To help you take advantage of the tax-free weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we are running our Laptop Lunch Bento Kits on sale for $36.99, normally $40.99!
New at Wheatsville!
The dog days of summer have definitely hit, but we’ve still got plenty of exciting new stuff finding its way onto our shelves. Bulk organic jak fruit, Andouille-spiked hummus, and Groovy Green kombucha are just a few of the delightful fun finds we’ve added recently.
Read on for more about everything that’s new at Wheatsville this week!
Have you tried LaLoo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream? LaLoo’s is made with 100% goat’s milk. Why goat’s milk? This magic elixir boasts more protein and calcium, and a natural structure with alkaline properties that allow lactose sensitive people to indulge! Smooth, rich and dense, LaLoo’s rivals gelato, but with less than half the fat. This tasty treat is available in Vanilla, Deep Chocolate, Rumplemint and Coffee. It’s on Owner Deal for $4.49, reg. $5.49.
Click here for more Owner Deals valid Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 – Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator
As we head into the last full week of Co+op Deals, remember to try our new Lakewood Organic Pina Colada Juice. Lakewood’s fresh pressed blend of organic pineapple, organic coconut and organic grapes makes this juice the perfect summertime refreshment. You’ll love the price of this tropical treasure - On Co+op Deal for $3.29 each, reg. $4.99.
Click here for more Co+op Deals valid Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 – Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. —Brooks Wood, Co+op Deals Coordinator
Hospice Austin has provided compassionate end-of-life care to central Texans for over 30 years and we are proud be support them as August’s Community Action Group. While they work closely with physicians and nurses to ensure that their patients are comfortable and well-cared for throughout their end of life journey they are also thinking about their animal companions.
For many patients, their pets offer unconditional love, acceptance, comfort and companionship when it's needed most - the time when friends and family are not seen as frequently or when words are too hard to say. Pet Peace of Mind, a program offered by Hospice Austin, provides helping hands and financial assistance to help patients with pet care needs. These volunteers offer daily pet care, routine veterinary care, boarding and place the pet in a new home if needed after the patient’s death. Services are offered dependent upon the needs of the patients and families and volunteer availability.
One percent of August’s Wednesday sales (15th and 22nd) will be donated to Hospice Austin as well as additional contributions and reusable bag credits that shoppers donate at the cash register. We are also hosting a Food Pantry Drive for Hospice Austin throughout the month so feel free to pick up an extra canned good to drop in the box on your way out of the store.
To learn more about Pet Peace of Mind, call (512) 342-4785 or visit Hospice Austin’s website.
I hope you have a most excellent week!
Wheatsville GM and e-mail guy