Whole Foods Market will host pop-up dinners for its customers celebrating the chain’s Italian food and beverage products.
Set for Feb. 20 at Whole Foods stores in New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Atlanta, the dinners will be co-hosted by store cheese, wine and culinary experts and suppliers of Italian cheese and prosciutto.
Dubbed “A Little Italy,” the events will feature an authentic, family-style meal composed of six courses, including Cacio e Pepe featuring Pecorino Romano with Parmigiano Reggiano grated tableside and Osso Buco served over creamy rosemary polenta.
“Our dedicated team members travel throughout Italy to bring the finest traditionally-produced Italian items to Whole Foods Market stores, and we’re excited to offer these authentic products together on a dinner menu for one night only,” says Cathy Strange, Whole Foods’ vice president of specialty. “We want our guests to feel like they’ve been invited for a meal in Nonna’s kitchen.”
Guests will also enjoy curated wine and prosecco pairings to complement each of the six courses. At each dinner experience, American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals will take on an 80-pound Parmigiano Reggiano wheel-cracking demonstration, all while explaining the craftsmanship that goes into producing the Northern Italian favorite.
In addition, during the antipasti course, Italian suppliers will shave prosciutto on-site for sampling and pairing; during the dessert course, trained baristas will expertly pour Allegro Coffee using state of the art La Marzocco espresso machines.