AUSTIN, TEXAS - Whole Foods Market is hosting “Gourmet Date for Good,” a series of three virtual live cook-along events to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at home in three unique ways.
Organized by Whole Foods Market and hosted by comedian Heather McMahan, actress Tabitha Brown and comedian Matt Bellassai, each event is designed for a different love-themed occasion, including Galentine’s Day on Feb. 13, Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and Singles Awareness Day on Feb. 15.
Each part in the series will last 30 to 45 minutes and will offer the opportunity for real-time Q&A with hosts. The collection of Valentine’s Day-inspired experiences includes:
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET: Galentine’s Day – Ready to laugh the night away with your pals, virtually? Comedian, actress and regular “TODAY with Hoda & Jenna” cohost Heather McMahan will join her mom, Robin, and her sister, Ashley, in the kitchen while showing you how to make their steak crostini with basil vinaigrette sauce to tickle your taste buds.
Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET: Valentine’s Day – On the most popular date night of the year, grab your honey and join actress and vegan lifestyle personality Tabitha Brown and her husband, Chance, in making vallops – yes, vegan scallops, combined with her herbaceous vegan butter and Whole Foods Market Hearts of Palm pasta, or your noodle of choice.
Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET: Singles Awareness Day – You can’t celebrate being single without dessert … for one! Join author, podcast host, unprofessional baker extraordinaire and comedian Matt Bellassai in making chocolate lava cake, the one dessert everybody feels pressure to share but secretly wants to inhale alone.
Tickets are available for the “Gourmet Date for Good” virtual experiences by making a donation through Eventbrite to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a grassroots organization formed by chefs and independent restaurant owners which advocates for the nation’s 500,000 local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19. Recognizing the incredible challenges faced by the restaurant industry, Whole Foods Market will be making an additional contribution to the cause, matching all ticket donations up to $50,000.
“America’s 500,000 independent restaurants and bars are grateful to Whole Foods Market for their support this holiday,” said Erika Polmar, chief operating officer at the Independent Restaurant Coalition. “Valentine’s Day weekend — typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for restaurants — will be yet another massive revenue loss facing our industry. The donations from ‘Gourmet Date for Good’ will provide significant assistance to help ensure they can fully reopen when it is safe to do so.”