The neighborhood came out last night to get a glimpse of the new Whole Foods Market at 808 Columbus (between 97th and 98th) before its official grand opening on Thursday. The sneak peak event, which was open to the public with a $15 entry fee that went in full to the Riverside Park Fund, featured food, drink, and music from two jazz bands. Department managers were on hand to help explain different aspects of the store, many local vendors came out to offer a sampling of their delicious foods, and a wine tasting was held at the now-open Wine at Whole Foods Market (next door). Click through to read more about the event.
Whole Foods has certainly caught on to the locally grown food trend, and the evening’s event focused on many local products. Vendors included Severino from Westmont, NJ, which served a multigrain ravioli salad from their family-owned pasta business (right) and QTonic from Brooklyn, NY, which offered a low-calorie tonic water produced right here in the city. The yummy food, from FunniBonz sloppy joe’s to Crepini crepes to Azure Chocolat treats, will all be available for sale when the store opens.
The store itself occupies two vast floors, outpacing the Columbus Circle in terms of size and selection. The store will be one of only a handful of Whole Foods Markets in the city that will offer beers on tap, served in sealed reusable glass containers that keep the beer fresh for up to a week. The location also focuses on kosher food, opening Rosh Hashanah-ready. Events at the store will include beer tastings while live jazz music plays. Also, delivery of both groceries and wine will guarantee that your hauling-heavy-grocery-bag-days are over. Whatever your feelings might be about the new 808 Columbus development, the Whole Foods company seems to be committed to maintaining a positive relationship with its UWS neighbors, and the store’s opening will certainly give us UWSers a better selection of and easier access to high-quality food and drink.
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