Holiday Entertaining Guide
Here’s are some of our favorite products for the holidays. We’ve rounded up six product lists to make your holiday shopping a little easier this year:
- Drink Up
- Perfect holiday cheese board, hand selected by Cathy Strange
- Top ten wines pairings with cheese and recipes
- Happy Hanukkah
- Vegan Thanksgiving essentials
- Sweets galore
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Whether you’re trimming the tree, baking dozens of holiday cookies, wrapping gifts, or relaxing and listening to holiday tunes, one of these holiday sippers will help set a festive mood.
365 Everyday Value Organic Apple Ginger Cider - Slow your pace with a warm cup of this deliciously simple cider. The hint of ginger adds warmth, depth and the perfect spice for something a little different.Our Organic Apple Ginger Cider is made with juice from the perfect combination of sweet, mellow, organically grown apple varieties blended with just the right amount of ginger for a balanced flavor with a hint of seasonal spice.It can be served hot or cold, and can easily be mixed with your favorite spirit.
Califia Farms Cranberry Cocktail Agua Fresca - A refreshing twist on traditional holiday beverage.Califia Farms Cranberry Cocktail Agua Fresca is lighter on the palate than typical cranberry drinks and makes an excellent cocktail mixer for your holiday gatherings. This refreshment meets our high quality standards, which means no artificial colorings, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. It’s also kosher certified and bottled in a BPA-free container.
Temple Turmeric Holiday Spiced Lassi - A vegan spin on a traditional Ayurvedic celebration recipe.This cultured drink gets its thick and creamy mouthfeel from a dairy-free base of quinoa, hemp and coconut milks instead of yogurt. It’s made with Hawaiian Oana Turmeric, holiday fruits and spices. No sugar added, excellent source of protein and fiber. Non-GMO Project verified and in BPA-free packaging. It's vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and it’s also exclusive to Whole Foods Market.
Perfect holiday cheese board, hand selected by Cathy Strange
Whether a festive bash for hundreds or a quiet, fireside dinner for four, holiday parties are a chance to spend time with friends. And naturally we’ve got a few suggestions for cheese plates that are suitable for any holiday get-together.
Hervé Mons Camembert - An exclusive recipe developed by Hervé Mons for Whole Foods Market. Enjoy the full-flavored, smooth-textured, cow’s milk cheese from Normandy.
Borough Market Stilton - This Colston Basset Stilton cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk with vegetable rennet has a rich mineral tang and a butter texture.
Isigny Sainte-Mère Bonhomme Brie - Made from grass-fed cows in Normandy, this Whole Foods Market exclusive is rich with pleasant mushroom flavors and luscious mouthfeel.
Borough Market Clothbound Cheddar - Made in England with a mixture of both Holsetin-Friesian and Swedish Red pasteurized cow’s milk. This cheese has a creamy mouthfeel that’s both gentle and sweet.
Payson Breton Le Fromage Fouetté - A fresh whipped cheese made with 100 percent cow’s milk from a French cooperative in western France. Enjoy a unique and airy texture perfect for both meals and snacks!
Principe’s San Daniele Prosciutto - Aged to perfection for at least 400 days, this prosciutto from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is an Italian classic. Enjoy the velvety texture with complex flavors, slightly sweet notes and an amazingly clean finish. The only ingredients are Italian pork and salt!
Nuts Over Olives by Bobbysue’s Nuts - A distinctive (and addictive) snack, these are the perfect complement for cheese. This mix of nuts and olives are oven-roasted and enveloped in a crunchy, not-too-sweet meringue coating that includes herbs and spices.
Top ten wines paired with cheese and recipes
Whole Foods Market’s team of experts chose these wines – and sparklers! - to pair perfectly with seasonal flavors and celebrations. They start at $10 a bottle, and you won’t be able to find most of these anywhere else. Cheers!
Domaine Bernard et Cristophe Richel Apremont -Try a sip off the beaten path with this citrusy French White. Aromas of white flowers. Minerality and grapefruit notes. Though a rare varietal, Apremont is a sure holiday hit!Did you know? This wine’s little-known jacquère grapes grow in an 18-acre vineyard in France’s small Savoie region, on the mountainous border with Switzerland.Goes with Mons Meule de Savoie cheese, seafood, oysters, fondue, charcuterie, crab dip, ham. Recipe pairing: Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip.
Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc - Wafts of pear and jalapeño pepper. Fresh green melon flavors, grapefruit acidity. A nice plush heft in the body moves to a bright, clean finish. Did you know? These grapes grow in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, where 120-million-year old granitic soil helps create complexity in the fruit. Goes with Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche cheese, oysters, clams, pear and arugula salad, turkey and dressing, turkey soup. Recipe pairing: Hearty Turkey Noodle Soup.
Cave de Lugny Chardonnay - Aromas of peach and apricot with a touch of citrus. Clean, crisp, nicely balanced with a just-sweet roundness. A food-loving wine! Did you know? The grapes for this wine are grown on a chardonnay-dedicated cooperative in the desirable Mâcon-Villages region of southern Burgundy. Goes with Mons Camembert cheese, seafood, chicken dishes, turkey, mushroom crepes, shrimp and grits, scalloped potatoes. Recipe pairing: Baked Camembert with Fresh Herbs.
The Stash Pinot Noir - Ripe cherry and plum aromas. Stone fruit flavors, then white pepper, blackberry, even hints of sassafras and cola. Mouth filling yumminess. Did you know? The grapes for this wine were purposely sourced from three north-facing vineyards in California’s Santa Rita Hills where strong, cool ocean winds create great depth of flavor. Goes with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at Cellars at Jasper Hill, coq au vin, pork tenderloin, mushroom risotto, baby back ribs, squab, quail, and turkey. Recipe pairing: Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples.
Squadra Rosso - Wild herb and red berry aromas. Juicy ripe blackberry flavors, a touch of pepper and rustic minerality. The Sicilians know how to make a Red! Did you know? Whole Foods Market, winemaker Bobby Lachlan and Sicilian farmers worked as a team to create this wine. Squadra means team in Italian. Presto! A brand is born. Goes with Parmigiano Reggiano aged 24 months, pasta dishes with meat sauce, lamb, pork roast, beef rib roast. Recipe pairing: Roast Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate Wine Sauce.
Michel Chapoutier Marius Red Blend - A big, bold and full-bodied Red. Spicy black fruit aromas. A touch of earthiness. Hints of coffee and pepper balanced with a vanilla note. Did you know? The grapes in this red blend are harvested at different times, with the grenache plucked before the syrah as it requires longer maturation. Goes with Black Creek Vintage Cheddar aged 2 Years, hearty meats with sauce, chili, burgers, brisket sandwiches, meatloaf, wild mushroom lasagna, campfires. Recipe pairing: Homestyle Meatloaf.
Joel Gott Grenache - Blackberry, strawberry, vanilla aromas. Blueberry and slight butterscotch flavors. Peppery acidity. Elegance for days. Did you know? Fifth-generation winemaker Joel Gott is known as an iconoclast who builds beautiful wines with an artist’s eye for blending. Makes a great holiday gift! Goes with Petit Agour sheep’s milk cheese, duck, lamb, venison, vegetarian roast, roasted veggies. Recipe pairing: Crispy Roasted Duck with Fig and Port Sauce.
Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend - Aromas of red plum, violet and spice. Dark red fruit flavors, stewed berries and cobbler. Velvety mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Did you know? The Zuccardi family in Argentina is locally considered winemaking nobility. This is the first vintage of their new blend, and our global wine buyers were the first to taste it. Goes with Appleby’s Double Gloucester cheese, roast beef, brisket, beef tenderloin, date night!.Recipe pairing: Classic Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine-Shallot Pan Sauce.
Sea Pines Old Vine Petite Sirah - Deep plum and blueberry aromas. Warm spice notes. Generous roundness, silky tannins. Dark fruit shows in the long finish. A rich, ripe California Red. Did you know? “Old vine” in this case refers to 50-year-old gnarled grape vines growing in Lodi, California. Chris Condos is the winemaker, and we bought it all…for you! Goes with Borough Market Stilton cheese, grilled meats, rich mushroom dishes, rosemary-roasted vegetables, coffee-rubbed meats. Recipe pairing: Garlic-Roasted Beef Brisket.
Bula Monstant - Attractive floral aromas. Layers of raspberry, rocky minerality and a subtle cherry sweetness. Richness in the finish, balanced by robust tannins. Did you know? The northeastern Spanish enclave of Montsant, with its wines of real craftsmanship and sense of place, is breaking out of the shadow of its more famous big brother next door, Priorat. Goes with Mitica Mahón cheese, red meats, richer pasta dishes, pizza, paella, gumbo. Recipe pairings: Pimentón-Rubbed Roasted Pork and Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce.
Madame Liberté Brut - A bright golden bubbly, redolent with aromas of green apple, pear and a touch of toast. Baked apple flavors. Zippy acidity. Crisp and refreshing. Serve well chilled. Did you know? “Méthode Champenoise” means an extra dollop of yeast was added to the wine in the bottle for second fermentation, creating lovely bubbles and wonderful baked-bread notes. And you can only get it here! Goes with Isigny Ste. Mère Bonhomme Brie, salmon, shellfish, crab, brunch, celebrations, and cheese plates. Recipe pairing: Smoked Salmon Hash and Eggs.
If you’ve been dreaming about your favorite holiday flavors — latkes and Sufganiyot and kugel — and checking out Hanukkah recipes for inspiration, now is the time to get shopping! Whole Foods Market is a one-stop shop for kosher staples that meet our strict quality standards. Whole Foods Market is a one-stop shop for kosher staples that meet our strict quality standards. We’ve curated holiday helpers to make your celebrations deliciously memorable.
Lake Champlain 2015 Hanukkah Coin Cube - Lake Champlain chocolates are made with local Vermont ingredients for a rich and creamy taste that meets Whole Foods Market’s quality standards.Cube filled with fairly trade and kosher milk chocolate coins. A favorite for the Dreidel games or holiday sweet tooth!
Divine Milk & Dark Chocolate Coins - Looking for greater gelt? Divine Chocolate Coins are the only natural Hanukkah gelt on the market. These kosher dairy-certified chocolate coins are also made with fair trade cocoa. Imprint of Cedi (currency of Ghana where the coins are sourced) is on the product packaging, too.
Harrison's Original Sweet Shoppe - These Marshmallow Twists, Fruit Smiles and Fruit Slices are sweets that will please all the kids (and kids at heart, too.) No chocolate is too much when celebrating the holidays with friends and family.
Fox's U-Bet All Natural Chocolate Syrup - The dark chocolate syrup you've been looking for – first ever fair trade syrup, made without dairy and pareve. This rich and velvety chocolate syrup will be every kid’s dream. Perfect to pour over pancakes, waffles, ice cream sundaes and more.
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes - Linda’s Gourmet Lakes are exclusively available at Whole Foods Market. Delicious, heat-and-serve crispy potato pancakes. These latkes are a great side dish or starter for your Hanukkah parties! Available in Original, Sweet Potato, Green Onion, Artichoke and Gluten-Free varieties.
Streit’s Potato Kugel Mix - Another must-have for Hanukkah! This traditional favorite was also reformulated to meet Whole Foods Market’s strict standards and is sulfite-free.
Streit’s Potato Pancake Mixes - Hanukkah is not complete without potato latkes, a holiday favorite! Streit’s mixes make it easier to make potato latkes at home. Available in Plain and No-Salt varieties. Pair with our 365 Everyday Value Organic Apple Sauce.
Kedem Organic Concord Grape Juice - A family business for eight generations, Kedem is the leading brand of traditional kosher grape juice. 100 percent pure juice from Concord grapes with no added sugar. Available in single-serve and pint sizes. We worked with our vendor partners to develop kosher products that also meet our strict quality standards, which require no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. Kedem’s Biodynamic Grape Juice is the first and only biodynamic grape juice. This juice is a perfect refreshment for your Hanukkah gathering!
Vegan Thanksgiving essentials
These vegan Thanksgiving dinner products are showstoppers! A vegan Thanksgiving is easier and tastier than you may think. We promise.
Hilary’s Eat Well Holiday Stuffing - Having trouble finding stuffing to accommodate special diets? Try Hillary’s Eat Well Holiday Stuffing. This product is the only ready-to-bake vegan stuffing on market. It is also gluten-free, nut free and soy free. Hilary’s Eat Well Stuffing is full of traditional holiday flavors that will please any guest at your dinner table. It is a Thanksgiving dinner must for any vegan!
365 Everyday Value Organic Multigrain Vegan Stuffing Mix - 365 Everyday Value® Organic Stuffing is ready in minutes! Exclusively available at Whole Foods Market. Our stuffing is, well, stuffed with traditional spices and ingredients that will instantly complete your holiday meal. With cracked wheat, rye, garlic, onion, corn and parsley, this side dish works for any meal you want to be memorable, regardless of the calendar.
365 Everyday Value Meatless Breakfast Patties - Rise and shine with these Meatless Breakfast Patties. They have a hearty texture, 6 grams of vegetarian protein per serving and no saturated fat.Perfect for satisfying breakfast even on your busiest mornings. Or, add the Meatless Patties to the 365 Everyday Value Organic Multigrain Vegan Stuffing mix for extra flavor.
Kite Hill Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart - It’s the time of year when most of us crave a creamy, dreamy, pumpkin treat. Kite Hill Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart is new and exclusively available at Whole Foods Market.This delicious 7-inch tart made with real pumpkin and creamy ricotta in a crunchy gingersnap crust is the perfect end to a vegan turkey dinner. (V, DF, SF) Delicious vegan dessert – so delicious that non-vegans won’t even notice!
So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip - No pie is complete without a topping. Whole Foods offers dairy-free alternative So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip. The first and only dairy-free whipped topping made from real, organic coconuts. Vegan, soy free and Non-GMO Project verified. Available in Original or Light.
Do the holidays bring on visions of sugarplums? Our sweet tooth goes into overdrive this time of year. Here are some sweets in special holiday flavors that will keep your spirits bright without indulging in any hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
Ciao Bella Spiced Apple Cider Sorbetto - Spice up your holidays with the delicious Ciao Bella Spiced Apple Cider Sorbetto. Made with crisp, sweet Georgia apples grown and picked in the cool Appalachian mountain air and Ciao Bella’s signature blend of mulling spices. Perfect seasonal sweet that all guests will enjoy. Dairy-free and gluten-free.
365 Everyday Value Organic Pink Peppermint Ice Cream Bars - Ring in the holidays with this limited edition sweet treat! Made with the finest organic ingredients like fresh milk, cream and cane sugar, our ice cream is velvety and perfectly sweet. We add real peppermint extract to the ice cream and an organic pink peppermint swirl throughout before coating our rich ice cream
Ciao Bella Almond Nougat Gelato - No holiday is complete without a scoop of gelato! Inspired by the classic Italian holiday candy torrone, this organic gelato is made with broken honey almond torrone swirled in gelato with roasted almonds and wildflower honey. Great serve with pie and cake or straight on of the pint with a spoon!