This year, more than ever, there is no shame in having no plans for Valentine's Day. Seriously! It's a Sunday! Where is the fun in that? But if you're looking for something to do that weekend, why not make a meal via a cooking class by some of your internet faves? Where would you find such a thing, you ask? Obviously, we're going to tell you!!
Whole Foods is hosting a weekend-long event called "Gourmet Date for Good." It's a series of three virtual live cook-along programs during Valentine’s Day weekend, all with different themes. The events will be hosted by comedian Heather McMahan, actress and TikTok superstar Tabitha Brown, and comedian Matt Bellassai, to celebrate Galentine’s Day on February 13, Valentine’s Day on February 14, and Singles Awareness Day on February 15 respectively.
To give you a little more about what to expect: Heather will be joined by her mom, Robin, and her sister, Ashley, to show you how to make their steak crostini with basil vinaigrette sauce that you'll want to show off on FaceTime to your BFFs later. In fact, why not have them join you? If you're looking for something a bit more romantic, you can join Tabitha and her husband, Chance, in making vallops – which yes, are vegan scallops— along with delicious vegan butter and Whole Foods Market hearts of palm pasta, or whatever your noodle of choice will be. We'll definitely be pairing this with a big slice of vegan cake. YUM. Speaking of cake, Matt will be making chocolate lava cake during his event, which organizers describe as "the one dessert everybody feels pressure to share but secretly wants to inhale alone." PREACH.
Each event will last around 30 to 45 minutes and even include real-time Q&A with hosts. Best of all, proceeds go to a good cause! You can get access to each by making a donation through Eventbrite to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a grassroots organization formed by chefs and independent restaurant owners that advocates for local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19. Whole Foods Market will also be matching all ticket donations up to $50,000. You can access tickets here, and when you make your donation, you'll also get access to a list of ingredients you'll need to make the dish for your event. Don't forget the wine!!
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