Ohio's second Whole Foods Market
has opened at the corner of Cedar and Warrensville Roads in University Heights. The upscale, 43,000-square-foot grocery peddles everything from organic roses to dry-aged beef, along with more than 300 cheeses, 1,800 wines, an olive and antipasto bar, and an 18-seat trattoria, featuring hot Italian entrees and hearth-baked pizza.
While sampling opportunities will be abundant throughout the kickoff, the ones that caught our eye come from Divine Chocolate
, the world's first farmer-owned, fair trade chocolate company. Shoppers can get a nibble on Friday, March 23 from 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The D.C.-based candy company is partly owned by a collective of Ghana cocoa farmers, with the mission of making life sweeter for its West African members. Products include milk, dark, white, and hazelnut chocolate bars, along with chocolate mini eggs, just right for Easter. -- Elaine T. Cicora