August 13, 2013 > Friends and neighbors gather for solidarity and good eats
Friends and neighbors gather for solidarity and good eats
Each year, hundreds of neighborhoods across the nation turn on porch lights and gather to support efforts to get to know each other and "take a bite out of crime" through prevention efforts of National Night Out. Parties range from small gatherings of a few neighbors on a street corner to expansive efforts of potlucks, concerts, ice cream socials and even catered affairs.
Communities throughout the Greater Tri-City area gathered on the evening of August 6th (August 8th in Milpitas) to meet, greet and eat. Joining the annual celebration, public officials and protective service personnel arrived at some parties to add their support.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, Whole Foods Market which will hold its long-anticipated Fremont opening on Wednesday, September 25th, held a contest to determine the favorite and most popular neighborhood recipe. The winning entry, Shelby Court's (Glenmoor) Coffee-Rubbed Wild Boar Tenderloin with Brandied Drizzle Sauce received the top vote tally and was treated to a catered BBQ cookout for approximately 80 neighbors and friends. Cook Jerry Standridge proudly noted that even though the picture of his entree looked good, tasting it was so much better. A neighborhood "tasting committee" of Sandy Standridge, Maggie and Dennis Keeton and Kay and Ron Hufstedler wholeheartedly agreed.
As a result, Whole Foods Market asked "Field to Family Natural Goods" of Petaluma (http://www.fieldtofamily.com/) to set up a deluxe BBQ event for the Shelby Court contingent and as the aroma of grilled chicken, hot dogs accompanied by salads, cakes, cookies, drinks and more wafted through the neighborhood, doors opened as happy and hungry neighbors greeted each other and enjoyed a warm evening of great food and camaraderie.
Whole Foods Market representatives - Marketing Team Leader Lisa Marie, Associate Store Team Leader Akhenaton Daaood ("AK"), Marketing Associate Coordinator Jim Hallock and Meat Associate Coordinator Steve Bowker - were on hand to greet Shelby Court neighbors and hear comments from many who are anxious to visit the new store when it opens. More information about Whole Foods Market in Fremont can be found at: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fremont-ca.
National Night Out 2014 will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.