A Warm Welcome at Whole Foods Evanston
A Warm Welcome at Whole Foods Evanston

I know, I know. People say it all the time. It’s not often that the owner of a company is still as enthusiastic and committed and willing to spend time sampling as I am, almost 30 years after starting Al Dente Pasta Company. What can I say? That’s the kind of company we are. With that said, here is my demo schedule in Chicago for the month.

May 7th. Sauganash store at 6020 N.Cicero. 5-8 for Ladies Night.

May 9th Naperville 11-3 (my sister-in-law, Jan will be doing this one)

May 22nd. Grand Opening of the new Lincoln Park/Kingsbury store. 11-3

May 23rd. Northbrook Chicago 840 Willow Road. 11-3

Al Dente Pasta Paired up with Whole Pantry Bruscetta Topping
Al Dente Pasta Paired up with Whole Pantry Bruscetta Topping

I’m guessing on these measurements, but necessity was the mother of this invention. I had in my fridge some leftover pasta, about 1/2 bag and about 1/4 jar of the Whole Pantry Bruscetta Topping. Here’s what I did.

Serves 2 as main dish, 4 as side dish

1/4 jar Whole Pantry Sundried Tomato and Olive Bruscetta Topping
1/2 bag Al Dente Whole Wheat Fettuccine (would be delicious with any Al Dente Flavor)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
3/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste.

Heat up the water and Bruschetta topping in a medium size pot. Stir in Cream Cheese until smooth and creamy. Add cooked pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan and season with Salt and Pepper. (add any other leftovers, vegetables, chicken, seafood, nuts, etc.)

An Official Al Dente Pasta Joke:

I’ve meant to share this joke since October, when I did my first Chicago Whole Foods demo at the Canal Street Store. As told to me by a charming customer, Graham C. Grady, which he luckily wrote on a paper plate so I could remember it forever. Thanks Graham.

“What do you call a linguine noodle that is trying to pass itself off as a fettuccine noodle?”

“An ‘impasta!”