The Whole Foods Market in Seattle has taken to hosting "singles" nights the first Friday of each month, reports the Los Angeles Times. The store arranges a wine tasting and sets out snacks in its demonstration cooking area, then leaves it up to the singles to mingle and meet.
Whole Foods has apparently grasped an obvious point: anything that draws people to the premises is good. A guy may go there to cruise for chicks and end up with chicken. A woman striking out at the singles event may grab a tub of ice cream on the way out to drown her sorrows.
Also, Whole Foods patrons tend to be similar types—basically, food obsessives with plenty of disposable income—so the chances for a compatible love connection are heightened. "Hey, you buy only organic, grass-fed, locally-grown, humanely-slaughtered beef? So do I! Well, what are the odds..."
And, once couples hook up, all the ingredients for a perfect culinary/romantic evening are already at hand: free-range chicken, heirloom vegetables with pedigrees stretching back to the Sumerians, whole-grain bread just like that eaten by Ukrainian peasants, wine pressed from old-growth vinyards in obscure European corners...
One day, you can tell your kids: "We met in Dairy, fell in love in Produce, and swore to be forever true in Bakery..."