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Here’s how to snag a ticket to Whole Foods’ free Italian pop-up dinner

Addie Broyles, abroyles@statesman.com
Whole Foods Market is hosting a two-week celebration of Italian food and wine, including fresh pastas, specialty cheeses and cured meats, starting on Feb. 12. To kick off the in-store event, the grocer is hosting a free family-style dinner on Feb. 20, but in order to get a seat, you have to make a reservation at 11 a.m. (Central Time) on Feb. 13. [Contributed]

Whole Foods Market is kicking off a week-long celebration of Italian food at all of its stores by hosting a free family-style meal at four of them.

The trattoria-inspired six-course family-style meal called “A Little Italy” will take place in Austin, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, but at undisclosed locations in those cities, not Whole Foods’ stores.

Each dinner will take place on the same night — Feb. 20 — but in order to get a ticket, you have to reserve a spot starting at 11 a.m. CT on Feb. 13 on the event’s ticket page. The Austin event has 28 available seats.

The meal from Whole Foods’ culinary experts will feature some of the many specialty imported products that the grocery store will be selling during the two-week “multi-sensory celebration of all things Italy,” which starts on Feb. 12.

Look for specials and new products around the stores, and each location will host a cracking of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at 3 p.m. local time on Feb. 22.