Publix takes something ordinary and turns it into a fun, new event

Q: My husband and I are involved with a small group of couples that rotate monthly get-togethers. Publix Apron’s Cooking School in Alpharetta was a suggestion. Can you tell me about it?

A: The Apron’s Cooking School in Alpharetta opened in June 2007 and offers a variety of class options: hands-on, demonstration style and private.

Tampa became home to the Apron’s first cooking school in the late summer of 2001 as patrons voiced their wishes.

“Customers expressed a need to know how to cook in their own kitchen and we always try to pivot toward what the customers are looking for. We want to be a solution base, your friend in the neighborhood,” Publix Media Relations Manager Nicole Krauss said.

The hands-on class brings customers or students together where they work with the chefs at the kitchen island, she stated. A sampling offered: the six B’s (basics) of culinary techniques, cuisine skills, baking techniques, themed meals and holidays.

“After the chefs and students prepare the recipes, the students sit down together and enjoy the fruits of their labor family style.

“Where students sit at the tabletops with their friends or new-made friends is our demonstration-style classes with four- or five-course meals. It’s a great date night or a great family activity.” Krauss said, “One of the best New Year’s Eve we ever had as a family was taking them to this class. The chef’s cook, teach you along the way, but you’re sitting back with a glass of wine enjoying the process while learning.”

After each course has been prepared, a portion is served and paired with a beer or wine.

“The way we look at our cooking school is a very holistic approach. Different locations may have interests or unique qualities to those different communities. We want to bring all that excitement to every location that we offer,” she said.

Address: Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta (770-751-8560).

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