• Patrick T Cooper

A Perfect Family Experience! Did you say Publix?

By Terry A Sprunger - Oh the joy of living in Orlando Florida, using those annual passes at all our favorite theme parks. Days in the sun, fireworks at night and food around every corner of the City-Beautiful. Could you ever expect to find more fun at a supermarket? My Daughter Megan and I were recently hosted by Apron's Cooking Schools in my local Publix supermarket. It was truly an exceptional 2-hour event trying new recipe's paired with complimentary wine selections.

Each course is demonstrated by one of the four chef's on staff. MACY EL MASRI, CRAIG LILLY, ADRIAN ANDERSON and NEIL SMITH . They made it fun and engaging. (Check out their experience on their links)

The night was staged with the title: HEY! STUFF HAPPENS... So the menu was designed with that in mind. A group of all types off food, placed in nice sized tastings! Course 1: Chili Rellenos Course 2: Pan Fried Steamed Dumplings with Plum Duck Sauce Course 3:Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Pierogis’ Course 4: White Chocolate Éclair.

Each of these courses were served with these fine wines (you must attend to know which one pairs with which!) and of course, you can find EVERYTHING you need to make each item demonstrated at your local PUBLIX. You also leave with a detailed menu of exactly how to make each recipe and all the ingredients needed to make each item. Want to impress your friends? GO - LEARN - REPEAT IT IN YOUR HOME! By the way - the 5th wine was a starter wine!

There are many events held at the Aprons Cooking School. This was a demonstration class, but there are also hands-on classes of actually prepping and cooking. For the Demo: It is easy to follow, as you could see up close, with over head cameras showing on Flat Panel TV's exactly what they were doing and how they were doing it. They do the work, you sip the wine and and enjoy each course as they show up on your table.

Don't be too quick to judge a cooking school in a supermarket! Go try it and do something different with your family and friends; perhaps plan an event for a group or party! After-all... everyone knows where the local Publix is.

To find out the closest location to you: PUBLIX APRONS COOKING SCHOOLS

Here is a quick Video Clip of exactly what you can expect to see and experience when you go to APRONS.

The Publix Aprons we experienced:

7524 Dr Phillips Blvd Orlando, FL 32819-5148 Main: (407) 226-9796

Our Class was priced at $50 per person and prices vary depending on classes and locations.

Dates, classes and times vary during the week by location.

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