May 24, 2011

Frys Food Store: Fresh Attractions Cooking Workshops


With spring in full swing and summer around the corner it seems like I’m looking for new and fresh ways to move my weekly menu from same ol’, same ol’ to WOW! I’m a creature of habit and would probably eat grilled chicken every day. Actually, I did that for about 5 months not really realizing it. That’s how in tune I was to making mealtime interesting.

A few years ago, CycleGuy got me a series of cooking classes as a birthday gift. I had a blast! I’m a pretty good cook but I’m not all that adventurous. I have a cabinet full of cookbooks, but I’m not the type to just grab something on the shelf and crack it open. Usually I’ll think of something and then try to find the recipe.

When Fry’s Food Stores opened up it’s Signature Marketplace near my house last fall it was truly an everyday gourmet market. With a sushi bar, wine cellar and bar, custom bakery, exquisite floral market and so forth I was in heaven. One of the unique aspects of this Fry’s location was the Fresh Attractions live cooking workshop.

With top quality appliances, technology, and chefs customers this is more than a cooking class. It is a gourmet experience. When I was offered the opportunity to try one of the Fresh Attractions workshop with a few other blogger I knew I’d have fun. If nothing else, I’d get to hang out with a few friends and maybe taste some great food. But in one short hour, Chefs Deb and Cynthia showcased 4 amazing recipes that were gourmet but could easily be done at home.

One of the problems with cooking classes is sometimes they teach you things you’d never be able to make at home. Chef Deb and Chef Cyn have it as their goal to make sure everyone who comes to one of their classes can go home and recreate what they learned.

The class I took was a post-Cinco de Mayo fiesta with fresh new recipes that are perfect for make and takes, company coming over, a backyard get-together or even a great meal at home. In an hour we were treated to 4 recipes. Yes, they worked pretty fast but it wasn’t so fast that I couldn’t keep up. They taught us how to make Chilaquiles (a tortilla one-dish heaven that I’ll share with you soon), Grilled Watermelon and Jicama salad, Goat Cheese Enchiladas and Black Beans and Rice. My mouth is watering just typing this!

Grilled Watermelon Salad photo

I’ve had grilled watermelon before, but not like this! The watermelon was like sushi-grade ahi tuna. It was soft but firm without being mushy.

With just a few basic ingredients, a fresh, delicious and light salad was created.

Definitely something that can be recreated at home and will make everyone think you’ve been spending time at your local culinary school!

Paired with almost anything, this salad will be very popular with both kids and adults. And, if you don’t like goat cheese you can switch it out with something you’d like.

If you’re in the Phoenix-area, definitely consider Fry’s Fresh Attractions for your next cooking adventure. Whether it’s a girl’s night out even, something you’d like to do with your spouse or even a place to spend quality time with your kids, Fry’s Fresh Attractions will help you get your creative on in the kitchen!

Most classes are just $25 per person. The Saturday Kid’s class too! You’ll get to taste everything made, but only the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday” workshop gives you full meals to take home. The gourmet kitchen also hosts parties for up to 20 people, even kids!

A kid’s birthday party, complete with cake, is $199 for 10 kids! Best part for mom? No cleanup! Best part for kids? A fun, hands-on experience that will surely make for a great party and lots of laughter.

Fry’s Signature Marketplace is located at 4707 East Shea Blvd.  If you are interested in attending a cooking workshop, scheduling a party, or arranging your own private class with some friends, call the Fresh Attractions office at 480-367-3940. A list of classes is available on line.

Disclosure: I was a guest of Fry’s for the cooking workshop. I was provided a delicious lunch as well as a goody bag of Fry’s merchandise as a thank you for my time. No other compensation was provided, I was not required to write about my experience and my post has not been edited by a third party.


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