I visited Whole Foods Market Interbay for a cooking class to preview the new Whole Plate,
a space devoted to teaching people about healthy eating through classes and events and run by the store’s healthy cooking coach, Chef Anne Haerle.
The theme was cooking with cherries, so we were treated to different cherry dishes, but with healthy elements free of high fat, salt and processed sugar, my three greatest friends and enemies.
Chef Anne was very accessible, she has a friendly spirit that makes something as daunting to me as cooking without super fatty fats easy. She talked about how she wants to build confidence in people and excite them about cooking.
Chef Anne led us through a knife skills demonstration, something she likes to do in every class. She illustrated the right way to hold a knife for safety and how to position it to keep from tiring (a “pinch grip”!).
I also learned not to put your knife in the dishwasher because the molecular structure changes under the hot water, plus the shaking will cause it to become brittle and chip. Lesson learned! I also tried to tell this to my mom to which she said, “I never do that. You do that!” Lesson learned again!
The evening continued with more demonstrations. Cherry pitting, slicing, mixing and of course, eating.
It was fascinating to hear Chef Anne’s journey from marketing pro to healthy chef. She was so delightful to talk to and answered all my questions about what to basic tools people should keep in their kitchens.
I could tell cooking is her passion and I was very happy to witness a professional being in her element.
The only downside of the night was when I bit into the edible flower that topped a scoop of ice cream and cherry smoothie topping (also healthy!).
It’s edible. But a little bitter! Oh Mona, you don’t have to eat everything.
This Saturday, June 14, is the public launch of Whole Plate. You can grab a bite and enter to win giveaways such a free private lessons, cooking classes and lunches at Whole Plate. There will be 60-second cooking classes where customers can drop in for free and get just a bit of what I learned.
You can find information on Saturday’s event on the store’s calendar here.
For more information on the ongoing classes, you can visit the class schedule and register for specific classes here.
To register for a specific class, visit the Eventbrite page here. Use the promo code “WelcomeWP” during checkout for 20% off anyclass. The code expires on July 14 but can be used on an unlimited number of classes.
Giveaway super bonus time! Leave a comment below by Friday, June 20, 5PM for two tickets to a cooking class at the Whole Foods Market Interbay location.
The winner can select any class, subject to availability. The prize is two tickets for the winner and a guest to be used for the same class.
Giveaway closed! Thanks!
This giveaway is provided by Whole Foods Market. I received two free cooking classes and a gift bag. My opinions are 100% my own.