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A Home Chef’s Paradise – Learning to Cook at Whisk in Cary

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Cooking Class at Whisk

Earlier this month I attended a soup making demonstration class at Whisk, a new locally-owned cookware & bakeware shop located in Cary’s Waverly Place shopping center. Whisk is more than just a retail store offering just about everything a home cook needs, they also host numerous cooking classes throughout the week. The classes offered include skill building, demonstration and hands-on participation style formats with trained professional instructors who have a passion for food and cooking.

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Class Participation

I was at Whisk to take a class to learn how to make soup. The cooking classes are held in a full sized kitchen located in the back of the store with students sitting right in on the action. There are several chairs located around the kitchen counter where the instructor works in addition to several high-top tables with director like chairs providing a nice view for students to watch.

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Soup Making Class at Whisk

The class setting and interaction with the chef makes it feel like you are attending a fun and intimate cooking show complete with small cameras installed in the kitchen ceiling that capture the chef at work from multiple angles that is then displayed on a flat screen tv on the kitchen wall. This allows the entire class to see what is happening during each step no matter where you sit making sure you don’t miss a thing.

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Italian Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup – Porcini Bisque – Pasta Fagiole with Pancetta

The soups we learned to make in class were Porcini Bisque, Pasta Fagiole with Pancetta, and Italian sausage, White Bean, and Kale soup. The instructor took us through each step of adding the ingredients and provided helpful tips along the way. The classes are very social and interactive with the chef answering questions as they prepare the dish and inviting students up to the stove to help cook. It is a very comfortable learning environment and I felt like I was learning to cook from a friend while they worked in their home kitchen.

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Sampling the Results!

Throughout the class students can sip on complimentary glasses of wine and enjoy light hors d’oeuvre. Of course once the soups were done we also had the chance to try each turning the evening into a fun tasting party as the class wrapped up.

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Trying the Soup

There was plenty of soup for the class to try and you could pour yourself a bowl, cup, or just a small sample. I wanted to try them all and enjoy some of the salad prepared to accompany the soups so I opted for the smaller sample serving. All three were excellent by my favorites were the Pasta Fagiole and the Italian Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup. I liked that the classes provide a printed handout that includes the recipe and cooking instructions making it easy for you to then go home and recreate what you learned.

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Retail area of Whisk

After the class ended I had a chance to browse the retail area of the store.  Whisk has diverse array of merchandise that covers everything from food preparation to presentation. For me the most important  aspect of Whisk is that they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help you find what you are looking for and explain how to use it.

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Kitchen Supplies

I enjoyed browsing all the fun go-to gadgets, and one-of-a kind items you can find at Whisk and I really liked that the items were competitively priced too. I found quite a few gift ideas. I was looking for a Christmas gift to get for my father. He recently installed a bar at my parents house and was excited to find Whisk had the “King Ice Cube Tray”. This specialty ice tray makes large square ice cubes prefect for the home bartender. I also noticed they had a nice lineup of coffee equipment and even sell locally roasted Muddy Dog Coffee beans. That will be my next purchase!

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Cooking Supplies

Dan Saklad along with his wife and business partner Diana, opened Whisk with the hopes it would be “a destination for cooks, foodies, chefs and gadget hounds in the Triangle.” I think they have succeeded in their goal. I encourage you to support this locally owned store and consider them the next time you need something for your home kitchen or a gift for a foodie friend. The cooking classes are a lot of fun and also make for great gifts too. For more information about Whisk and to view their upcoming cooking class schedule, visit www.whiskcarolina.com.

Whisk
316 Colonades Way #214
Cary, NC 27518
phone: 919-322-2458
wesbiste: https://www.whiskcarolina.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskCarolina
twitter: @WhiskCarolina

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Whisk Grand Opening Celebration in Cary ~ Nov. 1st-3rd

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Whisk ~ Cary, NC

Back in September a cool new kitchen & bakeware store opened in Cary’s Waverly Place (map).  I hear from my foodie friends that it is a home cook’s paradise with just about everything you could want for your home kitchen. In addition to all the useful gear, gadgets, and tools for your kitchen they also host a ton of great cooking classes each month.

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Cooking Knives Dispaly

To help kick off the opening of theis locally owned & operated store and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday baking season the folks at Whisk are holding a Grand Opening Event this weekend (Nov. 1st-3rd) . The event will feature a series of free in-store cooking demonstrations and special discounts all weekend long. I’m a huge local coffee fan (surprise!) so I am hoping to stop by Saturday for the free coffee cupping being hosted by local roaster Muddy Dog Coffee.

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Bakeware

I’m also looking forward to checking out the other demonstrations and browsing all the cooking & bakeware gear to get ideas for holiday gifts. I could use a hand at cooking at home too so I look forward to learning more about future classes being offered at Whisk. For a full list of the Grand Opening Event cooking demonstrations scheduled check out their event page here. For more details about the grand opening event see the official announcement from Whisk below.

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Dan and Diana Saklad of Whisk

Whisk Grand Opening Event in Cary – November 1st-3rd
The Triangle’s new store for cooks, “Whisk”, is hosting a three-day Grand Opening Event November 1st, 2nd and 3rd to kick off the holiday baking season. The quality kitchenware store, offering in-store cooking classes, opened this past September in Cary. Whisk has been enthusiastically welcomed by the community and is fast becoming a destination for Triangle cooks.

The Whisk Grand Opening will feature a variety of free, holiday-focused mini-cooking classes. Shoppers can follow their nose to the in-store kitchen classroom and check out what’s cooking. Free giveaways, product demonstrations and sampling will take place all weekend long. A special promotion offering complimentary reusable Whisk shopping bags will allow customers to receive 20% off bakeware items for the 3-day event.

“We have been thrilled with the response since our opening just five weeks ago,” stated owner Dan Saklad. “So many customers have told us that we are the absolute best kitchen store they have ever visited – and that has been our goal from inception. This grand opening celebration is Whisk’s formal debut into the Triangle’s retail scene.”

Open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am until 6 pm, and on Sundays from Noon until 5 pm, Whisk is located upstairs in the Waverly Place shopping center at 316 Colonades Way in Cary. There are 15 new cooking classes being offered in November, with seven of those focusing on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving classes cover everything from the perfect pumpkin pie to healthy holiday eating to the clever use of leftovers.

Whisk is a full service, independently-owned kitchen store featuring a spectacular variety of quality kitchenware, as well as in-store cooking classes for all levels and interests. Specialized services at Whisk include knife sharpening, bridal registry, private parties, and corporate team building events.  For more information, visit www.whiskcarolina.com.

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Whisk
316 Coloades Way
Cary, NC 27518 (map)
Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM
Sunday 12-5PM

Website: http://www.whiskcarolina.com/
Twitter: @WhiskCarolina
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskCarolina

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