The Smart Kitchen Team had been working a long time to reach this day. As you may have seen in a previous post, on February 4th, 2011 we finally went “Live” with the www.smartkitchen.com Online Culinary School Site. Going Live was a big deal but one that was heralded by little public fan fare or marketing. We celebrated internally mostly by overdoing it at our Super Bowl Party with family and friends, and setting our work flow back a bit come Monday. This Saturday event, a traditional Farmers’ Market was our coming out party.
Its 04:30 AM as I write this message about another important date for Smart Kitchen, February 12, 2011, when our company and Online Culinary School product first met the public; and the meeting was good.
We had a heck of a good time, introducing ourselves to the people of our hometown and learning that many of them are interested in learning to cook. We had some sign ups, and a lot of positive feedback which feels great after so many months of long hours getting Smart Kitchen to this point. We also had a lot of support from our hometeam fans, thanks Mr. & Mrs. Teaching Chef (below supporting in close proximity). And thanks to Mrs. P Chef, who was exhibiting team play by watching the little chefs-to-be so that Dad could be with the public.
We also had some great neighbors, including Merissa and Billy who put on the North Scottsdale Farmers’ Market and have a new home delivery service they are offering if you aren’t able to make it to the market.
On our other side, our neighbor was Julia from Torched Goodness who (along with her husband Chef Eric Ireland), makes great Creme Brulee. Keep an eye out for them, or their sweet dessert coach. It was a bit of torture standing and watching so much fabulous dessert being prepared while working for Smart Kitchen and sampling nothing.
Down the way a bit, was Royal Dogs, who offered up a pleasant sausage curiosity: Bison Dogs. My Bison Dog (close to closing time and off the clock) was enjoyable and a great novelty. The first bison item that was worth a return. The dog wasn’t too dry as Bison products can easily become.
I will likely be a returning customer this coming Saturday, February 19th, 2011 when Smart Kitchen returns to the Farmers’ Market, hopefully with a banner.
The Smartest Way to Learn to Cook™