My Edmonds Food: Unique classes through Chef’s Kitchen, Panera open by Christmas


    By Lara Alexander

    Cooking classes in Edmonds

    Edmonds cooking school owner Debbie Bodal has a great line up of fall classes at A Chef’s Kitchen right now. Debbie’s students learn cooking skills in small groups in a unique home setting. On the calendar are demos by the Executive Chefs of Barking Frog Restaurant, Andaluca Restaurant and Icon Grill. You can also learn the art of pastry and the secrets of good sauces. If you read the My Edmonds News article about Ranch 99 Asian Market with interest a few months ago, you may want to check out the Asian market tour that will be offered through A Chef’s Kitchen in September.

    Of course if you have more than just a small interest in Asian cuisine, then maybe a culinary adventure to Vietnam would be up your ally. A Chef’s Kitchen is offering a fantastic trip to Vietnam in April that includes dinners, market tours and cooking classes in a small group. I wish I had room in my schedule for a trip like this!

    If you want to stick closer to home, PCC Natural Markets will be open for fall class registration on-line beginning Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. PCC offers affordable one-night courses taught by local chefs. Most classes cost around $50 and teach skills such as bread making, regional cuisines and foods for specialty diets.

    Bye-bye Barlees, here comes Panera

    The demolition of the former Barlee’s Restaurant on 205th is underway. Edmonds company Wilcox Constuction is the general contractor for the project that will replace the old diner with a Panera Bread restaurant. Wilcox Construction and the City of Edmonds have confirmed that the restaurant will include a drive-through to serve customers, in addition to its indoor seating area.

    A pre-construction meeting took place on July 20 and demolition was started to remove the existing building. Scott Nelson, project manager at Wilcox Construction, says that Edmonds residents can expect to see construction crews beginning work on the new building next week. “Panera says that they will be open by Christmas,” Nelson reported.

    A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.


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