Thursday, September 27, 2012

Date Night: Publix Cooking School

I never understood the importance of Date Night until Baby Jack came along. I mean, Jeff and I went out regularly pre-baby so why did we need to call it something like Date Night? Boy. I'll say it now. I LOVE DATE NIGHT! We are very fortunate to have both sets of grandparents nearby. They are so incredibly helpful, so we get breaks to run errands, go to appointments and have regular date nights!

Normally, we'll just go out to dinner with friends. However, we had a pretty unique date night last week. Funny enough, we scheduled this one before Jack made his debut! We bought tickets to attend an event at the Publix Apron's Cooking School. This was an Iron Chef competition between the Exec Chef at Restaurant Orsay (the best restaurant in Jacksonville, in my opinion!) and the Apron staff. We were greeted with an array of appetizers and WINE (Boy, have I missed wine). We got to vote on one of the secret ingredients. We watched them cook and were encouraged to go up to them and ask questions. Each team prepared 4 to 5 tasting sized bites the 40 or so attendees. In my opinion, this is harder than cooking for 3 judges plus the host! It was a fun and different date night.

I visited the Apron School's website and saw they have several locations in the Southeast. They offer demonstration as well as hands on events. They offer Couples Cooking classes. These themes include Grilling, Mexico, Holiday Entertaining, and Steakhouse. They even have a special event for New Year's Eve!

For the family, they are hosting several Gingerbread House sessions. I can't wait for Jack to be old enough for that activity. They also offer kids cooking courses aimed for 8 to 12 year olds.

Of course, how can I post about Date Night without including my OOTN! When you spend your days in shorts and nursing tops, getting dressed up is quite the treat!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, purchased during the big sale!
Shoes: Tory Burch
Earrings: Charming Charlie's


  1. This sounds soooo fun! That's great that you have all the grandparents nearby. We don't, which is very challenging at times. Love the OOTN of course :)

  2. I love that idea! Maybe Scott & I should go to one of the NOLA School of Cooking classes for a date night! how fun!!!