Cook’s Warehouse Summer Preview

When the invite for “Cocktails with Cook’s” arrived in our inbox we were “all in”. Cook’s Warehouse is a premier gourmet cooking store.
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The space in East Cobb (just a few miles from FDN headquarters) is fantastic, with a state of the art kitchen, a backyard garden, and friendly, knowledgeable experts on hand to help out in any way they can.

Chef Lisbeth Rawl and her kitchen
Chef Lisbeth Rawl and her kitchen
Out the back door of the shop
Out the back door of the shop

The Cook’s Warehouse has a few blogger gatherings a year to promote their hottest items of the season while they show off their cooking skills. We are greeted at the door by ladies serving punch. But this is not your Grandma’s punch and it’s not served in a punch bowl either.
IMG_3760I have fallen in love with what I think is the hottest item of the night. The Watermelon Keg tapping kit. Scoop out the fruit, make it into a punch with the alcohol of your choice, and it’s a party. I buy two as gifts, but I know I need more!

Cook’s Warehouse is quite enthusiastic about the Coravin. And if you are a lover of fine wine then you might need this pricey accessory.
IMG_3763This gizmo allows you to enjoy wine without pulling the cork so you can open an expensive bottle of wine without committing to the entire bottle.

One more cool gadget for the cook who has everything, or is interested in a gluten-free alternative is the OXO Spiralizer.
IMG_3773This baby creates noodles from fruit and veggies – try to top that! The demo draws many ooohs and aaahs from onlookers.

While strolling through the store on the way to the kitchen, I happen upon a display of Savannah Bee Company honey.
IMG_3775It calls out, “taste me” and I oblige. It’s heavenly liquid sunshine and I especially enjoy the taste of the honeycomb.
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As for what’s on the menu, it’s an awesome display of delectable bite-sized food porn.
IMG_3769If presentation is everything, then Chef Lisbeth Rawl and her crew deserve a gold medal! Everything we taste is excellent, but I’ll feature a few of our favorites. Chef Rawls take on chicken and waffles is clever, she uses a tiny waffle cup and juicy Georgia grown Springer Mountain Farms chicken.
IMG_3778Just pop it in your mouth and enjoy.

The shrimp tacos have just the right amount of spice. There is a kick, but nothing to send you running for a glass of water.

shrimp tacos and some desserts
shrimp tacos and some desserts

Perfect as hors d’oeuvres, or even in a full sized version.

The roasted beet hummus is very pretty and very tasty. There is a lot of love and hard work in this recipe and it shows.
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And finally, these simple fruit pastries. Easy to make and fun to eat!
IMG_3772 (1)Use store bought pastry dough (made with butter), brush it with egg wash, fill it with preserves, pop it in the oven and viola!

The Cook’s Warehouse offers cooking classes, camps and also books private events. At Friday Date Night we like to eat and we like to cook so this locally owned store is a place that makes us very happy.

Disclaimer time: As this was a media event, Date Night did not pay for our food or drink at The Cook’s Warehouse. Our words, however, are priceless. Thanks to David Dunford for the invite, Chef Lisbeth Rawl for the vittles, and Wendy Allen for being such a good host.

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