This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Every week we plan out the dinners we’re going to make, compile a list of necessary ingredients, and do all our weekly meal shopping in one big swoop. That was my task today, and I have to tell you I was absolutely bored with our regular rotation of dinner recipes. It feels like we’ve been cooking a variation of the same casseroles and main dishes for months now, and I’m ready to try something new.
Inspiration from the Pros
When I need photo inspiration, I check out photography books and blogs. When I need lesson ideas for my classroom I pick the brain of my experienced coworkers. And when I need to get fired up about creating restaurant-quality tasty dinners, I tune in to what the real chefs are creating.
Macy’s Culinary Council Helps Me Learn from the Best
I’m looking forward to attending a free event sponsored by Macy’s Culinary Council next weekend, on January 13th, at 1 pm in San Diego. It’s held in a Macy’s store so, it’s easy to find! Get the full details and register to attend using this link.
These events at Macy’s are like watching a live cooking show. A Macy’s Culinary Council chef walks participants through the steps to creating a delicious meal from start to finish by demonstrating several different recipes. But what makes it better than TV is that the chefs interact with the audience. They answer questions and share a little bit about themselves as they are preparing the dishes. Everyone gets to try the food and drinks, and they are always to die for! The best part about these live cooking demonstrations is that you get some handy recipe cards to take home with you, so you can make the same drinks and tasty bites on your own.
Visiting San Diego: Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Bill Kim
The Culinary Council event at Macy’s on January 13th will feature two chefs: Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Bill Kim. I can’t wait to hear what they have to share with us from their vast knowledge of all things cuisine.
Chef Bill Kim has made his way from sesame seed roaster and grinder, to sous chef, to executive chef. His resume includes famed restaurants such as Ciboulette in Atlanta and Charlie Trotter’s and Le Lan in Chicago. His latest project is opening a growing number of restaurants that are more casual, but equally as delicious.
Chef Michelle Bernstein also comes with an impressive and diverse range of experiences. She owns her own cafe and catering company and appears on shows like Top Chef and Good Morning America. She partners with big name brands such as American Express and Delta to create unique menus, and somehow finds time to devote to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids.
As a wanna-be foodie, I’m beyond excited to get to see these talented chefs in action. At the last Culinary Council event I attended, the chef made a delicate ice cream right there in front of our eyes, using an ice cream maker from the Macy’s store. Honestly, that ice cream was probably my favorite recipe and it was so simple! I just had to have my own ice cream maker so I could use the recipe card to make that ice cream at home. And would you believe, event attendees all receive a $10 gift card to the Macy’s Home department? I’m always ready to buy new cookware, so I was happy to have that gift card at checkout!
Be sure and register to attend the event, and arrive early enough to snag a front-row seat. I hope to see my San Diego local friends there!