Two New Fun And Family Friendly Cooking Resources: Plated.com And Freshmade NYC
The other night I had the pleasure of attending what I would like to call a two-fer, one event in which I was able to learn about and appreciate two fantastic new businesses. The first one is Freshmade NYC, a cooking, catering and event space for kids.
At Freshmade NYC, located in SoHo NYC, kids can take cooking classes and learn the basics of making simple meals. So when you are tired from a long day of work now the kids can do the cooking instead – it’s about time they were useful for something!
As you can see from the above picture, Freshmade NYC looks just like a kitchen in a real home, making it a perfect place for your kids to learn professionally how to feel at ease in a kitchen. The friendly staff are also always on hand to host your child’s birthday party or cater your own party from their extensive menu of kid and adult friendly dishes.
The night I was visiting, Freshmade NYC was hosting a party for Plated.com, a new web-based recipe delivery service. Going one step further than Fresh Direct, Plated works something like this:
First you pick a recipe on the site. You can choose each week from a variety of ones designed by Plated‘s chefs. For the party we were cooking Chicken and Chorizo Paella (the recipe for which is pictured below) and Swordfish a la Siciliana.
After you place your order a package that looks like this shows up:
Inside are (as you can see in the background of the photo) the individually portioned ingredients for the recipe. Each recipe is around $30 for 2 servings.
Saute and simmer… and then you put it in the oven (in case you were unsure how cooking actually works):
And voila the finished meal of Swordfish a la Siciliana:
And Chicken and Chorizo Paella:
Personally, I preferred the Swordfish a la Siciliana. The sauce was a delicious combination of plum tomato, onion, garlic, green olives, capers, white raisins and pine nuts. In fact, it was so good that my mouth is watering just looking at this picture again. The pita that you can see warming in the oven in one of the above pictures was served along side the swordfish, and drizzled with salt and olive oil it was an unlikely but amazing complement to the dish.
The night was a delight on many levels. For starters, it is rare for me to cook a meal and have it come out well, so it felt nice to have the swordfish taste so delicious even if my hand was held the whole way through. (To try your own hand at this recipe, go here to Plated‘s blog The Dish and follow the steps in the video. You can also find lots of their other awesome recipes there.) An ancillary and also unexpected benefit of the event was that I ran into and reconnected with a colleague from my former life as a paralegal. She and her friend were seated across from me and we bonded as we fussed over the recipes. That’s all of us chatting and drinking in the picture below:
The warmth from Freshmade NYC emanates not only from the kitchen but also from the kind and attendant staff, led by co-founder Thomas Stevens, pictured below at left:
As you can see from this adorable thank you card from a class that attended a cooking lesson at Freshmade NYC, the kitchen leaves a mark on its students and guests that does not soon wear off:
I would certainly recommend trying out either of these cooking resources for yourself or your kids. As I wrote this I perused Plated‘s current menu and ordered dinner for tomorrow night: a delicious sounding dinner of this.
For more about Freshmade NYC, please go to their website.
And to order your own dinner for tomorrow night, visit Plated.com.
Bon appetit, Allison
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