Years in the planning, months in the making, our new Teaching Kitchen is open! From four full-sized Monogram ranges to the pizza-ready hearth oven, there's so much to love about this new space.
As work unfolded in the new kitchen, we wanted to be sure we included our favorite local artists in the mix. Store owner Anne feels strongly in showing her love to local businesses and artists - she did it in her own dining room makeover. Here's how she embraced her love of local...
First up, Tara and Ben with Street Collaborative provided the jaw-dropping design. Our friends at ADL Ferguson and GE Monogram gave us expert guidance on all the kitchen appliances -can you smell the pizza from the hearth oven, yet?
The accent wall of vintage cookbook pages steals the show and hearts. It's a love letter to home cooks from Anne and her mom Betty Jo who had a career as a home economist in the 1960's. Kimberly Meadowlark expertly installed the wall, carefully choosing pages. Customers stop and stare, reminiscing over recipes and books that they remember. WAFB did a lovely story on the background on the wall. Watch this time lapse of the talented Kimberly Meadowlark and the page-by-page installation.
Gathering at the end of each cooking class is where the magic happens. Anne's a firm believer in this, so the construction of the dining table was very important. Conrad Freeman is no stranger to the shop - he's helped with pieces throughout the store. We turned to Freeman Handcrafted for this lovely, 12 seater farmhouse table. It's gorgeous and ready for so many shared meals.
Selfie bathrooms? We were unsure, too. But it turns out, they're a thing! With tongue firmly planted in cheek, we commissioned our friend and muralist Ellen Ogden to create a bathroom theme all around the Cajun Holy Trinity: Onion, Bell Pepper and Celery. Ellen was fully on board in creating these ethereal aromatics for us. It's our fun homage to the foundations of South Louisiana cooking.
We received expert furniture and accessory guidance and procurement from Garret at the Market at Circa 1857 - that guy's got quite the eye. We wouldn't be able to create the stunning visuals and offer virtual classes without the artistry of Raegan Labat and Greg and the crew at Digital FX. From stunning images to stealthily outfitting the kitchen as a full-service production studio. These two artists make digital mastery look easy.
So much local love. Come see it for yourself.