April 6, 2011
The best part of shopping for your new kitchen is a little known secret. Once a month, most major high end appliance manufacturers hold free cooking demonstrations to showcase their products. The evenings include wine, h’orderves, sometimes even a six or seven course meal, and watching Master Chefs prepare food using the latest, state of the art cooking innovations. Imagine seeing the likes of George Perrier of Le Bec Fin prepare a seven course meal right in front of you, something rarely experienced even at his own restaurants.
These demonstrations are held in design centers so there is no pressure from salespeople – appliances actually aren’t even sold at these locations. The Fretz Corporation on Woodhaven Road in Philadelphia first held what became the gold standard of these events.
I can’t recommend this experience enough, particularly if you or your customer has an appliance budget of more than ten thousand dollars. Deciding on which appliances to splurge on can become difficult when you see and taste dishes prepared in built in steamers or speed ovens, or sample espresso from Miele coffee makers.
I’m getting hungry just thinking about these evenings and so I think it must be time to go once again. The beautiful new Fretz Showroom at the Philadelphia Navy Yard or the Miele showroom in Princeton, New Jersey have particularly enjoyable programs.
Hope to see you there,
……….. and as Julia said “bon appétit!”