Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the media preview event before the grand opening of the Cookery’s new Front Room.
The Cookery, as you may recall from when I attended their open house last year, is an incubator for small food producers, providing kitchen use for folks selling all sorts of food products, whether food truck owners or purveyors of canned items for local specialty stores and restaurants. The Front Room is an event space that will “host a series of pop-up restaurants, specialty food events, Culinary Workshops, and wine and beer dinners, as well as private dinners and receptions. The space accommodates up to 200 people, and includes a mezzanine and outdoor patio, a full bar with local NC beers on tap and audio/visual equipment. In addition, the Front Room’s access to the Cookery’s kitchen facility will equip chefs and caterers with a commercial kitchen and bakery facility to expand upon their culinary repertoire to design unprecedented events” per the Cookery’s press release.
Let me tell you folks, it’s a gorgeous space. Or better yet, let me show you:
What made this a media preview, however, was the chance to try samples from a number of local food vendors. On hand was the Apex Salsa Company —
– which makes a wonderful, piquant salsa and also peddles a Thai peach version that I know I must try out soon.by