The Food Demo from last weekend was so much fun. I learned more than I thought I would, and had some challenges at the site. But I overcame the obstacles pretty quickly to be able to both entertain and inform the audience.
I demonstrated how to make Portabello Steak Fajitas and Citrus Coleslaw. I ran out of mushroom fajitas before I did people, but I still had coleslaw and chili sauce left.
The challenges involved staging issues for my food. If I had read the email closely that said bring tables and chairs, I would have done that…but instead, I assumed there would be some room. Because of the promotional material people seemed to think that “free food” meant a free lunch, and the lines were long as Loving Hut passed out samples. They were however excited at the teeny tiny vegan tortillas that I had.
It was a great learning experience, and I got to be a rock star chef for a day! Can’t wait for the video. As soon as I receive it, I’ll share. Meanwhile, here’s some photos of the event.
Here’s your chance to see the Kitchen Shaman live in action. A Vegan Grocery store , VegCo Market is trying to start up in my home town of Phoenix. I’ve been given the opportunity to provide a Food Demo on Sunday, Dec 2nd, at 1:35 p.m. I’ll be making Portabello Steak Fajitas with a Citrus Slaw and Ancho Chili Sauce.
Come, participate, and show your support for VegCo Market here in Phoenix, and sample some of the awesome Kitchen Shaman food.
VegCo Party in the Park(ing Lot)
There is something special about a chef. The way we carry ourselves, the knowledge in our heads that is about to spill out some time soon into a saute pan, or the fact that we’ve burned ourselves many times with that saute pan, or the oven, or the grill. Translate that specialness onto television, and you get Superstar chefs like Julia Child, The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr), Ming Tsai of East Meets West, and more recently, Gordon Ramsey, Giada De Laurentis, Jamie Oliver, and Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential).
Take that Chef, put them in a cooking demonstration in front of 40 adoring fans, watch them cook and talk, and it becomes magic.
So, when I saw the announcement buried in a very small part of a newspaper that Aaron Sanchez would be doing a cooking demonstration in Paradise Valley, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to watch a television Chef present and cook. I want to know how the professionals do it. I want to know if I’m doing it right. I wanted to be next to that guy. I live to bask in culinary greatness, and I’ve been next to some bright stars who you will never see on television, but this was a big opportunity to see a celebrity chef in person.