Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting great people, eating great food and learning great information at the Nino Salvaggio’s Blogger Event. Chef Pete Loren presented Pantry Essentials at the Clinton Township Store located on Hall Rd.
My daughter and I along with about 25 other bloggers started the evening with a scavenger hunt which took us around the store to find various items.
The first clue led us to the large variety coffees which, we later found out, are all roasted at the Nino’s store in Troy to ensure that every bag is very fresh. We thought the Chocolate Butternut would definitely be good to try. As we looked for the other items we were hunting for, my only problem was that I kept getting distracted by all of the unique foods and delightful accessories that adorned the shelves and offered surprises at every turn.
As we made our way around the store, my daughter was delighted to find a very nice selection of gluten free products. With a newly discovered gluten intolerance, we are learning how to cook all over again. The variety of products got her excited to start cooking again.
Chef Pete Loren, the head chef for Nino Salvaggio’s was introduced and described several dishes that had been prepared for us to enjoy. He featured three sauces that were delicious, easy to make and very versatile. They could be frozen and reheated to make a delicious dinner even if you didn’t have much time to cook. We tasted the sauces over shrimp & vegetables, chicken & pasta and cod and decided we liked the Thai Peanut Curry Sauce the best.
Nino Salvaggio’s very own Sommelier, Jennifer, featured a white wine and a red wine that were both inexpensive and high quality to drink and cook with. Chef Pete advised stocking your pantry, your refrigerator and your freezer with quality, delicious food to make cooking and feeding your family easy.
Chef Pete talked about how to make your kitchen a pleasant place to be. The idea of creating the environment so you enjoy your time in the kitchen inspired me. He suggested getting a good sound system so you can play music and putting something nice on the floor so your feet feel good were both great ideas. I’ve never really thought about what my feet were thinking while I was cooking.
I enjoyed seeing all of the tools and products that he recommends being in every kitchen. “Very large bowls are a must,” he said. A good wooden cutting board, sharp quality knives and nylon baking sheets were all tools that make cooking easier. I liked the way he suggested stopping by a restaurant supply store for most of these and showed that a well-equipped kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive. Having the right tools on hand, quality ingredients and good information are all Pantry Essentials. It isn’t about how much you spent on your tools as much as it is having the tools to make your time in the kitchen enjoyable.
After returning home, I took a quick look at their website and was surprised at the wealth of information available. I got drawn in by all the ideas there. I know where I will look when I need to know more about what I am preparing or even if I just need some suggestions.
I learned a lot about Nino Salvaggio’s last night. They have a beautiful store full of fresh foods, and friendly, knowledgeable people. We will definitely be back to stock our pantry.
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About the Author:
Tarla has been involved in education most of her life starting as a teenager teaching in church and piano lessons. After completing her education degree at Liberty University, she taught in public school for several years then worked as an Academic Advisor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
She started homeschooling her two daughters (now adults) when her family moved to North Carolina and continued after moving back to Michigan. She started Homeschool Connections to meet the needs of her own children. She continues to support and advise homeschoolers as they educate their children.
Homeschool Connections offers both academic and enrichment classes for students of all ages. They have locations that meet in Oxford, Rochester and Royal Oak currently with new locations planned for the fall in Lapeer, Farmington Hills and possibly Warren. To learn more, visit www.mihomeschool.com. Tarla is always available for advising and consulting by email, email@example.com or by phone 248-390-0213.
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