Fairway Market will open The Cooking Place at its store on New York’s Upper West Side on 74th Street and Broadway on June 15. The cooking school will offer 100 classes created by Executive Chef Laura Licona designed to teach basics all the way up to complicated dishes.
“At The Cooking Place, we bring more to the table than just food. We bring the same passion, dedication and philosophy about fooding that fills every aisle in our stores. We believe that food draws people together, creating memories and friendships that will last long after the last bite of dessert is gone,” said Licona, who also is culinary director. “At Fairway Market, we celebrate culture, joy, entertainment and togetherness, the real ingredients that you’ll find in abundance at The Cooking Place.”
Raised in New Mexico, Chef Licona has been around the globe as a food anthropologist and executive chef. After completing her doctoral work in environmental and food anthropology, she attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. She has led kitchens on both coasts, including her own restaurants in Seattle, Washington, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in addition to New York City’s Giorgio’s of Gramercy.
Located within Fairway Cafe & Grill on the top floor of the Upper West Side store, The Cooking Place will host a daily schedule of classes, such as Chinese Takeout, Parisian Steakhouse, Spanish Tapas, Afternoon Tea Party and Soul-Warming Southern Dishes. Classes offered at The Cooking Place will shift with seasonality.
Founded in 1933, Fairway Market operates in the greater New York City metropolitan area. The stores carry fresh, natural and organic products, prepared foods and hard-to-find specialty and gourmet offerings, along with a full assortment of conventional groceries.