On The Shore On The shore — 05 January 2013
Boca Raton’s new Sur La Table really cooks

 Sur La Table has been one of my favorite destinations to buy cooking equipment ever since I visited the original store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market some 20 years ago. A food editor back then, I experienced what a little girl must feel when she sees the toys at FAO Schwarz for the first time.

The good news is I don’t have to travel too far to get my fix now. Sur La Table recently opened its fifth South Florida store in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park – less than 10 miles from my home.

The 5,798-square-foot store does not disappoint, with everything a cook could desire. A wide variety of olive oils. Hard-to-find specialty cookware such as paella pans and tagine Moroccan pots. Global knives suggested by Anthony Bourdain, a former New York chef and author of Kitchen Confidential. Capresso coffee machines. Garlic peelers and scoop colanders. Racks of every cookware imaginable. And Barefoot Contessa cake mixes.

Cooking classes, which range from 2 to 2 ½ hours, teach students how to include seasonal cuisine in menus as well as how to sharpen culinary techniques. Examples include “Mastering Seafood,” “Essential Knife Skills” and “Stress-Free Dinner Party.” Skill levels range from beginner to advanced, with special classes for kids and teens. Students will receive recipes and in-store discounts. Private lessons also are available. For a complete list, see www.surlatable.com.

While I was standing near the entrance, a middle-aged woman came in with her husband and proclaimed: “This is cool.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

—Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub

The new store is at 438 Plaza Real in Mizner Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 561-953-7638.

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