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Publix Aprons Cooking School, Best night out in Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Publix Aprons Cooking School, Best night out in Lakeland FL

Where: Lake Miriam Square, 4730 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813
Hours: Monday through Saturday, check monthly schedules at their website
What:  Cooking classes for all ages, demonstrations and 4 course dinners paired with wines and beverages
Cost: $40 and up (Check schedules and prices at their website)
Contact: 863-647-4127

Specializing in culinary classes, demonstrations and entertaining dinners and catering services.


Publix Aprons Cooking School Lakeland FL opened in November, 2012 and offers a variety of classes for ages.  Their classes cover cuisine from all over the world, trendy topics and seasonal interests.  They even have guest appearances from celebrity chefs.  Their culinary team of chefs includes Executive Chef Scot Hill, Soux Chef Michel Revy, Soux Chef Emily Roberts and pairing expert John Matson. There are several other team members, everyone is very friendly and they all exude an enthusiasm that is contagious.

I was lucky enough to experience a wonderful cooking demonstration and dinner with family and friends this past New Year's Eve.  Dare I say, it was the most enjoyable night out that we have had in a long time.  More than a dinner out; I would describe it as delicious dinner and a "show".
The dinner was held in their large demonstration room and it was the largest event they have had with 56 people who made reservations.  The doors opened for seating at 6:30 pm and the menu included a four course meal.  Each course featured one of the chef's demonstrating the preparation of the course while the other sous-chefs worked to plate each course for the attendees.  We were also given the recipes for each dish so we can enjoy cooking them at home.

The executive chef acted as emcee for the evening, introducing the other sous-chefs and sprinkling a dose of humor throughout the evening.  It was truly enjoyable for all diners and I am sure that I will see many familiar faces when I make future reservations.  Chef Hill also noted that they are planning on having guest chefs from local restaurants featured at special events in 2014 which I think will be really nice.


We started with a little bubbly, Chateau St Michelle sparkling wine. The first course was Champagne Tempura Lobster with Sweet Soy Aioli (my favorite of the night) paired with Chateau St Michelle Dry Riesling.









The second course was Indian-Spiced Roasted Duck with Mango Pickle paired with Villa Maria Chardonnay from New Zealand.




Third course was Seared Rib-eye with Duck Fat Fried Potatoes and Beurre Rouge sauce paired with Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon.








The fourth and final course was an Apple Tart with Thyme and Cheddar Crust and a sprig of fried Thyme as garnish paired with Folie A Deux Merlot.



I know the pictures are making you hungry and you will want to reserve your seat for the next dinner at Publix Aprons Cooking School Lakeland FL.  It was a very lovely evening and I know I will be attending many more dinners this year.  The next quarterly calendar is available at the store or online and includes several events.  The next dinner event January 18, 2014 is "Wine and Dine in Monterey" and January 25, 2014 is "Tuscan Steakhouse" and other classes.  February events include "Couples Cooking: French Bistro" and (just in time for Valentine's Day) a couple of dinner dates for "Valentine, By Mine".

Call or drop by the store to make your reservations and then share your experience with us on our Facebook page at  Bon Appetite!

4 bedroom home Oxford Manor Neighborhood Lakeland FL

by Michael T Hall

Search current inventory of available homes in Oxford Manor Neighborhood Lakeland, FL

Listing Details

Four Bedroom Home on Large Lot

5431 Oxfrod Manor Circle, Lakeland FL 33810
Price: $219,900
MLS number: L4646129
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2352

Call Michael T. Hall at 863-513-8607 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Architectural Details through out Home

This home has nice curb appeal and even more decorative touches on the interior. You will love the laminate floors in the main living areas, kitchen and foyer and ceramic tile in bathrooms. There are also plenty of custom details in this home including an arched transom window over entry door, arched windows in formal dining room and master bath and volume ceilings. You’ll find niches and archways, decorative columns and trey or step up ceilings in the home which add to its attractive appeal.

Kitchen is wonderful for chefs

The kitchen is a dream space to cook in and is open to the great room which is nice for family time. There are attractive kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The closet panty offers additional storage space and the hop up breakfast bar is a nice feature for informal meals.


Click here to see additional images of this Oxford Manor Neighborhood Home

Great Family Room for Entertaining

The open floor plan is really nice for entertaining and mingling with friends and family. There are sliding doors that open to the covered patio and large back yard space from the family room, living room and master bedroom. The floor plan layout offers a really nice flow for daily living. The plan is what is called a “split bedroom layout” so the master bedroom suite is on one side of the home and the additional three bedrooms are on the opposite side of the home.

Location and large fenced yard are good features

The home is situated on an extra-large lot at the curve of the road near the entrance of the neighborhood and the back yard is fully fenced which offers privacy.  This yard is ready for family BBQs and children’s play.


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Ashwood West Neighborhood Lakeland FL

by Lisa Castanet

Homes for sale in Ashwood West Neighborhood Lakeland FL

Why Do People Live here?

The Ashwood West neighborhood is a community that is located on Pipkin Road near the intersection of Lunn Road in south Lakeland.  The neighborhood has five streets that meander through the community and some homes offer water pond or preserve views. It is common to see children laughing and playing in the neighborhood. The neighborhood shares the main entrance with Ashwood East which is adjacent to this community.

Looking for a home in Ashwood West?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the Ashwood West Neighborhood of Lakeland FL? Click that link to find all the currently available homes.

What's the Neighborhood Like?

The homes you would expect to find for sale in the Ashwood West Neighborhood are generally going to range between 1278 and 2467 square feet. The homes were originally built by Southern Homes in 2006 to 2012. The floor plans feature 3 to 4 bedrooms with 2 to 3 bathrooms. The neighborhood consists of 117 homes and most of the lots are approximately 80 feet wide by 120 feet deep.

What's Going on Nearby the Ashwood West Neighborhood?

Ashwood West is about 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. Ashwood East is within a 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minute drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshore and International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

What Schools will the Kids Attend?

If you buy a home for sale in the Ashwood West Neighborhood of Lakeland, FL the local schools serving this area are Medulla Elementary, Southwest middle and George Jenkins High School. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Polk County Schools report on my website.

Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Ashwood West Neighborhood of Lakeland FL click on the link.

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