Local Chefs Teach Free Cooking Classes at Whole Foods

Saturdays this summer are about to get a lot more interesting thanks to area Whole Foods stores.

Various locations in the Valley will be included in the Summer Chef Series, which features a head-turning roster of well-known local kitchen talent teaching free cooking classes. Payton Curry of Caffe Boa launches the event this weekend, and Christopher Van Arsdale from Cafe Monarch concludes it at the end of August.

Each class starts at 2 p.m., and is free of charge. Since space is limited, visit recipe-sharing website SaucyPants, or email sara.putnam@wholefoods.com to RSVP.

Read on for the full schedule and details on locations:

June 19- Chef Payton Curry, Caffe Boa (Tempe)
July 10 - Chef Peter DeRuvo, Sassi (Paradise Valley)
July 17 - Chef Claudio Urciuoli, Prado (Scottsdale)
July 24 - Chef Takeshi Hosoda, La Grande Orange (Raintree)
July 31 - Mel Mecinas, Exec. Chef at Four Seasons (Raintree)
August 7 - Chef Christian Pratsch, Exec. Chef at the Montelucia (Paradise Valley)
August 14 - Chef Peter DeRuvo, Sassi (Scottsdale)
August 21 - Chef Rochelle Daniel, Zinc Bistro (Tempe)
August 28 -Chef Christopher Van Arsdale, Café Monarch - (Chandler)

The Whole Foods Market locations in the Phoenix area are:

· Chandler: 2955 W Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85224

· Paradise Valley: 10810 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix AZ 85028

· Raintree: 8688 East Raintree Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85260

· Scottsdale: 7111 E Mayo Blvd Phoenix AZ 85054

· Tempe: 5120 S. Rural Rd, Tempe AZ 85282

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