Dole Food Company's Cooking Class Goes Virtual
- by Jenna Plasterer
CHARLOTTE, NC - With more consumers than ever making their way into the kitchen to whip up exciting new recipes for themselves and their families, it seemed like the perfect time for Dole Food Company to announce its “Now We’re (All) Cooking” initiative to encourage aspiring chefs. The most recent virtual event welcomed bloggers and influencers to try their hands at preparing dishes inspired by Disney and Pixar’s film Ratatouille. Taking place on November 12, the virtual cooking class was a success and has inspired Dole to make plans for similar events in the near future.
“As it turns out, going virtual allowed us to share our healthy recipes and cooking tips with aspiring chefs and Dole and Disney fans from California to Connecticut and from Omaha to Las Vegas,” said Nutrition and Health Communications Manager Melanie Marcus, who led the event by walking participants through the recipes. “It also showed the appetite that many families have for being in the kitchen and cooking together, regardless of the pandemic. We’re already planning expanded encore virtual cooking classes for 2021.”
During the class, Marcus helped several dozen participants through the preparation of Little Chef Potato-Leek Soup, the company’s take on the classic dish that started Remy and Linguini’s relationship in the animated film.
According to a press release, the group also took on Oui Oui Wafer Banana Macarons made with DOLE® bananas, kiwi, Mandarin oranges, and vegan cream cheese. Participants were also provided with in-depth knowledge of the collaboration between Dole and Disney which has been in effect since the 1970s.
The recipes that were featured during the virtual class are just two of 20 created by Marcus for Dole’s “Now We’re (All) Cooking” initiative. All recipes are available online along with DIY recipe videos, digital downloads, and other family-friendly activities.
What other events will Dole reveal in the coming months? Keep a tab opened for AndNowUKnow as we bring you the answers.