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Richmond, VA

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Richmond, VA

The Chef and The Dish offers private cooking classes via Skype and Zoom, video conferencing tools, accessible to people in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2016, The Chef & The Dish has been immersing people around the world in the cultures of Italy, Spain, Thailand, and many other international locations. The options are endless when you learn from the best chefs and this experience makes it the perfect stay-at-home date night.

To participate from your location in Richmond, VA is very easy. Simply select the cooking class you would like to attend, and book it online. With over 100 cooking classes, all Certified Tested by our team, you will be transporting your kitchen from Richmond, VA to Italy, Thailand, Japan or other country with the click of a button. Cooking classes are available for beginners to advanced cooks and unless otherwise noted, use standard kitchen equipment. Once you've picked a class and a date, our assistants will send you a shopping list with everything you need to get before your class time.

Below is a list of local markets and stores in Richmond, VA and the neighbouring areas to help you buy the needed ingredients for your culinary experience. Once you receive your shopping list, find the appropriate place to shop. Purchasing ingredients is where your kitchen creation begins.

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Ellwood Thompson

This much loved market is well known throughout Richmond to be a community-focused pillar of the community. Focussing on local, sustainable and organic foods, the store's mission is to be more than a local market, but a destination where you meet neighbours and have the opportunity to nourish both the soul and the body. Offering a selection of products in their market, it's important to note, all of Ellwood Thompson's produce is farmed within 100 miles of the market, or 100% organic.

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Azar’s Mediterranean Specialties

Azar's has been servicing the Richmond, VA area for over 30 years. Specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, you can stop at their restaurant for a traditional meal, then enjoy the market to pick up groceries. They carry a good selection imported Greek, Turkish and other Mediterranean pantry items including pomegranate molasses, grape leaves, olive oil, and well known sweet treats.

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Tan A Supermarket

This large Asian market is located on W. Broad Street. They carry a wide selection of Asian food products, fresh produce and seafood. With an aisle of Thai sauces as long as the eye can see, they carry everything from Vietnamese rice paper wrappers, Japanese rice, to live crayfish when in season. This well stocked and bright store is sure to have any of your specialty needs.

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Coppola's Deli

Coppola's Deli has won a number of "Best Of" awards, including Best Sandwiches by Virginia Living Magazine. Stop for a sandwich, but visit the market for their collection of imported Italian items. With an ever changing list of Italian wines, to a selection of Italian cheeses and meats, and of course a variety of pasta, this is a good stop for an afternoon visit to prepare for your cooking class. They're open every day of the week, but take note of the times, they close early.

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With two locations in the Richmond area, one in the Short Pump area, the other in Midlothian. These mega markets are truly a destination offering robust sections filled with more produce, baked goods, meats, and cheeses than you can imagine. Offering a wide selection of international products, Wegmans is a great stop for everything from Bomba rice to Bayo beans.

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Arco Iris Latino Market

Arco Iris Latino Market is a standalone shop located on Staple Mills Road. Carrying a broad selection of Mexican and Latin American items, this market receives many reviews commenting on friendly staff who are happy to help you in your shopping needs. They carry a large selection of chillies, fresh cheese, canned beans, rice, hot sauce and other staples from some of the best imported Mexican brands.