Viking Culinary School In Lakewood Ranch
Thursday, February 3, 2011
VIKING CULINARY SCHOOL COMING TO LAKEWOOD RANCH
One of the most exclusive culinary schools in the nation is getting ready to make a debut on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Jim Butler, president of Paradise Homes, a successful residential building company in Lakewood Ranch, plans to open the Viking Culinary School this summer. “One thing I have seen, building new homes on the ranch over the past year, is that people move here for the unique lifestyle and amenities,” said Butler. “We see this school as adding one more unique and exclusive amenity to enrich the lifestyle here in Lakewood Ranch.” There are only a handful of other such culinary schools across the county and this will be the second Viking school in the state of Florida. Butler says the 4,000-square-foot facility will feature a live cooking demo area, which will seat 32 people and bring in both local and national chefs with different cooking styles. The school will offer samplings, tastings, beer and wine service and hands-on learning classes as well. Butler plans on the facility hosting a variety of events like sushi nights, kids’ camps, pizza and pasta nights and private parties.
Paradise Homes is one of the largest builders in Lakewood Ranch, boasting 40 new home sales in 2010. “Our philosophy is to build smaller “jewel box” type homes with high-end features and lifestyles. Our buyers don’t want the big castle anymore; they are more about enjoying life and learning more. This Viking school will complement those choices by teaching people how to enjoy their homes more and learn to cook in different ways.”
“We could not be more pleased about this addition to Main Street,” said Brian Kennelly, President of LWR Commercial Realty. “Viking is a company that is very selective about where to open new franchises, and Jim Butler’s commitment to the Ranch and to Main Street speaks volumes about the growing and thriving business environment here. This cooking school will not only be a valuable asset for this community but will also attract visitors from across the nation.”
Butler also plans to sell Viking appliances and high-end culinary equipment out of the cooking school. For more information about the franchise, visit www.Vikingculinary.com.
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch is the fashionable shopping venue located across from the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Stylish boutiques, restaurants and offices blend to create an intimate small-town village theme.