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Customers often ask us if we offer cooking classes. While we don’t have the space to host a complete class or an in-depth, hands-on workshop, we did want to find a way to meet customers’ requests for opportunities to learn more about the ingredients we sell — and how to use them effectively and creatively.
Introducing the Lunch and Learn series! Join us every other Wednesday at noon for a specialized shopping experience. Stop by and learn some “spicy” facts, try a tasty sample using that ingredient, and take home a few recipes!
The Lunch and Learn session consists of a 15-minute presentation about our topic of the week. After the informal talk, AllSpice staff will be available to answer any additional questions you may have.
Name: Eva Lewin
When did you start working at AllSpice?
I’ve been here the longest of anyone – I started working at AllSpice back in 2010!
How did you come to be at AllSpice?
I heard that a spice store was opening down in the East Village and I thought “Hey it’d be fun to work in a spice store,” so I came and talked to the owner and was welcomed right away.
What do you do at AllSpice?
I manage the dry product: it’s my responsibility to make sure we have enough cinnamon and paprika and cumin in stock to keep the shelves stocked and looking pretty. I also help with jarring throughout the week. And of course I love to be out front, helping customers find tasty blends to spice up their cooking.
What is your favorite ingredient at the store?
I cook just about everything in the garlic olive oil, and I usually add some granulated garlic to whatever I’m cooking as well. I’m a garlic girl. And the spicy Ammazza Suocera is my favorite go-to seasoning for just about everything.
What is your favorite thing to cook or what is your specialty?
I cook a lot of veggie soups. I’ve got one spiced chickpea stew with bell peppers and onions that I make, that has a cinnamon stick and a whole tablespoon of our Baharat blend in it. This stew is my go-to dish for when I have people over for dinner.
I also love baking shortbread. It’s super simple, and you can switch it up by putting lavender flowers in the dough, or chocolate chips and toffee bits for something a little more decadent.
When someone else is doing the cooking, what is your favorite dish?
I don’t cook any meat at home, so it’s always a fun treat to be at someone else’s house and have them cook burgers, or meatballs, or white chili.
Do you have a food that is your guilty pleasure, and if so, what is it?
Anything fried and/or salty! And I’ve never met an ice cream I didn’t like. I don’t really feel guilty for eating anything though. It’s good to enjoy delicious things!
Everyone has their own little niche that they bring with them to the store, what thing would you say is the most beneficial to our customers?
I have lots of experience cooking both vegetarian and vegan dishes, so I’m always happy to help customers with ideas on making those veggie dishes extra tasty, or suggesting gift ideas for those pesky vegans on their list.
What is your favorite thing or things to do when you are not at AllSpice?
I love to play music and go to my friends’ shows, whether that is a concert or an art opening. I enjoy trying new restaurants, and generally just try to stay up to date on everything that’s happening in our lovely city of Des Moines!
Do you have another job or do you go to school?
Yes, and yes! I am a portrait photographer (evalewinphotography.com) when I’m not selling spices, and I go to DMACC very part-time. I specialize in senior pictures, family portraits, and of course, engagements and weddings. Changing seasons and mother nature are my biggest inspirations for my work.
There are only three days left of the 2016 Iowa State Fair!
AllSpicer (and photographer) Eva shot this great photo on Thursday night of AllSpice’s contest entry / prize display at the Fair:
Eva said to remind everyone to stop by the AllSpice display in the Elwell Family Food Center sometime during their fair visit, and see some of the blue ribbon award-winning entries.*
*(Sadly, we ate all the winning ice cream and chili entries, so you will see prize ribbons and no actual food in those categories. You’ll have to trust us when we say they were all delicious).