By Cecily Markland
It’s a store that is chock full of fancy kitchen gadgets, of the best in small appliances and tools and of all kinds of bulk grains and food storage items. Yet, even more than that, Shar’s Kitchen, in Gilbert, is a hub of activity where people learn cooking techniques, find out about the latest in nutritional products, and, most of all, discover ways to have happier, healthier meal times at home.
Store owners, Stan and Allison Carpenter, of the Century Garden Ward, Mesa Kimball East Stake, take pride in offering quality products at low prices. Beyond that, they want to teach customers how to use those products to create healthier home-cooked meals.
“We want families having dinners together that are nutritious,” Allison says. “Often, we’re doing the best we can for kids and aged parents and ourselves, but Americans have gotten off track with meal time.”
The classes they offer are designed to help.
“We have all kinds of classes to help you get that nutrition into your family’s foods, and to do it easily and with little hassle,” Allison says.
Classes include topics like gluten-free cooking, sprouting, food dehydrating, healthy baby foods and nutrition for weight loss. There are also classes on juicing, grains, sugar alternatives, gourmet pizza and breadmaking.
Bottom line, says Allison, “We want to families to save time and money.”
“With the right ingredients, the right equipment, and the right know-how, you can do home-cooked meals in a relatively short amount of time,” she adds.
Shar’s Kitchen is an excellent source for bulk grains and food storage items. Customers can buy baked good straight from the freezer and, during the holidays, they feature pies and rolls.
They carry juicers and top-of-the-line grinders, such as Bosch and Nutrimill. They also serve as a Bosch and Nutrimill warranty repair shop.
Recently added to the list of products are health food items. “We carry Keifer starter, ager powder, nutritional yeast, stevia, lecithin granules, almond flours and other flours for those who are gluten intolerant,” Allison says. They also have dairy-free cheese, sprouted brown rice and a wide selection of nutritional supplements.
The Shar’s Kitchen staff loves guiding beginners and helping them find answers. They will even grind grains for those who don’t own a grinder, Allison explains.
Allison’s daughter, Anna Carpenter,who has worked at Shar’s for eight years, now serves as store manager. This allows Allison to focus on her favorite part of the job—which is teaching classes.
Shar’s Kitchen is located at 1130 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 1, in Gilbert and can be reached by calling 480-558-1191. Recipes and a calendar of classes and can be found at www.sharskitchen.com, or by calling the store to subscribe to the newsletter. Also look for Shar’s on Facebook.