Since Jennifer & shop frequently at Harris Teeter in Ellicott City’s Turf Valley Towne Square, we always passed by Pinot’s Palette down the street thinking, “Wine and Painting? That would be so much fun!” I followed them on Facebook and checked out the upcoming classes.
I may be a Creative Jack-Of-All-Trades, but painting definitely isn’t one of them…heck, there’s wine. I’m game!
Open for approximately two months, the Ellicott City location is part of a fast-growing nationwide chain. Originally opened in Houston in May 2009 as Pinot & Picasso, the franchise concept has spread like wildfire, with the 100th location opening in Princeton, New Jersey this year.
Recently, one of the owners, Jim, posted a contest on Facebook asking fans to guess what method he used to resurrect his water-damaged iPhone. Knowing that the bowl of rice method is pretty solid, I responded with that. Much to my surprise, Jim messaged me and said I won the contest, and gave me a code to book a class for 2 online.
Hardly containing my excitement, I quickly told Jennifer, who squealed in delight. We went to the website to look at available classes, and settled on Moonlight Blossoms, a 2-hour class in the upcoming week.
Thursday night came, and we headed to Pinot’s Palette for our class. Arriving at the recommended 30 minutes before our 7pm class to check in, put on aprons and place our drink orders, we were warmly greeted by Lisa, Jim’s wife and co-owner. We perused the drink list and ordered a bottle of a Pinot Noir, reasonably priced at $24.
As we got seated, our instructor, Erin, introduced herself and gave us a brief introduction to Pinot’s Palette and the project that we’ll be painting.
Painting is definitely not a strong suit of mine, but Erin and her assistants gave plenty of tips to make our paintings better. Jennifer & I had a great time, and will definitely do this again!
Local blogger Theresa’s Reviews gave some good tips in a recent review:
Bring food. The company allows you to take your own food. Snacks are great to keep kids happy. Midway into the class, the teacher gave us an intermission break, which was a great opportunity to snack. If you go with friends, check out some of the restaurants in the Turf Valley shopping center. You could get a tasty appetizer to go and eat it there.
Arrive early. Parking was filling up in front when I arrived almost twenty minutes early. There should be more parking in the back, but to get the prime parking spots, aim to arrive fifteen minutes early.
Pack light. Your belongings will go in a cubby.
Wear clothes that can get dirty. Even with the smock on, you might drop some paint on your clothes.
Keep your electronic devices in your bag in the cubby. When I kept my cell phone out to take pictures, I got a white dusting of paint on it. Although getting the paint off was simple, going to a painting class is a great reason to put your devices aside and spend time with friends anyway.
Disclosure: I received 2 tickets to this class for free as winner of a Facebook contest. Thanks to Jim, Lisa, Erin & staff of Pinot’s Palette!
PS: If you drink a little too much wine and have a little too much fun, be responsible and get an Uber to take you home. Your first ride up to $20 is on me.