My family loved Chase’s virtual Sapphire Dining event

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  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can access Chase’s exclusive Chase Sapphire Dining series of culinary events.
  • Due to COVID-19, Chase is currently only offering virtual dining events, but my family had a great experience when we tuned into a cooking lesson with Chef Alon Shaya.
  • The event included a gift set with a cookbook and ingredients, and we got to ask the chef questions after the cooking lesson.
  • Through April 30, 2021, Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cardholder can get 25% to 50% more value from their points when they redeem for a Chase Sapphire Dining virtual event.
  • See Business Insider’s list of the rewards credit cards »

Not long ago, I participated in an exciting Chase Sapphire Dining event at the restaurant of celebrity Chef Curtis Stone, complete with a cooking class and a multi-course meal with wine pairings. This event and others like it are available exclusively to Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders, and you can choose to pay for them with either cash or Ultimate Rewards points.

During the coronavirus pandemic, I’m personally not dining out at any restaurants, let alone visiting restaurant kitchens to watch chefs behind the scenes. That’s why my wife was so excited when she spotted a Chase Sapphire Dining event we could join from our own kitchen.

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    A cooking lesson and culinary Q&A, from the comfort of our kitchen

    The virtual Chase Sapphire Dining event was definitely better than your average Zoom meeting. It included a gift set, cooking demonstration, and a live Q&A with Chef Alon Shaya. 

    The gift set, including a cookbook and high-end ingredients, arrived a few days before the event.

    The event included both pre-recorded and live-interaction portions I could access via phone or computer. I thought the big screen of my laptop would be best, so I booted up and set up in my kitchen to watch.

    The pre-recorded cooking lesson felt a lot like a Food Network show, but more personal — it was recorded in Chef Alon Shaya’s kitchen in New Orleans. He made a delicious-looking squash blossom fried rice recipe, and the at-home audience was given a PDF to download or print out and make the recipe themselves later on.

    Once the cooking demo was over, the video switched to a live chat with Shaya from his home in Denver. He enjoyed a glass of wine while answering questions that viewers submitted through the webinar webpage. I asked two questions and received two excellent answers.

    Overall, I found the event to be a lot of fun. My wife had fun as well, and my little kids were able to join in and participate in a way that wouldn’t have worked with a live event. This type of experience is also ideal for people who live in smaller cities that don’t host any live Chase events.

    Chase let me attend the event for free as a journalist, but the cost could be well worth it for anyone into fine dining and chef events. 

    Finding new Chase events for foodies at home

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    My four-year-old and two-year-old daughters enjoying a cooking demo from Chef Alon Shaya.

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    This was not a one-time event; Chase is running a series of Sapphire Dining events you can participate in from home. You can sign up at the Chase Ultimate Rewards website, where you would go to redeem points for travel, events, or anything else.

    Even better, to celebrate its new dining hub powered by the restaurant reservation platform Tock, Chase is offering Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders bonus value for their Ultimate Rewards points when they redeem for a Chase Sapphire Dining event. Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders will get a 25% bonus (1.25 cents per point), while Sapphire Reserve cardholders get a 50% bonus (1.50 cents per point). This bonus will be available through April 30, 2021.

    There are currently six Sapphire at Home events listed on the dining portal, including:

    • October 22: A virtual cheese plate tutorial with Marissa Mullen of That Cheese Plate, including a deluxe cheese and culinary package and a cookbook — $130, or from 8,666 Ultimate Rewards points
    • November 5: A virtual demo with Chef Brady Williams of Canlis in Seattle, including a pick-up meal kit for Seattle locals — $140, or from 9,333 Ultimate Rewards points
    • November 18: A virtual farm tour and demo at the SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn — $25, or from 1,666 Ultimate Rewards points

    Don’t forget other high-value redemptions during quarantine

    I’m not going to any restaurants or getting on any planes for a while. I’d rather be safe than sorry. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put my Chase rewards to good use in the meantime.

    You can now redeem Chase Ultimate rewards to pay yourself back for grocery store, dining, and home-improvement store purchases, as well as eligible charity donations, and get the bonus value you’d receive for booking travel through Chase. That means using the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card would get you 1.25 cents per point, while using the Chase Sapphire Reserve® would get you 1.50 cents per point — the same bonus value you can currently get for booking Chase Sapphire Dining events with your points.

    If you’re a foodie and want the chef experience during the pandemic, head over to your Chase account today to check out current and upcoming events.

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