$20 for $40 Toward Cooking Class or Bistro Food and Drinks at 25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse

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Three-hour Saturday cooking classes impart skills with knives, pasta, or pastries; bistro serves seasonal modern fare

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Expires May 22nd, 2013. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation recommended. Not valid on holidays. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with this Groupon.

$20 for $40 Toward Cooking Class or Bistro Food and Drinks

Three-hour cooking classes ($40 each) meet almost every Saturday from December on and cover topics that include the basics of knife skills, pastries, and handmade pastas. Customers can also opt to use their $40 at the bistro, where they enjoy a rotating menu that includes options such as braised pork belly ($12).

25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse

At the Zagat-rated 25 Forty Bistro, chef Mark Pelliccia composes dishes that blend classic and creative culinary approaches. Pelliccia draws from international travels and experience working in restaurants throughout Italy to inspire his work. While the menu changes seasonally, featured dishes have included braised pork belly with sweet potato salad, a duck and white bean casserole, and oven-roasted lamb with tarragon fennel. Different events and specials liven up the week, from a prix-fixe three-course menu on Wednesday to Tuesday’s free buffet access with purchase of a glass of wine.

Diners relax with glasses of wine and cups of coffee in 25 Forty’s bright clean space, punctuated by line work of Asia and a chalkboard menu of specials. Crisp heather-violet tablecloths dangle from each table, flanked by modern chairs with geometric cutouts in the back. The bistro is open all day Tuesday-Sunday, and rests its burners every Monday.

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