Chefs wear big, puffy hats for two reasons—to signify their rank in the kitchen hierarchy and to hide the signature spice they invented by mixing cinnamon with gravel. Learn kitchen secrets with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a 2.5-hour intro to vegetarian cooking class for one (a $100 value)
- $85 for a 2.5-hour intro to vegetarian cooking class for two (a $200 value)
Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and cooking demonstrations, intro classes teach participants skills from mixing spices to making healthy choices at the grocery store. The menu changes seasonally but may include treats such as vegetable curry, green lentil soup, and gluten-free buckwheat cake; clients feast on the dishes they've made at the end of the session. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 6–8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Located in the East Village, Bhagavat Life thrusts its doors open to welcome passersby pursuing healthy living through vegetarian dining and the ancient Ayurvedic holistic healing tradition. An Indian form of alternative medicine, Ayurveda is the practice of balancing five physical elements––earth, water, fire, air, and sky––to fuel the body and nurture a long, healthy life. Onsite chefs implement the nutritional and bio-energetic value of pure ingredients into their culinary and food-fight skills, delivering prepared wellness meals to customers' homes throughout the week.
During cooking classes, chefs trained in Ayurvedic dining help newly minted cooks prepare four-course meals with a variety of vegetarian items and raw or gluten- and dairy-free victuals. Adding to the cultural exploration, the center's resident Sanskirt poetry expert, Divya Alter, teaches a Sanskrit chanting workshop, in which she explores the musical, spiritual, and technical aspects of the bhakti texts.