Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour cooking class with Chef Serge Pambo at Café De Paris(a $60 value). Classes are held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Chef Serge Pambo demystifies the art of food alchemy with useful cooking tidbits learned from 14 years of worldly travels and extensive experience at renowned French restaurants. During two-hour classes, Chef Serge energetically guides groups of up to 10 students through a variety of hands-on recipes and equips them with the necessary ingredients and equipment. Cooking protégés craft bite-size snacks, including appetizers and pastries, which are ideal for distributing at holiday parties or using as edible confetti during parades. Once Chef Serge sufficiently garnishes their brains with sprinkles of knowledge, culinary creators are free to taste-test their palatable handiwork accompanied by glasses of wine. Participants with specific food allergies, special dietary needs, or a fear of getting lost inside apron pouches should inform Chef Serge prior to the class to ensure proper accommodations can be made.
Café de Paris
Chef Jean Evens Estinfort may as well have been born in the kitchen. As a student he attended René Auffrey culinary high school in Paris, affirming his career ambitions early in life. After graduation he never looked back, pan-searing his diploma to taste, then honing his culinary acumen on the job, and eventually opening his own Parisian restaurant in 2002. In 1996, chef Serge Pambo traveled to France to matriculate at Domaine du Gré culinary school, going on to cook for various French restaurants. In 2006, this duo of chefs packed their bags with recipe books and stuffed their hats with rosemary before embarking to bring authentic French cooking abroad.
And so Café de Paris was born, its walls peppered with reminders of France, and its square linen-clad tables frequently topped with seasonal entrees such as pan-seared tilapia and ham-and-cheese crepes. In conjunction with local schools, the chefs invite French classes to stop by to taste the cuisine that correlates to the language they're learning, which is more convenient than inviting a French meal to live in their homes for a semester.