A delicately prepared chocolate dessert can make a woman's heart sing, a child's mouth smile, and a crossing guard's whistle taste even more like justice. Stock up on tasty times with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a Chocolate Molten Cake workshop at DessertTruck Works (an $85 value).
Founded and operated by seasoned pastry chefs, DessertTruck Works' pastry café's team coaches bakers of all levels in sculpting gourmet confections. In the Chocolate Molten Cake workshop, chefs guide culinary protégés through the process of baking, shaping, and filling a chocolate molten cake, imparting tips such as how to melt the fudge without using explosives. Chefs demonstrate each step before guiding students through the process of crafting and eating their own cakes. Groups surround communal wooden tables in a clean, industrial kitchen space encircled by exposed brick walls. As they learn, students can sharpen their focus and fuel spontaneous yet choreographed work songs with complimentary coffee, tea, and water.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning DessertTruck Works a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
Cathcart & Reddy
Jerome Chang, the mastermind behind the much-lauded DessertTruck, gave his desserts a grounded home at Cathcart & Reddy, a café on the Lower East Side that sells many of the truck’s wares while expanding its purview. Run by Chang and two pastry chefs, all credited in their New York magazine listing as Le Cirque school alumni, the truck was nominated for two Vendy Awards and received heavy attention in a New York Times feature on dessert trucks for gourmet sweets that include chocolate bread pudding, vanilla crème brûlée, and french macaroons. The café also sells pressed sandwiches with mellifluous fillings such as goat cheese with caramelized almonds, thyme, and apricot jam, or domestic serrano ham with manchego, roasted garlic, and pine nuts.
When not slinging sweets behind the counter, staffers can be found in the kitchen, baking new batches of desserts or hosting workshops for aspiring chefs. Scheduled every few days throughout each month, the classes teach patrons kitchen secrets such as how to craft perfect soufflés and macaroons or gauge a cook’s feelings by the color of his chef’s hat.
“I had a great time learning how to make French macaroons and Jerome is a patient and generous teacher.”
“Great class, great macarons! ”
“Loved the macaroon workshop - Jerome was great, and I learned some valuable macaroon making tips!”
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6 Clinton St.
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