$30 for $75 Toward Hands-On Cooking Classes at Nothing To It! Culinary Center

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Give a guy a fish, and he'll eat for a day; teach a guy to make perfect sushi rolls, and he'll be the culinary king of the cul de sac. Find out why your soufflé always falls or learn the basics of braising and roasting and the dark art of broasting with today's Groupon: for $30, you get enrolled in a hands-on cooking class (a $75 value) at Nothing To It! Culinary Center.

Catering to the nonprofessional culinary crowd, Nothing To It! offers comprehensive courses on an extensive range of kitchen craftwork, with hands-on workshops in which students make their own dishes. Categories cover everything from international fare to casseroles to baked goods—peruse the selection for classes such as the Tacos and Tequila workshop, which tempts spice-starved taste buds with border-crossing flavor. World-tongue travelers can opt for the Taste of Morocco and focus on the North African fare's composite quality and elements of African, Middle Eastern, and European cooking. Today's deal can also be used as a credit toward courses that cost $85, such as the Cheesemaking Workshop or the Sushi class.

Reviews

Eight Yelpers give Nothing To It! Culinary Center an average of 4.5 stars:

  • I LOVE this place! I've taken several cooking classes here and they've all been fun, informative, and I've left with great cooking tips and recipes. – Becca B.
  • The information is shared in such a way to make you feel like "you can do it". – Jack K.

Nothing To It! Culinary Center

With its gleaming marble demonstration counter, wooden cabinets topped with carved grapevines, and overhead televisions, the teaching kitchen at Nothing To It! Culinary Center would look perfectly at home on a film set. Instead, it sets the stage for the school’s master chefs to share the secrets to baking a flaky, golden pie crust or simmering a fragrant Moroccan stew with more than 500 students each month. Under the helm of Culinary Director, Chef Lara Ritchie, a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont, expert gourmands constantly add new hands-on and demonstration classes to their already encyclopedic schedule. Budding Boyardees hoping for a comprehensive approach can take the eight-level techniques series, which starts with knife skills and finishes with advanced techniques such as rendering an emulsified aioli or soft-boiling an egg with telekinesis. Pupils interested in more specific, contained lessons join hot-topic sessions, which delve into gluten-free cooking or sausage making, or international classes that explore Lebanese cuisine’s spices or Spain’s rustic charcoal-fired meats. Over the holidays, the 6,000-square-foot center fills with apprentices who learn to craft seasonal edibles such as truffles or gingerbread houses.

Nothing To It! also feeds visitors feasts they don’t have to cook. Its Napa Valley–style Gourmet Deli layers sandwiches with lavish ingredients such as imported cambozola-cheese pesto and flavors salads with creamy curried-mango chutney.

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    Convention Center

    225 Crummer Ln.

    Reno, Nevada 89502

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In a Nutshell

  • Extensive course list
  • Highly experienced instructors
  • Make your own meal

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 26th, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid until 1/25/11. Reservation required 72 hours in advance. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.