Raw food lets natural flavors speak for themselves, unlike cooked cuisine, which always insists on beeping loudly when it's finished in the microwave. Find your own culinary voice with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $25 for one raw-vegan cooking class (a $50 value)
- $49 for two raw-vegan cooking classes (a $100 value)
- $72 for three raw-vegan cooking classes (a $150 value)
- $12 for $25 worth of raw vegan fare
Attendees sculpt cuisine according to the restrictions of a gluten-free, raw vegan diet, with animal-product-free foods never reaching temperatures above 115 degrees and always stored properly. As a result, nourishing enzymes stay locked within tasty vegetables until they're gobbled up by diners or acquitted by the Jolly Green Giant.
Multiclass options can be shared by groups of two or three during one class or used by an individual across multiple classes. Classes are held Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Raw Vegan Cafe
The volunteer-run Raw Vegan Cafe serves up uncooked gluten-free vegan fare, donating all its profits to Project Hopeful in Joliet. Appetizers on the trim menu include zucchini wraps and mushrooms that, like a black bear’s armchair, come stuffed with pine nuts and fine spices. Served sans nuts, the café's spaghetti comes smothered in a sun-dried-tomato marinara and can be paired with a custom, fresh-squeezed juice of your own creation.
To spread the good word of raw food, the nonprofit teaches foodies and newbies the vegan basics during cooking classes. Instructors arm students with the ingredients, equipment, and recipes necessary to swiftly craft nutritious raw dinners and desserts, saving the cost of ordering takeout from a neighbor’s greenhouse. Main courses such as pizza or bagels shirk flames in favor of a dehydrator, the use of which teachers thoroughly detail. Sweeteners reaped from Mother Nature's garden tinge dessert recipes for delicacies such as chocolate macaroons or lemon squares. Patrons fend off food comas and advancing herds of hungry rabbits to query experts about raw vegan diets during Q&A sessions that conclude classes.