$69 for Kombucha-Tea-Making Workshop with Take-Home Kit ($166 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Kombucha-tea workshops teach patrons how to make their own teas at home

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Expires 60 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

$69 for a kombucha tea-making workshop with a take-home kombucha kit and mother culture ($166 value)

Kombucha-tea workshops cover tea-making essentials in a little bit over an hour. Students can choose from the following workshop dates:

* Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.  * Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m.   * Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Additional workshop dates to follow. Students should not call the Urban Ecology Center but direct questions via email to The Cheesemaker.

The Cheesemaker

Steve Shapson has always taken a do-it-yourself approach to his food, having cultivated wild mushrooms and started his own home-brewing store. One day, a customer entered this brewing facility in search of a thermometer, and Steve quickly discovered the man had something other than brewing in mind. As the customer explained his newfound passion for amateur cheese making, Steve enthusiastically dove into the concept, inviting the fellow foodie to his store to help him discover the process. Since then, he's become The Cheesemaker, striving to pass on hard-earned knowledge that he maintains can't be found in conventional cheese-making guidebooks.

Steve teaches techniques for making hard and soft cheeses, butter, yogurt, and kefir in onsite workshops that last either just a few hours or a full weekend. During hands-on workshops, he explains both proper and improper techniques, often citing mistakes he's made in the past as examples and telling cautionary tales about arranging rival cheeses next to each other on a serving platter. To supply his workshops and fill out his take-home cheese-making kits, Steve gathers a range of cultures and inoculants necessary for developing different cheeses, as well as basic-to-advanced gear such as curd knives, strainers, and warming vats.

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