Being a culinary wizard is far preferable to being an actual wizard, especially now that they're all property of the British government. Make mealtime magic with this Groupon.
$59 for a Pasta-Making Class for Two with a Take-Home Dinner ($118 Value)
In classes beginning on May 15, pupils master the art of making pasta the ancient Roman way, mixing all of the ingredients by hand on a countertop instead of using a bowl. Once they’ve made the dough, they can choose from a variety of pasta styles to craft their take-home meals, including stuffed ravioli, layered lasagna, or filled cannelloni. While they prepare the pasta, students sample a prepared appetizer and sip organic beverages. Students bring home enough raw pasta for a meal for four people. Classes are offered seven days a week between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The Local Epicurean
At The Local Epicurean, bundles of small-batch dried pasta noodles cover the shelves and tables, each with a different flavor that creates a stoplight spectrum of red, yellow, and green hues. Owner Ryan Raredon, who has been profiled in the Grand Rapids Press, began pasta making as a hobby, before success at selling his noodles and seasonings in farmers’ markets inspired him to open his own store, where a panoply of handmade herb-infused sundries now resides. All of his organic pasta are infused with local Michigan produce to create orange-bell pepper or meyer lemon and dill varieties. Pesto and tomato sauces, forged from globe basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and arugula, coat noodles, and infused salt blends and organic butters make bread more delicious and easier to fit through narrow dollhouse doorways.