In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon to TriniSoul. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a three-hour adult Caribbean cooking class for one (up to a $95 value).
- For $45, you get a three-hour adult Caribbean cooking class for two (up to a $190 value).
This Groupon is valid for any class valued at $95.
TriniSoul's seasoned chef Bryan and Trinidad-born chef D tutor budding cooks in proper Caribbean cooking techniques, showing more than a dozen classes how to dice and apportion ingredients and arrange finished meals in eye-pleasing configurations. Students prepare Caribbean dishes enlivened by a dollop of southern soul cuisine, peppering entrees with fragrant traditional herbs and suave compliments about their eyes.
Classes such as Caribbean Vegetarian introduce meat-free palates to mashed sweet plantains with vegetarian smoked “meat” accompanied by mango stir-fry with cabbage and heaps of coconut rice. Alternatively, a roti-making class keeps hands from nervously stacking Rubik's cubes by busying them with kneading, rolling, and stuffing roti dough with curried fillings. By the end of the class, students can draw on their newfound culinary expertise to craft meals that impress visiting friends and restaurant reviewers who crash through half-open windows after catching the scent of Jamaican jerk wings.
Inside the kitchen of TriniSoul, students get the opportunity to face down the scotch bonnet—a lantern-shaped pepper that smolders with 50 times more heat than a jalapeño. The heavy-duty pepper is just one of the extraordinary ingredients introduced to students by Chef D, a Caribbean native who holds court during cooking classes that center around the recipes she grew up enjoying. Her foray into culinary instruction started as a few simple classes on the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago, but her teaching style developed a rabid following, and Chef D's curriculum has grown to cover many types of Caribbean cuisine as well as American-style soul fare. More than 6,000 students have enrolled in Chef D's classes, which can accommodate groups of up to 24 in TriniSoul's kitchen as well as private instruction in one's own kitchen or properly equipped subway car.