Opened in February 2009, Katie's Cooking School places budding kinderchefs in a warm, fun, home kitchen-like atmosphere to build confidence and self-sufficient home cooking skills. Your Groupon is good for any two of Katie's classes. Each child will learn the basics of measurement, basic cooking techniques, the chemistry of snacktioneering, and the controversial history of Go-Gurt. Group recipes rotate with the seasons and holidays, but are always both kid friendly and sophisticated. Other options include Parents' Night Out on Fridays and Saturdays, which lets moms and dads enjoy a night of salsa dancing or mailbox baseball while whippersnappers whip up treats, then eat them while watching a kiddie flick. Parents interested in tagging along with their young gastronomes can join the Mommy and Me classes, designed for cooks aged five and younger on Thursdays and select Sundays.
Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on—or a knives-on-and-hands-away— lesson, lead by trained instructors. During Cupcakes Couture III, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown sugar crème fraiche icing. For clock-watchers or those trained in the fast-paced world of cup stacking competitions or speed chess, the menu of Jiffy Meals can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. During the Sauces course, gravy un-clumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Jesse Brune of Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills leads salad formations during Salad Daze and combines healthy edibles in Fit to Eat. Check out the full schedule of classes here.
Los Angeles Times–featured Spork Online regales members with the recipes for a new vegan meal each month created by sister chefs Heather and Jenny. Set within an elegant, spacious kitchen, the pair of foodsmiths concocts four dishes as they're shot in high definition for foodies to watch any time at their leisure, restraining the urge to nibble computer screens. Gripping included recipes and giggling at the witty repartee, members can craft the recipes as they're prepared in real time. Vegetable-curious members can also peruse the archives of cooking videos past, fashioning healthy vegan meals set around various themes and showcasing glamorous, spotlight-loving produce.
During the 90-minute techniques class, you and another person will have the rare opportunity to observe a chef in its natural environment as the culinary wizard offers a demonstration on a given subject. Each class concludes with a small tasting at the end, offering a response to the puddles of mouthwater that will have gathered on the floor by that time. Upcoming mini-skills class topics include summer-baking techniques on May 23, offering a solution for cooks long crushed by the quandaries of cobblers, crumbles, and crisps; canning on June 20, to help preserve summertime treats from the advances of time and army ants; and tomatoes on July 25, with tips on sauces, chutneys, preserves, and recipes using the apple's cooler cousin. Groupon users can also apply this deal toward two spots in one of Old Town Cooking School's wine-styles classes ($50) and pay the $24 difference out of pocket.
Robotics, archaeology, cooking––6- to 12-year-olds enrolled at Cali Kids Club learn such unexpected skills. Clubs are classified under four different headings: culinary, engineering, geology and excavation, and arts and electives. Kids here have the opportunity to whisk up multicultural dishes in the Tastes of the World club, glimpse shimmery views in Rocks, Gems, and Fossils, and learn woodcraft skills so they can whittle a whole tree from a bigger tree.
The school offers 19 single-session (and occasionally double-session) classes at a time. Seventeen of them remain the same, and two rotate every week. After 10 weeks, a whole new set of 19 classes replaces the previous curriculum. Kids either sign up for a single session or nab a membership card that grants access to one or two each week.
From garnishing a perfectly poured martini to doling out rounds of drinks quickly and efficiently, the experienced instructors at National Bartender School possess all the tips, tricks, and tools to succeed in the bartending trade. With years of industry experience under their belts, these knowledgeable spirits sages guide pupils through certification courses that cover every aspect of the job. Under their supervision, students learn to craft more than 200 cocktails, handle transactions, and practice the art of the upsell without breaking a sweat or bottle of 50-year-old scotch. Free refresher courses and job-placement assistance keep students on track even after school is through. For more focused pursuits, National Bartender School also hosts classes in specialty fields such as flair bartending and bar management.