Most butcher shops cut your meat for you, but few give you the skills to cut it yourself. For the experts at John’s Butcher Shoppee, sharing their skills is just a part of serving their community, something they’ve been doing for more than 38 years. The expert butchers set up shop at local Cabela’s locations, where they lead sessions on how to process deer into steaks, sausages, and ground meat. Back at their two locations, customers load up on homemade sausage, tender pork chops, and exotic meats such as elk, bison, and ostrich. The owners of the family business are often behind the counter, and take the time to cut or karate-chop a steak or pork chop to a customer’s desired size for no extra charge. Regular customers also take note of the butcher’s weekly meat raffle, dubbed Meat-O, wherein one lucky customer wins $25 in free meat to be served or bathed in however they see fit.
Schnucks Kids Camp is more than a grocery store. While they sell cooking ingredients, their coaches also teach the culinary techniques to transform basics into piping hot dinners. During live demonstrations, novice cooks stop by to watch and learn as chefs whip up featured recipes, doling out samples to passersby. They happily answer any questions about cooking methods and required equipment, helping budding cooks who want to recreate the dishes at home. Necessary ingredients for every demo dish are available for sale beside each demo station, rather than magically stowed under the coach's chef's hat.
The company also encompasses a more structured cooking school, with classes for couples, families, and kids. A sommelier teaches adults about wine-tasting basics in one session; in another, students learn to prepare market-fresh fish. Kids' classes, meanwhile, cover topics from fondue to circus-themed snacks.
In business since 1917, Mound City Shelled Nut Company roasts each nut, cashew, almond, and pistachio on-site to satisfy snackers, toasting salted and unsalted varieties with a technique that enhances kernels' flavor and ability to attract a mate. A box of deluxe mixed nuts showcases a medley of colossal cashews, pecan halves, and blanched filberts ($18.89+), and the 1-pound Plaza mix incorporates fruity fragments such as pineapples, raisins, and cranberries ($11.99). Microwave peanuts empower patrons to dry-roast their own morsels at home, resulting in bite-size bits free of salt, sugar, and preservatives ($4.99–$9.99). Ground directly from their stock of roasted peanuts, Mound City's peanut butter ($4.99+) slathers surfaces with an all-natural spread containing nothing but peanuts; and the chocolate-infused peanut butter combines the two decadent substances for you ($5.99+). Customers may also use this Groupon toward the less nutty chocolate-covered strawberries ($19.99/lb.).
Douse your pasta in Popeye's main squeeze and fortify your New Year's resolution to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor with today's Groupon to Extra Virgin, an Olive Ovation. For $10, you'll get $25 worth of artisan oils and epicurean gifts at this gourmet market, which specializes in international and flavored olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, fine wine, and specialty foods and gifts. Impress snooty foodies with your impeccable palate, sneak unsurpassed flavor into your family's meals and collect the resulting plaudits, or give friends a holiday gift filled with tastiness.Repeat until stranger gets off bus or agrees to marry you.
Dessert is typically the concluding sweet note to a long, satisfying meal. At The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge, however, it’s the focal point. Rather than constantly churn out the same sweets, The In Spot's culinary team creates new desserts every night, which run the gamut from cupcakes and cheesecake to chocolate-covered strawberries. These sacchariferous delights complement the bar's cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as the kitchen's Southern-style late-night snacks such as Caribbean-style jerk shrimp. Feasts unfold in The In Spot's intimate, romantic interior, replete with black and white leather seating and comfy booths.