What You'll Get
All great chefs, like all great sack races, must begin somewhere and can be ruined by tripping on a forgotten potato. Stay upright as you hop into the kitchen with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a demonstration cooking class (a $65 value) at À la Carte Catering in Haymarket.
A world-class catering company with experience concocting feasts for weddings, banquets, and epicurean fetes, À la Carte now opens its doors to common cooks, teaching them the chefs’ trade secrets within an expansive professional scullery. Culinary artists of all levels are welcome to the three-hour session, wherein fledgling meal-makers look on as one of À la Carte's two rigorously pedigreed cuisiniers chop, dice, flambé, and sauté scrumptious foodstuffs, imparting time-honored wisdom along the way. Pupils will help out with minor tasks and can ask the chef questions in order to suss out subtle cooking techniques and determine which pie looks funniest when drop kicked. Sessions are currently being held on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays through February and March, but more will be added as necessary. For an extra $10, Groupon buyers can upgrade to a hands-on cooking class.
Although reviews are still growing for À la Carte Catering, clients rave about their experience in online testimonials:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. No cash value. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About À la Carte Catering and Event Design
À la Carte Catering and Event Design shoulders the entire burden of event planning, from the food and wait staff to flowers and decorations to entertainment and lighting. Hosts just meet with an event specialist to describe the basics behind their dream party, and À la Carte hammers out the kinks to make it a reality. The company's executive chef draws on his training in France, New Orleans, and the Caribbean to craft elegant and casual menus, and partner vendors manage other accoutrements, such as coat checks, valet parking, or live musicians. Civilians get a glimpse inside the trade at cooking classes with À la Carte’s chefs during interactive demonstrations that cover professional techniques for butchering meat, cooking pasta, or licking brownie batter off of a spatula.