Enjoying a home-cooked gourmet meal has gotten a lot harder since your neighbor's Doberman pinscher ceased to be fooled by your tooth fairy costume. Forgo a life of petty crime and conquer culinary cold feet with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a choice of one gourmet cooking class at the Arkansas Extended Learning Center (up to a $69 value).
Led by Chef John Leonardis, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, A.E.L.C.'s cooking classes are designed as a fun way to heighten appreciation and knowledge of fine culinary techniques. With this deal, aspiring cooks can choose from any cooking class offered from October–December, all of which include an easy-to-follow demonstration and take-home recipe, plus the perk of being able to devour the finished product. The Pasta Workshop includes step-by-step instruction in the preparation of fresh pasta dough, cream and red sauces, and specialty dishes such as lamb cannelloni ($49, October 17). A Night at the Tapas Bar schools students in the ways of preparing authentic Spanish small plates without relying on the magical power of Salvador Dali's moustache ($49, November 30). A Sushi Workshop will morph students into maki masters by the end of the evening ($69, November 9), and a special Oktoberfest class will present classic German fare such as caramelized-onion meatballs cooked in beer, and cheese spätzle steamed in lederhosen ($49, October 12).
Unless otherwise noted, classes involve no hands-on work, and the chef will recommend a wine pairing for each recipe. Menus may vary according to the availability of fresh ingredients, so deal holders looking to attend the Holiday Goodie Workshop ($39, December 7) may want to stockpile an emergency stash of sugarplums, lest they be left with only visions.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center
Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.
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