Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master meal melding with today's Groupon to the Chef’s Club Cooking Studio at Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get a three-hour cooking session for one (a $100 value).
- For $89, you get a three-hour cooking session for two (a $200 value).
- For $499, you get a three-hour cooking session for ten (a $1000 value).
All cooking sessions include the following:
- One four-course meal
- One ticket for a glass of wine, a soft drink, coffee, or tea
- Aprons and hats will be supplied during the cooking session
- Cooking certificate
Today’s deal is valid for sessions starting Sunday, October 9, 2011 until Tuesday, November 15, 2011 and again from Monday, January 2, 2012 to Friday, August 31, 2012. Sessions can be booked in three-hour blocks between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The culinary gurus at Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant’s Chef’s Club Cooking Studio guide fledgling chefs through the ins and outs of meal preparation during a hands-on, belly-stuffing cooking session. Before participants paint on their aprons and hats, instructors kick-start the three-hour session with a lesson expounding upon cooking fundamentals including chopping techniques and how to tell the difference between an onion and a Terry Donahue–signed baseball. Nibbling on appetizers, nascent gourmands split into groups to tackle one of four courses, which include the construction of a decadent salad festooned with coconut and mandarin oranges. Cooking coaches circulate the space, lending a sage hand to grub-rustlers as they whip up a velvety butternut squash soup or stuff roasted chicken breast with feta cheese, spinach, and the tastiest of cooking spices, love. To balance the savoury with the sugary, the dessert team serenades sweet teeth as they assemble a dulcet bouquet of freshly forged phyllo tulip cups brimming with fresh berries and orange-crème mousse.
Throughout the gustatory exercises, chefs partake in games and activities to strengthen teamwork muscles and inhibit flight reflexes, ensuring successful extra-sensory communication. Once the feast’s construction has been completed, participants sit down for a feeding frenzy bolstered by a prandial feedback session about group performance from the instructor. Goblets of warm or chilled libation soothe mouths exhausted from chewing and serve as toasting devices for a job well done. Newly minted kitchen masters leave the session toting an Aroma Cooking Studio Certificate.
Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant
As Felipe Gomes's restaurant was being built, he happened across a boarded-up room downstairs. Though the 600-square-foot room, dusty with a half-century of disuse, contained only boxes of aged financial records, Felipe instantly saw the space's potential. The drywall and plaster were torn down to reveal yellow-brick walls and walnut beams, which became the foundation for Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant's wine cellar. Now the space is fully remodelled; beyond a doorway entangled with grapevines, a vault built into the floor displays 220 bottles of wine visible through heavy-tempered glass. Nearly 100 more bottles of wine shelved along the walls vie for tasters' attentions with flashy magic tricks and labels boasting various international origins.
Diners sift through a menu equally inspired by international flavours. Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French recipes transform fresh seafood, lamb, and steak into entrees steeped in inventive sauces. Servers can deliver meals in a courtyard-esque dining room or a private room where video conferencing enables patrons to dine with family or etiquette instructors halfway around the world. Guests can also learn to re-create their meal at home by visiting the eatery's on-site cooking studio, whose classes demonstrate the art of the four-course meal.
717 Richmond St.
London, Ontario N6A 1S2