What You'll Get
Traditional wisdom asserts that if you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, you should take off your ghillie suit. Today's Groupon brings you out of culinary camouflage with a cooking class from Basikneads Catering. For $45, you get your choice from the following a la carte cooking classes: Creole 101, Italian 101, Seafood 101, and Poultry 101 (a $90 value). Classes are offered on select Mondays and Tuesdays January through March from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More classes will be added throughout the year, so check out the class schedule.
Surprise your sweetie with a cooking class to domesticate your whirlwind romance and move one step closer to cohabitation, resentment, and marriage. Each of Basikneads' a la carte classes will arm you with techniques and recipes to cook a mouthwatering meal at home. During your class, you'll prepare a complete dinner, including dessert, or "fool's bread," which you'll get to enjoy with complimentary wine and friends. Classes accommodate up to 12 students each, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to form alliances and challenge your new foodie friends to lighthearted fights with skewers and propane food torches. Because your batch of culinary classmates is limited, your expert chef instructor will be able to give you each individual attention, and possibly a cool kitchen nickname such as "Crockpot" or "Disney's Ratatouille."
A native New Orleanian and protégé of Emeril Lagasse himself, Chef Cornell Coulon can teach you to make traditional gumbo, red beans and rice, and bread pudding like his grandmama made in Creole 101. In Italian 101, he'll lead you through a sample of Italian wines and cheeses before teaching you to make homemade risotto with an arugula and radicchio salad. Whether you always overcook your fish or your bird always turns out dry and flavorless, Chef Coulon's seafood and poultry classes will teach you the techniques you need to prepare juicy, delicious fish and chicken. In Seafood 101, you'll make a brilliant bouillabaisse to go with your fish and a pear and rosemary tarte tartin. In Poultry 101, you won't just learn to cook a bird one way—you'll sear and confit a chicken with seasonal veggies and a decadent crème brûlée.
Subtly suggest your roommate improve her cooking skills or liberate yourself from the cycle of Lean Cuisines, Easy Mac, and your standby stroganoff with today's gastronomic Groupon.
Though there are few reviews of Chef Coulon's classes, Northern Virginia Magazine calls Basikneads Best Caterer in NoVa. Insider Pagers give the company three stars, while WeddingWire reviewers rate it 4.5. Here's what they say about their Basikneads experience:
- …the staff really works with you to meet your needs and give you what you want. The food is fantastic and everything was well organized. – keira g., Insider Pages
- The salad was amazing, pears, cheese and really quality lettuce. The cheese platter was out of this world. The beef tenderloin melted in my mouth. – Andrea V., Insider Pages
- Cornell [Coulon] is a great chef! – Jennifer, WeddingWire
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. No cash value. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cornucopia Cruise Line
Established in 1998, Cornucopia Cruise Line's three ships transport guests along the New York City harbor or the inland waterways along the New Jersey and Staten Island shorelines. Each ship is appointed with uplit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner of surf-and-turf entrees as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 250-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.