The French have given the United States many tremendous gifts, such as the Statue of Liberty and the current Statue of Liberty, which subdued the first one after lightning made it evil. Accept a well-mannered gift of culinary proportions with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour cooking class from Chef Serge at Café de Paris (a $60 value). Classes are held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and hold a maximum of eight students. All cooking supplies, materials, and food are provided.
Chef Serge, who honed his culinary skills in Paris, instills his knowledge of cosmopolitan French cuisine in budding cooks during the informative, hands-on 2-hour session. Before wielding their cooking instruments, guests dine on a delectable breakfast cooked by the chef while exchanging pleasantries with fellow pupils. Chef Serge then introduces a number of cooking techniques, inviting students to join in on creating crêpes, french toast, chocolate mousse, and passports made entirely out of Nutella. Participants can savor sips of wine and learn the proper way to fix bounteous salads and filling entrees in preparation for flaunting newly acquired skills at dinner parties or potlucks at the DMV.
Café de Paris
Chef Jean Evens Estinfort may as well have been born in the kitchen. As a student he attended René Auffrey culinary high school in Paris, affirming his career ambitions early in life. After graduation he never looked back, pan-searing his diploma to taste, then honing his culinary acumen on the job, and eventually opening his own Parisian restaurant in 2002. In 1996, chef Serge Pambo traveled to France to matriculate at Domaine du Gré culinary school, going on to cook for various French restaurants. In 2006, this duo of chefs packed their bags with recipe books and stuffed their hats with rosemary before embarking to bring authentic French cooking abroad.
And so Café de Paris was born, its walls peppered with reminders of France, and its square linen-clad tables frequently topped with seasonal entrees such as pan-seared tilapia and ham-and-cheese crepes. In conjunction with local schools, the chefs invite French classes to stop by to taste the cuisine that correlates to the language they're learning, which is more convenient than inviting a French meal to live in their homes for a semester.