Like magma and dreams, gelato is a semisolid—neither solid enough to build a house upon nor liquid enough to feed to a thirsty sparrow. Master this transitive treat with today’s Groupon: for $87, you get a three-hour class in The Sensational Art of Gelato Creation at Canady Le Chocolatier (a $175 value). This Groupon is only valid for redemption at the 824 S. Wabash Avenue location. Classes are offered at 1 p.m. every day of the week except Wednesday. Be sure to call ahead to reserve a desired day for the course.
Canady Le Chocolatier whips up heavenly confections daily, from crafting creative chocolates to forming fluffy gelato. With today's toothsome tutorial, Michael Canady himself will share his expertise on this yummy European ice-cream cousin, providing a cool dose of dairy-based knowledge followed by a hands-on demonstration of its frosty creation. During the three-hour semifreddo seminary, students will get to enjoy gelato tastings, taking note of each treat's texture, tone, and favorite tickle spots before picking up helpful tips on the making of gelato cakes, mini gelati treats, and other partially-frozen delights. As an added bonus, guests will get to take home treats to be saved for dessert or devoured immediately to cover their tracks from long-time beau Mr. Tastee.
Classes at Canady are held in a state-of-the-art kitchen, specially designed to keep dessert moochers at bay. Class sizes are limited to five to seven people, ensuring close attention from the instructor should a student fall face-first into a vat of whipping cream.
Associated Content named Canady Le Chocolatier one of the 5 Best Places in Chicago to Get Your Chocolate Fix, and Chicago Weekly named it the Best Place to Get a Cavity. Owner Michael Canady made cappuccino cups on WGN News, Centerstage Chicago featured the shop, and the Chicago Reader mentioned it in their Summer Guide. Metromixers and over 70 Yelpers give Canady Le Chocolatier an average of five stars.
Canady Le Chocolatier
Rich dark, milk, and white chocolates filled with ganaches, soft caramel, and fondant lie nestled inside Canady Le Chocolatier's gift boxes, and their hand-made thai parchment paper wrapping—imprinted with an orchid and soft-green leaf design—ensures that eager fingers unwrap the decadent chocolates with care. Once they're free of their delicate packaging, truffles and bonbons prepared for special occasions, such as holidays and gourmet food fights, flood mouths with creaminess.
Those who are too eager to wait for the treats to emerge from their wrappings can venture into the shop, where owner Michael Canady whisks together his own gelato with fresh fruit and natural ingredients and griddles a selection of sweet and savory crêpes. Canady even teaches people how to replicate his confections at home during hands-on classes for small groups.