Cooking demos can answer questions that most amateur chefs are too embarrassed to ask, such as how to properly microwave a cake so as to make it fat-free. Learn by culinary example with this Groupon.
$169 for Two Tickets to Group-Cooking Demonstration and Three-Course Meal for Two with Chef Eric Greenspan ($350 Value)
On Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m., up to 20 people convene at The Foundry on Melrose—named one of the best celebrity-chef restaurants in Los Angeles by CBS Los Angeles—to witness and devour the culinary creations of executive chef Eric Greenspan. During each group-cooking demonstration, Greenspan concocts an appetizer, main course, and dessert while interacting with guests and fielding questions. Each day's particular menu is determined by the group's collective hankerings or seasonal influences, but selections can include tuna tartare, duck breast with chestnuts, mushrooms and apples, and Earl Grey crème brûlée with candied lemon. Click here to explore the restaurant's current menus, listed in a sidebar to the left.
Chef Eric Greenspan
Eric Greenspan, co-owner and executive chef of The Foundry on Melrose, may have earned a place on the Los Angeles culinary radar for his work at hot spots including Meson G, but his reputation also has national reach. Besides besting Bobby Flay in a 2010 episode of Iron Chef, Greenspan has auditioned to take over command of Kitchen Stadium himself, most recently on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. The chef's ever-changing menus of a la carte delectables meld French, Spanish, and creative American influences, plated with a sophistication deserving of a Caravaggio still life. Prix fixe tasting menus take diners on expertly engineered tours of flavors and textures, and vegetarian options let herbivores join the experience.
Interior-design guru Sandy Davidson decorated The Foundry on Melrose with a comfortable, art-deco aesthetic, mixing warm, antique elements with industrial accents. Bands play on select nights as mixologists craft artful cocktails and pour glasses of fine wines.