Like performing comedy in public, cooking complex meals is a nerve-wracking experience that often leaves one covered head to toe in rotten produce. Dispel your flop sweat with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a gourmet-cooking class and a glass of wine at Chef J Bistro and Cooking Studio (up to a $42 value).
Celebrating his quinceañera of cooking, Chef Jethro and his staff of professional chefs guide students down the aromatic eight-fold path to gourmet cooking enlightenment. With a smorgasbord of a schedule, fledgling surfers of the cutting board can matriculate in a 2.5-hour course and master the culinary arts of France, Asia, Spain, and the Caribbean. Ultra-precision classes also focus on specific kinds of food, such as steak, desserts, and vegetarian dishes like Soylent Green. The studio supplies all necessary nosh-making mechanisms, including knives, aprons, and telepathic blenders, and your toque-wearing professor will garnish each dish with helpful tips and suggestions. Carefully selected pours of wine balance the finished meal's edible equation as you sit down with your classmates to a postclass feast.
Chef J Bistro
Upscale French eatery Chef J Bistro takes its name from executive chef Jethro Joseph, who understands that fine dining can be relaxing rather than fussy. His cooking has received accolades from publications such as the Gulf Coast Times, which called his four-star gourmet fare “mouthwatering.” Chef J curates two seasonal menus replete with seafood, smoky pastas, and steak, among other dishes. His staff understands the importance of presenting entrees elegantly, supplementing them with artfully scattered greens or sandwiches made in the shape of Picasso’s Guernica.