The Coastal Cupboard

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In a Nutshell

Chef Stephen Harman uses local ingredients to prepare paella, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and burgers in classes limited to 17 students

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Promotional value expires Nov 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Reservation required; subject to availability. Valid only for lunch or daytime classes before 6 p.m. Valid only for 2012 classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Those who don't learn proper cooking techniques are doomed to a life of licking pages from fancy food magazines. Cause a stir with this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Afternoon Culinary Classes

House chef Stephen Harman teaches observation-only cooking classes such as The Perfect Paella ($30) and Shrimp and Grits ($30), as well as technique classes such as Knife Skills ($10). Classes include generous tastings of everything on the class menu.

The Coastal Cupboard

When it came time to design The Coastal Cupboard’s demo kitchen, owner Brad Pitner shied away from industrial-grade appliances, opting instead for the kind of layout you’d find in your average home kitchen. That decision reflects the Cupboard’s mission to make gourmet cooking accessible to all.

To that end, Mr. Pitner and his staff of gourmands stock a vast selection of cooking gadgets, bakeware, and cutlery by top-tier brands such as Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, and Kuhn Rikon. Staff members are happy to walk customers through each product’s function and share their own favorite gadgets and dish towels with sentimental value. They also stock gourmet foods such as small-batch wines, baking mixes, sauces, and rubs.

Customers have a chance to see those tools and ingredients in action during the store’s weekly cooking classes. Most are led by in-house chef Stephen Harman, who tailors his class offerings to suit the interests of customers. “He’s ridiculously talented—he’s just fearless,” says owner Brad Pitner of the inveterate chef. That fearlessness has motivated Chef Harman to master dishes from paella to pad thai. But his true passion is for Lowcountry farm-to-table items. “He’s obsessed with local agriculture,” says Mr. Pitner. “If he can get it local, he’ll get it local.”

The Coastal Cupboard

When it came time to design The Coastal Cupboard’s demo kitchen, owner Brad Pitner shied away from industrial-grade appliances, opting instead for the kind of layout you’d find in your average home kitchen. That decision reflects the Cupboard’s mission to make gourmet cooking accessible to all.

To that end, Mr. Pitner and his staff of gourmands stock a vast selection of cooking gadgets, bakeware, and cutlery by top-tier brands such as Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, and Kuhn Rikon. Staff members are happy to walk customers through each product’s function and share their own favorite gadgets and dish towels with sentimental value. They also stock gourmet foods such as small-batch wines, baking mixes, sauces, and rubs.

Customers have a chance to see those tools and ingredients in action during the store’s weekly cooking classes. Most are led by in-house chef Bryan Breland, who tailors his class offerings to suit the interests of customers. Bryan has a heart for people and a passion for food. He makes classes fun, relaxed, and approachable. He brings a french twist to Lowcountry classics, while also mastering southwestern and asian-inspired dishes.

Customer Reviews

It is both a store and a place to take cooking classes. I had never considered a class before this Groupon, but had shopped there. I have already scheduled another class. Great marketing!
Jill W. · January 4, 2013
great class on shrimp & grits...thoroughly enjoyed!
Cheryl T. · January 3, 2013
Fantastic class! Fun fun fun
Betty G. · November 19, 2012

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