According to a recent survey, people have listed chocolate as their preferred cause of death, followed closely by "money avalanche" and "dangerously high exposure to nudity." Get one foot in the tastiest grave with today's Groupon: for $49, you get admission to a beer-and-chocolate-pairing class with Community Tap and Table at Kupros Bistro (a $110 value).
Community Tap and Table is a multiservice center devoted to uniting craft brews with gourmet eats, an endeavor that continues to garner it hullabaloo from outlets such as Draft magazine and Sacramento Press. The center's founders tap into their extensive culinary knowledge during enlightening beer-and-chocolate-pairing classes, which host about 20 students and countless imaginary friends. Attendees sample five craft beers and five handcrafted, locally made artisan chocolates as they learn how to expertly match the smoky, caramely, or spicy flavor profiles of each specimen. Throughout the session, pairing prodigies fill guests' information caverns with facts about how cocoa beans and grains become chocolate bars and pints of beer, as well as lies about the unicorns responsible for brewing the class's samples. Students leave with Community Tap and Table's taste-bud-approved recipe for chocolate-porter chili, plus a $10 gift certificate toward a future event. Click here for a schedule of upcoming classes and events.
Community Tap and Table
Inspired by the slow-food movement, the instructors at Community Tap and Table encourage everyone to make food deliberately and from scratch. Their events include techniques for such projects as curing bacon at home, canning and preserving food, and making tea-smoked salmon. Several of their cooking classes include beer pairings, and glasses of craft brew clink together during a foodie book club, punctuating chatter. Customizable private parties bring beer and food into the comfort of clients’ own homes, where they and a few friends enjoy cooking and pairing lessons from staff chefs wielding local ingredients. A portion of Community Tap and Table’s proceeds funnels straight back into funding farm-to-table projects or job-training resources for students.