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What You'll Get
Give a man crème brûlée and he'll eat for a day, but teach a man how to make crème brûlée and he'll gain the power of levitation. Spread your wings in the kitchen with today's Groupon: for $100, you get $200 worth of classes and services from Cook Au Vin. Cook Au Vin is located on Elston, just south of Fullerton. Classes are available throughout the week.
Cook Au Vin plugs fiber-optic cables into the brain-ports of couples and uploads knowledge of fine French food preparation. In Cook Au Vin's one-star menu couples' cooking class, crime-fighting duos will remove capes and don aprons for hands-on food preparation under the guidance of Chef Vincent. Groupon users can opt for one of three three-course menus: Menu Paris, with French onion soup, coq au vin (chicken braised in red wine), gratin Dauphinois, and tarte tatin (an upside-down caramelized apple pie); Menu Bourdeaux, with cheesy pastry puffs, grilled salmon with fresh-made pasta, and chocolate soufflé; and Menu French Riviera, with vichyssoise soup, polenta Napoleon with grilled vegetables in a tomato-and-basil sauce, and crème brûlée. After churning out the food, you and your plus-one chow down, enjoying the fruits, meats, and soufflés of your labor in Cook Au Vin's dining area.
Guests are encouraged to bring one or two bottles of wine to enjoy throughout the evening, with French snacks provided for pre-cooking nourishment. Each class accommodates four to five couples, so you don't have to worry about a restaurant full of people looking on and laughing as you confuse pepper with paper towels for the umpteenth time. For a romantic experience, or for a roommate bonding exercise, reserve your spot in the kitchen with today's Groupon. This Groupon can also be applied to catering services, crepe parties, and more.
- Once you are done creating a culinary masterpiece, you will be invited to enjoy your meal in the cozy dining area. Cook Au Vin has knowledgeable staff who will provide you with helpful tips as you sharpen your cooking skills and work towards becoming a culinary expert. – Trails.com
- I learned a few new things about techniques and how to properly cut veggies. I also learned how LONG it takes to make vichyssoise. We had plenty of time to enjoy 2 bottles of wine... I usually don't have the patience to make so many courses, but chef kept it interesting and explained so many things about the dishes we were making. – Julia C., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 13, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Reservation required. 1-week cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cook Au Vin
With baskets full of hand-plucked, wild blueberries, Vincent Colombet and his cousins happily crammed into their Alsatian grandmother's tiny kitchen. In that quaint room, equipped with only a wood-burning cast-iron stove, Vincent learned over the years how to tuck berries into pies, prepare meats sourced from neighboring farms, and eventually produce elaborate meals for his entire family.
Driven by his passion for French family-style cuisine, he traveled to Paris before a longing for experiences abroad tugged him across the pond and into the arms of the Windy City in 2004. The following year he opened Cook Au Vin, where he leads three-hour BYOB cooking classes centered around classic techniques and organic ingredients. Patrons may also enlist the Cook Au Vin team to cater special events, or swing by Colombet's Lincoln Square bakery, La Boulangerie, for butter-infused inhalations, freshly made crepes, and crusty baguettes.