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Cook Au Vin

2256 N Elston Ave. , Chicago

$149 for a Holiday-Menu Cooking Class for Two at Cook Au Vin ($300 Value)

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  • Couples cook meal together
  • Fine French cuisine
  • Dine on what you cook
  • Helpful instruction

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date night
7 ratings4 reviews
February 20, 2012
Keep this chef!
2 ratings1 reviews1 photos
March 2, 2020
Great time!!! New Orleans Creole Gumbo!!! DELISH!
estelatop reviewer helpful reviewer
74 ratings55 reviews1 photos
February 10, 2020
Wonderful experience. The instructor,Ryan was great. I’m almost afraid to post positive accolades because then I’ll never be able to go back and I have to go back, at least once again.
1 ratings1 reviews
January 11, 2020
The chef was helpful, fun, and knowledgeable. I will try their other classes.
Silvanatop reviewer
14 ratings9 reviews
January 10, 2020
Great experience! Mary was fastantisc, hands on activity. Four hours of entertainment, learning, and amazing food.
davidtop reviewer helpful reviewer
30 ratings22 reviews2 photos
December 27, 2019
We attended about 10 years ago and both times were wonderful experiences. Everyone had fun, 5 couples drinking good wine and making good New Orleans Gumbo, Oysters, and beniet (powdered donuts). Our chef was positive and upbeat and this is truly a hands on adventure😎
Peggytop reviewer
11 ratings10 reviews
November 17, 2019
Wonderful evening - great group - Ryan was a wonderful chef and instructor!!! Fabulous menu.
10 ratings2 reviews
November 15, 2019
Excellent class, had a ton of fun with 3 friends cooking the Bavette menu. There were a lot of other people, but by the end we were all laughing together. 10/10 would do again.
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About This Deal

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 $149, you get a holiday-menu cooking class for two at Cook Au Vin (a $300 value). Cook Au Vin is located on Elston, just south of Fullerton and north of Webster. 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 special holiday-menu class, crime-fighting duos will remove capes and don aprons for hands-on food preparation under the guidance of Chef Vincent. The menu includes an appetizer of puff-pastry-sealed black-truffle soup; a main course of shrimp scampi with lobster and bubbly champagne veloute; a side of fresh linguini with shaved truffle, white-truffle oil, and a parmesan emulsion; and a champagne chocolate truffle served atop a molten lava cake for dessert. After churning out the food, you and yours will 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 champagne, chardonnay, or pinot noir 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.


Time Out Chicago, Red Eye and Centerstage Chicago have reviewed Cook Au Vin. Six Citysearchers award Cook Au Vin a perfect five stars, and Yelpers dish out an average of 4.5 stars.

  • Francophiles rejoice: a slice of Paris lies right off Elston Avenue...It might have been the mouthwatering bites, or possibly the French music floating in the air while I ate at the wooden, candle-clad table, but the food evoked vivid memories of Parisian cafes. It's high on kitsch, but that's what makes it charming. – Katie Chelminski, Centerstage Chicago
  • All in all, this was a great meal and I am confident I can repeat each course at home-a very important quality to look for in cooking classes. – Ria C., Yelp

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 28, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. 1-week cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Must be 21 or older. Rescheduling fee applies. 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 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 to special events, or swing by Colombet's Lincoln Square bakery, La Boulangerie for butter-infused inhalations, freshly made crepes, and crusty baguettes.