Unlike taxidermy, cooking classes encourage people to share a newfound skill at dinner parties. Treat friends, family, or character actors portraying your friends and family to the fruits of your labor with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a basic pasta-making techniques class at Cooking Fools in Wicker Park (an $84 value including taxes).
At Cooking Fools, you get a hands-on experience creating delicious recipes from scratch, learning helpful cooking techniques along the way. Basic Pasta Making Techniques is a hands-on class that teaches aspiring line cooks to make pasta from scratch, along with a variety of tasty, easily crafted sauces and accurate, full-sized reproductions of the Statue of Liberty out of fettuccini. You'll depart with a handout of helpful tips as well as enough leftovers for lunch the next day. You can also purchase wine, beer, and sodas from the retail store before the class. See the class schedule for available dates and times.
The friendly staff at Cooking Fools wants to make the learning experience a fun social event where you may meet your next best friend, lover, or tiny chef imprisoned inside the cupboard of your soul. Because Cooking Fools focuses on teaching cooking techniques and principles rather than particular concoctions, you'll be equipped with new skills that extend beyond the recipes learned in class, increasing your overall confidence in the kitchen and during back-alley chef competitions.
Yelpers give Cooking Fools an average of four stars:
Many cooks would insist that a trusted recipe is the foundation of a good meal, but at Cooking Fools, it’s the first thing to go. Their cooking classes unshackle pupils from their cookbooks and encourage creativity in the kitchen. Their chefs exercise the same artistic license over the meals they assemble for cooking parties. Adhering to three main principles—quality ingredients, good style, and common sense—the staff crafts healthy food, decreasing saturated fats but never flavor. Many of their entrees radiate global inspiration, and are arranged in a modern, artistic way that doesn’t outshine flavors.