The kitchen is statistically the most dangerous room in a home because it contains the highest concentration of knives, open flames, and pots full of semi-living lobsters. Learn to navigate this danger zone with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward cooking classes at Cookshop & Cookschool.
Boasting a different cuisine every day of the month, Cookshop’s cooking classes showcase an array of talented chefs as they mince their way through three or more well-scented hours. Either demonstrative or participatory, the classes entice students to absorb cooking-show-esque knowledge or throw caution to the wind and cover exploratory fingers with icing. Voyeuristic taste buds can journey the world, kicking off a global tour with the June 9 Passport to Italy class, a Sicilian romp through roasted artichokes, tomato-bathed chicken, and ricotta-filled cannoli ($49). Dessert fanatics create sugary, edible pets in a participatory Cupcake Magic class—offered June 26 and July 31 or July 10 for kids ages 10 and older ($59)—which creates a baroque fantasy out of the vanilla cupcake with rolled fondant, rosette swirls, icing drop flowers, and frosting caricatures of local government officials. Culinary horizons are further expanded in delectable class offerings such as Sushi ($59) and Indian Favourites ($79), making restless tongues feel appeased and yearning kitchen appliances feel loved.
In addition to being one of the Pacific Northwest's most well-known equipment purveyors for culinary artists, boasting a retail space that brims with a seemingly endless variety of pots, pans, and paring knives, Cookshop also recruits 100 of the region's top chefs and wine experts to serve on the Cookschool faculty. The school curriculum encompasses a variety of global cuisines—including Thai, Italian, and Indian—and demonstrates the finer points of dessert with classes such as Wilton cake decorating and Chef Survival 101: Self-Defense with a Melon Baller.