Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master meal melding with today's Groupon to Courtyard Cafe & Bakery in Bessemer. Choose between the following options:
For $8, you get a lunch for two (up to a $19.76 value), which includes:
- Two entrees
- Two drinks
For $110, you get a kid's birthday-party package (a $225 value), which includes:
- A two-hour cooking party for up to 15 guests
- Cooking instruction for either pizza, breakfast, or Mexican fare
- Cupcakes, ice cream, and drinks
Courtyard Cafe & Bakery's lunch artists whip up from-scratch dishes of Southern fare, plunk classic sandwiches into brown bags, and introduce kids to nutritious eats in hands-on cooking classes. Patrons can grab brown-bagged lunches ($3.49–$6.99) from the café's menu and trade the chips for coworkers' fancy dental plans. In the fried-green-tomato BLT ($5.99), green tomatoes soak in buttermilk before somersaulting through cornmeal fields and then rinsing off in creole mustard sauce. The café's salads ($4.99–$8.49) accompany crackers and fruit. Kids can learn some of Courtyard's culinary secrets and don white chef hats during two-hour cooking-class parties. Fueled by an instinctive desire to manhandle food items, kids roll their own dough into personal pizzas, sling fresh ingredients into healthy breakfast eats, or learn about another culture with Mexican-inspired cuisine under the guidance of a watchful instructor. After polishing off their main courses, partygoers devour ice cream and wish for laser vision with candle-topped cupcakes.
Diners and fiesta attendees, illuminated by rows of windows and vintage-looking pendant lights, can relax inside the historic former bank built in 1887 or outside in the courtyard. There, black wrought-iron café tables repose next to a tranquil stone fountain filled with three layers of bubbling water and lost scuba divers.