Chefs only discovered that cous could be tastily transformed into couscous after their initial attempts to turn rice into ricerice resulted in multiple costly kitchen fires. Avoid stovetop catastrophes with today's Groupon, which gets you a ticket to the first-annual Couscous Festival in Pasadena. The festival will be held at Ecole de Cuisine, housed in Chefs Center of California, on Saturday, October 16, 2010 and Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Choose from these six ticketing options (all fees are included in both prices):
- $10 for a one-session ticket, which gets you into the festival from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 (a $21.50 value)
- $10 for a one-session ticket, which gets you into the festival from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 (a $21.50 value)
- $20 for an all-day pass, which is valid for one full day of admission on Saturday, October 16 (a $43 value)
- $10 for a one-session ticket, which gets you into the festival from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 (a $21.50 value)
- $10 for a one-session ticket, which gets you into the festival from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 (a $21.50 value)
- $20 for an all-day pass, which is valid for one full day of admission on Sunday, October 17 (a $43 value)
As mid-October approaches, the first-annual Couscous Festival is preparing to flood the earth with delicious fares from North Africa and the Mediterranean, spotlighting the fluffy spheres of steamed wheat known as couscous. Skilled chefs, including Farid Zadi and Susan Park, will offer food talks and cooking demonstrations to teach attendees how to release their inner Berber and craft fine foreign fares. On Saturday, Feast from the Mideast author Faye Levy will divulge the secret behind cooking up tasty North African–Jewish cuisine. Sunday promises guests the opportunity to hear cookbook author and culinary commentator Clifford Wright speak about the history of couscous, which began with an exhilarating, primordial escape from a wild field of semolina wheat.
Throughout the festival, the hearing holes of visitors will be awash with Tuareg sound waves as musicians Alhassane and Serena fill the air with Saharan blues and acoustic tunes. Tuareg artist Moussa Albaka will show off his jeweled creations during the event, enticing passers-by like so many cats to a precariously perched vase. Half-day food fans get $15 worth of food tickets (full-day visitors get $30 worth) to spend at the North African Street Food Bazaar ($2–$6 per item) or at the main restaurant ($4–$7 per plate). Guests can get tastes of batata chips (Algerian fried potatoes), fish and seafood couscous, and chufa- nut milk, as well as other selections from the diverse event menu. Additional food tickets may be purchased during the event; consult the Saturday and Sunday schedules to plan ahead and catch the presenters that interest you most.
- Do you know what you're doing Saturday, October 16th? Well, you do now -- or at least you should, if you're anywhere near Pasadena on that day and have any interest in Middle Eastern cooking whatsoever. – Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly
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