Like learning to ride a bike, learning to cook becomes easier with experience and the increasing ability to avoid cutting one's finger or wobbling into a vat of fondue. Avoid culinary calamity with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a cooking class at Crescent City Cooks! (a $30 value).
Crescent City Cooks! schools aspiring cuisiniers in the history, ingredients, and execution of New Orleans–style cooking. Blending bits of historical information with time-tested low-country ingredients of green peppers, white onions, and celery, cooking classes follow a rotating curriculum of local dishes. Monday's class guides epicures through a traditional Monday meal of red beans and rice, originally slow-cooked with the bone of Sunday's ham and the regrets of Saturday's dance moves. Gumbo training falls on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the school's gourmets present the respective Cajun and creole methods for synthesizing flavorful stew. Jambalaya combines European influences with Caribbean spices and Native American flavors, flaunting the region's status as a culinary melting pot. In each session, students feast upon an included lunch before returning home to flaunt their skills for impressed dinner guests and their nervous crayfish companions.
All Groupon holders receive 10 percent off at the Crescent City Cooks! retail shop, which showcases comestibles including Crystal and Tabasco hot sauces, and fresh pralines.