While cooking books can be helpful in the kitchen, taking a hands-on course results in delicious dishes—not lengthy prison sentences. Enjoy legal and appetizing ventures with today's Groupon: for $47, you get an Italian cooking class with two glasses of wine at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (a $95 value) on Amos Lake in Preston.
For generations, the family at Dalice Elizabeth has taught amateur chefs to master seasonal eats during food preparation classes, and wine tastings teach visitors how to enjoy wine without absorbing it through their feet via osmosis. Italian cooking classes feature guest chefs and vintners who guide culinary inquirers through hands-on courses pairing ambrosial libations with local and imported specialty foods. Classes begin with a complimentary signature glass of wine in the tasting room, where guests have the opportunity to sample all of Dalice Elizabeth's crimson concoctions. Afterward, guests gather around the large center cooking block in the main house to prepare a rustic, multi-course dinner using traditional techniques. All dinners include antipasti, salad, pasta, an entree, and dessert. After dinner, Groupon holders can receive a 15% discount on bottles exclusive to Dalice Elizabeth ($30–$80) to share fermented grape juice magic with someone you love or someone you want to love you.
Dalice Elizabeth Winery
Soft breezes skip off the shores of Amos Lake, rustling through trees and across the grassy acreage that surrounds Dalice Elizabeth Winery, where second-, third-, and fourth-generation Italian Americans share the secrets of their polished craft. Having dispersed its all-natural specialty foods and wines internationally, the winery's founding family continually impresses the palates of casual indulgers and contest judges alike, churning out grape-to-bottle chardonnays, merlots, and sauvignons that cannot be found on the shelves of local stores. In addition to tastings, the winery hosts winemaking and cooking classes, during which glasses clink between aspiring chefs and vintners as they learn to entertain houseguests or polite burglars with style and ease.