Cooking classes teach valuable life lessons, such as how to avoid overcooking cookies and that toasters generally hate to be licked. Avoid common kitchen calamities with today's Groupon: for $20, you get any demonstrative cooking class at Dominic's Kitchen Store in Park Ridge (a $40 value), as well as 30% off any same-day, in-store purchases. This deal is good for demo classes only, but you can put the value of this Groupon toward upgrading to a hands-on class.
The class schedule offers a cornucopia of culinary lessons to satisfy any hungry academic appetite. Traditionalists looking to master the gravy grammar fundamentals can hone their craft at one of the two Sauces: Are You My Mother? classes (Thursday, October 21, 6:30–9 p.m. or Tuesday, October 26, 6:30–9 p.m.), during which chef Paul Messina will lead students through the fundamentals of maternal dressings such as béchamel, espagnole, hollandaise, and latex semi-gloss. Foodies who can't be called upon to separate their love of fine dining from their affinity for Russian nesting dolls can enroll in the Turducken—Non-Traditional Thanksgiving class (Monday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m.), which demonstrates the complex genetic splicing involved in creating the duck-inside-a-chicken-inside-a-turkey delicacy.
Though class times can vary according to the type and season, they generally run two and a half hours and include samples and take-home recipes unless otherwise indicated. Class menus are subject to ingredient availability, so guests with specific food allergies should enquire when calling to reserve their class slot. The friendly and professional demonstrators are on hand to answer any questions about technique, except those led by the Swedish Chef, whose warbled accent and absent lower half render him virtually useless. Post-class, rely on the staff's expertise to select a new gastro gadget or dining doodad at a 30% discount.
While there aren't any online reviews for Dominic's Kitchen Store's cooking classes, Yelpers give the store itself a 4.5-star average:
- The staff was very friendly and helpful which is a plus when it comes to the many choices you can browse through at Dominic's. – Rafael C.
- This place has EVERYTHING, and if they don't, they'll find it for you. Dominic is a great guy, who knows good food. He has a great selection of knives, and all sorts a [sic] great gadgets to have in your kitchen. – Michelle H.