Give a guy a fish, and he'll eat for a day; teach a guy to make perfect sushi rolls, and he'll be the culinary king of the cul de sac. Crown some cooking royalty with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a three-course cooking class from Fleurimond Catering, based in Brooklyn (an $80 value). Classes are held throughout New York City, generally every other Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Each of Fleurimond Catering’s info-packed cooking classes takes the form of a lighthearted cooking party, providing participants with a savory mélange of culinary insight and friendly fraternization as they explore a special theme or cuisine. Prepare for hungry houseguests with the Easy Holiday Cooking class on December 19, or wait for March 6 and its Specialty Burgers course to discover a use for buns beyond tossing them at talentless lounge singers. Each class is helmed by a knowledgeable gastro guru that fills toques with tips and techniques as the party progresses through the construction of an appetizer, entree (with side), and dessert. Along with all ingredients and materials, wine is provided for each gathering, though guests are welcome to bring additional wine and spirits to fuel popular whisk-centric drinking games. Classes are limited to 20 students, giving participants plenty of individual attention and a palatable way to pass the time before returning to the tender arms of workplace ficus plants.
Though chef Nadege Fleurimond was once forced to stretch her culinary creativity as a contestant on Food Network's Chopped, she experiments in the kitchen every day. Her menus blend a unique array of American, French, Italian, Latin, and Caribbean recipes into dishes for all on- and off-camera occasions. Her culinary teams follow her instructions to build international entrees and desserts, passed appetizers, and cocktails during festive buffets and lavish sit-down dinners.
When Chef Nadege and her staff aren’t traveling to events all over the East Coast, they host local group cooking lessons. These informal classes have taught guests to decorate cakes, simmer Thai curries, and cook traditional Caribbean dishes. They also host regular events, such as themed dinner parties and knitting circles using handmade pasta.