While prehistoric cultures revered those who could catch food as heroes, they regarded those who could cook food as hero-dwarfing deities. Take your place in the prehistoric pantheon with today’s Groupon to Fuji Hana Sushi Bar & Grill and Thai Peppers in Kennesaw. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get your choice of a sushi-making class or a Thai-cooking class for 1 person (a $90 value).
- For $75, you get your choice of a sushi-making class or a Thai-cooking class for 2 people (a $180 value).
- For $399, you get a private cooking party for up to 12 people (up to a $1,080 value).<p>
Specializing in Asian fare for more than a decade, Fuji Hana Sushi Bar & Grill and its attached sister restaurant, Thai Peppers, draw hungry crowds with fresh sushi, spicy Thai favorites, and hibachi prowess. On weekends, the restaurants’ chefs crack open their neck-top knowledge modules to share culinary cunning via hands-on cooking classes. Each class, lasting two–three hours, teaches students to build a menu that includes a soup, an appetizer, and an entree.
Sushi classes begin with the studied art of making sticky sushi rice and rolling it up inside seaweed to form a tekka maki roll. Impress friends, coworkers, and nosy strangers with knowledge gleaned from the sushi class, such as the means of making one appetizer, five nigiri sushi, a maki roll, and a california roll. During the Thai cooking class, students learn to prepare a menu that might include coconut-chicken soup or tom yum—an appetizer of a fresh basil roll or spring roll—an entree such as pad thai or curry, and other delicacies that have kept the country’s ferocious, but gluttonous, dragons docile for centuries. Those who opt for a private cooking party can host up to 12 people in their own homes, choosing between a sushi-making or Thai-cooking class.
In-restaurant classes top out at 20 people, and each class ends with students enjoying the fruit of their labors along with up to two beverages—including beer, sake, and nonalcoholic options. The classes generally produce a quantity of food too big to fit into 20 torso-cases at once, leaving a surplus that can be packed up and taken home.
Fuji Hana Sushi Bar & Grill and Thai Peppers is currently closed for renovations, but classes can still be redeemed at their sister restaurant, Shallots.
Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers
Generations-old Thai family recipes and established Japanese cooking techniques continue to inspire the cooks at Fuji Hana & Thai Peppers. Hibachi chefs man the dining room's six tabletop grills and sear entire orders of scallops or filet mignon right in front of transfixed guests. Hibachi-grilled lobster tail even makes its way onto the restaurant's sushi menu, which includes 12 specialty maki selections that attempt to elevate sushi with sriracha sauce, dried cranberries, or cleverly disguised helium balloons. The Thai menu items remain more grounded in familiar flavor combinations, such as spicy basil fried rice and panang curry with coconut milk and dried chilies.
The colorful cuisine stands in stark contrast to the deep, soothing earth tones that fill the dining room. Hand-laid mosaic tiles complement the dark leather booths, and a 31-foot oak bar surrounds the sushi chefs and bartenders as they dexterously assemble orders.