What You'll Get
The breaking of bread symbolizes peace and partnership, whereas the piecing back together of bread symbolizes a baker regretting an earlier feat of strength. Forgo grand gestures with today’s Groupon from Sour Flour. All classes are at La Victoria Bakery and classes may be gifted. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a starter, two-hour, bread-making workshop (an $80 value).
- For $750, you get a private, two-hour, bread-making party for up to 10 (a $1,500 value).<p>
The experienced leaveners at Sour Flour supply the community with fresh sourdough loaves and educate bread lovers in the science and craft behind baking. Starter workshops teach small groups of 6–12 bakers how to cultivate the cadres of yeast that serve as sturdy foundations for a bustling sourdough-tropolis. Students learn how to properly ferment flour and water into a life-giving bread battery. Bread barons also teach how to feed, care for, and give rousing pep talks to yeast starters, explaining how time, temperature and moisture affect cultures’ growth.
Private bread-making parties incorporate starter cultures and a variety of dough hydrations to teach the essential techniques of cultivating rich, flavorful victuals by hand. Up to 10 friends knead, stretch, and fold bread-in-training, learning how to foster gluten production by letting dough relax and catch its breath. Two instructors roam the room, providing personalized attention as students take a break from yeast-fueled fireworks to nibble on complimentary pairings of bread and cheese. To complete the transformation from loose parts into toasty bread, each baker performs a final shaping in the workshop before taking newborn bundles of rising dough home to meet older crumpet siblings.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Sour Flour
Danny Gabriner's first business model was a little odd: he wanted to bake 1,000 loaves of bread, and give them all away. It turned out to be a winning proposition, though, charming friends, neighbors, and strangers into supporting his newly proposed bakery, Sour Flour. In addition to crafting artisanal breads, Danny saw Sour Flour's mission incorporating education, whether it came through teaching people to appreciate good bread with a free loaf or instructing them in the process of baking some of their very own.
While he still doesn't operate out of a formal brick and mortar location, Danny shares the fruits of his labor in breadbaskets across the city. He sticks to his philanthropic roots, too, spearheading Bagel Monday at La Victoria Bakery, in which bakers gift fresh, free bagels to all comers. Classes at La Victoria are taught by Sour Flour Breaducator Cat Shimizu, who teaches students how to care for their wild yeast starter, bake rustic loaves, and figure out when a crust is ready to molt.