Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get a Thai-cooking class for two at Thai Fresh (a $130 value).
Thai Fresh proprietors Jam Sanitchat and Bruce Barnes teach tenderfoot Thaiketeers how to concoct their own Southeast Asian suppers in small, hands-on group cooking lessons. Jam’s well-stocked kitchen classroom plays host to adventurous duos and their desires to explore Thai cuisine’s elegant balance of sweet, sour, and hot. With eclectic class options scattered throughout the schedule like so many dried red chilies, couples can learn to craft a variety of meals such as creamy coconut soup with chicken and mushrooms or sizzling beef with green peppercorn and lime leaves. Rather than eating sugary love notes, students can woo hard-to-impress taste buds with exotic flavor profiles as they sample each dish concocted during class. Hands-on experience and take-home recipes facilitate authentic at-home reenactments, and instructors field questions at the end of each session to clear up any culinary confusion.
Committed to ecological sustainability, Jam and Bruce stock Thai Fresh’s cupboards with local fare, including backyard-grown garden greens. After a class, students can peruse the attached deli’s selection of homemade dishes, or raid the grocery for ingredients to fuel at-home culinary experimentations such as sculpting all-chili busts of Franklin Pierce.
The sustainable Thai cooking classes at Thai Fresh have an edge on any cooking course looking to compete: their instructor is co-owner Jam Sanitchat, who developed her skill set over countless hours spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in Thailand. The fully stocked market not only hosts classes where students learn how to cook, but supplies them with the ingredients they need to make their own Thai meals. The deli area serves up inspiration with an extensive menu featuring classic Thai dishes and samples of dishes currently being taught in Sanitchat’s classes. Sanitchat brings an extra kick to her authentic recipes with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients such as free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and rice noodles shaped by local document shredders.
Thrice, the neighboring café, serves fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches made onsite daily. A schedule of singers and folk artists entertains diners as they sip coffee, wine, or give themselves suds mustaches with local beers on tap.