Being a culinary wizard is far preferable to being an actual wizard, especially now that they're all property of the British government. Make mealtime magic with this Groupon.
$89 for a Meat-Curing Class ($180 Value)
Over three hours, students learn how to make their own pancetta, duck prosciutto, and pepperoni, and they leave with recipes, instructions, and some of the products they made. Students also take home information on how to cure and dry other meats, such as capicollo and salami, and the newfound knowledge of how to bite the perfect happy face into a piece of bologna. Classes run Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Harkness & Co. Butchers
The name of the game at Harkness & Co. Butchers is ethics: all of the meat it sells comes from local producers who follow humane and ethical farming practices. The staff receives organic meats and breaks down the entire animal in-house, ensuring that each cut is precise and that customers can find any piece of the animal, whether it's beef, pork, or poultry. Shoppers can pick up local free-range, nonmedicated beef, which gets dry-aged for at least 28 days to develop a rich, tender flavour profile. Prepared products include housemade sausages—available in classic Italian-style and chorizo varieties—as well as seasonal-spiced links and weekly specials. For those looking to cook with more exotic options, such as bison, goat, and unicorn, Harkness & Co. can order most meats to the store. Additionally, butchers lead classes in a stone-floored training annex on topics that include pasta making, butchery, and wine tasting.