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Expand your global cuisine curiosity with a class from I Wish’s World Food Tour. With today’s Groupon, $20 gets you one class on a culture and its cuisine, including a meal-sized sampler of traditional dishes to inform your palate and help you build cultural table manners (a $45 value).
Choose a class on the cultural cuisine that catches your cultural fancy. Courses are located in restaurants throughout the Chicago area, so you can explore a new neighborhood or stick close to home. More classes will be added to meet demand; current offerings include:
- Filipino cuisine at Isla Pilipina, September 17, 7 p.m.
- Cuban cuisine at Cafe Bolero, September 22, 7 p.m.
- Japanese cuisine at Ai Sushi, September 24, 7 p.m.
- Korean cuisine at Jin Ju, October 1, 7 p.m.
- Polish cuisine at Red Apple, October 3, 1 p.m.
- Afghan cuisine at Afghan Kabob, October 8, 7 p.m.
- German cuisine at Mirabell, October 15, 7 p.m.
- Balkan cuisine at Balkan Restaurant, October 22, 7 p.m.
- Vietnamese cuisine at Hai Yen, October 29, 7 p.m.
- Ethiopian cuisine at Ethiopian Diamond, November 5, 7 p.m.
Note: Check the class schedule for new additions or time changes. More classes will be added to accommodate everyone.
Each class offers an authentic cultural dining experience with a heaping plate of traditional tastes and lessons on etiquette and customs. Cultural activities, such as Ethiopian coffee tasting, live Cuban music, and Japanese sake tasting, serve as shoehorns to help you step into a brand new pair of culture-shoes.
Classes are led by prominent members of the culture’s community or those with great experience in the cuisine, such as Jan Lorys, director of the Polish Museum of America, and Alex Keeney, who trained under an Iron Chef in Japan. Some classes supplement the meal with a related bakery or grocery store tour. Participants take home a cultural goodie bag full of coupons to restaurants or grocery stores, a packet of information including the course content and additional cultural info, and a take-home item, such as a Korean soju glass or a sample of Ethiopian coffee.
Though the web isn’t flooded with user reviews, Citysearchers give I Wish services five stars, and one Yelper gives his I Wish experience three stars: > * Setting up the lesson was easy and they had no trouble accomodating [sic] the 6 of us…The experience was wonderful. We had fun as a group and we felt like we learned something that we could use over and over again. – janet_wachlin, Citysearch > * …the instructor was extremely personable with great qulifications [sic]…This is a GREAT SERVICE!!! – dgridder, Citysearch > * Very enjoyable session…I’ll definitely try one of these classes again. Good date idea! – Aaron H., Yelp
I Wish Lessons
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.