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What You'll Get
Choose from Five Options
- $32 for a cooking class for one adult ($65 value)
- $60 for a cooking class for two adults ($130 value)
- $32 for a cooking class for one child ($65 value)
- $25 for a baking class for one child ($50 value)
- $90 for a four-week children’s cooking boot camp ($200 value)
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: It’s All in the Timing
You’ll find extra-virgin olive oil behind the flavors of innumerable dishes. Read on to learn more about this kitchen staple.
Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of olives, which yields more intense flavor and higher concentrations of antioxidants than subsequent pressings. However, the timing of pressing isn’t the only factor involved in determining an oil’s extra-virgin status. A laboratory test measures the oil’s acidity, and anything above 1% can diminish its taste. Oils that have passed this initial test are brought in front of a panel of professional tasters who make the final call. Tasters focus intensely on the sensory experience of the oil’s flavor, which can vary greatly, depending on the type of olives used, the region in which they were grown, and the season in which they were harvested. Olives plucked from branches early in the season yield a fruity, bright taste, and later harvests taste mellow and mild.
Like most oils, extra-virgin olive oil can be used for frying, and the presence of healthy, monounsaturated fats makes it a popular ingredient in salad dressings, but it has many other uses. The ancient ingredient is equally adept at pickling, emulsifying, infusing, and marinating other foods. Herodicus, a physician in ancient Greece, had his own unique use. He prescribed olive-oil massages for celebrated athletes, believing that the rubdowns enhanced physical abilities. When said athletes worked up a sweat while competing, their perspiration was collected in bottles and sold as a medicine, fetching extravagant prices.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Must be 18 or older to enroll in an adult class. Must be between ages 8 and 17 to enroll in kids classes; classes will be divided into sections of ages 8 to 12 and ages 13 to 17. Please make allergies known prior to enrollment. Closed toed shoes required and pants encouraged. Reservation required 48 hours in advance. Please enroll either by phone or through merchant's website. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.