Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a sushi-making class, three-course dinner, and sake at Kitchen 305 in North Miami Beach (a $75 value). Classes are held at 6:30 p.m. each Monday.
Master chef Chris Wong whips up elegantly plated sushi rolls and passes on his experience and rolling wisdom to neophyte sushi-makers. Under his tutelage, sushi students learn to wield rolling mats, deft fingers, and a carrot tied to a stick to entrap morsels of fresh fish and veggies in neat cylinders of rice and nori. Pupils then relish in a three-course dinner consisting of savory soup, a sushi entree, and dessert, complemented by sips of sake in Kitchen 305's contemporary dining room, which is accented with cerulean lighting and minute azure tiles flanking the walls. Post-meal, students carry their newfound skills home to create their own sushi bars, further practicing by rolling the family dog in layers of blankets and bedsheets.
Nestled inside the Newport Beachside Resort, Kitchen 305 serves sea-inspired dishes in a modern dining room with linen-draped tables illuminated by vibrant blue lights. Chef Julius Brown, who brings talents perfected at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, directs the creative plating of seafood dishes including bluefin tuna, crab cakes, and steamed salmon. Turf options include chicken, rack of lamb, and skirt steak. On select evenings, a resident DJ pumps out tunes from the 80s, 90s and present day, and a master chef bestows expert sushi-making techniques during on-site culinary classes.
Sunny Isles Beach
16701 Collins Ave.
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160