$89 for a Three-Hour Sushi-Making Class from Madame Saito ($185 Value)

Center City East

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In a Nutshell

  • Tokyo-trained instructor
  • All ingredients provided
  • Create six styles of sushi
  • Chance to win a gift certificate

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Must be 18 or older or be accompanied by guardian; must inform scheduler when making reservation. Not valid on holidays. Valid only for 'The Art of Making Sushi' class. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master meal-melding with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a three-hour The Art of Making Sushi class with Madame Saito (a $185 value). Classes take place at the HeadHouse Restaurant every other Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and every fourth Sunday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check the class website for a full schedule.

The self-proclaimed Queen of Sushi, Madame Saito commands extensive culinary training from masters in Tokyo and Paris—ennobling apprentices studying the ins and outs of sushi-making. In one three-hour course, maki makers glean skills through hands-on instruction and bounteous, provided ingredients. Classes create nori-less nigiri and regular, reverse, and hand rolls alongside delectable specialties such as tempura-dusted shrimp and soft-shell crab. Courses culminate in a culinary competition, pitting classmates' creations against each other for a chance to win a $25 restaurant gift certificate, bragging rights, and inspiration for sushi-themed sonnet sequences. Students should bring a knife for cutting sushi rolls, and a sealable container to bring home surplus sushi treasure.

Madame Saito

Philadelphia calls Madame Saito the Queen of Sushi, and it's easy to see why. Armed with formal culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and experience from apprenticeships under premier Tokyo sushi chefs, she has committed the last 26 years to spreading her love for Japanese culture and contemporary fusion cuisine. Although she leaves time in her schedule to manage Tokio Sushi Bar—her sushi restaurant with French culinary influences—, The HeadHouse Cafe, and to conduct an annual sushi-making competition, Madame Saito counts education as one of her highest priorities. She regularly commits her quadrilingual tongue to demystifying the art of sushi during classes for aspiring chefs and casual students alike, teaching them how to hand roll maki and slice fish into perfectly uniform dodecahedrons.

Customer Reviews

good value. learned a lot. was worth it
Gifty D. · June 21, 2016
Bring a container. There will be lots of delicious leftovers! Bring a knife.... A sharp knife will make things easier.
Catherine S. · February 18, 2014
Loved the class! So much fun & very happy with all of the sushi that I got to take home.
Amanda C. · January 21, 2014
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    Center City East

    122 Lombard St.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

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