According to the surgeon general, watching cooking shows on TV may cause chronic drooling and buttered television screens. Avoid the side effects of cooking shows with today’s Groupon: for $62, you get a 4.5-hour cooking class at the Mardi Gras School of Cooking & Catering (a $125 value).
The Mardi Gras School of Cooking & Catering draws out inner chefs and teaches them to prepare an entire menu of Cajun and Creole specialties. After adorning themselves with aprons, participants demonstrate the knife-handling skills they acquired in high-school economics and chop ingredients for each dish. After the cooking begins by creating a chocolate bread pudding with a mocha-chocolate-brandy sauce, the class studiously dives into roux. Under the tutelage of the school’s chefs, participants learn four ways to master roux, using them to prepare a gumbo and either an étouffée or a shrimp creole. At the end of class, graduates can toast to their culinary prowess and their much-improved chances at success on future first dates with glasses of wine served alongside the feast.
Gastronomic adventures with the Mardi Gras School of Cooking & Catering begin with a 9:45 a.m. ferry ride from the foot of Canal Street to the neighborhood of Algiers Point, where the school is located. A chef will pick up participants at the ferry landing and escort them to the kitchen classroom, where the small class size of two to six students ensures plenty of opportunities to ask the chef such important questions as “What is the difference between Cajun and Creole?” and “What is the essence of okra?”
1 Canal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130Get Directions