Knowledge accrued during school is rarely applicable to real life—quadratic formulas can't be eaten, and the War of 1812, while delicious, takes too long to prepare. Get some education of edible value with today's Groupon for a cooking class at Old Town Cooking School, located in Pasadena. Old Town Cooking School shares the skills of cooking through a number of classes, ideal for that rare person who wasn't born with forks and knives for fingers. Choose one of the following options:
- For $26, two people get admission to one of Old Town Cooking School's techniques classes (normally $27.50 per person, a $55 total value)
- For $39, one person gets admission to one of Old Town Cooking School's gourmet demonstration classes (a $70 value)
During the 90-minute techniques class, you and another person will have the rare opportunity to observe a chef in its natural environment as the culinary wizard offers a demonstration on a given subject. Each class concludes with a small tasting at the end, offering a response to the puddles of mouthwater that will have gathered on the floor by that time. Upcoming mini-skills class topics include summer-baking techniques on May 23, offering a solution for cooks long crushed by the quandaries of cobblers, crumbles, and crisps; canning on June 20, to help preserve summertime treats from the advances of time and army ants; and tomatoes on July 25, with tips on sauces, chutneys, preserves, and recipes using the apple's cooler cousin. Groupon users can also apply this deal toward two spots in one of Old Town Cooking School's wine-styles classes ($50) and pay the $24 difference out of pocket.
In the demonstration class, students will observe a more in-depth exploration on particular cooking topics, complete with handbooks filled with recipes and techniques distributed to the observers. At class's end, a full meal showcasing the teachings will be served buffet style, with wine included. Upcoming demonstration classes include a barbecue class on June 17, with tips on sauces, rubs, and other southern smothering specialties; an introduction to Thai cuisine on July 22 for chefs looking to add Bangkok delicacies to their repertoire; and a look at foods of the Italian Riviera on July 29 for jetsetters looking to squeeze some seafood dishes and lemony desserts in between international intrigue.
This deal is not valid for the benefit gourmet class on June 6.
The Pasadena Weekly says:
- From rule, recipe, fancy and whim — down-home and uptown the world over — complete courses in alimentary geography are laid out in linen at Pasadena’s Old Town Cooking School. – Dan O'Heron