Knowledge accrued during school is rarely applicable to real life—quadratic formulas can't be eaten, and the War of 1812, though delicious, takes too long to prepare. Get some education of edible value with today's Groupon to Old Town Cooking School, located in Pasadena. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get admission for two to a Cooking Fundamentals class (up to a $70 value).
- For $35, you get one admission to a Dinner and Wine class (a $70 value).
- For $55, you get one admission to a four-hour Cooking Boot-camp class (a $110 value).
During a techniques class, you and another person will have the rare opportunity to observe a chef in their natural environment as the culinary wizard offers a demonstration on a given subject. Each class concludes with a small tasting, offering a response to the puddles of mouth-water that will have gathered on the floor by that time. Upcoming fundamentals classes include Knife Skills for Beginners on July 17, Grilled Cheese Wonderland on July 24, and Fish & Seafood on August 21. Dinner and Wine class participants can focus on the regional cuisines of Tuscany on August 4 or the Basque Country on August 18.
Boot camps provide a one-day comestible crash course to educate new cooks and help veteran foodsmiths polish their skills to an illustrious shine. Courses currently scheduled on July 31 and August 14 cover knife skills, kitchen basics, and pantry stocking, and the August 28 boot camp focuses on an introduction to French cooking. Class sizes are limited, so check the website to prevent your laptop from growing restless and to keep up-to-date on newly scheduled classes.