Improvisation can often derail a delicate process, such as following a dessert recipe, conducting a chemistry experiment, or exchanging wedding vows. Learn to cook in a deliberate manner with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a Decadent Indulgence: Classic French Desserts class at Olives-4-You in Wheaton (an $80 value). Click here to see the class schedule.
The staff at Olives-4-You instructs culinary pupils on how to prepare traditional French desserts, creating a toothsome survey of the land. Students whip up crème brûlée, crepe suzette, and tarte tatin, forging classic sweet treats of varying density and richness. While crafting the Grand Marnier soufflé, foodies bolster the notoriously fickle dish with a splash of tasty liqueur, much as trainers build the courage of their pet dogs before taking the stage at a breed show. Instructors also teach pupils how to make flourless chocolate cake that handily shortens the FDA-mandated ingredients list that must be read to friends before eating. As they cook up a storm, guests can soak in the Mediterranean décor, which includes tiled floors, brick archways, and a grove of olive trees in the coat closet.