$100 for a Moroccan Cooking Class with Wine Tasting at Saffron Cafe ($200 Value)

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Multi-talented Moroccan chef & percussionist imparts recipes from his homeland along with tidbits of Middle Eastern culture & history.

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The kitchen is statistically the most dangerous room in a home because it contains the highest concentration of knives, open flames, and pots full of semi-living lobsters. Learn to navigate this danger zone with today's Groupon: for $100, you get a four-hour Moroccan cooking class with head chef Anass Sentissi at Saffron Cafe (a $200 value). This deal includes the cost of all ingredients, equipment rental, and insurance. Classes are held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but accommodations will be made for capacity.

Under the watchful eye of chef Sentissi, students learn to execute recipes for one appetizer and one traditional Moroccan entree. Since the menu for each four-hour class is determined at random by a cumin-filled Magic Eight Ball, culinary apprentices might glaze slow-roasted legs of lamb in honey one week and overstuff gyros with succulently seasoned meat the next. After each session, cooking classmates enjoy the fruits of their labor before returning home armed with two powerful recipes to unleash on their kitchen's pot-and-pan populace.

Chef Sentissi is a founding member of the Moroccan Andalusian Classical Music Orchestra in Bloomington and a nationally recognized Middle Eastern percussionist who taps out traditional rhythms on the darabuka drum and tambourine-like tar. His cooking classes teach more than just cooking techniques—students will learn about Moroccan culture and history as well as the health benefits of spices such as saffron, which can aid digestion, help reduce stomachaches, and keep ’80s pop hits from getting stuck in diners' heads.

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Intricate tiles in alternating colors stretch up the walls of Saffron Cafe’s cozy space, as imported Moroccan chandeliers hang from the ceiling and slender vases on each table hold fresh flowers. Amid this authentic atmosphere, head chef Anass Sentissi crafts equally genuine Moroccan cuisine that has earned praise from such publications as NUVO. Entrees such as slow-roasted and spiced leg of lamb steam beside sides of saffron rice, and plates of fluffy couscous cohabit with veggies alongside one of several wines imported from Morocco. Tagines, rich aromatic stews of chicken, lamb, or beef, arrive in glazed earthenware pots that protect their innards and keep food steamy with ornately painted conical lids. The menu also has many options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, as well as items that are hormone-free and halal.

A native of Morocco, Chef Sentissi also shares his knowledge of Moroccan cuisine by leading regular cooking classes that include a background on Moroccan history, an in-depth look at spices, and a tasting of various Moroccan wines. Each class rests on Chef Sentissi's combination of dietary knowledge and ancient and modern nutritional science. All recipes are packed with vitamins, nutrients, and anti-oxidants, plus anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as garlic and saffron.

Customer Reviews

My friend and I attended the cooking class. The chef is very enthusiastic about cooking and most significantly about good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle. The class was very enjoyable, as was the food, and if you're willing to listen to a nutritional lecture you'll enjoy this event.
Valerie P. · December 12, 2016
Amazing Experience!! I would take this class again and again. You don't just learn how to cook Morrocan food, you are also introduced to nutrition. Enjoyed Chef Sentessi, his passion and wisdom! My only recommendation is to book early! Since there is only one class per month, they fill up very fast- so you may need to look at booking months later that you would have planned or wanted. Worth the wait!
Maria E. · May 15, 2016
Not only was the food great, I learned so much about how food and the body work. Well worth it!
Carolyn M. · April 25, 2016
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