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 $129, you get one A Day at the Villa cooking class at Simple & Fresh Cooking School in New Smyrna Beach (a $280 value). Choose between classes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, or Saturday, April 30.
Italian culinary arts find their new-world haven at Simple & Fresh Cooking School, whose A Day at the Villa classes gambol through the daily routine of an Italian kitchen. Taught by husband-and-wife team Ed and Nora, students can soak in their love for and knowledge of traditional Italian cooking like a fresh bread loaf sitting in a marinara trough. The six hours of instruction contain a hodgepodge of Simple & Fresh's regular menu modules that allow curious hands to work directly with dough, rocking and rolling bread, pasta, and ravioli into their respective, edible shapes. The repertoire ladles knowledge into student brains as they learn to make traditional sauces, and the four-course trattoria meals start with the antipasto and end with an elegant dessert, featuring varied entree options, such as the veal milanese or the lamb arrosto with italian sausage.
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After publishing his first cookbook, Edward Pankonin decided he wanted to take a more hands-on approach to teaching others about food. He wanted to expand on what he'd written about his Italian family, dating back to their American emigration in the late 1800s—and share their beloved recipes with even more people. And so, he and his wife Nora opened a cooking school and named it for his book: Simple & Fresh.
This school doesn't just teach recipes, though. Modeled after the cooking schools of Italy, Simple & Fresh relies on fresh ingredients and sources flavors the Pankonins found throughout their travels, including that one time they raided an olive baron's pantry. During regular and specialty classes, students delve into seasonal dishes, learn Italian bread-baking or stuffed pasta-making, and prepare regional dishes from across Italy. Every session is completely hands-on and allows participants to experiment with the techniques they learn. To help students replicate these recipes at home, the school's grocery offers imported and housemade goods such as rustic pasta sauces, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and baked desserts.
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