Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today's Groupon to Società Dante Alighieri in Coral Gables. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get one Italian cooking class, offered every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (a $65 value).
- For $30, you get one wine-tasting class, offered every Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $65 value).
The culinary connoisseurs and vintage votaries of Società Dante Alighieri enlighten students on the ways of creating, selecting, and savoring Italian recipes and acclaimed wines. Chef Claudio Pastor imparts expert sautéing skills in Italian cooking classes, where students learn the marinara-covered ropes to create classic Italian fare and lesser-known regional dishes as they craft delectable appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Classes culminate with a lavish food-and-wine tasting as students put their new skills where their mouths are, indulging in their own al dente penne, savoring homemade sauces, and practicing the pasta-lasso technique to snare cross-table samples.
Wine-tasting classes train imbibers to identify the traits of various wines and select ideal food pairings. Classes begin with a comparison of the flavor elements of Italian wines as students learn how each bottle's region, varietal, and favorite Beatle affects its bouquet. Next, classes explore the interaction between food and wine, learning to balance flavors and complement cuisine with bottle selections. Once the three-hour class is over, students emerge enlightened and better prepared to take on the bold reds, mellow whites, and passive-ambivalent rosés of the wine aisle.
Società Dante Alighieri
The Miami branch of the Società Dante Alighieri was founded in 1997, more than a century after the society was founded in Rome. Its aim is to celebrate Italian culture and serve as a social hub for Italians. Working in tandem with its principle partner, the Consulate General of Italy in Miami, the society hosts language courses—including Italian, Portuguese, and Latin—and doles out PLIDA Italian proficiency exams and certificates. In addition, they offer cooking and wine classes that teach students how to concoct regional Italian specialties and appreciate the differences between Italian wine and tomato sauce served in wineglasses.