Being a vegan can be hard, thankless work—extended family members rarely understand, many restaurants don't accommodate you, and cows still try to devour you every chance they get. Today's Groupon proves that vegan eating can be stylish, sexy, and delicious: for $75, you get a two-hour private un-cooking lesson for two from Syncrawnicity (up to a $170 value). This Groupon is valid for homes within 25 miles of Phoenix; Syncrawnicity will travel farther for an extra $1/mile.
Vegan Chef Andrea, toting degrees in biology and chemistry, demonstrates her flair for healthy cuisine in students' own homes during hands-on raw preparation lessons suitable for any skill level. After becoming acquainted with the student's kitchen, Chef Andrea imparts essential un-cooking techniques, from food processing to harvesting organic vegetation from all-natural Chia Pets. She primarily focuses on crafting raw vegan versions of popular flame-kissed food such as pizzas, calzones, and enchiladas, and tailors each class to student whims, which often include discovering easy and fast recipes or seeking new culinary challenges. After class, students can keep copies of the recipes for future reference. While Chef Andrea totes along any necessary tools or appliances, students must purchase, or summon via incantation, all of the necessary ingredients listed on a chef-drafted grocery list.
Andrea Lambert's journey into raw vegan food began in April of 2007, when a painful and intractable illness had her grasping for solutions outside of the allopathic medicine world. The diet transformed her body for the better, and it inspired Lambert to dive into the art, science, and nutrition of raw food, backed by her twin degrees in chemistry and biology. Now, Lambert espouses a healthy, raw, vegan life in everything she does, from holding raw-chef-certification classes to private diet coaching and leading private yoga classes. Her introductory classes teach students to replicate cooked fare, such as enchiladas, and empower un-cookers to replicate recipes or invent their own at home by dehydrating, food processing, and making beans sprout with stern looks. In 2011, Lambert won a Pure Bar recipe contest and earned a trip to Napa for her walnut pâté, which makes frequent appearances in her classes.