Unlike height, telepathy, and the ability to breathe fire, culinary finesse is not a dominant genetic trait. Cultivate culinary craftsmanship with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a tortilla- and salsa-making class at Tarascos Restaurant (a $45 value).
During the hands-on, two-hour class, gastronomic guests learn how to skillfully craft a piquant salsa and mix corn and flour tortilla dough from scratch, circularizing creations so they resemble a Mexican staple rather than well-meaning but misshapen play-doh. Students steep themselves in authentic cooking methods by mixing dough and salsa in a sturdy stone molcajete and baking their tortillas on a comal. The salsa, based on an esteemed family recipe, blends roasted tomatillos and serrano peppers with garlic, cilantro, and oregano to create a chunky, verdant tortilla-garment. Tarascos’ authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to fit inside overall-bib pockets. Students will finish the class with 12 tortillas and salsa they can eat on-site or take home to consume later. Tarascos holds classes four times a week, on Sundays and Mondays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Tarascos Mexican Restaurant
At Tarascos, owner Antonio Garcia and his chefs blend the comfortable and familiar with the slightly out of the ordinary. A chalkboard-scrawled menu lists Mexican classics such as enchiladas alongside lesser-known dishes such as huaraches, large, oblong tortillas stacked with charbroiled meats. Plates of barbacoa feature the seasoned beef wrapped in maguey leaves and slow-steamed until tender. Likewise, the tap menu mixes Mexican imports such as Pacifico and Modelo Especial with Tarascos's own home-brewed organic beers.
Patrons can dine inside or outdoors on a beer garden–style patio shaded from weather and warmed with gas heaters. On the patio, Tarascos also regularly holds cooking classes, such as a tamale class that was featured on ABC 7.
3319 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90026