Conquer xenophobic food fears with today's Groupon: for $30, you'll get a $55 cooking class at Thai Fresh, an innovative shop bringing authentic ethnic eats to the Austin area. The intimate evening courses are a hands-on way to socially hone your culinary skills and learn to prepare delicious dishes.
Springing from modest roots—co-owner Jam Sanitchat started offering cooking classes in her own kitchen in 2004—Thai Fresh quickly evolved into a one-stop shop for everything Thai. Here, you'll find flavorful meals, groceries, and 2.5-hour intimate cooking classes. Save money on takeout and try your hand at creating Thai favorites such as pad thai with tofu, red curry with chicken and seasonal vegetables, and sticky rice and mango. Vegetarians will appreciate the meatless meals course, where they'll cook up tofu-based dishes including green curry with eggplant and coconut soup with mushrooms.
If you live alone, a cooking class can acquaint you with utensils, appliances other than a microwave, and new culinary companions that will read you bedtime stories and watch you while you sleep. Sign up with a roommate, friend, or family member as an alternative to dining out. This Groupon is great for those looking to explore a new cuisine or break out of culinary routines. Gather a group of 8 to 12 Groupon-purchasing friends and you can schedule a private cooking class.
The sustainable Thai cooking classes at Thai Fresh have an edge on any cooking course looking to compete: their instructor is co-owner Jam Sanitchat, who developed her skill set over countless hours spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in Thailand. The fully stocked market not only hosts classes where students learn how to cook, but supplies them with the ingredients they need to make their own Thai meals. The deli area serves up inspiration with an extensive menu featuring classic Thai dishes and samples of dishes currently being taught in Sanitchat’s classes. Sanitchat brings an extra kick to her authentic recipes with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients such as free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and rice noodles shaped by local document shredders.
Thrice, the neighboring café, serves fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches made onsite daily. A schedule of singers and folk artists entertains diners as they sip coffee, wine, or give themselves suds mustaches with local beers on tap.