Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a Thai cooking class at Thai Fresh (a $65 value).
Thai Fresh proprietors Jam Sanitchat and Bruce Barnes teach tenderfoot Thaiketeers how to concoct their own Southeast Asian suppers in small, hands-on group cooking lessons. With eclectic class options scattered throughout the schedule like so many dried red chilies, students in Jam’s well-stocked kitchen classroom can learn to craft a variety of meals such as creamy coconut soup with chicken and mushrooms or spicy-sweet grated-papaya salad. Groups of 8–12 fellow Grouponites may also schedule a private cooking class with a menu tailored to their preferences or the availability of fairy dust to sprinkle on enchanted curries.
Committed to ecological sustainability, Jam and Bruce stock Thai Fresh’s cupboards with local fare, including backyard-grown garden greens. After a class, customers can peruse the attached deli’s selection of homemade dishes, or raid the grocery for ingredients to fuel at-home culinary experimentations such as sculpting all-chili busts of Franklin Pierce.
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.