What You'll Get
Psychiatric studies show that cooking a gourmet meal from scratch is 17% sexier than playing I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) on hammered dulcimer. Sauté your way into someone's heart with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one cooking class from The Practical Chef (up to a $90 value). Classes are held at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on East 3rd Street.
The Practical Chef schools fledgling foodies in an approachable environment with the added benefit of certified executive chef Craig Nassar's years of gourmet know-how. Hands-on classes ($65¬–$90) include all necessary ingredients and equipment—saving you the trouble of transporting your industrial-grade meat tenderizer by city bus—and offer a delightful repertoire of beginner and intermediate techniques open to all experience levels. Basic Cooking Techniques gets newbies up to speed on the nitty-gritty of browning meats, whipping up sauces, cooking grains, roasting root vegetables, and cooking leafy greens, while the katana-sharp Knife Skills class trains slicing sempais to mince, dice, and julienne with dignity and honor. Upcoming tutorials include pasta workshops, where students learn to fashion a variety of fresh noodles and seasonal sauces from scratch—an ethereal substance made from leprechaun hair, comet dust, and the residue of one’s first kiss. The Enticing Tapas class, meanwhile, covers an array of small plates provocative enough to inspire even the most bashful schoolmarm to flamenco her way across the gas range. At the end of each class, ravenous students get to feed on their freshly prepared meal before toting the recipes home for later replication.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Craig has delighted the palates of public figures such as Jackie Onassis, Margaret Thatcher, Muhammad Ali, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Grab a Groupon to The Practical Chef for yourself and a friend to make afternoons of playing restaurant that much more realistic.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 25, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.