Give a guy a fish, and he'll eat for a day; teach a guy to make perfect sushi rolls and he'll be the culinary king of the cul-de-sac. Find out why your soufflé always falls or learn the dark art of broasting with today's Groupon to The Stocked Pot and Company in Winston-Salem. Choose from the following option:
• For $24, you get one cooking class (up to a $49 value).
• For $350, you get a four-week introductory cooking course (a $699 value).
• For $1,000, you get a culinary team-building event for up to 15 people (a $2,000 value).
The Stocked Pot and Company’s calendar of chef-taught single-day classes caters to all experience levels and epicurean desires, tutoring students in kitchen skills such as pastry baking, appetizer making, and not catching on fire. The wok cooking class imparts the essence of stir-fried foods, and the sushi-making class ends with a feast of student-made nigiri and rolls.
Meanwhile, aspiring chefs can study the underpinnings of meal preparation with chef Donald McMillan’s program of four-week courses, which leave graduates ready to work at a restaurant or as dancing, singing cutlery in an enchanted mansion. Each of the four introductory courses meets once a week in a professionally equipped kitchen, where students receive up to four hours of instruction in knife techniques, baking, and entree preparation. In addition to a certificate signed by each executive chef instructor, graduates gain the courage to face Thanksgiving turkeys, dinners with in-laws, and foolhardy tamale-making face-offs. Additionally, each Groupon customer is entitled to a Henckels or Santoku chef’s knife for any future slicing and dicing. The current semester has already begun, but another one starts November 1, 2011.
Set in a lavishly stocked kitchen, The Stocked Pot’s culinary team-building events are designed to foster good communication skills and build morale. Participants can challenge shy coworkers or rival abstract expressionists to create original recipes with a special ingredient, Iron Chef–style. Professional chefs help competing team members prepare complete meals, which the group judges before consuming.
The Stocked Pot and Company
While not managing multiple restaurants, The Stocked Pot and Company Executive Chef Don McMillan has cultivated local TV stardom by hosting a cooking show on NBC from 1986 to 2002. He later appeared on channels as diverse as Hallmark and Sundance, and Turner South and Fox Sports South, with celebrities including Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. His son, President, owner, and on-staff wine expert, Andrew, has acquired culinary knowledge from his travels to five continents and more than 28 countries, which steeped him in local traditions, authentic ingredients, and large cauldrons of curry. The Stocked Pot's chef-taught classes cater to all ages, experience levels, and epicurean desires. Aspiring chefs can learn to roll and construct creative sushi, properly wield a knife, or cook poultry. Printed recipes, which can be taken home, help students follow along and finally learn how to spell hors d'oeuvres. A retail store stocks tools to further aid in personal kitchens.
381 Jonestown Rd.
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27104