Little Bites' squad of culinary craftspeople prepares menus that cull aspects of fine, globetrotting cuisine when catering events or teaching captive audiences how to cook. At private cooking lessons for children or adults, kitchen counters populate with ingredients and supplies that the chef unpacks before chopping methods and flavor profiles are explained. The same delicate hands that weave ingredients into dishes during lessons create complementary courses for dinner parties, food seminars, and wine tastings when called upon for catering services. Grub arrives customized for each event, whether sculpted into fun shapes for a youngster's birthday party or accompanied by flowers and soothing tunes at a romantic dinner for two. In addition to adjusting menus around the dietary, kosher, or vegetarian restrictions of their customers, Little Bites' chefs dispense suggestions to elevate feasts, such as which wines and velvet-rope colors pair best with the evening's food.
The teachers at Wine and Canvas believe anyone can be artist. In fact, they draw out skills from people who have never even held a paintbrush before. To do this, they guide participants step-by-step through the process of replicating a painting during three-hour classes held at different restaurants and bars throughout the city.
To keep each class fresh, they regularly change up the selected masterpieces, which can be anything from the Eiffel Tower at night to an abstract rendering of trees. No matter what and where they teach, though, they always supply students with all the necessary accoutrements, including paints, canvases, aprons, and pronunciation guides for realistic French-accents. The one thing they don't supply is wine, allowing guests to choose for themselves what to drink at the venues' full bars.
These nights on the town are for adults only, but they do host kid-friendly cookie and canvas nights for children wanting to discover or flex their artistic chops.
Like many traffic or driving schools, Funny in Florida Traffic School helps teens, adults, and seniors get their driver's licenses and reduce their auto-insurance rates through driving courses. Unlike other schools, Funny in Florida relies on humor to not only entertain students, but also help them retain the information.
Funny in Florida's online courses mix humor in with illustrations, charts, and video clips, and periodic quizzes alert you to any areas you may want to spend more time on. Many satisfy the exacting requirements of court-mandated traffic courses, including an eight-hour course designed to make aggressive drivers engage in more responsible driving practices. And unlicensed drivers younger than 18 can take Funny in Florida's online driver's-permit test, instead of packing up a picnic lunch and waiting for hours to take the paper test at the DMV.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are an affordable and inspirational way of exploring art. We love to teach step-by-step hands on teaching for all ages.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
You bring your own mat and we will provide the art supplies.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We saw the need for affordable ways for all to learn how to draw, paint, and do pottery.
What do you love most about your job?
We love seeing the pride shown in our students work.
Berto Ortega can't even remember the first time he picked up a pencil or paintbrush. By age 8, he was already a portraitist's apprentice while his peers were still working in the medium of macaroni and glitter. When he got older, Ortega bolstered his natural talents with a formal education at the Swain School of Design and Philadelphia's Studio Incamminati. Today, he teaches oil-and-acrylic techniques to painters of all experience levels. Ortega's own portfolio features portraits and landscapes rendered in a variety of styles: impressionist-inspired lilies, shadowy charcoals, and realist portraits in glowing hues.
A five-time American Taekwondo Association World Champion, chief master Von Schmeling, began Victory Martial Arts to teach pupils confidence and leadership skills while imparting martial-arts techniques. Classes capped at 30 students, with at most 10 students per instructor, cover disciplines such as general martial arts, krav maga, and self-defense for thwarting assailants and heavily armed spiders. Budding martial artists hone their craft alongside loved ones in family sessions or practice maneuvers in age-specific sequences for kids, teens, or adults.