Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation celebrations give you many gift-giving opportunities from May through June, and if your recipient wants a cooking class, you have several options to choose from. The downside to cooking classes is that they can sometimes be expensive, especially if you plan on purchasing classes for more than one person or multiple classes for a single person. Regardless of what type of class you are interested in gifting, you can find a way to save money on it.
Don’t discount the deals found on Groupon. Not only are smaller retailers featured on this site, but larger, more established companies also have reduced prices on Groupon. Some of the restaurants will offer either gift certificates or deals on cooking classes. Some recent cooking class deals for the Houston area on Groupon.com include 51% off ice cream making classes at The Tipsy Dessert Bar, 60% off chocolate and wine pairing classes at Water 2 Wine and Houston Winery and 50% off sushi classes at Sushi Club of Houston. To find more deals like these, search for cooking classes on the Groupon website.
Similar to Groupon, Living Social has discounts for area attractions and goods. Check the website regularly for the latest cooking class deals. Typically, this website has fewer deals than Groupon, but often there are different discounts here than those found elsewhere online. Depending on the type of cooking class you want, Living Social might be your best bet to get discounted rates and save money.
Culinary Institute Le Notre
If you would like an upscale cooking class with local celebrity chefs while saving money, the Culinary Institute Le Notre has discounts for purchasing multiple classes in its Saturday Leisure series. During the week, the Culinary Institute Le Notre trains students to become chefs in the Houston area and elsewhere, but on Saturdays, the public is invited to sign up for cooking classes at the training facility. With both pastry and wine classes to choose from, you will certainly find a class that is the perfect gift. Typically, when you purchase a single class, it will cost $70, but that rate per class drops the more classes you purchase. For instance, if you buy two classes, they will each only cost $60, and if you opt for six classes, you will only pay $50 per class. This is a great option if you want to get someone a gift of multiple classes to further their personal culinary education.
Great Deals for You
If you are looking to enhance your own personal culinary education, consider the many technique classes and demonstrations that are available around town. One of the best deals are the free hour-long technique classes at Williams Sonoma stores. These classes show you great methods you can use in the kitchen. Not only do you get to learn something new, but you can also sample some of the foods prepared in the class, and you get a 10% discount on anything you purchase the day of the class from the Williams Sonoma store. Houston has four Williams Sonoma stores in the area: The Woodlands, Sugar Lan, City Centre and Highland Village. Sur La Table offers a free online cooking class that covers most of the mistakes people make in the kitchen and how to fix them. And don’t discount the cooking demonstrations that occur regularly in larger Houston-area HEB stores and at Central Market. These are chances for you to pick up free tips and recipes to use in your own kitchen, and while you won’t be able to give away the experience, it can help you to be a better home cook.
Houstonians love food, which is why there are so many choices for budget-priced cooking events around town. Save money for gifts by attending free cooking demonstrations or classes on your own. Deals on Houston cooking classes can also save you money if you would like to give a cooking experience to any of the moms, dads or grads on your gift list this spring and summer.