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    Braising and Making Soups

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    Are you a soup addict? It's okay to admit it. Do you ever have a hankering for sweet gazpacho in the middle of July, and potato leek soup in December? If you're a soup or comfort food lover, then you better know the techniques behind this craft. During this cooking class, learn the fundamental skills behind making roasted chicken tortilla soup, shrimp bisque, and succulent braised beef short rib. Tasting your way through the soup-making process, you'll salt, pepper, thicken, and thin your way to perfect soups and braised goodies, perfectly quenching your tastebuds.
    Braising and Making Soups

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Explore the cooking techniques behind delicious soups and braised foods
    • Learn to make Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup, Shrimp Bisque, and succulent Braised Beef Short Rib
    • Taste your way through soup and braised meat
    • No experience necessary
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    Sauce Boot Camp

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    What is the key difference between a bland sauce and mind-blowing one? The chef who created it. Learn to master the art of sauce in this all-levels class focused on bringing out the best of your culinary skills. A professional chef will take you through the process step by step as you practice techniques such as preparing reductions and emulsions, balancing flavors, sauteing pork, and using roux. You'll work in small groups to create various sauces such as bordelaise, béchamel, veloute, hollandaise, mushroom cognac pan sauce, apple cider gastrique, and truffle cream sauce. An assortment of meats, vegetables, and starches will complement your sauces. As you cook, you'll learn all about the mother sauces and practice important skills like making stock, preparing reductions and emulsions, deglazing, and balancing flavors.
    Sauce Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces in this comprehensive class
    • Prepare multiple types of sauces including bordelaise, béchamel, and veloute
    • Practice valuable skills such as making a pan sauce and preparing emulsions
    • Develop new techniques as you meet fellow culinary enthusiasts
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    29 positive reviews
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    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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    What is the key difference between a bland sauce and mind-blowing one? The chef who created it. Learn to master the art of sauce in this all-levels class focused on bringing out the best of your culinary skills. A professional chef will take you through the process step by step as you practice techniques such as preparing reductions and emulsions, balancing flavors, sauteing pork, and using roux. You'll work in small groups to create various sauces such as bordelaise, béchamel, veloute, hollandaise, mushroom cognac pan sauce, apple cider gastrique, and truffle cream sauce. An assortment of meats, vegetables, and starches will complement your sauces. As you cook, you'll learn all about the mother sauces and practice important skills like making stock, preparing reductions and emulsions, deglazing, and balancing flavors.
    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces in this comprehensive class
    • Prepare multiple types of sauces including bordelaise, béchamel, and veloute
    • Practice valuable skills such as making a pan sauce and preparing emulsions
    • Develop new techniques as you meet fellow culinary enthusiasts
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    11 positive reviews
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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

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    No matter where you travel in the world, you're bound to find the most authentic cuisine of a region's culture reflected in the offerings of local street vendors. From the fresh ingredients to the cooking techniques that have been passed down over centuries, their food keeps us coming back for more. Learn the secrets of street food in this unique class where you'll discover how to select the right ingredients and serve up incredible recipes. Create dishes such as lumpia (crispy pork-filled egg rolls), beer-battered fish tacos with chipotle mayo, and beef kofta kebabs (grilled ground beef skewers) with dill yogurt sauce. With so many unique flavors and textures, you'll develop a whole new approach to your weekly dinner menu.
    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to creating some of the tastiest street food
    • Try delicious recipes like cuban sandwiches and beer-battered fish tacos
    • Discover how to select and prepare the best ingredients
    • Develop a new skill sure to please your tastebuds
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    29 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

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    Get down to basics with an introduction to knife skills that will have you cutting through that cabbage like a pro in no time. Learn how to properly select the right tool for the job as you review the uses for different types of knives. Practice slicing, dicing, and mincing as you use vegetables and herbs to help you develop the proper techniques. You'll also learn how to select and care for your knives, ensuring your safety as well as a better kitchen experience. Whether you're new to the art of cooking or simply want to brush up your skills, this class is perfect for all those looking to harness the power of the blade.
    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    29 positive reviews
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    Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    Put down that box of store-bought pasta and don't you dare reach for that jar of preservative-packed sauce. It's time to get back to basics, my friend. In this all-levels workshop, you'll learn how to create your own pasta from scratch and pair it with delicious homemade sauce. Master the art of the pasta roller, assemble manicotti, and discover the key seasonings to making a savory sauce. As you break off into small groups, you'll create such delectable recipes as herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce, ricotta and spinach-filled manicotti with tomato sauce, and pappardelle alla bolognese. Then grab a fork and dig in as you experience the exquisite fruits of your labor. Mangia!
    Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create various styles of fresh, handmade pasta
    • Cook up seasonal sauces to accompany your creations
    • Craft dishes like ricotta and spinach-filled manicotti with tomato sauce
    • Add a new skill to your culinary repertoire
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    11 positive reviews
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    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

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    Put down that box of store-bought pasta and don't you dare reach for that jar of preservative-packed sauce. It's time to get back to basics. In this all-levels workshop, you'll learn how to create fresh pasta from scratch and pair it with delicious homemade sauce. Master the art of the pasta roller, assemble manicotti, and discover the key seasonings to making a savory sauce. As you break off into small groups, you'll create such delectable recipes as herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce, ricotta and spinach-filled manicotti with tomato sauce, and pappardelle alla bolognese. Then grab a fork and dig in as you experience the exquisite fruits of your labor. Mangia!
    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create fresh, handmade pasta in all shapes and sizes
    • Cook up seasonal sauces to accompany your creations
    • Craft dishes like herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce
    • Add a new skill to your culinary repertoire
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    29 positive reviews
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

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    Bring the tastes of the Hawaiian islands into your home with this all-levels class that's sure to take your senses on an exotic vacation. Cook up delicious dishes like mango and shrimp spring rolls, macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish, coconut rice, and passion fruit chiffon pie. As you work in small groups to create these delectable recipes, you'll also practice important skills such as selecting and cutting mangoes and pineapple, working with rice paper wrappers, selecting and sautéing fish, making nut crusts, and steaming rice. When you're finished cooking, you'll enjoy a Hawaiian feast with your classmates. Aloha! Note: All necessary equipment is provided. Teens 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult to participate.
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create the Hawaiian islands cuisine in your own kitchen
    • Make delicious dishes like macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish
    • Practice kitchen skills such as whipping egg whites and sautéing fish
    • Add exotic new flavors to your recipe book
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    29 positive reviews
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    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

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    If you love to spice things up in the kitchen, this class is for you. Come learn the best ways to utilize hot and spicy ingredients in your recipes with the help of a professional instructor. You'll discover how to select the freshest ingredients, work spices into your food, and create sour-cream based sauces to pair with your spicy creations. Break off into small groups and prepare such mouth-watering dishes as spicy spinach and artichoke dip ,andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
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    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes with the guidance of a professional instructor
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled spicy spinach and artichoke dip and jerk chicken wings
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    11 positive reviews
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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

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    If you love to spice things up in the kitchen, this class is for you. Come learn the best ways to utilize hot and spicy ingredients in your recipes with the help of a professional instructor. You'll discover how to select the freshest ingredients, work spices into your food, and create sour-cream based sauces to pair with your spicy creations. Break off into small groups and prepare such mouth-watering dishes as spicy spinach and artichoke dip, jerk chicken wings, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes that sing to your taste buds
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    29 positive reviews

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