Cooking Basics

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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

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    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time as you learn to whip up a delicious menu from a professional instructor. In this all-levels class, you'll practice techniques ranging from proper selection of produce and meat to stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering dishes as sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction, spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied pecans, smashed potatoes, and chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow filling. Sip as you learn with 2 complimentary glasses of beer or wine for each student.
    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    4 positive reviews
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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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    24 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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    24 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills

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    Cut that out! Using a knife shouldn't stress out each finger. In this basic skills cooking class, learn how to properly handle your knife like a professional. Beware, it's not a dagger! From there, you'll try your hand, without clipping it, and practice techniques like dicing, chopping, slicing, mincing, and julienne. As your knife techniques improve, sharpen and hone your skills by making fresh Pico De Gallo, mashed potatoes, and rosemary roasted chicken. With these newfound skills, you'll chop and dice, without the tears... well, maybe tears of joy.
    Knife Skills

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Practice handling, sharpening, and controlling your kitchen knife like a professional
    • Learn how to dice, chop, slice, mince, and julienne
    • Create dishes like pico de gallo, mashed potatoes, and roasted chicken
    • Learn how to purchase the perfect knife just for you
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    5 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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    24 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

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    Get down to basics with an introductory knife skills class that will have you slicing up a storm 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 dicing, chopping, 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 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 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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    4 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

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    Take your knife skills to the next level with this advanced group class that combines both cutting and cooking to get the most out of your culinary exploration. With your professional instructor leading the way, you'll learn the proper techniques to cut challenging foods like potatoes, mangoes, pineapples, squash, leeks, oranges, and avocados. Enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) as you transform your handiwork into delicious recipes including pineapple, mango, and tomato salsa with tortilla chips and Fregola pasta with caramelized butternut squash, apples, and walnuts. You'll also learn the art of selecting produce and how to properly balance flavors in your cooking.
    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cut more challenging produce and feast on the fruits of your labor
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Work in groups to cook up a delicious meal
    • Develop new skills as you challenge yourself in the kitchen
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    24 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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    4 positive reviews
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    20 Minute Meals

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    Just because you live your life in the fastlane doesn't mean you have to only fuel up on a diet of cold pop tarts of and microwave meals. This Italian cooking class will teach you to make delicious cuisine that can be prepared in just 20 minutes. Under the guidance of a professional chef, you'll make an appetizer, main, and side dish, working in a bright and social kitchen environment that is perfect for learning. After advancing your cooking skill set, you'll settle down to enjoy the products of your labor, accompanied by complimentary wine and good company. Prego!
    20 Minute Meals

    11 N NW Hwy, Park Ridge

    • Learn to make gourmet 20-minute dishes in a fun and social learning environment
    • Broaden your cooking repertoire with hands-on practice under a professional chef
    • Enjoy a delicious meal and complimentary wine with your classmates after cooking
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    2 positive reviews
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    Seafood 101 (Lincoln Square)

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    From the sea to your plate, learn the skills necessary to make seafood a safe and satisfying addition to your dinner menu. A professional chef will teach you the tricks of the trade as you prepare delicious dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise, Spanish braised cod with chorizo, and grilled shrimp with fregola, peas, and chili gremolata. As you cook alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills such as proper selection and handling of fish and shellfish, grilling and braising, blanching and sautéing green vegetables, and preparing warm emulsion sauces. When you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table for a satisfying sampling of your handiwork.
    Seafood 101 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood from a professional chef
    • Master techniques such as grilling and braising fish
    • Cook up delectable dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise
    • Gain new culinary skills as you learn exciting new ways to prepare classic fish dishes
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    24 positive reviews

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