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    Vegetarian Cooking

    The old stereotype of a bland, tofu-heavy vegetarian diet is just so wrong. In this class, a plant based diet is no obstacle to hearty helpings and full flavors. Step up your veggie game and learn more about what the world of vegetarian cuisine has to offer. Get hands-on guidance as you work in groups of two to prepare dishes from a delectable menu planned by your expert instructor. When you’re done cooking, sit down with a relaxing glass of wine and enjoy your new creations.
    Vegetarian Cooking

    632 E Irving Park Rd, Roselle

    • Prepare a delicious Vegetarian menu in a hands-on cooking class
    • Receive expert instruction as you work in pairs to craft your healthy dishes
    • Learn new kitchen skills and delicious recipes you can use at home
    • Partake in a fun, collaborative atmosphere with the help of your talented chef
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    2 positive reviews
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    Bloody Mary Brunch

    The best part of any weekend is undoubtedly brunch. From the sweet and savory dishes to the Bloody Marys, it's the perfect way to kick back and enjoy an escape from the work week. Learn to bring the joy of brunch into your own home with this all-levels class featuring a full celebratory feast. With a professional chef ready to guide you, you'll learn to make classic favorites like Bloody Marys, fried chicken and waffles, spinach salad with apples and bacon, and bananas foster with vanilla bean ice cream. As you cook along with classmates, you'll practice important culinary techniques like selecting and frying chicken, dredging, preparing batter, using a waffle iron, flambéing and sautéing bananas. Once the food is prepared and the drinks are poured, take your seat at the table for a brunch feast sure to be remembered.
    Bloody Mary Brunch

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing a classic brunch menu
    • Master techniques such as preparing batter and using a waffle iron
    • Cook up delectable dishes like fried chicken and waffles
    • Gain the skills to bring the fun of brunch into your own home
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    1 positive reviews
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    Gluten Free Gourmet Recipes

    Anyone who’s ever told you that gluten-free food can't taste good definitely hasn’t taken this class. Come learn the secrets to great-tasting gluten-free dishes from a professional chef. You'll work alongside classmates to create delectable dishes such as herbed flatbread with roasted vegetables and goat cheese, fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw, and dark chocolate toffee brownies. As you prepare your food, you'll discover essential techniques for gluten-free cooking like working with grain and nut flours as well as preparing gluten-free dough, batter, and breading. Once you’ve finished creating your dishes, you'll sit down to a sampling of your freshly made gluten-free fare.
    Gluten Free Gourmet Recipes

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create delicious gluten-free recipes
    • Practice culinary skills such as preparing gluten-free dough and batter
    • Cook up delicious dishes like fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw
    • Discover how good a gluten-free meal can taste
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    1 positive reviews
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    Sweet and Savory Sauce Boot Camp

    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.
    Sweet and Savory Sauce Boot Camp

    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills

    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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    Wine and Dine Dinner (Merchandise Mart)

    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 Dinner (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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    2 positive reviews
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    Introductory Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    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.
    Introductory 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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    2 positive reviews
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    True Wisconsin Style Fish Frying

    Break out the frying pan and get ready to learn the culinary secrets of the Midwest. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will take you through the fine art of Wisconsin fish frying as you create a complete menu that will bring the whole family to the table. You'll work in small groups to create such mouthwatering dishes as beer cheddar soup with rye croutons, beer-battered walleye with lemony tartar sauce, malt vinegar roasted potatoes, and cabbage, celery, and apple slaw. For dessert, there's brownies a la mode. When you’re done cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor, fried up to perfection.
    True Wisconsin Style Fish Frying

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to frying up fish in true Wisconsin fashion
    • Practice techniques like selecting fish and determining doneness
    • Create mouthwatering recipes such as beer battered Walleye with lemony tartar sauce
    • Develop a new kitchen skill that highlights a Midwest favorite
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    1 positive reviews
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    Spicing Up Chicken Lesson

    Cooking chicken is easy. Making it delicious as well as edible? That takes a little practice. This cooking class is the perfect place to up your chicken game. You'll be working with a professional chef in an intimate cooking environment that’s as fun as it is educational. Over the course of the class, you'll learn three distinct preparations for turning boring old chicken breast into a savory dish that will alter your perceptions of deliciousness forever. When you’re done cooking, you'll sit down to enjoy your handmade meal with a little house wine, and in the company of some new food-loving friends. Best of all, these recipes are your first step towards making sure your next dinner party ends in a standing ovation. People should really clap for food more.
    Spicing Up Chicken Lesson

    11 N NW Hwy, Park Ridge

    • Learn to cook drool-worthy chicken just like a gourmet virtuoso during this social cooking class
    • Broaden your cooking repertoire with hands-on practice under a professional chef
    • Master three delicious recipes and learn to cut perfect chicken breasts
    • Enjoy a delicious meal and complimentary wine with your classmates after cooking
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    1 positive reviews
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    Gluten Free Cooking

    Gluten-free products are on the rise, which is good news for people with celiac disease. But it can still be difficult to stay creative when you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle. This culinary workshop will make that task a little bit easier. You'll be introduced to many gluten-free recipes that you can incorporate immediately into your diet, as well as ingredients with which you can restock your arsenal of creative options. You'll get hands-on experience in preparing various dishes. Plus, you'll get to eat the yummy products of your labor! If you have celiac disease, or want to learn to cook for someone who does, this the perfect class to showcase the options that are available to you. Everyone deserves the right to a delicious meal!
    Gluten Free Cooking

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover how to make gluten-free dishes that are every bit as delicious as gluten-laden ones
    • Learn about gluten-free substitutes that you can use to make your favorite foods
    • Master several recipes that you can make with ease
    • Enjoy seeing just how delicious the products of your labor are firsthand
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    5 positive reviews

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