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    Grilling Seafood

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    Does your seafood grill menu consist of burnt swordfish steak, charred shrimp and something that only a forensics team could identify as an grilled octopus? With Backyard BBQ Store's Seafood class you'll up your grill skills. An expert chef-instructor will show you step by step how to get smokier, richer flavor from your grilled seafood dishes. You'll learn about culinary techniques, ingredient choices, equipment selection and meal timing in this teaching class. Learn all of the critical steps while you sample the delicious seafood delicacies being grilled right in front of your eyes. Take home the knowledge to change your kitchen forever!
    Grilling Seafood

    1147 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette

    • You become the grillmaster as you learn the intricacies of grilling seafood
    • Uncover the secrets to give your seafood a smokier, richer flavor
    • Sample delicious seafood delicacies made by an expert chef
    • Take home the knowledge to revolutionize your kitchen
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    1 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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    26 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

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    Stop! Step away from the microwave and put down the packet. It's time to learn how to make Ramen for yourself. In this all-levels class, you'll learn how to use all-natural ingredients and Japanese flavors to create an irresistible recipe. Make your own noodles using a pasta roller and practice techniques to create perfectly poached vegetables and eggs. You'll also learn how to work with miso paste and what to look for when selecting beef. Then, reap the rewards of your hard work as you taste the incredible flavor of your homemade Ramen. Get ready for your microwave to be jealous.
    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create a stellar bowl of homemade Ramen
    • Wield the power of Umami to get the most out of your recipe
    • Practice making your own noodles with a pasta roller
    • Gain skills that will help you ditch the microwave and eat fresh
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    26 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    Stop! Step away from the microwave and put down the packet. It's time to learn how to make Ramen for yourself. In this all-levels class, you'll learn how to use all-natural ingredients and Japanese flavors to create an irresistible recipe. Make your own noodles using a pasta roller and practice techniques to create perfectly poached vegetables and eggs. You'll also learn how to work with miso paste and what to look for when selecting beef. Then, reap the rewards of your hard work as you taste the incredible flavor of your homemade Ramen. Get ready for your microwave to be jealous.
    Ramen Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create a stellar bowl of homemade Ramen
    • Wield the power of Umami to get the most out of your recipe
    • Practice making your own noodles with a pasta roller
    • Gain skills that will help you ditch the microwave and eat fresh
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    9 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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    26 positive reviews
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    Bloody Mary Brunch

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    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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    26 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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    26 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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    9 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    (9)
    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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    9 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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    9 positive reviews

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