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    Pizza Making

    Looking to round out your cooking skills? Learn to make brick oven pizzas during this gourmet cooking class! You’ll be working under the guidance of a professional chef, using a real wood burning brick oven. Master the secrets to making the perfect pizza crust, and select and prepare your own fresh toppings. This class takes place in an intimate and social kitchen place, making it the perfect place to learn and meet a some new pizza-loving friends. After you’re done creating your culinary masterpiece, it’s time to munch down, enjoying some complimentary wine along with your meal. Any way you slice it, this is gonna be a tasty experience!
    Pizza Making

    11 N NW Hwy, Park Ridge

    • Learn to prepare and cook brick oven pizzas just like in a gourmet Italian restaurant
    • Master the art of making mouthwatering crust and top it off with ingredients of your choice
    • 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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    Macaron Pastry Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the delicate art of creating the macaron. You’ll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You’ll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Pastry Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the appetizing art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache
    • Discover the skills to turn your kitchen into your new favorite pastry shop
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    Gnocchi Secrets of Italy's Little Dumpling (Merchandise Mart)

    These tasty little dumplings of Italian descent are ready to make an appearance at your dinner table. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the secrets to creating such delicious dishes as potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu, spinach gnocchi with roasted garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs, and cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese. As you work alongside classmates, you’ll practice essential skills like selecting potatoes, shaping and cooking gnocchi, selecting sausage, and working with leeks. When your dishes are ready, you’ll grab a fork and reap the rewards of a job well done.
    Gnocchi Secrets of Italy's Little Dumpling (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing homemade gnocchi
    • Prepare tasty recipes like cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese
    • Practice shaping and cooking gnocchi with the help of a professional chef
    • Discover the secrets to cooking up an Italian favorite
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    Authentic Spanish Tapas Cooking Party (Merchandise Mart)

    Who doesn’t love tapas? Those small, savory bites of authentic Spanish cuisine have a way of making mouths water and friends come together. Learn how to create the same tasty experience in your own home as your professional instructor uncovers the secrets to stellar Spanish cooking. In this class, you’ll discover how to select the best ingredients and prepare them with proper techniques. From creating your own bean filling to perfectly roasting peppers and preparing empanada dough, you’ll create a strong foundation of skills on which to build your culinary prowess. Break off into small groups to create recipes such as bacon-wrapped chorizo stuffed dates, black bean and cilantro empanadas, and baked goat cheese in tomato sauce. Then celebrate your success by feasting on your handiwork with fellow classmates.
    Authentic Spanish Tapas Cooking Party (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create your own tapas by hand
    • Cook up recipes like black bean and cilantro empanadas and shrimp and mussel paella
    • Discover how to select and prepare the freshest ingredients
    • Gain Spanish cooking skills and add a new style to your home menu
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    Introductory Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

    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.
    Introductory 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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    Desserts: Vive La France!

    Are you a Francophile? You could go to France or, you could enroll in this class and let Give Me Some Sugar bring France to you! In this hands-on class you’ll make several classic French desserts that are found in all the patisseries around The City of Love. You’ll have a chance to taste your creations on the spot or wait until after you tote them home! You will learn to make palmiers, tart au citron, madelines and eclairs. Paris is a lovely city, but plane tickets are super expensive -- might as well stay in Chicago and let France come to you!
    Desserts: Vive La France!

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and learn to make classic French pastries
    • Practice making palmiers, tart au citron, madelines and eclairs
    • Get as close to France as you can without buying a plane ticket
    • Elevate your culinary repertoire with these classic pastries
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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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    Preparing Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    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.
    Preparing Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 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 grilled shrimp with fregola, peas and chili gremolata
    • Gain new culinary skills to elevate your daily dishes
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    Cake Baking 101

    Let them eat cake! Let them all eat cake! Once this workshop is complete, you’ll be able serve delicious, yummy cake whenever you want! Master the delicious art of cake baking in a professional culinary studio. Learn to correctly measure dry and wet ingredients, and combine them into a perfect batter. You’ll also get tips on baking temperature and learn to make an Italian Meringue Buttercream frosting to compliment your cake! On the menu are several mini-cakes that are yours to keep. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, pound cake, and carrot cake. And then there’s the eating part. We love the eating part.
    Cake Baking 101

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to bake cake during a professional culinary class
    • Pick up tips for measuring, mixing, and baking
    • Master a delicious buttercream frosting to compliment your creations
    • Finish class with several mini-cakes that are yours to keep
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    Surf & Turf

    Indulge your carnivorous side in this surf & turf butchering workshop and dinner. You’ll learn the butchers secrets to achieving the ideal cuts of fish and beef, in addition to learning about the sausage making process. Find out how to make the perfect salmon fillet and beef tenderloin, staples of any meat-eaters diet. In addition to butchering, you’ll be getting insights into cooking these mouth-watering meats to perfection, and when all is said and done, you’ll get to enjoy the fruits (or rather meats) of your labor. While you’ll be learning a lot, the atmosphere is festive and you’re encouraged to bring along your own adult beverages to enjoy!
    Surf & Turf

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn butchering methods for creating perfect fish fillets and beef cuts
    • Enjoy a flavorsome meal of all your favorite meats
    • Enhance the experience by bringing along your own adult beverages
    • Satiate your stomach and mind during this unique culinary experience
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