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    Essential Mixology

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    Knowledge is power and this class spreads the secret knowledge of some of the city's best bartenders. Whether you're looking to host a swanky cocktail party or trying to expand your drink repertoire beyond rum 'n coke, this interactive bartending course will teach you what you need to know. With A-List Startenders, you'll learn the basics of mixology, from essential cocktail recipes to the nuances of pairing fruit and herbs with unique spirits. Entertain your guests with a decadent Old Fashioned or a Mint Julep. Don't settle for a two liter and a half-gallon.
    Essential Mixology

    4401 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the essentials of cocktail creations
    • Expand your knowledge of liquors and discover the perfect pairings and proportions for each kind
    • Gain hands-on experience in concocting favorite drinks
    • Enjoy tasting all of your delicious creations
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    9 positive reviews
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    Pizza Making

    (5)
    Love eating pizza? Now you can have it whenever you want! Join this two-hour hands-on workshop and learn how to make authentic pizzas like the Chicago Deep Dish. Class begins with an introduction to pizza making, and from there you will begin crafting an authentic Italian thin crust dough, and San Marzano tomato-basic-garlic sauce. You'll also practice stretching pizza dough. Next, it's time to learn the nuances behind the famous Chicago Deep Dish, using only the best toppings. Better come with your appetite because this pizza-filled adventure is guaranteed to satisfy all your pizza cravings!
    Pizza Making

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to make authentic Italian pizza dough and sauce
    • Master the art of pizza stretching
    • Create an authentic pizza of your own and discuss the techniques behind the Chicago Deep Dish
    • Taste test your delicious creation
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    5 positive reviews
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    Cake Baking 101

    (13)
    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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    13 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

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    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you'd be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    4 positive reviews
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    Candy Bars from Scratch

    (13)
    You LOVE halloween. The costumes, the stupid parties, and the candy -- can't stress the candy thing enough. You don't have to wear a funny outfit and paint your face to enjoy your favorite candy bar -- learn how to make them in the comfort of your own home! Your experienced instructor will walk you through the step-by-step process of making: Peanut Butter Cups, "Chit-Chat" Bars, Twixters and Snicker-Snackers. Is there anything bigger than king-sized? Emperor-sized Snickers you say -- we can get behind that!
    Candy Bars from Scratch

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and learn how to make your favorite candy bars
    • Make Peanut Butter Cups, "Chit-Chat" Bars, Twixters, Snicker-Snackers
    • Learn the secrets that make these sinful snacks so delicious
    • Improve your repertoire of recipes with these crowd pleasers
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    13 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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    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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    Tapas Party (Merchandise Mart)

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    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.
    Tapas 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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    4 positive reviews
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    Desserts: Vive La France!

    (13)
    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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    13 positive reviews
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    Hog Butchery Class

    Get a little dirty in this hands-on display of classic butchery. With Butcher and the Burger, watch a professional Chef skillfully and masterfully butcher a classic and rare hog. You'll witness this unique experience and participate in the process. Afterwards, dinner's on the house! These hogs are a true treat to eat, being that they are locally-raised and exquisitely rare. Bring a drink or two and enjoy a glass of wine during this fine carnivorous evening. At the end of class, take home your own cuts of the hog and roast them as you learned during class.
    Hog Butchery Class

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn unique techniques about butchering from a professional chef
    • Partake and participate in the butchering of a locally-raised hog
    • Bring a few drinks and enjoy them with a specially prepared dinner
    • Take home your cuts of the hog to roast at home
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