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    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    (9)
    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you've completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art to cooking a perfect cut of meat
    • Prepare delicious dishes like grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling, and braising
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    9 positive reviews
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    Sauce Boot Camp

    (25)
    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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    25 positive reviews
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    Quick Indian Meals

    (8)
    Often, there isn't time to make a full meal after an exhausting day. Who has time to sculpt something from scratch? During this Indian cooking class, build upon your foundation of spices and techniques. You'll learn healthy, quick, and wholesome recipes for everyday living, creating dishes like aloo puri (whole wheat bread with tandoori potatoes), pav bhaji (spiced mixed vegetables on open bun), and raita (spiced yogurt). Uncover the secrets of Indian quick eats and stop resorting to those frozen dinners.
    Quick Indian Meals

    6730 S Euclid Ave, Chicago

    • Build upon your repertoire of spices and culinary techniques
    • Learn healthy, quick Indian recipes for everyday living
    • Cook up dishes such as aloo puri, pav bhaji, and raita
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    (25)
    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 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, 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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    25 positive reviews
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    South Indian Cooking

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    Flavor bursts with each bite. It's tangy from the tamarind and hot from the chiles. South Indian cuisine may leave your eyes teary, but will leave your taste buds wanting another mouthful. Embark on a journey to the rich cuisine of South India. Learn to make coconut chutney (coriander and coconut relish) and dosa (flaky crepes) and warm the spirit with rasam soup (fiery tomato lentil with ginger). Experience authentic Indian flavors from your own kitchen instead of your usual takeout place. Afterwards, you will be able to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you just prepared.
    South Indian Cooking

    6730 S Euclid Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a flavorful journey, through cooking, to South India
    • Create nine South Indian dishes, including coconut chutney, dosa, and rasam soup
    • Explore authentic Indian flavors and make balanced, flavorful dishes
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    (25)
    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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    25 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    (9)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    9 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (9)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    9 positive reviews
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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    (25)
    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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    25 positive reviews
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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    (9)
    Be prepared for your inner Homer Simpson to do a happy dance as you discover the art of making delicious donuts by hand. In this all-levels class, you'll prepare both cake-style and raised-style doughs as your foundation. Next, follow along as a professional chef guides you through techniques such as frying, glazing, dipping and filling. Create such mouthwatering varieties as maple and bacon-glazed long johns, mini pumpkin donut holes with cinnamon sugar, chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes, and Bavarian donuts (custard-filled yeast-raised dough with chocolate glaze). When you're done creating your tasty treats, you'll sit down for lunch with your classmates and celebrate a job well done. Afterwards, head home with a box of your crave-worthy creations.
    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create delicious donuts by hand
    • Discover the art to making both cake-style and raised-style doughs
    • Prepare tasty varieties such as chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes
    • Master the skills to properly satisfy your cravings
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    9 positive reviews

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