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    Essential Mixology

    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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    8 positive reviews
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    Basic Cake Decorating

    After this class, decorating cakes will be a piece of …. Well, cake! Grab a premade chocolate cake and turn it into a work of edible art! You’ll learn to level, cut, and fill like a professional during this hands-on class. Color buttercream with gel color, master the art of crumb coating, find out how to fill a piping bag, learn to use a coupler, and master piping techniques such as rosettes, shell bordering, dots, and handwriting! The icing on the cake? You get to take your project home with you!
    Basic Cake Decorating

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Master the art of cake decoration during a hands-on workshop
    • Level a premade cake, fill it, and crumb coat it
    • Learn to fill a piper and use it to create rosettes, shell borders, and handwriting
    • Take your cake home with you to share and enjoy
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    Sushi Master Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    Tuck away that take-out menu and learn to make your favorite sushi rolls in your own kitchen. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the art of the roll, and practice techniques such as selecting and handling sushi-grade fish, preparing and seasoning sushi rice, using a bamboo rolling mat, and deep frying. Your menu will include spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, and salmon and eel nigiri. You’ll also have the option to purchase all the essential tools and ingredients for sushi-making at home at a discounted price. Contact the vendor if you’re interested in pre-purchasing these items to receive them the day of your class.
    Sushi Master Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of the sushi roll from the expertise of a professional chef
    • Create spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, and shrimp tempura rolls
    • Learn sushi-making techniques such as fish selection, rice seasoning, and deep frying
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    1 positive reviews
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    Steaks & Chops

    Think you’ve got the chops to make great chops? Learn to prepare beef cuts like a pro during this all-meats workshop. You’ll receive instruction in preparing a variety of steak and chop dishes from a culinary artist in a vibrant learning kitchen, alongside other students that share your passion for meats. Learn how to choose the best cuts of beef, as well as techniques best suited to turn those cuts into perfectly cooked, mouth-watering entrees. After this class is done, you’ll be heading straight to the butcher’s shop to put your new meat skills to work. Steak your claim as a meat virtuoso!
    Steaks & Chops

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover the techniques to produce perfectly cooked steaks and chops
    • Get hands-on experience cooking a variety of different cuts
    • Enjoy eating the delicious products of your labor
    • Complement your culinary skills by picking up some new moves
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    5 positive reviews
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    Learn to Make Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    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. In this all-levels workshop, you’ll learn how to create fresh 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!
    Learn to Make Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create fresh, handmade pasta in all shapes and sizes
    • Cook up seasonal sauces to accompany your creations
    • Craft dishes like herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce
    • Add a new skill to your culinary repertoire
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    1 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Macarons & Mimosas Making

    If you love alliterations, macarons and champagne, you’re going to love Give Me Some Sugar’s Macarons and Mimosas Class! You’ll grab a complimentary mimosa and learn how to create your own macarons. Your instructor will teach you how to make, pipe and bake the macaron shells and how to create three different fillings. From there, you will learn how to properly assemble the macarons and discuss other ways to use your newfound skills. My, my, my. The macarons were marvelously made but you were mostly there for the mimosas -- and the alliteration of course!
    Macarons & Mimosas Making

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and learn how to make macarons
    • Make everything from scratch so you can recreate these treats at home
    • Learn the basic techniques to make macarons and three different fillings to put inside of them
    • Enjoy a complimentary mimosa as you bake
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    Bake Your Own Bread

    Bread. It’s been famously referred to as the staff of life, but all you know about it is its location in relation to the frozen-food section in the supermarket. Take a more hands on approach to your bread and join Chef Ben to learn how to bake your own bread! It’s a great hobby and a great way to treat your loved ones to homemade goodness. Learn all of Ben's tips and techniques to make food out of yeast and flour! You’ll be learning how to make spiced pumpkin bread, braided challah, cinnamon brioche, sage and a garlic baguette. By the end of the class you’ll be able to make more baguettes then a frenchman on a bicycle can carry (safely). And the next time life asks you for a staff -- you’ll have a spare
    Bake Your Own Bread

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and learn the art of baking bread
    • Learn how to bake your own bread
    • Practice baking spiced pumpkin bread; braided challah; cinnamon brioche; sage and a garlic baguette
    • Take home several different types of delicious bread and a new hobby
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    Pizza Making

    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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    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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    1 positive reviews

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