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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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    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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    4 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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    Steak Class

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    Steak! Eat some steak! The sacrifices one would make for a tender, juicy steak. If you're a steak aficionado, then you're dreams are about to come true. Discover the beauty of this cut. Class begins with the dissection of an entire loin, showing you where each different cut of steak originates. You'll also understand why some cuts are better than others. From there, time to master the grill. Is there anything better than perfect grill marks on a steak? You'll cook the cuts on both a charcoal and gas grill, firing up the best steak of your life. Become the meaty maestro!
    Steak Class

    1147 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette

    • Dissect the various cuts of steak: what each cut looks like, and the flavors packed inside of each
    • Learn how to cook the perfect steak on both a gas and charcoal grill
    • Cook up a couple perfect steaks
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    1 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    (24)
    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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    24 positive reviews
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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

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    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Meat 101 (Lincoln Square)

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    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 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of cooking a perfect piece of meat
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling and braising
    • Cook up delicious dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    24 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills

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    Cut that out! Using a knife shouldn't stress out each finger. In this basic skills cooking class, learn how to properly handle your knife like a professional. Beware, it's not a dagger! From there, you'll try your hand, without clipping it, and practice techniques like dicing, chopping, slicing, mincing, and julienne. As your knife techniques improve, sharpen and hone your skills by making fresh Pico De Gallo, mashed potatoes, and rosemary roasted chicken. With these newfound skills, you'll chop and dice, without the tears... well, maybe tears of joy.
    Knife Skills

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Practice handling, sharpening, and controlling your kitchen knife like a professional
    • Learn how to dice, chop, slice, mince, and julienne
    • Create dishes like pico de gallo, mashed potatoes, and roasted chicken
    • Learn how to purchase the perfect knife just for you
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    5 positive reviews
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    Basic Cake Decorating

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    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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    13 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    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 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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    4 positive reviews

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