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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

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    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time with fellow cooking enthusiasts 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 cooking up pan sauce and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such delectable 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.
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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, 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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    28 positive reviews
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    Bloody Mary Brunch

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    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.
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    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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    28 positive reviews
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    Quick Indian Meals

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    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.
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    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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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

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    Steak lovers, this is your lucky day. Bring the classic flavors of your favorite steakhouse into your own home as a professional chef guides you through the perfect D.I.Y. menu. Learn how to properly select your meat and produce to get the best flavor. Then grill, roast, and bake your way through recipes like grilled strip steaks with garlic herb butter, twice-baked potatoes, oven-roasted broccoli, and molten lava cake. You'll also prepare a classic caesar salad with homemade croutons. Work in groups to create each dish and gain new skills as you conquer the menu, step by step. Then, grab a fork and sit down for a true steakhouse feast . . . made by you!
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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Bring the flavors of the steakhouse into your own kitchen
    • Create classic dishes like grilled strip steaks with garlic herb butter and twice-baked potatoes
    • Practice techniques such as roasting vegetables, selecting the best meat, and determining doneness
    • Develop new culinary skills as you add new options to your dinner menu
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    11 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

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    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.
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    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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    11 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.
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    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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    11 positive reviews
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Merchandise Mart)

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    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.
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    Know Your Gnocchi (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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    11 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.
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    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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    12 positive reviews

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