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    Seafood 101 (Lincoln Square)

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    From the sea to your plate, learn the skills necessary to make seafood a safe and satisfying addition to your dinner menu. A professional chef will teach you the tricks of the trade as you prepare delicious dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise, Spanish braised cod with chorizo, and grilled shrimp with fregola, peas, and chili gremolata. As you cook alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills such as proper selection and handling of fish and shellfish, grilling and braising, blanching and sautéing green vegetables, and preparing warm emulsion sauces. When you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table for a satisfying sampling of your handiwork.
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    Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

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    From the sea to your plate, learn the skills necessary to make seafood a safe and satisfying addition to your dinner menu. A professional chef will teach you the tricks of the trade as you prepare delicious dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise, Spanish braised cod with chorizo, and grilled shrimp with fregola, peas, and chili gremolata. As you cook alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills such as proper selection and handling of fish and shellfish, grilling and braising, blanching and sautéing green vegetables, and preparing warm emulsion sauces. When you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table for a satisfying sampling of your handiwork.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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