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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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    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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    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.
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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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    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.
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