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    Surf & Turf

    Indulge your carnivorous side in this surf & turf butchering workshop and dinner. You'll learn the butchers secrets to achieving the ideal cuts of fish and beef, in addition to learning about the sausage making process. Find out how to make the perfect salmon fillet and beef tenderloin, staples of any meat-eaters diet. In addition to butchering, you'll be getting insights into cooking these mouth-watering meats to perfection, and when all is said and done, you'll get to enjoy the fruits (or rather meats) of your labor. While you'll be learning a lot, the atmosphere is festive and you're encouraged to bring along your own adult beverages to enjoy!
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    Surf & Turf

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn butchering methods for creating perfect fish fillets and beef cuts
    • Enjoy a flavorsome meal of all your favorite meats
    • Enhance the experience by bringing along your own adult beverages
    • Satiate your stomach and mind during this unique culinary experience
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

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    How often do you resort to takeout because there's not enough time to cook dinner? Well, in the time it takes to order and then have it delivered, you might realize you are much better off cooking instead. In this cooking class, you'll make a delicious Latin meal in only fifteen minutes or less. Now, this isn't your typical Chipotle burrito kind of dinner -- this is the real deal. These dishes include steak with ranchero sauce, tortas, chicken mole and rice, and even roasted pork with pico. In fifteen minutes, you'll capture the essence of Latin flavors, and they'll be in your mouth before delivery ever arrives. A sample menu includes:
    • Bistec Ranchero (Steak & Ranchero Sauce)
    • Mini Tortas with Pork Milanesa and Cilantro-Lime Cream
    • Chicken Mole and Rice
    • Cochinita Pibil (Roasted Country Style Pork and Plantain Pico De Gallo)
    Note: This class is BYOB.
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to cook a collection of quick, easy, and authentic Latin meals
    • Dissect and taste the Latin flavors in each dish
    • Prepare a full-blown Latin dinner in fifteen minutes or less
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    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

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    Who says vegans can't mangia? In this one-of-a-kind Italian cooking class, you'll discover how to bring the rich flavors of Italy into your vegetarian feasts. With a professional chef ready to guide you along the way, you'll learn about the region's cuisine and discover the secrets to preparing dishes like a pro. Working in groups, you'll cook up satisfying recipes like arugula and pine nut salad with lemon vinaigrette, porcini mushroom and herb risotto, eggplant parmesan, and fresh ricotta and chocolate filled cannoli. Practice important techniques such as making vinaigrettes, sauteing eggplant, and balancing flavors. When your creations are complete, you'll sit down and savor the fruits of your labor in true Italian fashion.
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    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cook up a variety of vegan dishes in the Italian style
    • Cook up tasty recipes like porcini mushroom and herb risotto
    • Practice techniques such as selecting and sautéing eggplant
    • Gain a new appreciation for Italian flavors
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    29 positive reviews
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    Vegetarian Thai (Merchandise Mart)

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    Experience the enticing dishes of a foreign land as you journey through the culinary Thai culture. In this all-levels class, you'll follow along as a professional chef teaches you the basics of vegetarian Thai cuisine. You'll practice techniques such as properly selecting produce, preparing and baking flatbread, steaming and roasting vegetables, and incorporating spices into your recipes. Join up with other classmates as you prepare menu items like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice. When you've completed your cooking, you'll sit down and enjoy a Thai feast prepared by your own hands. What could be more satisfying than that?
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    Vegetarian Thai (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to make delicious vegetarian recipes in the Thai tradition
    • Create mouthwatering dishes like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice
    • Practice proper techniques
    • Bring a whole new flavor profile to your recipe book
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    12 positive reviews
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    Gluten-Free Gourmet

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    Anyone who's ever told you that gluten-free food can't taste good definitely hasn't taken this class. Come learn the secrets to great-tasting gluten-free dishes from a professional chef. You'll work alongside classmates to create delectable dishes such as herbed flatbread with roasted vegetables and goat cheese, fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw, and dark chocolate toffee brownies. As you prepare your food, you'll discover essential techniques for gluten-free cooking like working with grain and nut flours as well as preparing gluten-free dough, batter, and breading. Once you've finished creating your dishes, you'll sit down to a sampling of your freshly made gluten-free fare.
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    Gluten-Free Gourmet

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create delicious gluten-free recipes
    • Practice culinary skills such as preparing gluten-free dough and batter
    • Cook up delicious dishes like fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw
    • Discover how good a gluten-free meal can taste
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    29 positive reviews
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    Tapas Party (Merchandise Mart)

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    Who doesn't love tapas? Those small, savory bites of authentic Spanish cuisine have a way of making mouths water and friends come together. Learn how to create the same tasty experience in your own home as your professional instructor uncovers the secrets to stellar Spanish cooking. In this class, you'll discover how to select the best ingredients and prepare them with proper techniques. From creating your own bean filling to perfectly roasting peppers and preparing empanada dough, you'll create a strong foundation of skills on which to build your culinary prowess. Break off into small groups to create recipes such as bacon-wrapped chorizo stuffed dates, black bean and cilantro empanadas, and baked goat cheese in tomato sauce. Then celebrate your success by feasting on your handiwork with fellow classmates.
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    Tapas Party (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create your own tapas by hand
    • Cook up recipes like black bean and cilantro empanadas and shrimp and mussel paella
    • Discover how to select and prepare the freshest ingredients
    • Gain Spanish cooking skills and add a new style to your home menu
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    12 positive reviews
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    Hog Butchery Class

    Get a little dirty in this hands-on display of classic butchery. With Butcher and the Burger, watch a professional Chef skillfully and masterfully butcher a classic and rare hog. You'll witness this unique experience and participate in the process. Afterwards, dinner's on the house! These hogs are a true treat to eat, being that they are locally-raised and exquisitely rare. Bring a drink or two and enjoy a glass of wine during this fine carnivorous evening. At the end of class, take home your own cuts of the hog and roast them as you learned during class.
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    Hog Butchery Class

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn unique techniques about butchering from a professional chef
    • Partake and participate in the butchering of a locally-raised hog
    • Bring a few drinks and enjoy them with a specially prepared dinner
    • Take home your cuts of the hog to roast at home
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    Marrakesh Express

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    Ditch the takeout menu and learn to make delicious Moroccan food with your own two hands. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you along as you work with classmates to create a true Moroccan feast. You'll prepare such satisfying dishes as Marrakesh pizza with chickpeas and cilantro, grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive, roasted cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes with mint yogurt sauce, and honey and almond shortbread with citrus. As you make your way through recipes, you'll practice vital culinary skills like rolling and shaping pizza dough, selecting and grilling chicken, determining meat doneness, making yogurt sauces, and preparing shortbread dough. When the food is out of the oven, you'll pick up a fork and feast on the fruits of your labor.
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    Marrakesh Express

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to bring the flavors of Morocco into your own kitchen
    • Craft savory dishes like grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive
    • Practice working with Moroccan ingredients as you learn how to balance flavors
    • Add the rich flavors of another culture to your weekly dinner menu
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    12 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.
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    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Simple French Food

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    Preparing French food does not need to be complicated! You'll learn how to make beautiful and elegant food, keeping "less is more" in mind. Dishes include: Frisee, hazelnut and goat cheese salad with dijon vinaigrette, sea bass en papillote with leeks and herbed compound butter, profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce and more!
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    Simple French Food

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make vinaigrette, select and bake fish, and make profiteroles
    • Make beautiful and delicious food with others in this group class
    • Get a taste of France without having to leave Chicago!
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    29 positive reviews

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