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    It's Greek to Me (Lincoln Square)

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    Take a journey to another land as your professional instructor guides you through the flavors of far-off regions. With the destination changing each month, students have the chance to explore the culinary cultures of various cities around the world. Follow along as you learn about native ingredients and traditional techniques. You'll work in small groups to create a full menu of dishes that highlight the flavors and textures commonly found in the food of your selected region. Whether you're looking to discover a new style of cooking or simply want to reconnect with the flavors of your homeland, this class offers a great experience for all.
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    It's Greek to Me (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Explore the cooking style of another culture as you learn new techniques
    • Discover flavors and textures native to the regions you explore
    • Practice using traditional ingredients and native cooking techniques
    • Broaden your mind and palate
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    Braising and Making Soups

    Are you a soup addict? It's okay to admit it. Do you ever have a hankering for sweet gazpacho in the middle of July, and potato leek soup in December? If you're a soup or comfort food lover, then you better know the techniques behind this craft. During this cooking class, learn the fundamental skills behind making roasted chicken tortilla soup, shrimp bisque, and succulent braised beef short rib. Tasting your way through the soup-making process, you'll salt, pepper, thicken, and thin your way to perfect soups and braised goodies, perfectly quenching your tastebuds.
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    Braising and Making Soups

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Explore the cooking techniques behind delicious soups and braised foods
    • Learn to make Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup, Shrimp Bisque, and succulent Braised Beef Short Rib
    • Taste your way through soup and braised meat
    • No experience necessary
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

    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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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

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    Before you go and drink that last bottle of beer in the fridge, you might want to check this out. Did you know beer is actually an excellent ingredient for a number of delicious recipes? The flavors and layers of complexity can complement and enhance some of your favorite foods. In this class, you'll learn how to wield the power of the pint as you make savory and sweet dishes such as nachos with Dos Equis cheese sauce, beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema, borracho bean, and a roasted pineapple sundae with beer-caramel sauce. Discover the arts of selecting and braising meat, cooking with different types of beer, cutting pineapple, and preparing homemade caramel sauce. Finally, you'll taste the fruits of your labor as you and your classmates sit down to a satisfying meal.
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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the flavorful art of cooking with beer
    • Create enticing dishes such as beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema and borracho beans
    • Practice skills like selecting and braising pork and utilizing proper spices
    • Find a new purpose for your favorite drink
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    Turkey Grilling Class

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    There are so many ways to stuff and cook a turkey, but which is best? You need the meat juicy and tender so that it absolutely melts in your mouth. Fire up the grill because you're about to learn how to cook a turkey. With the help of Backyard BBQ Store, learn how to properly smoke a turkey, extracting so much delicious flavor. From there, you'll grill one on gas and one on charcoal, ensuring mastery on any type of grill. Get ready to spruce up Thanksgiving, or really any day you're craving for this bird.
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    Turkey Grilling Class

    535 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette

    • Learn the techniques behind properly smoking and grilling a turkey
    • Practice your grilling skills on both a gas and charcoal grill
    • Cook the perfect turkey
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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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    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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    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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    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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    11 positive reviews

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