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    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

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    Work alongside classmates to create delicious dishes like hearts of palm, crab and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette, Feijoada (Brazil's National Dish: Black Bean and Pork Stew), and lime cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting. A professional chef will guide you as you practice proper techniques such as selecting crab, cutting avocado, preparing vinaigrette and balancing flavors. When you've finished, you'll take your seat at the table and enjoy an explosion of Brazilian flavor sure to get a standing ovation.
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    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Cook up a variety of Brazilian-inspired dishes
    • Discover secrets to selecting and preparing the best meat and produce for your recipes
    • Create delectable dishes and get familiar with South American ingredients
    • Bring a whole new meaning to movie night
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    28 positive reviews
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    Food Preserving 101

    Growing your own fruits and vegetables to decrease your reliance on store produce can be a liberating life-decision... Right up until they rot a few days after your harvest them. If you're a novice when it comes to preserving foods, this introductory course will help get you out of this jam (by showing you how to make jam). You'll be learning the finer points of freezing, dehydrating, and canning from an organics specialist. After a food safety overview and some basic instruction, you'll be getting hands-on practice in these techniques. For the purpose of this instruction, you'll be working with ripe, delicious strawberries. Afterwards, you'll get to take the strawberry jam you make home with you!
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    Food Preserving 101

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Learn the fundamentals of preserving homegrown produce safely
    • Master dehydration, freezing, and canning techniques
    • Take home a can of strawberry jam that you prepare yourself
    • Relax in a social hands-on course where you'll learn a valuable new skill
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    Couples Cooking: Taste of Spring

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    It's a bit of a trek to try the scrumptious cuisines of the Middle East in their places of origin. Why not try this instead? Learn how to prepare delicious Middle Eastern fare from a professional chef in an all-levels class sure to elevate your kitchen game. Work alongside classmates to create tasty dishes like hummus with pita chips, Arabian chicken with spiced rice and yogurt sauce, oven-roasted cauliflower with harissa, garlic, and cilantro, and cardamom and pistachio shortbread cookies. As you cook, you'll practice new skills such as preparing bean dip, cooking rice, braising chicken, making savory yogurt sauces, working with spices, and preparing short dough. When you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table and enjoy the taste of success.
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    Couples Cooking: Taste of Spring

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up delicious Middle Eastern fare
    • Practice culinary skills such as selecting and braising chicken
    • Prepare satisfying dishes like Arabian chicken with spiced rice and yogurt sauce
    • Experience a new world of flavors as you explore another culture
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    11 positive reviews
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    Wisconsin Fish Fry

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    Break out the frying pan and get ready to learn the culinary secrets of the Midwest. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will take you through the fine art of Wisconsin fish frying as you create a complete menu that will bring the whole family to the table. You'll work in small groups to create such mouthwatering dishes as beer cheddar soup with rye croutons, beer-battered walleye with lemony tartar sauce, malt vinegar roasted potatoes, and cabbage, celery, and apple slaw. For dessert, there's brownies a la mode. When you're done cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor, fried up to perfection.
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    Wisconsin Fish Fry

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to frying up fish in true Wisconsin fashion
    • Practice techniques like selecting fish and determining doneness
    • Create mouthwatering recipes such as beer battered Walleye with lemony tartar sauce
    • Develop a new kitchen skill that highlights a Midwest favorite
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    28 positive reviews
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    Keeping it Simple and Classic: Cocktails and Pairings

    This class will bring you back to a timeless era when things were simple and classic. We will marry great signature food items with some of the most classic of cocktails. This twist with this class is that we will have it multiple segments. The first segment will be about building the classic cocktail and learning about the craft of mixology and making a great drink. The next segment will be dedicated to preparing gourmet food while keeping it simple. Finally, during the last segment we will taste and enjoy them together and discuss the pairings.
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    Keeping it Simple and Classic: Cocktails and Pairings

    26 W Calendar Ave, La Grange

    • Learn the techniques and tips to make delicious, classic cocktails and gourmet foods to pair with them
    • Be instructed in a relaxed style that both informs and entertains
    • Take the first step in knowing how to prepare a gourmet meal with this culinary experience
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    Classic Handmade Pasta

    Learn how to make fresh egg noodle pasta from flour, egg and water/scented olive oil, and salt. Chef Maya will also demonstrate how to make two easy and delicious sauces: an Ugly Tomato Sauce using “ugly” tomatoes and a simple and creamy Alfredo Sauce. We source the best ingredients to make these simple yet impressive dishes. We will also share our favorite markets/shops to get these ingredients and equipment so you can recreate these dishes for friends and family.
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    Classic Handmade Pasta

    4600 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create handmade pasta dough during a social workshop
    • Get hands on experience making both pasta and sauces
    • Enhance the fun with adult beverages available for purchase
    • Develop your cooking repertoire and make some new friends
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    Mediterranean Cruise Cooking

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    You'll discover fresh, exotic flavors at every port of call on this sensory trip around the Mediterranean. Let a professional chef be your cruise director as you learn to whip up delicious dishes like fattoush (mediterranean salad with toasted pita), Moroccan braised chicken with apricots, warm couscous salad with orange zest and fresh herbs, and baklava pastries. You'll work in groups as you create your dishes and practice important skills such as working with phyllo dough, cutting tomatoes, braising chicken, steaming couscous, and making nut fillings. Then, cast your sails as you set out on the feast of a lifetime (that just happened to be made by your own two hands).
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    Mediterranean Cruise Cooking

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook with the flavors of the Mediterranean
    • Discover secrets to selecting and preparing the best meat and produce for your recipes
    • Cook delicious dishes like Moroccan braised chicken with apricots
    • Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure
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    28 positive reviews
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    Tater Tots Kids Cooking (age 3-7)

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    Calling all pint-sized chefs! This is a culinary experience not to be missed. Get your little one excited about helping out in the kitchen as he/she learns to complete recipes with the help of a professional chef. Each month, the theme changes and a new menu is created to keep things fresh. Look on as your little one learns about ingredients, practices cooking techniques, and completes culinary masterpieces. Whether this is the first time your tot has picked up a spatula or is known to pull up a stool in the kitchen, this class is a perfect way to encourage confidence and culinary exploration.
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    Tater Tots Kids Cooking (age 3-7)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Let your little chefs experience the excitement of learning from a professional chef
    • Enjoy inventive monthly menus that change with the seasons
    • Work alongside your tot to help them complete their recipes
    • Create a culinary memory your little ones will never forget
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    28 positive reviews
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    Sweet and Savory Crêpes

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    Whether simple and sweet or sophisticated and savory, crêpes are the talk of the town. Develop the skills to make these irresistible bad boys at home with an all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. You'll work in small groups to whip up such tasty recipes as egg, spinach, and goat cheese-stuffed crêpes, sautéed mushroom crêpes with tarragon and brie, and crêpes suzette. As you cook, you'll practice valuable skills like preparing crêpe batter, scrambling eggs, sautéing mushrooms, and flambéing. When your creations are complete, grab a fork and feast on the delectable fruits of your labor.
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    Sweet and Savory Crêpes

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory crepes from a professional chef
    • Prepare delicious varieties such as egg, spinach, and goat cheese-stuffed crêpes
    • Practice valuable skills such making crêpe batter and flambéing
    • Experience the fun of cooking alongside classmates
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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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    28 positive reviews

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