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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    (29)
    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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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    29 positive reviews
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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 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood from a professional chef
    • Master techniques such as grilling and braising fish
    • Cook up delectable dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise
    • Gain new culinary skills as you learn exciting new ways to prepare classic fish dishes
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    29 positive reviews
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    Sauce Boot Camp

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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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    Sauce Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces in this comprehensive class
    • Prepare multiple types of sauces including bordelaise, béchamel, and veloute
    • Practice valuable skills such as making a pan sauce and preparing emulsions
    • Develop new techniques as you meet fellow culinary enthusiasts
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    29 positive reviews
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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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    Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood from a professional chef
    • Master techniques such as grilling and braising fish
    • Cook up delectable dishes like grilled shrimp with fregola, peas and chili gremolata
    • Gain new culinary skills to elevate your daily dishes
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    11 positive reviews
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    Big Green Egg Grilling

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    "I don't like them, Sam I am, I don't like green eggs..." Wait, but what if that green egg was a charcoal grilling machine? Then you'd love the Big Green Egg. That's the focus of this class, the Big Green Egg grill. With Backyard BBQ Store, come and see what makes the Egg the world's greatest grill/smoker. To practice, you'll smoke pork, sear steaks, fire pizza, and grill a chicken. Let the sweet flame emanate over these succulent meats. Ensure a smoky flavor in each bite. Get ready to fire up the grill!
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    Big Green Egg Grilling

    535 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette

    • Discover why the Big Green Egg grill is the world's greatest grill/smoker
    • Smoke pork, sear steaks, fire pizza, and grill a chicken in this hands-on class
    • Learn how to properly cook meat to get a smoky flavor or the perfect burn marks
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    1 positive reviews
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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    (29)
    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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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    29 positive reviews
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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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    Bloody Mary Brunch

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing a classic brunch menu
    • Master techniques such as preparing batter and using a waffle iron
    • Cook up delectable dishes like fried chicken and waffles
    • Gain the skills to bring the fun of brunch into your own home
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    29 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

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    Stop! Step away from the microwave and put down the packet. It's time to learn how to make Ramen for yourself. In this all-levels class, you'll learn how to use all-natural ingredients and Japanese flavors to create an irresistible recipe. Make your own noodles using a pasta roller and practice techniques to create perfectly poached vegetables and eggs. You'll also learn how to work with miso paste and what to look for when selecting beef. Then, reap the rewards of your hard work as you taste the incredible flavor of your homemade Ramen. Get ready for your microwave to be jealous.
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    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create a stellar bowl of homemade Ramen
    • Wield the power of Umami to get the most out of your recipe
    • Practice making your own noodles with a pasta roller
    • Gain skills that will help you ditch the microwave and eat fresh
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    29 positive reviews
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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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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Bring the flavors of the steakhouse into your own kitchen
    • Create classic dishes like grilled strip steaks with garlic herb butter and twice-baked potatoes
    • Practice techniques such as roasting vegetables, selecting the best meat, and determining doneness
    • Develop new culinary skills as you add new options to your dinner menu
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    11 positive reviews
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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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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    11 positive reviews

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