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    A Touch of Seoul (Merchandise Mart)

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    Discover how to easily incorporate Korean-inspired ingredients into your recipes as a professional chef takes you on a journey through the tantalizing flavors of another culture. Work alongside classmates to create dishes like bulgogi egg rolls with spicy mayo dipping sauce, Korean pork belly tacos with kimchi, honey-sriracha chicken wings with sesame rice, and sweet and spicy cucumber-kohlrabi salad. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills such as selecting the best ground beef and pork belly, working with egg roll wrappers, deep frying, braising, and fermenting. Once you've finished creating your dishes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the enticing flavors of Korean cuisine.
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    South Indian Cooking

    Ranjana's Indian Cooking Classes
    Flavor bursts with each bite. It's tangy from the tamarind and hot from the chiles. South Indian cuisine may leave your eyes teary, but will leave your taste buds wanting another mouthful. Embark on a journey to the rich cuisine of South India. Learn to make coconut chutney (coriander and coconut relish) and dosa (flaky crepes) and warm the spirit with rasam soup (fiery tomato lentil with ginger). Experience authentic Indian flavors from your own kitchen instead of your usual takeout place. Afterwards, you will be able to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you just prepared.
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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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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

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    No matter where you travel in the world, you're bound to find the most authentic cuisine of a region's culture reflected in the offerings of local street vendors. From the fresh ingredients to the cooking techniques that have been passed down over centuries, their food keeps us coming back for more. Learn the secrets of street food in this unique class where you'll discover how to select the right ingredients and serve up incredible recipes. Create dishes such as lumpia (crispy pork-filled egg rolls), beer-battered fish tacos with chipotle mayo, and beef kofta kebabs (grilled ground beef skewers) with dill yogurt sauce. With so many unique flavors and textures, you'll develop a whole new approach to your weekly dinner menu.
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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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    Be prepared for your inner Homer Simpson to do a happy dance as you discover the art of making delicious donuts by hand. In this all-levels class, you'll prepare both cake-style and raised-style doughs as your foundation. Next, follow along as a professional chef guides you through techniques such as frying, glazing, dipping and filling. Create such mouthwatering varieties as maple and bacon-glazed long johns, mini pumpkin donut holes with cinnamon sugar, chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes, and Bavarian donuts (custard-filled yeast-raised dough with chocolate glaze). When you're done creating your tasty treats, you'll sit down for lunch with your classmates and celebrate a job well done. Afterwards, head home with a box of your crave-worthy creations.
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

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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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    Donut Boot Camp

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    Who doesn't love fried dough? You'll make both cake-style and raised-style doughs, and show you how to fry, glaze, dip and fill them to perfection. You'll go home with a boxful of your very own fresh creations! Lunch will be served, and fresh coffee will be flowing.
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    Culinary Adventure (Merchandise Mart)

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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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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Lincoln Square)

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    Steak lovers, this one's for you. 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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    Sushi Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    Tuck away that take-out menu and learn to make your favorite sushi rolls in your own kitchen. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the art of the roll, and practice techniques such as selecting and handling sushi-grade fish, preparing and seasoning sushi rice, using a bamboo rolling mat, and deep frying. Your menu will include spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, and salmon and eel nigiri. You'll also have the option to purchase all the essential tools and ingredients for sushi-making at home at a discounted price. Contact the vendor if you're interested in pre-purchasing these items to receive them the day of your class.
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