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    Sauce Boot Camp

    The Chopping Block
    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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    Big Green Egg Grilling

    Backyard BBQ Store
    "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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    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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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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    Quick Indian Meals

    Ranjana's Indian Cooking Classes
    Often, there isn't time to make a full meal after an exhausting day. Who has time to sculpt something from scratch? During this Indian cooking class, build upon your foundation of spices and techniques. You'll learn healthy, quick, and wholesome recipes for everyday living, creating dishes like aloo puri (whole wheat bread with tandoori potatoes), pav bhaji (spiced mixed vegetables on open bun), and raita (spiced yogurt). Uncover the secrets of Indian quick eats and stop resorting to those frozen dinners.
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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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    A Touch of Seoul (Merchandise Mart)

    The Chopping Block
    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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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    The Chopping Block
    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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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    The Chopping Block
    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time 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 stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering 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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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    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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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    The Chopping Block
    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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