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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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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

    Chicago Detours
    Take a walk back in time to explore the 1893 World's Fair! You'll spend three hours delving into the history of the fair alongside a knowledgeable host and visit notable sites tied to the renowned event. Highlights include a hotel built specifically for the fair, the Auditorium Building's magnificently expansive lobby, a ride on an elevator manned by a human operator, and the Chicago Athletic Hotel, which once served as an exclusive men's club. Enjoy anecdotes, fun facts, and engage in in World's Fair history through clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts with a chance to win prizes! You'll also pause for a drink during a visit to the Berghoff Restaurant. At check-in, you will have the option of adding either a water, beer or glass of wine to the package. It's fair to say that this innovative Chicago tour is going to be a world of fun!
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    Wicker Park Food Tour

    Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago
    Are you in the mood for Chicago-style hot dogs? Deep-dish pizza? Red velvet cupcakes? Wicker Park has a long, rich history dating back to the 1870's, which you can fully experience with your belly as you eat your way through the neighborhood on this scenic food tour. Some of the highlights include stops at The Haute & The Dog, Pizano's, and Harold's Original Chicken King for some good old fried chicken. In between tastings, uncover the history, architecture, influences, and culture that make Wicker Park unique. When it's all said and done, you'll have a brain full of information, and a stomach full of good food. Bon Appétit!
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    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to the Caribbean

    The Chopping Block
    Let your senses sail away on a Caribbean Cruise as you smell, touch, and taste the foods of the islands in this all-levels cooking class. A professional chef will be your cruise director as you learn all about the region's favorite fare and how to prepare it in your own home. Practice important skills such as selecting the best meat and produce, grilling shrimp, cutting mangoes and pineapple, roasting pork, cooking rice, and baking custard. You'll work in small groups with your classmates to create delicious menu items like jerk shrimp skewers with mango relish, adobo roasted pork loin, caribbean rice, and pudín de pan (spiced pineapple bread pudding). Then, take a seat at the table and enjoy your handmade island feast.
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    Hog Butchery Class

    Butcher and the Burger
    Get a little dirty in this hands-on display of classic butchery. With Butcher and the Burger, watch a professional Chef skillfully and masterfully butcher a classic and rare hog. You'll witness this unique experience and participate in the process. Afterwards, dinner's on the house! These hogs are a true treat to eat, being that they are locally-raised and exquisitely rare. Bring a drink or two and enjoy a glass of wine during this fine carnivorous evening. At the end of class, take home your own cuts of the hog and roast them as you learned during class.
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    Braising and Making Soups

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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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    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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    Late Nite Catechism (Comedy Show)

    Nuns4Fun
    Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This unique interactive comedy, one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history, is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. Don't miss your opportunity to see the show The New York Times calls "hilarious, well-written and inspired!" You, as an audience member, are part of Sister's class. She'll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass and meatless Fridays. You'll be laughing so hard you won't even be able to register the pain from the good old "ruler across the knuckles'"
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    Meat 101 (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you've completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    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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