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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Before you go and drink that last bottle of beer in the fridge, you might want to check this out. Did you know beer is actually an excellent ingredient for a number of delicious recipes? The flavors and layers of complexity can complement and enhance some of your favorite foods. In this class, you'll learn how to wield the power of the pint as you make savory and sweet dishes such as nachos with Dos Equis cheese sauce, beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema, borracho bean, and a roasted pineapple sundae with beer-caramel sauce. Discover the arts of selecting and braising meat, cooking with different types of beer, cutting pineapple, and preparing homemade caramel sauce. Finally, you'll taste the fruits of your labor as you and your classmates sit down to a satisfying meal.
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    Chicken 101 (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    In this class, a professional chef will take you through 3 culinary techniques that will have you looking at chicken in a whole new way. Work alongside classmates as you grill, braise, and roast your way through a variety of dishes. Along with cooking techniques, you'll also learn tips to help you select your meat, pair it with produce, and determine its doneness. Your menu will include delectable dishes such as orange and soy glazed chicken with gingery grilled pineapple, Arabian spiced chicken and rice with yogurt sauce, and ancho chile-roasted whole chicken with winter squash-hominy hash. Once you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and raise a fork to your handmade feast.
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    Grilling Ribs

    Backyard BBQ Store
    Sticky BBQ sauce soaks the pork. You take a bite and the meat slides right off the bone. It's succulent, juicy, and the tenderest meat on the market. Dig in and dig the pig in this tasty rib class! With Backyard BBQ Store, members of Dig the Pig BBQ competition team will show you how to smoke ribs the right way: low and slow. You'll smoke baby back, spare ribs and rib tips. Get ready for the best barbecue class in Chicago! Your picnics and BBQs will never be the same again.
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    Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour

    Chicago Ethnic Food Tours
    If America is a melting pot, then Chicago is the rich, long-simmered stew it produced. Since the city's founding, wave after wave of immigrants have come to settle down, introducing a wide variety of foods to the Chicago culinary-scape. Enjoy an incredible ethnic walking tour that takes you to 7 different stops for fun tastings! You will visit a Vietnamese banh mi shop, Middle Eastern grocery and bakery, Prohibition era bar, Swedish bakery, olive oil and vinegar shop, Italian deli and Mexican panaderia. Learn about the ethnic origins of all the foods you taste. During the tour of the two neighborhoods, you'll also learn more about the history of Chicago, the culture, and its diverse immigrants!
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    Turkey Grilling Class

    Backyard BBQ Store
    There are so many ways to stuff and cook a turkey, but which is best? You need the meat juicy and tender so that it absolutely melts in your mouth. Fire up the grill because you're about to learn how to cook a turkey. With the help of Backyard BBQ Store, learn how to properly smoke a turkey, extracting so much delicious flavor. From there, you'll grill one on gas and one on charcoal, ensuring mastery on any type of grill. Get ready to spruce up Thanksgiving, or really any day you're craving for this bird.
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    Grilling 101

    Backyard BBQ Store
    Do your grilling skills need a little tutoring? Learn to get the best out of your grilled meals with this basic but in depth grilling class. There will be a strong focus on unique grilling recipes, useful techniques, and training on using the proper tools. These three components will come together to help you step up your cooking game to new levels. These delicious grilling components will be everything you need to change your basic grilled foods into meals that will have everyone wanting seconds.
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    15 Minute French Meals

    Cooking Skills Academy
    Making great French cuisine shouldn't be this easy. Hors d'Å"uvres and entrées are both on the menu, as you learn to make a variety of foods under the guidance of a culinary expert. French dishes are traditionally very eclectic, consisting of a variety of ingredients ranging from vegetables such as leeks and truffles, fruits such as tangerines and blackberries, and meats such as squab and lamb. No matter what you prepare, you can be certain it will delight the palate and eye, while be being easy enough to prepare in the future that you won't have to sacrifice time out of your busy day in order to eat healthy and delicious meals. Bon Appétit!
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    Mediterranean Cruise Cooking

    The Chopping Block
    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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    Cuban Surf and Turf (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Learn the secrets to cooking up rich Cuban cuisine that is sure to spice up your weekly dinner menu. In this all-levels class, you'll follow along with a professional chef as you craft tantalizing dishes including enchilado de camarones (deviled shrimp), sautéed pork medallions with cumin-orange mojo sauce, cilantro rice, and tres leches cake. As you prepare dishes with fellow classmates, you'll practice important skills like selecting the best meat and fish, braising shrimp, sautéing pork, cooking rice, and mixing cake batter. When the cooking is complete, you'll take a seat at the table and enjoy the tasty rewards of a job well done.
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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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