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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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    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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    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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    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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    Sausage Making

    Butcher and the Burger
    This class will tell you where to stuff it. If you love sausage, you'll be in the right place, as you learn all the best sausage making techniques and secrets from a professional butcher. You'll be getting hands on experience grinding and casing meats, which in past classes have included beef, pork, veal, and turkey. After the class, you'll get to bring home your own handmade sausage to devour at a later date. During the class, you'll get to enjoy some delicious sausage on the spot during a post-sausage-making meal. The atmosphere of this class is kept light, and you're encouraged to bring your own adult beverages to enhance the fun. It's a sausage party!
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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    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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    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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