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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.
    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create delicious donuts by hand
    • Discover the art to making both cake-style and raised-style doughs
    • Prepare tasty varieties such as chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes
    • Master the skills to properly satisfy your cravings
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    12 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    Tired of eating things with dubious ingredients? Who really knows what "thiamine mononitrate" is anyway? We've cooked up a solution for you! During this Indian cooking class you'll learn new recipes that use only gluten free and vegan ingredients. You'll discover the tricks of the trade, and leave this hands-on class ready to whip up the dishes on your own! Your experienced instructor will teach you how to make Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, and give you copies of the authentic Indian recipes to take home with you. The wholesome ingredients will put your conscience to rest, and you'll leave the class with a happy stomach and a happy heart! This truly is food for the soul.
    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, with an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Enjoy delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn the main health benefits of organic Fenugreek and how to grow it in your home all year long
    • Show off your new recipes at your next dinner party!
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    Pilsen Neighborhood Tour

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    You want Italian food...but you want Mexican food. ...But you want Italian food...but you want Mexican food... The solution? Jalapeno cannolis. Just kidding! That sounds gross. Instead try this cool tour that will take you through Pilsen, Chicago's oldest Italian neighborhood, AND Little Village, known as "The Mexico of the Midwest." You'll get your fill on both cuisines, and learn a little bit about the food, art, and culture of the area. The best part? You'll be driven around by a chef who can teach you all about the history, process, and culture behind the delicious eats! But if that doesn't sound good you could always go back to those jalapeno cannolis... But we don't suggest that.
    Pilsen Neighborhood Tour

    455 North Park Drive, Chicago

    • Tour the vibrant and bustling West Side neighborhoods that are known as the "Heart of Chicago"and "The Mexico of the Midwest"
    • Drive around with an experienced chef at the wheel
    • Learn about the wealthy and working class Czechs and Eastern Europeans, as well as the Latinos, who shaped these areas
    • Taste some of the more scrumptious delights the neighborhood has to offer!
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    12 positive reviews
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    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekend)

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    What's better than a three-course meal? A three-course meal on the water! Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere and stylish interior. Upon boarding, the Captain and crew will greet and escort you to your private table. From there, you'll be able to check out the observation decks, filled with understated Art Deco accents and reminiscent of the classic ocean liners. Next, you will feast on a splendid 3-course meal with celebrity-chef inspired dishes prepared from fresh ingredients right on-board. Finally, dance the night away to DJ entertainment or simply relax in the elegant ambiance and admire unparalleled views of the famed Chicago skyline as you glide along the shores of Lake Michigan. Why eat at your usual restaurant spots when you can dine in style... on the water!
    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekend)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Board a luxury vessel that features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere, and stylish interior
    • Dine on a three-course meal prepared with fresh ingredients
    • Enjoy the nighttime entertainment, including DJs, unmatched views of the skyline, and an elegant ambiance
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    17 positive reviews
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    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekday)

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    What's better than a three-course meal? A three-course meal on the water! Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere and stylish interior. Upon boarding, the Captain and crew will greet and escort you to your private table. From there, you'll be able to check out the observation decks, filled with understated Art Deco accents and reminiscent of the classic ocean liners. Next, you will feast on a splendid 3-course meal with celebrity-chef inspired dishes prepared from fresh ingredients right on-board. Finally, dance the night away to DJ entertainment or simply relax in the elegant ambiance and admire unparalleled views of the famed Chicago skyline as you glide along the shores of Lake Michigan. Why eat at your usual restaurant spots when you can dine in style... on the water!
    Chicago Dinner Cruise (Weekday)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Board a luxury vessel that features a newly furnished rooftop lounge, posh atmosphere, and stylish interior
    • Dine on a three-course meal prepared with fresh ingredients
    • Enjoy the nighttime entertainment, including DJs, unmatched views of the skyline, and an elegant ambiance
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    17 positive reviews
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    Chef's Tasting Dinner

    Asian cuisine enthusiasts, you will be soy happy about this six-course tasting dinner. Koi Fine's "Flavors of Fall" tasting dinner introduces 6 mouth-watering courses of Asian delicacies such as sushi, salmon in black bean sauce, and koi maki. Each course is accompanied by a carefully chosen alcoholic beverage that perfectly complements the flavor of your delicious, beautifully presented dish. Warning: the sashimi is so delicious and fresh that you might get a case of post-deliciousness amnesia and believe you were transported to Japan!
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    Chef's Tasting Dinner

    624 Davis St, Evanston

    • Discover the delicious tastes of Asia through a tasting dinner
    • Savor six courses of delicious flavors, including fresh sushi and authentic Chinese cuisine
    • Accompany your satisfying courses with a complementing drink that enhances flavor
    • Nourish yourself with incredible food, boozy drinks, and artful presentation
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    Make Your Own Sushi

    Don’t let the sushi chef have all the fun! Come and learn how to spread, layer, tuck and roll your way to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on social cooking class, you’ll learn all the skills needed to make sushi-rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty neta (ingredients) to enhance your dining experience. You’ll learn to make three types of sushi rolls. Salmon is used in this class along with carrot, avocado, cucumber and nori.
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    Make Your Own Sushi

    4600 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Develop your culinary skills with a sushi-making class
    • Learn to prep ingredients and combine them into perfect rolls
    • Enhance the fun with food and drinks available for purchase
    • Treat yourself to a fun social cooking experience
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    Sweet and Savory Crêpes

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    Whether simple and sweet or sophisticated and savory, crêpes are the talk of the town. Develop the skills to make these irresistible bad boys at home with an all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. You'll work in small groups to whip up such tasty recipes as egg, spinach, and goat cheese-stuffed crêpes, sautéed mushroom crêpes with tarragon and brie, and crêpes suzette. As you cook, you'll practice valuable skills like preparing crêpe batter, scrambling eggs, sautéing mushrooms, and flambéing. When your creations are complete, grab a fork and feast on the delectable fruits of your labor.
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    Sweet and Savory Crêpes

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory crepes from a professional chef
    • Prepare delicious varieties such as egg, spinach, and goat cheese-stuffed crêpes
    • Practice valuable skills such making crêpe batter and flambéing
    • Experience the fun of cooking alongside classmates
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    12 positive reviews
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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

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    Steak lovers, this is your lucky day. 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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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Bring the flavors of the steakhouse into your own kitchen
    • Create classic dishes like grilled strip steaks with garlic herb butter and twice-baked potatoes
    • Practice techniques such as roasting vegetables, selecting the best meat, and determining doneness
    • Develop new culinary skills as you add new options to your dinner menu
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    12 positive reviews
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    Hog Butchery Class

    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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    Hog Butchery Class

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn unique techniques about butchering from a professional chef
    • Partake and participate in the butchering of a locally-raised hog
    • Bring a few drinks and enjoy them with a specially prepared dinner
    • Take home your cuts of the hog to roast at home
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