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    Leather Work 101

    Chicago School of Shoemaking
    What do you have in common with cowboys, bikers, and rock stars? You all have an affinity for leather! In this introduction to leather work class, you will choose from 4-6 projects along with a variety of leathers and hardware. You'll be able to modify and create your own patterns as well. This is a fun, easy class that gives you a chance to make a few things out of leather, such as a cuff, a clutch or a wallet. You can give them away as gifts or just add them to your impressive, ever-growing collection of leather accessories.
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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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    Gluten Free Pasta (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Have you missed the taste of fresh, handmade pasta ever since that pesky gluten allergy showed up on your dietary doorstep? Then you're going to love this. Let a professional chef lead the way to culinary satisfaction as you learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta from scratch. You'll create dishes like three-cheese and spinach lasagna with tomato sauce, fresh fettuccine primavera with pesto, and quinoa mac 'n' cheese with mushrooms, bacon, and gruyere cheese. You'll also practice pasta-making techniques like working with gluten-free flours, rolling and cutting fresh pasta, sautéing vegetables, and making béchamel sauce and pesto. When you're finished, you'll join your fellow classmates for a handmade pasta feast that will have you saying good riddance to gluten.
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    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to Rome

    The Chopping Block
    Let your senses escape to Rome as you smell, touch, and taste the foods of Italy in this all-levels cooking class. A professional chef will be your tour guide as you learn all about the region's favorite fare and how to prepare it in your own home. Practice important skills such as rolling fresh pasta dough, preparing egg-based sauces, sauteing green vegetables and more! You'll work in small groups with your classmates to create delicious menu items like roasted broccolini with garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then, take a seat at the table and enjoy your handmade Italian feast.
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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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    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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    Soy Candle Making

    VIP Paints
    This workshop makes scents. If you love aromatic candles, but don't like spending top-dollar on the best brands, you'll enjoying learning to make your own soy-based candles. Soy candles are inexpensive and fun to make, and tend to burn longer than paraffin candles. Plus, you can scent them just the way you like them, and they make great gifts for friends and family, or even fantastic products to sell yourself. The ingredients used in this class are all-natural, and American made, and because they're soy-based, you'll be producing a product that isn't derived from refined oil, doesn't cause headaches, and leaves little soot behind. Soy whatcha waitin' for?
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    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Put down that box of store-bought pasta and don't you dare reach for that jar of preservative-packed sauce. It's time to get back to basics. In this all-levels workshop, you'll learn how to create fresh pasta from scratch and pair it with delicious homemade sauce. Master the art of the pasta roller, assemble manicotti, and discover the key seasonings to making a savory sauce. As you break off into small groups, you'll create such delectable recipes as herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce, ricotta and spinach-filled manicotti with tomato sauce, and pappardelle alla bolognese. Then grab a fork and dig in as you experience the exquisite fruits of your labor. Mangia!
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    Novice Knitting

    Sister-Arts Studio
    Maybe you're the type of person who's cold all the time, or maybe you want to be able to stitch together some handmade gifts for a loved one. Either way, this Novice Knitting Class is the place to get started. You'll learn the basic stitches and handy tips from handpicked, specialized instructors. Get away the stress of the day for a few hours in Sisters Arts' "Creative Sanctuary" with other like-minded individuals. The size 10.5 needles and your choice of yarn are complimentary!
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    Classic Handmade Pasta

    CocuSocial
    Learn how to make fresh egg noodle pasta from flour, egg and water/scented olive oil, and salt. Chef Maya will also demonstrate how to make two easy and delicious sauces: an Ugly Tomato Sauce using “ugly” tomatoes and a simple and creamy Alfredo Sauce. We source the best ingredients to make these simple yet impressive dishes. We will also share our favorite markets/shops to get these ingredients and equipment so you can recreate these dishes for friends and family.
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