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    Tapas Party (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    Who doesn't love tapas? Those small, savory bites of authentic Spanish cuisine have a way of making mouths water and friends come together. Learn how to create the same tasty experience in your own home as your professional instructor unlocks the secrets of Spanish cooking. In this class, you'll discover how to select the best ingredients and cook them using proper techniques. From creating your own bean filling to perfectly roasting peppers and preparing empanada dough, you'll create a strong foundation of skills on which to build your culinary prowess. Break off into small groups to create recipes like bacon-wrapped chorizo stuffed dates, black bean and cilantro empanadas, and baked goat cheese in tomato sauce. Then celebrate your success by feasting on your handiwork with fellow classmates.
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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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    Date Night: Jamaica Me Crazy

    The Chopping Block
    Spice up the night as you learn the secrets to making mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine. In this all-levels class, you'll work in small groups to cook up such satisfying dishes as coconut-crusted shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce, Jamaican braised chicken with macadamia rice, and caramelized pineapple crêpes. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills like selecting and deep frying shrimp, braising chicken, working with spices, cooking rice, making crêpe batter, and working with pineapple. When the meal is complete, you'll sit down at the table with your fellow classmates for a sweet and savory taste of Jamaica.
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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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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

    The Chopping Block
    If you love to spice things up in the kitchen, this class is for you. Come learn the best ways to utilize hot and spicy ingredients in your recipes with the help of a professional instructor. You'll discover how to select the freshest ingredients, work spices into your food, and create sour-cream based sauces to pair with your spicy creations. Break off into small groups and prepare such mouth-watering dishes as spicy spinach and artichoke dip, jerk chicken wings, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

    The Chopping Block
    Bring the tastes of the Hawaiian islands into your home with this all-levels class that's sure to take your senses on an exotic vacation. Cook up delicious dishes like mango and shrimp spring rolls, macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish, coconut rice, and passion fruit chiffon pie. As you work in small groups to create these delectable recipes, you'll also practice important skills such as selecting and cutting mangoes and pineapple, working with rice paper wrappers, selecting and sautéing fish, making nut crusts, and steaming rice. When you're finished cooking, you'll enjoy a Hawaiian feast with your classmates. Aloha! Note: All necessary equipment is provided. Teens 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult to participate.
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    Sushi Workshop (Lincoln Square)

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    Tuck away that take-out menu and learn to make sushi for yourself. Follow along and have a blast as a professional chef teaches you the art of the roll. You'll practice techniques such as selecting and handling sushi-grade fish, preparing and seasoning sushi rice, using a bamboo rolling mat, and deep frying. Your menu will include spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, and salmon and eel nigiri. You'll also have the option to purchase all the essential tools and ingredients for sushi-making at home at a discounted price. Contact the vendor if you're interested in pre-purchasing these items to receive them the day of your class.
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    Grilling Seafood

    Backyard BBQ Store
    Does your seafood grill menu consist of burnt swordfish steak, charred shrimp and something that only a forensics team could identify as an grilled octopus? With Backyard BBQ Store's Seafood class you'll up your grill skills. An expert chef-instructor will show you step by step how to get smokier, richer flavor from your grilled seafood dishes. You'll learn about culinary techniques, ingredient choices, equipment selection and meal timing in this teaching class. Learn all of the critical steps while you sample the delicious seafood delicacies being grilled right in front of your eyes. Take home the knowledge to change your kitchen forever!
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    Lemon Lovers

    The Chopping Block
    When life hands you lemons, skip the lemonade and make these delicious dishes instead. Learn to wield the power of the lemon from a professional chef in this all-levels course that elevates this our citrus to a whole new level. Work alongside classmates to create dishes like grilled shrimp with preserved lemon and parsley pesto, lemon linguine with parmesan cheese and basil, and lemon pudding cake with raspberries. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills such as grilling bread and shrimp, frying, working with preserved lemons, making pesto, preparing cream sauces, and mixing cake batter. When you've finished with your recipes, you'll sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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    Cuban Surf and Turf (Lincoln Square)

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    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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