The Chopping Block

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    Donut Boot Camp

    (9)
    Who doesn't love fried dough? You'll make both cake-style and raised-style doughs, and show you how to fry, glaze, dip and fill them to perfection. You'll go home with a boxful of your very own fresh creations! Lunch will be served, and fresh coffee will be flowing.
    Donut Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make sweet batter, prepare yeast dough, deep-fry, prepare glazes and more!
    • Take home a box of donuts
    • Sip on fresh coffee while learning a delicious new skill
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    9 positive reviews
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    Tapas Party (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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 uncovers the secrets to stellar Spanish cooking. In this class, you'll discover how to select the best ingredients and prepare them with 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 such as 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.
    Tapas Party (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create your own tapas by hand
    • Cook up recipes like black bean and cilantro empanadas and shrimp and mussel paella
    • Discover how to select and prepare the freshest ingredients
    • Gain Spanish cooking skills and add a new style to your home menu
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    4 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you’d be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    4 positive reviews
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    Cupcake Boot Camp

    (9)
    Pack your bags, kitchen soldier, because you’re going to boot camp. Cupcake boot camp, that is. Follow along as a professional pastry chef shows you the ropes to baking a perfect petite cake every time. You'll work in small groups to create such tasty treats as Boston cream cupcakes with chocolate ganache and vanilla pastry cream filling, chocolate stout cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting, ginger lime cupcakes with seven-minute frosting, and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. You'll practice important baking skills like making custard, mixing batters, whipping egg whites and cream, working with chocolate, and spreading and piping frostings. When you’ve finished, sit down with your classmates for a celebratory lunch and then pack up your handiwork to take home to your family and friends.
    Cupcake Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Gain the knowledge and skills to make delicious cupcakes from scratch
    • Bake up sweet treats like Boston cream cupcakes with chocolate ganache and vanilla pastry cream filling
    • Develop a deeper understanding of baking ingredients and practice handy techniques
    • Treat yourself to a class that’s bound to satisfy your sweet tooth
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    9 positive reviews
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    Simple French Food

    (9)
    Preparing French food does not need to be complicated! You'll learn how to make beautiful and elegant food, keeping "less is more" in mind. Dishes include: Frisee, hazelnut and goat cheese salad with dijon vinaigrette, sea bass en papillote with leeks and herbed compound butter, profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce and more!
    Simple French Food

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make vinaigrette, select and bake fish, and make profiteroles
    • Make beautiful and delicious food with others in this group class
    • Get a taste of France without having to leave Chicago!
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    9 positive reviews
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    Sushi Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Sushi Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of the roll from a professional chef
    • Create spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, and shrimp tempura rolls
    • Learn sushi-making techniques such as fish selection, rice seasoning, and deep frying
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    9 positive reviews
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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Bring out your inner chef and have a great time 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 stirring up pan sauces and preparing cake batter from scratch. You'll break off into small groups and make such mouthwatering 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.
    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    4 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Get down to basics with an introductory knife skills class that will have you slicing up a storm in no time. Learn how to properly select the right tool for the job as you review the uses for different types of knives. Practice dicing, chopping, and mincing as you use vegetables and herbs to help you develop the proper techniques. You'll also learn how to select and care for your knives, ensuring your safety as well as a better kitchen experience. Whether you’re new to the art of cooking or simply want to brush up your skills, this class is perfect for all those looking to harness the power of the blade.
    Knife Skills (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    4 positive reviews
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    How to Bake Bread

    (9)
    There's nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. The only issue: you have no idea how to make it. Never fear! The Chopping Block’s got you covered. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you as you learn the basics of bread making. You'll work in small groups to create satisfying recipes like potato rosemary focaccia, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, and mini whole wheat baguettes. As you move through the lesson, you'll practice important skills such as mixing yeast dough, understanding ingredient functions, using different flours, kneading, and shaping dough. You'll also discover secrets to knowing when your bread is done. Once your freshly baked treats are out of the oven, you'll sit down with your classmates and raise a baguette to a job well done.
    How to Bake Bread

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to making fresh-baked bread
    • Practice techniques such as mixing yeast dough and kneading
    • Create delicious recipes like cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and mini whole wheat baguettes
    • Experience the satisfaction of creating fresh-baked bread with your own two hands
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    9 positive reviews
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    Meat 101 (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you’ve completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
    Meat 101 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of cooking a perfect piece of meat
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling and braising
    • Cook up delicious dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    9 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Get down to basics with an introduction to knife skills that will have you cutting through that cabbage like a pro in no time. Learn how to properly select the right tool for the job as you review the uses for different types of knives. Practice slicing, dicing, and mincing as you use vegetables and herbs to help you develop the proper techniques. You'll also learn how to select and care for your knives, ensuring your safety as well as a better kitchen experience. Whether you’re new to the art of cooking or simply want to brush up your skills, this class is perfect for all those looking to harness the power of the blade.
    Knife Skills (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of knife technique and maintenance in this introductory class
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Discover proper safety and care strategies
    • Develop a new skill that will spice up your kitchen routine
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    9 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Stop! Step away from the microwave and put down the packet. It's time to learn how to make Ramen for yourself. In this all-levels class, you'll learn how to use all-natural ingredients and Japanese flavors to create an irresistible recipe. Make your own noodles using a pasta roller and practice techniques to create perfectly poached vegetables and eggs. You'll also learn how to work with miso paste and what to look for when selecting beef. Then, reap the rewards of your hard work as you taste the incredible flavor of your homemade Ramen. Get ready for your microwave to be jealous.
    Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create a stellar bowl of homemade Ramen
    • Wield the power of Umami to get the most out of your recipe
    • Practice making your own noodles with a pasta roller
    • Gain skills that will help you ditch the microwave and eat fresh
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    9 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Take your knife skills to the next level with this advanced group class that combines both cutting and cooking to get the most out of your culinary exploration. With your professional instructor leading the way, you'll learn the proper techniques to cut challenging foods like potatoes, mangoes, pineapples, squash, leeks, oranges, and avocados. Enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) as you transform your handiwork into delicious recipes including pineapple, mango, and tomato salsa with tortilla chips and Fregola pasta with caramelized butternut squash, apples, and walnuts. You'll also learn the art of selecting produce and how to properly balance flavors in your cooking.
    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cut more challenging produce and feast on the fruits of your labor
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Work in groups to cook up a delicious meal
    • Develop new skills as you challenge yourself in the kitchen
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    9 positive reviews
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    Wisconsin Fish Fry

    (9)
    Break out the frying pan and get ready to learn the culinary secrets of the Midwest. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will take you through the fine art of Wisconsin fish frying as you create a complete menu that will bring the whole family to the table. You'll work in small groups to create such mouthwatering dishes as beer cheddar soup with rye croutons, beer-battered walleye with lemony tartar sauce, malt vinegar roasted potatoes, and cabbage, celery, and apple slaw. For dessert, there's brownies a la mode. When you’re done cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and enjoy the fruits of your labor, fried up to perfection.
    Wisconsin Fish Fry

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to frying up fish in true Wisconsin fashion
    • Practice techniques like selecting fish and determining doneness
    • Create mouthwatering recipes such as beer battered Walleye with lemony tartar sauce
    • Develop a new kitchen skill that highlights a Midwest favorite
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    9 positive reviews
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    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

    (9)
    Who says vegans can't mangia? In this one-of-a-kind Italian cooking class, you'll discover how to bring the rich flavors of Italy into your vegetarian feasts. With a professional chef ready to guide you along the way, you'll learn about the region’s cuisine and discover the secrets to preparing dishes like a pro. Working in groups, you'll cook up satisfying recipes like arugula and pine nut salad with lemon vinaigrette, porcini mushroom and herb risotto, eggplant parmesan, and fresh ricotta and chocolate filled cannoli. Practice important techniques such as making vinaigrettes, sauteing eggplant, and balancing flavors. When your creations are complete, you'll sit down and savor the fruits of your labor in true Italian fashion.
    Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cook up a variety of vegan dishes in the Italian style
    • Cook up tasty recipes like porcini mushroom and herb risotto
    • Practice techniques such as selecting and sautéing eggplant
    • Gain a new appreciation for Italian flavors
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    9 positive reviews
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    Simple French Food (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Let your senses wander through the French countryside as you explore the rich cuisine of the region. In this all-levels class, you'll try your hand at such delectable French dishes as steak au poivre with pomme de terre puree and profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce. As you work in small groups to prepare your meal, you'll practice important skills like balancing flavors, selecting and searing beef, working with spices, selecting potatoes, and blanching green vegetables. When you’ve finished, you'll take a seat at the table and enjoy a delightful taste of France prepared by your own two hands.
    Simple French Food (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the art of cooking in the French fashion
    • Create delectable dishes like warm haricot vert salad with apples, almonds, and tarragon vinaigrette
    • Practice working with French ingredients and learn how to balance flavors
    • Gain the culinary skills of another culture
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    4 positive reviews
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    These tasty little dumplings of Italian descent are ready to make an appearance at your dinner table. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the secrets to creating such delicious dishes as potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu, spinach gnocchi with roasted garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs, and cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese. As you work alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills like selecting potatoes, shaping and cooking gnocchi, selecting sausage, and working with leeks. When your dishes are ready, you'll grab a fork and reap the rewards of a job well done.
    Know Your Gnocchi (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating Gnocchi from scratch
    • Prepare tasty recipes like potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu
    • Practice shaping and cooking gnocchi with the guidance of a professional chef
    • Discover the secrets to cooking up an Italian favorite
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    9 positive reviews
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    Chicken 101 (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Chicken 101 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the best ways to cook up your favorite dinnertime bird
    • Practice three techniques taught by a professional chef
    • Cook delicious dishes like orange and soy glazed chicken with gingery grilled pineapple
    • Gain new culinary approaches to a dinnertime staple
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    9 positive reviews
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    Know Your Gnocchi (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    These tasty little dumplings of Italian descent are ready to make an appearance at your dinner table. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the secrets to creating such delicious dishes as potato gnocchi with sausage and leek ragu, spinach gnocchi with roasted garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs, and cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese. As you work alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills like selecting potatoes, shaping and cooking gnocchi, selecting sausage, and working with leeks. When your dishes are ready, you'll grab a fork and reap the rewards of a job well done.
    Know Your Gnocchi (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing homemade gnocchi
    • Prepare tasty recipes like cauliflower gnocchi au gratin with roasted red peppers and gorgonzola cheese
    • Practice shaping and cooking gnocchi with the help of a professional chef
    • Discover the secrets to cooking up an Italian favorite
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    4 positive reviews
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    Bloody Mary Brunch

    (9)
    The best part of any weekend is undoubtedly brunch. From the sweet and savory dishes to the Bloody Marys, it's the perfect way to kick back and enjoy an escape from the work week. Learn to bring the joy of brunch into your own home with this all-levels class featuring a full celebratory feast. With a professional chef ready to guide you, you'll learn to make classic favorites like Bloody Marys, fried chicken and waffles, spinach salad with apples and bacon, and bananas foster with vanilla bean ice cream. As you cook along with classmates, you'll practice important culinary techniques like selecting and frying chicken, dredging, preparing batter, using a waffle iron, flambéing and sautéing bananas. Once the food is prepared and the drinks are poured, take your seat at the table for a brunch feast sure to be remembered.
    Bloody Mary Brunch

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing a classic brunch menu
    • Master techniques such as preparing batter and using a waffle iron
    • Cook up delectable dishes like fried chicken and waffles
    • Gain the skills to bring the fun of brunch into your own home
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    9 positive reviews
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    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Wine and Dine (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook up a delicious dinner, from fresh starter salads to desserts
    • Cook up dishes like sautéed beef tenderloin with crumbled blue cheese and red wine reduction
    • Enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine or beer
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    9 positive reviews
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    It's Greek to Me (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Take a journey to another land as your professional instructor guides you through the flavors of far-off regions. With the destination changing each month, students have the chance to explore the culinary cultures of various cities around the world. Follow along as you learn about native ingredients and traditional techniques. You'll work in small groups to create a full menu of dishes that highlight the flavors and textures commonly found in the food of your selected region. Whether you’re looking to discover a new style of cooking or simply want to reconnect with the flavors of your homeland, this class offers a great experience for all.
    It's Greek to Me (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Explore the cooking style of another culture as you learn new techniques
    • Discover flavors and textures native to the regions you explore
    • Practice using traditional ingredients and native cooking techniques
    • Broaden your mind and palate
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    9 positive reviews
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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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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    4 positive reviews
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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Steak lovers, this one’s for you. 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!
    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Bring the flavors of the steakhouse into your own home
    • Create classic dishes like grilled strip steaks with garlic herb butter and twice-baked potatoes
    • Practice techniques such as preparing vinaigrettes, selecting meat, and determining doneness
    • Develop new culinary skills as you add new options to your dinner menu
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    9 positive reviews
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    Sushi Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Tuck away that take-out menu and learn to make your favorite sushi rolls in your own kitchen. Follow along as a professional chef teaches you the art of the roll, and 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.
    Sushi Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of the sushi roll from the expertise of a professional chef
    • Create spicy tuna rolls, inside-out rolls, and shrimp tempura rolls
    • Learn sushi-making techniques such as fish selection, rice seasoning, and deep frying
    • Gain new culinary skills while having a blast
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    4 positive reviews
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    Tapas Party (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Tapas Party (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create the savory tastes of tapas by hand
    • Cook up recipes like black bean and cilantro empanadas and shrimp and mussel paella
    • Discover how to select and prepare the best ingredients
    • Bring the tapas party home with the skills to cook up your own small-plate celebration
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    9 positive reviews
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    Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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, my friend. In this all-levels workshop, you'll learn how to create your own 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!
    Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create various styles of fresh, handmade pasta
    • Cook up seasonal sauces to accompany your creations
    • Craft dishes like ricotta and spinach-filled manicotti with tomato sauce
    • Add a new skill to your culinary repertoire
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    4 positive reviews
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    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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.
    Sauce Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces in this comprehensive class
    • Prepare multiple types of sauces including bordelaise, béchamel, and veloute
    • Practice valuable skills such as making a pan sauce and preparing emulsions
    • Develop new techniques as you meet fellow culinary enthusiasts
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    4 positive reviews
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    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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!
    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create fresh, handmade pasta in all shapes and sizes
    • Cook up seasonal sauces to accompany your creations
    • Craft dishes like herb fettuccine with three cheese sauce
    • Add a new skill to your culinary repertoire
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    9 positive reviews
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    Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    From the sea to your plate, learn the skills necessary to make seafood a safe and satisfying addition to your dinner menu. A professional chef will teach you the tricks of the trade as you prepare delicious dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise, Spanish braised cod with chorizo, and grilled shrimp with fregola, peas, and chili gremolata. As you cook alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills such as proper selection and handling of fish and shellfish, grilling and braising, blanching and sautéing green vegetables, and preparing warm emulsion sauces. When you’ve finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table for a satisfying sampling of your handiwork.
    Seafood 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood from a professional chef
    • Master techniques such as grilling and braising fish
    • Cook up delectable dishes like grilled shrimp with fregola, peas and chili gremolata
    • Gain new culinary skills to elevate your daily dishes
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    4 positive reviews
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    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    No matter where you travel in the world, you're bound to find the most authentic cuisine of a region's culture reflected in the offerings of local street vendors. From the fresh ingredients to the cooking techniques that have been passed down over centuries, their food keeps us coming back for more. Learn the secrets of street food in this unique class where you'll discover how to select the right ingredients and serve up incredible recipes. Create dishes such as lumpia (crispy pork-filled egg rolls), beer-battered fish tacos with chipotle mayo, and beef kofta kebabs (grilled ground beef skewers) with dill yogurt sauce. With so many unique flavors and textures, you'll develop a whole new approach to your weekly dinner menu.
    Street Food (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to creating some of the tastiest street food
    • Try delicious recipes like cuban sandwiches and beer-battered fish tacos
    • Discover how to select and prepare the best ingredients
    • Develop a new skill sure to please your tastebuds
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    9 positive reviews
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    Seafood 101 (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    From the sea to your plate, learn the skills necessary to make seafood a safe and satisfying addition to your dinner menu. A professional chef will teach you the tricks of the trade as you prepare delicious dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise, Spanish braised cod with chorizo, and grilled shrimp with fregola, peas, and chili gremolata. As you cook alongside classmates, you'll practice essential skills such as proper selection and handling of fish and shellfish, grilling and braising, blanching and sautéing green vegetables, and preparing warm emulsion sauces. When you’ve finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table for a satisfying sampling of your handiwork.
    Seafood 101 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood from a professional chef
    • Master techniques such as grilling and braising fish
    • Cook up delectable dishes like sautéed salmon with sesame asparagus and saffron hollandaise
    • Gain new culinary skills as you learn exciting new ways to prepare classic fish dishes
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    9 positive reviews
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    Steakhouse D.I.Y. (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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!
    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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    4 positive reviews
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    Cuban Surf and Turf (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Cuban Surf and Turf (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Master land and sea in the Cuban cooking style
    • Create mouthwatering dishes like sautéed pork medallions with cumin-orange mojo sauce
    • Practice traditional techniques such as braising shrimp and sautéing pork
    • Bring rich new flavors to your dinner table
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    9 positive reviews
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

    (9)
    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.
    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create the Hawaiian islands cuisine in your own kitchen
    • Make delicious dishes like macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish
    • Practice kitchen skills such as whipping egg whites and sautéing fish
    • Add exotic new flavors to your recipe book
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    9 positive reviews
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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes that sing to your taste buds
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    9 positive reviews
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    Sauce Boot Camp

    (9)
    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.
    Sauce Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces in this comprehensive class
    • Prepare multiple types of sauces including bordelaise, béchamel, and veloute
    • Practice valuable skills such as making a pan sauce and preparing emulsions
    • Develop new techniques as you meet fellow culinary enthusiasts
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    9 positive reviews
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    Cuban Surf and Turf (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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.
    Cuban Surf and Turf (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Master land and sea in the Cuban cooking style
    • Create mouthwatering dishes like sautéed pork medallions with cumin-orange mojo sauce
    • Practice traditional techniques such as braising shrimp and sautéing pork
    • Bring rich new flavors to your dinner table
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    4 positive reviews
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    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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 ,andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes with the guidance of a professional instructor
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled spicy spinach and artichoke dip and jerk chicken wings
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    4 positive reviews
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you'd be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    9 positive reviews
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    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to the Caribbean

    (9)
    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.
    Culinary Adventure: A Trip to the Caribbean

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook with the flavors of the Caribbean
    • Discover secrets to selecting and grilling shrimp
    • Cook delicious dishes like jerk shrimp skewers with mango relish
    • Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure
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    9 positive reviews
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    Date Night: Jamaica Me Crazy

    (9)
    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.
    Date Night: Jamaica Me Crazy

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing your favorite Jamaican fare
    • Develop culinary skills such as how to select and fry shrimp and prepare crêpe batter
    • Cook up flavorful dishes like coconut-crusted shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce
    • Gain the skills to bring the taste of Jamaica to your dinner table
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    9 positive reviews
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    Vegetarian Thai (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Experience the enticing dishes of a foreign land as you journey through the culinary Thai culture. In this all-levels class, you'll follow along as a professional chef teaches you the basics of vegetarian Thai cuisine. You'll practice techniques such as properly selecting produce, preparing and baking flatbread, steaming and roasting vegetables, and incorporating spices into your recipes. Join up with other classmates as you prepare menu items like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice. When you’ve completed your cooking, you'll sit down and enjoy a Thai feast prepared by your own hands. What could be more satisfying than that?
    Vegetarian Thai (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to make delicious vegetarian recipes in the Thai tradition
    • Create mouthwatering dishes like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice
    • Practice proper techniques
    • Bring a whole new flavor profile to your recipe book
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    4 positive reviews
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    Fresh Start (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Learn the secrets to creating healthy and appetizing entrees from a professional chef in this all-levels class focused on fit fare. You'll work in small groups to create delectable dishes like miso-ginger poached halibut with leeks, spinach and soba noodles, grilled chicken kebabs with carrot slaw and mint yogurt sauce, and minestrone with chickpeas and kale. As you cook, you'll practice proper techniques such as how to select and poach fish, prepare soup, and cook grains. You'll also make yogurt sauces and discover the best ways to check your meat’s doneness. When you’ve finished, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates for a healthy feast that you'll be proud to have prepared.
    Fresh Start (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make healthy meals that will satisfy the senses
    • Practice important techniques such as how to select and poach fish
    • Cook delicious dishes like minestrone with farro, chickpeas, and kale
    • Wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start on a healthy diet
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    9 positive reviews
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    Use Your Noodle

    (4)
    Noodles serve as the foundation for a variety of incredible Asian dishes. Learn the secrets to preparing these regional staples with an all-levels class that will take you on a fascinating trip through Asian cuisine. Follow along as a professional instructor gets you familiar with Asian ingredients and demonstrates the proper techniques for making your noodles. You'll then work in small groups to create noodle-based dishes like spicy ginger soba noodle salad with carrots and snow peas, Singapore mai fun noodles with tofu, beef chow fun with black bean and scallion sauce, and udon noodle soup with shrimp, mushrooms, and sweet chili lime broth. When you’ve finished creating your dishes, you'll take a seat with your classmates and experience the mouthwatering power of the noodle.
    Use Your Noodle

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Unlock the skills to create homemade Asian noodles
    • Prepare delicious dishes such as beef chow fun with black bean and scallion sauce
    • Discover how to work with a variety of noodles as well as how to make Asian sauces
    • Experience the fun of cooking alongside classmates
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    4 positive reviews
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    Gluten Free Pasta (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Gluten Free Pasta (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta
    • Discover how to work with gluten-free flours to make the best dough
    • Create delicious recipes like three-cheese and spinach lasagna with tomato sauce
    • Take your diet into your own hands and develop new culinary skills in the process
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    9 positive reviews
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    Chicken 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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.
    Chicken 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the best ways to cook up your favorite dinnertime protein
    • Practice three techniques taught by a professional chef
    • Cook delicious dishes like Arabian spiced chicken and rice with yogurt sauce
    • Gain new culinary approaches to a kitchen staple
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    4 positive reviews
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    Breakfast Breads and Pastries

    (4)
    Imagine the smell of freshly baked scones and danishes wafting through the air. Now imagine that smell come from your own kitchen. Yes, it's totally possible. Learn the art of creating fresh-baked treats at home with this all-levels class guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. A professional pastry chef will guide you through the process as you make delicious goodies like sticky buns, lemon cream-filled danishes with raspberry jam, spiced apple cranberry turnovers, and bacon, chive, and cheddar scones. As you bake, you'll develop the proper skills to work with yeast dough and puff pastry as well as learn how to make your own pie dough and fresh fruit fillings.
    Breakfast Breads and Pastries

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the art of making fresh-baked goods at home
    • Learn how to whip up quick breads and pie dough
    • Prepare tasty treats like lemon cream-filled danishes with raspberry jam
    • Gain a new skill that will have your home feeling like a gourmet bakery
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    4 positive reviews
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    Homemade Meals in a Hurry

    (4)
    You’ve said it before and you'll say it again: Who’s got the time to cook? Put an end to this question and get your dinner routine under control with some simple preparation and a little practice in culinary techniques. Follow along as a professional instructor teaches you how to make simple sauces that you can prepare ahead, freeze, and then add to a myriad of dishes for quick and easy meals that won't hold back on taste or nutrition. Your sauces will include such varieties as ginger teriyaki, wild mushroom cream, ranchero, and garlic-herb butter. Work in small groups to create quick meals like roasted teriyaki salmon and zucchini, creamy pesto rigatoni, and chicken poblano chili. As you cook, you'll develop new culinary skills and understand how easy making delicious homemade meals can be with a little preparation. You'll leave with samples of your sauces and over 20 quick-fix meal recipes.
    Homemade Meals in a Hurry

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the secrets to creating quick homemade meals
    • Learn how to make easy, freezable sauces that can be added to a variety of meals
    • Create tasty dishes like creamy pesto rigatoni and chicken poblano chili
    • Rebuild your relationship with cooking in no time flat
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    4 positive reviews
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    Gluten-Free Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    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 gluten-free pasta from scratch. You'll create delicious 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 practices pasta-making techniques like working with gluten-free flours, rolling and cutting fresh pasta, sautéing vegetable, 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.
    Gluten-Free Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta from scratch
    • Discover how to work with gluten-free flours to make the best dough
    • Create delicious recipes like quinoa mac 'n' cheese with mushrooms, bacon, and gruyere cheese
    • Take your diet into your own hands and develop new culinary skills in the process
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    4 positive reviews
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    Vegetarian Thai (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    Experience the enticing dishes of a foreign land as you journey through the culinary Thai culture. In this all-levels class, you'll follow along as a professional chef teaches you the basics of vegetarian Thai cuisine. You'll practice techniques such as properly selecting produce, preparing and baking flatbread, steaming and roasting vegetables, and incorporating spices into your recipes. Join up with other classmates as you prepare menu items like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice. When you’ve completed your cooking, you'll sit down and enjoy a Thai feast prepared by your own hands. What could be more satisfying than that?
    Vegetarian Thai (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make delicious vegetarian recipes in the Thai tradition
    • Create mouthwatering dishes like Vegetarian Pad Thai and Sweet Potato and Eggplant Yellow Coconut Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice
    • Practice proper techniques
    • Bring a whole new flavor profile to your recipe book
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    9 positive reviews
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    A Touch of Seoul (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Discover how to easily incorporate Korean-inspired ingredients into your recipes as a professional chef takes you on a journey through the tantalizing flavors of another culture. Work alongside classmates to create dishes like bulgogi egg rolls with spicy mayo dipping sauce, Korean pork belly tacos with kimchi, honey-sriracha chicken wings with sesame rice, and sweet and spicy cucumber-kohlrabi salad. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills such as selecting the best ground beef and pork belly, working with egg roll wrappers, deep frying, braising, and fermenting. Once you’ve finished creating your dishes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the enticing flavors of Korean cuisine.
    A Touch of Seoul (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to cook up delicious Seoul cuisine
    • Prepare dishes such as honey-sriracha chicken wings with sesame rice
    • Practice using Korean ingredients in your dishes
    • Experience the flavors of another culture
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    4 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the delicate art of creating the macaron. You'll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You'll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the appetizing art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache
    • Discover the skills to turn your kitchen into your new favorite pastry shop
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    4 positive reviews
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    German Comfort Food

    (9)
    Comfort food is all about satisfying the senses by reconnecting to the traditional cuisine of a region. Come discover the comfort food of Germany in this uniquely satisfying class where a professional chef will take you on an exploration of Germany’s favorite foods and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to recreate them in your own home. Learn important techniques such as how to select and braise beef, prepare a traditional roulade, work the griddle, and make potato dough. Breaking into small groups, you'll creates such delicious dishes as German rouladen (rolled flank steak), braised red cabbage, schupfnudeln (potato noodles), and kaiserschmarrn dessert (sweet Austrian rum-raisin pancake). Exploring another culture has never tasted so good.
    German Comfort Food

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to craft traditional German comfort food from a professional chef
    • Create satisfying dishes like German rouladen (rolled flank steak), braised red cabbage, and schupfnudeln (potato noodles)
    • Discover how to select and braise beef as well as prepare a roulade
    • Connect to the comforting cuisine of another culture
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    9 positive reviews
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    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

    (9)
    Work alongside classmates to create delicious dishes like hearts of palm, crab and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette, Feijoada (Brazil's National Dish: Black Bean and Pork Stew), and lime cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting. A professional chef will guide you as you practice proper techniques such as selecting crab, cutting avocado, preparing vinaigrette and balancing flavors. When you've finished, you'll take your seat at the table and enjoy an explosion of Brazilian flavor sure to get a standing ovation.
    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Cook up a variety of Brazilian-inspired dishes
    • Discover secrets to selecting and preparing the best meat and produce for your recipes
    • Create delectable dishes and get familiar with South American ingredients
    • Bring a whole new meaning to movie night
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    9 positive reviews
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    Ramen Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Stop! Step away from the microwave and put down the packet. It's time to learn how to make Ramen for yourself. In this all-levels class, you'll learn how to use all-natural ingredients and Japanese flavors to create an irresistible recipe. Make your own noodles using a pasta roller and practice techniques to create perfectly poached vegetables and eggs. You'll also learn how to work with miso paste and what to look for when selecting beef. Then, reap the rewards of your hard work as you taste the incredible flavor of your homemade Ramen. Get ready for your microwave to be jealous.
    Ramen Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to create a stellar bowl of homemade Ramen
    • Wield the power of Umami to get the most out of your recipe
    • Practice making your own noodles with a pasta roller
    • Gain skills that will help you ditch the microwave and eat fresh
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    4 positive reviews
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    Tater Tots Kids Cooking (age 3-7)

    (9)
    Calling all pint-sized chefs! This is a culinary experience not to be missed. Get your little one excited about helping out in the kitchen as he/she learns to complete recipes with the help of a professional chef. Each month, the theme changes and a new menu is created to keep things fresh. Look on as your little one learns about ingredients, practices cooking techniques, and completes culinary masterpieces. Whether this is the first time your tot has picked up a spatula or is known to pull up a stool in the kitchen, this class is a perfect way to encourage confidence and culinary exploration.
    Tater Tots Kids Cooking (age 3-7)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Let your little chefs experience the excitement of learning from a professional chef
    • Enjoy inventive monthly menus that change with the seasons
    • Work alongside your tot to help them complete their recipes
    • Create a culinary memory your little ones will never forget
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    9 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the fine art of creating the macaron. You'll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You'll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream
    • Discover the secrets to making tasty treats in your own kitchen
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    Mediterranean Cruise Cooking

    (9)
    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).
    Mediterranean Cruise Cooking

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to cook with the flavors of the Mediterranean
    • Discover secrets to selecting and preparing the best meat and produce for your recipes
    • Cook delicious dishes like Moroccan braised chicken with apricots
    • Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure
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    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

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    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you’ve completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art to cooking a perfect cut of meat
    • Prepare delicious dishes like grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling, and braising
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    Lemon Lovers

    (9)
    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.
    Lemon Lovers

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the secret to cooking and baking with lemons
    • Practice culinary skills such as whipping egg whites and preparing cream sauces
    • Prepare delicious dishes like bruschetta with arugula, white beans, and fried lemons
    • Experience creative ways to utilize a common fruit in your cooking
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    Sweet and Savory Crêpes

    (4)
    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.
    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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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    (9)
    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.
    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the flavorful art of cooking with beer
    • Create enticing dishes such as beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema and borracho beans
    • Practice skills like selecting and braising pork and utilizing proper spices
    • Find a new purpose for your favorite drink
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    Gluten-Free Gourmet

    (9)
    Anyone who’s ever told you that gluten-free food can't taste good definitely hasn’t taken this class. Come learn the secrets to great-tasting gluten-free dishes from a professional chef. You'll work alongside classmates to create delectable dishes such as herbed flatbread with roasted vegetables and goat cheese, fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw, and dark chocolate toffee brownies. As you prepare your food, you'll discover essential techniques for gluten-free cooking like working with grain and nut flours as well as preparing gluten-free dough, batter, and breading. Once you’ve finished creating your dishes, you'll sit down to a sampling of your freshly made gluten-free fare.
    Gluten-Free Gourmet

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create delicious gluten-free recipes
    • Practice culinary skills such as preparing gluten-free dough and batter
    • Cook up delicious dishes like fried chicken with apple and kohlrabi slaw
    • Discover how good a gluten-free meal can taste
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    Marrakesh Express

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    Ditch the takeout menu and learn to make delicious Moroccan food with your own two hands. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you along as you work with classmates to create a true Moroccan feast. You'll prepare such satisfying dishes as Marrakesh pizza with chickpeas and cilantro, grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive, roasted cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes with mint yogurt sauce, and honey and almond shortbread with citrus. As you make your way through recipes, you'll practice vital culinary skills like rolling and shaping pizza dough, selecting and grilling chicken, determining meat doneness, making yogurt sauces, and preparing shortbread dough. When the food is out of the oven, you'll pick up a fork and feast on the fruits of your labor.
    Marrakesh Express

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to bring the flavors of Morocco into your own kitchen
    • Craft savory dishes like grilled chicken tagine with roasted red peppers and kalamata olive
    • Practice working with Moroccan ingredients as you learn how to balance flavors
    • Add the rich flavors of another culture to your weekly dinner menu
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    Culinary Adventure (Merchandise Mart)

    (4)
    Take a journey to another land as your professional instructor guides you through the flavors of far-off regions. With the destination changing each month, students have the chance to explore the culinary cultures of various cities around the world. Follow along as you learn about native ingredients and traditional techniques. You'll work in small groups to create a full menu of dishes that highlight the flavors and textures commonly found in the food of your selected region. Whether you’re looking to discover a new style of cooking or simply want to reconnect with the flavors of your homeland, this class offers a great experience for all.
    Culinary Adventure (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Explore the cooking style of another culture and learn new techniques
    • Discover flavors and textures native to the region
    • Practice using traditional ingredients and native cooking techniques
    • Broaden your mind and palate
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    Sauce Odyssey (Lincoln Square)

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    Let’s face it: everything tastes better slathered in sauce. Whether savory or sweet, these delicious creations can elevate a meal from drab to delectable. Learn the art of preparing sauces in this all-levels course that’s sure to have you licking the spoon. 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 dishes like dried fruit and port reduction with sautéed pork medallions, cheddary béchamel with baked penne, and romesco sauce with oven-roasted potatoes. When you’ve finished, you'll take a seat with your classmates to feast on the fruits of your labor.
    Sauce Odyssey (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of creating sweet and savory sauces
    • Prepare reductions and emulsions while learning how to balance flavors
    • Cook up delicious dishes like béarnaise sauce with oven-poached salmon
    • Step outside the confines of your kitchen for a new cooking experience
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    9 positive reviews

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