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    Essential Mixology

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    Knowledge is power and this class spreads the secret knowledge of some of the city's best bartenders. Whether you're looking to host a swanky cocktail party or trying to expand your drink repertoire beyond rum 'n coke, this interactive bartending course will teach you what you need to know. With A-List Startenders, you'll learn the basics of mixology, from essential cocktail recipes to the nuances of pairing fruit and herbs with unique spirits. Entertain your guests with a decadent Old Fashioned or a Mint Julep. Don't settle for a two liter and a half-gallon.
    Essential Mixology

    4401 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the essentials of cocktail creations
    • Expand your knowledge of liquors and discover the perfect pairings and proportions for each kind
    • Gain hands-on experience in concocting favorite drinks
    • Enjoy tasting all of your delicious creations
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    9 positive reviews
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    Wine and Dine (Merchandise Mart)

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    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)

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    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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    Wisconsin Fish Fry

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    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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    Simple French Food (Merchandise Mart)

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    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 (Merchandise Mart)

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    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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    Pasta Workshop (Lincoln Square)

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    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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