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    Sushi Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Vegetarian Cooking

    The old stereotype of a bland, tofu-heavy vegetarian diet is just so wrong. In this class, a plant based diet is no obstacle to hearty helpings and full flavors. Step up your veggie game and learn more about what the world of vegetarian cuisine has to offer. Get hands-on guidance as you work in groups of two to prepare dishes from a delectable menu planned by your expert instructor. When you’re done cooking, sit down with a relaxing glass of wine and enjoy your new creations.
    Vegetarian Cooking

    632 E Irving Park Rd, Roselle

    • Prepare a delicious Vegetarian menu in a hands-on cooking class
    • Receive expert instruction as you work in pairs to craft your healthy dishes
    • Learn new kitchen skills and delicious recipes you can use at home
    • Partake in a fun, collaborative atmosphere with the help of your talented chef
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    2 positive reviews
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    How to Bake Bread Workshop

    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 Workshop

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Cooking Meat 101 (Lincoln Square)

    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.
    Cooking 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Bloody Mary Brunch

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Cooking With Indian Masala

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

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Masala Dosa, Chana Masala, and Masala Tea
    • Savor in delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn new recipes from an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Show off your new skill at your next dinner party!
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    Art of Making Ramen Workshop (Lincoln Square)

    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.
    Art of Making 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Sweet and Savory Sauce Boot Camp

    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.
    Sweet and Savory Sauce Boot Camp

    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Learn to Make Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    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!
    Learn to Make 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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    2 positive reviews

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