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Brush up on your Spanish while learning to make delicious tapas!
We are excited to partner with Multilingual Connections, a language center in Chicago that connects people to their communities and the world, for a special cooking class. Our chef will lead the cooking lesson while a Multilingual Connections instructor conducts the language portion of the class.
Sunday, April 27
May is a time for celebrations. First, there's Mom. Think she doesn't want to cook on her special day? Wrong! She'd love to spend it with you in our kitchens. Remember, we do all of the set up and clean up, so you're just left with the fun of cooking and eating.
Cook Our Mother's Day weekend lineup of cooking classes include:
Our Bailey Phillips is about to embark on an international culinary adventure with her mom. Read about it in her latest blog.
Next month is the official start to grilling season on our patio. Down south in Memphis, the best barbeque champions from all over the world will converge on the city to smoke the competition. We'll create our own winning recipes in our upcoming Memphis in May classes.
The 5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week is on tap next month. And in true Chicago beer-loving fashion, it lasts more than an actual week, from May 15-25, 2014.
Join us for these beer-focused events at the Mart:
American Craft Beer Tasting with The Hopleaf's Michael Roper
Monday, May 19 7pm
He Said, She Said Beer Pairing Dinner
Friday, May 16 6pm
From Beer to Eternity
Thursday, May 15 6pm
It's spring cleaning season, so it's time to purge those kitchen drawers. Replace the tools and utensils you have that no longer get the job done during our annual Chef Tools & Gadget Sale. Save 20% off peelers, graters, squeezers and much more in April. Buy 3 tools and that savings jumps to 25% off!
We have "Test It" tables available at both stores so you can put our favorite chef tools and gadgets to work. If you've had your eye on a particular tool but wanted to know how it performs, now is your chance to test drive it yourself. So, stop by this month for our tool test!
It's the time of year for wedding bells. But before the trip down the aisle, celebrate the bride- or groom-to-be with a private cooking party. We've hosted unique bridal/couples showers, bachelor/ette parties, and even rehearsal dinners at The Chopping Block.
During April or May, we're offering a special to anyone who books a Sunday bridal brunch in 2014. Book all of your wedding-related celebrations now!
Here's what you get:
Just mention the promo code "Bridal Brunch" to your Event Coordinator to get these goodies.
Please note that in order to quality for the special, your event must be booked in April or May but can be held anytime during 2014.
Our cooking parties are fun! Check out our The Party Starts in the Kitchen Pinterest board.
Grooms aren't often known for being active in the planning of their weddings. But as soon-to-be-married Event Coordinator Mike Lintal shares with us, just because you're a guy, doesn't mean you have to be a silent partner in the process.
Mike gives lots of great ideas for making the big day special, including creative ways to incorporate different types of food. You'll love his Bro Notes!
Read Wedding Planning: Notes From The Groom
"I have always dreamt of going to culinary school, but worried if it would be a mistake to invest the money and years of my life, without ever having set foot in a professional kitchen. What if I didn't like it?"
Food blogger Veronica LaPinske was at a crossroads in her life. In order to get a better understanding of what professional culinary school would entail, we invited her to attend Culinary Boot Camp. She documented her week-long experience in her blog, A Cook's Canvas.
Are you in a similar place in your life as Veronica? Our Boot Camps offer a chance to delve deeper into the world of cooking. Whether you are looking for a one-day immersion class on a particular topic, or a week of cooking alongside our professional chefs, there's something for all serious home cooks.
Pinterest See more of Veronica's amazing images during her Culinary Boot Camp journey on our Pinterest board.
Our first Cooking Lab was a fiery success, literally! Not only did our students learn not to be afraid of high heat and other techniques used by professional chefs, but they walked away from this new, innovative class as better home cooks.
Co-taught by Owner/Chef Shelley Young and Sous Chef Mario Scordato, Cooking Lab goes deeper than most recreational cooking classes. Students delve into the science of cooking with hands-on work and even more interactive discussions. Instead of just learning how to cook recipes, students are challenged to understand the how's and why's of cooking.
We invited a local blogger to document her experience in Cooking Lab. Read each part of My Homespun Home's journey.
Shelley offers her thoughts on this class and how it helps to teach people to cook intuitively in her latest blog.
We are proud to partner with Fine Vintage to bring the prestigious wine courses of The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to Chicago. Designed for both wine enthusiasts and the wine trade, these courses offer highly accomplished instructors, fantastic wines, and internationally recognized certification. James Cluer, one of only 312 Masters of Wine in the world and only 38 in North America, is the founder of Fine Vintage and will teach the first courses at The Chopping Block in May himself.