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The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events. Classes at our two locations cover subjects from cooking basics to intensive Boot Camps as well as seasonal, date nights, healthy and kids classes.

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Let our Chefs Handle Thanksgiving Dessert

Thanksgiving DessertWe make a lot of pie here at The Chopping Block. So, let our chefs tackle Thanksgiving dessert. We are now taking orders for our famous cast iron skillet Apple Pie & classic Pumpkin Pie. We offer two days of pickup at each location for your convenience.

Order for pickup at Lincoln Square on Tuesday, November 25.
Order for pickup at Lincoln Square on Wednesday, November 26.
Order for pickup at Merchandise Mart on Tuesday, November 25.
Order for pickup at Merchandise Mart on Wednesday, November 26.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Helpline

Ask our chefs for helpHow can you avoid dry turkey and gluey mashed potatoes but achieve flavorful gravy and flaky pie crust.

Thanksgiving dinner is serious stuff. So, we're bringing in our chefs to answer all of your cooking questions.

Join us for a live Facebook chat next Tuesday from 3pm-4pm.

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Ready, Set, Shop!

Black Friday may be known for big box store deals, but we have some fun planned for our shoppers on November 28!

Search our stores for hidden gift cards, learn How to Make Fondue at the Mart at 3pm (just $5!) and enjoy the last days of our Bonus Bucks promotion.

Lincoln Square will look especially festive for Small Business Saturday (November 29) this year after being awarded one of just five "Main Street Makeovers" in the country by American Express. Stop by to see our neighborhood transformed into a winter wonderland as you shop small.

Small Business Saturday

Save the date for our favorite holiday shopping event, the 14th annual One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart on December 4-7. Stop by our store on your way to or from the show for our Wine & Chocolate reception on Friday 12/5 and Saturday 12/6 from 4pm-6pm. We will be sampling wine and sweets!

One of a Kind Show and Sale

November Sale

Leave the Party Planning to Us

Party PlanningIt can be hard to think about the holidays when you are concerned about getting your Halloween costume just right for tonight's festivities.

But this is no trick! Our December calendars are quickly filling up.

If you are considering planning a holiday event at The Chopping Block this season, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will help guide you through our simple planning process. From menu selection to food allergies to reluctant cooks, we've got you covered.

Read Our Holiday Faq

Sniff, Swirl, Sip in our New Wine Classes

Viktorija TodoroskaWe are thrilled to have wine classes back on our calendars! These introductory courses called "The Building Blocks of Wine" will be taught by our Sommelier Viktorija Todorovska, who also happens to teach WSET classes for Fine Vintage at The Chopping Block.

Wines for Entertaining
Friday, November 21, 2014
7pm - 8:30pm at Lincoln Square

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays

We are setting up our holiday displays in our stores this week, so the shopping season is officially here! We can understand if you are thinking about turkey more than gumdrops and sugarplums right now. But if you are planning to entertain this season, whether it's for a group of 4 or 50, we've got a slew of classes to help make entertaining seem effortless.

ParsnipsOur Warming Winter Dinner Party features an elegant menu with seasonal dishes such as Caramelized Parsnip Bisque that you will learn to pull off flawlessly.

Stick to the classics like Roast Prime Rib au Jus with Horseradish Sauce in Dinner Party Classics. Our chefs provide lots of make-ahead shortcuts so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Winter Cocktails & AppetizersLearn easy-to-prepare, party-perfect snacks like Pear & Prosecco Bellini with Blue Cheese Mousse Endive Spears with Caramelized Pears & Toasted Pecans in Winter Cocktails & Appetizers.

Diets can wait until the new year. Enjoy the bliss of baked goods such as Double Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting in Festive Baking.

Holiday Cookies Of course, homemade cookies are a must-do activity for any family during the holidays. Be inspired with interesting recipes for Cranberry-Pistachio Bars with Apricot Glaze and new decorating ideas in Fun n' Fancy Holiday Cookies.

Old-fashioned candy like Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Truffles will always remind us of the holidays. Learn the art in Candy Making Demo (just $5!).

Can't wait? Watch our videos.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

How to Make Peanut Brittle

How to Make Chocolate Truffles

How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Most of the above classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

See All Of Our December Classes

We're Talking More than Turkey in November

We all know November means turkey time. And as always, we've got plenty of cooking classes to help you look good at your holiday meal, whether you are cooking your first Thanksgiving or you're a veteran in the kitchen.

Thanksgiving WorkshopThanksgiving Workshop is a hands-on class in which you create an entire holiday meal in real time, complete with turkey and side dishes, cranberry sauce and pie.

Thanksgiving Crash Course is our most popular and comprehensive Thanksgiving class, and our chefs' favorite class to teach! We'll teach you the timing, tricks, and classic recipes to ensure everyone leaves your table happy.

Satisfy the vegetarians on your guest list with mouthwatering meatless dishes like Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad with Pistachios and Blood Oranges in Vegetarians Eat Thanksgiving, Too.

Carve a TurkeyHow to Carve a Turkey (just $5!) gives you the know-how to confidently wield a knife and carve your bird to yield the most meat and pretty presentation. Can't wait until next month? Check out our How to Carve Turkey Google+ Hangout with lots of tips from Chef Jeff.

In addition to Thanksgiving, we're offering lots of other classes that will get you ready for the holiday entertaining season.

Use abundant fall produce to create a holiday spread full of flavorful healthy dishes in Healthy at the Holidays. Need ideas for salads now that tomatoes are out of season? Check out Chef Molly's Top 10 List of Fall Salads.

Holiday Pies & TartsImpress your guests with the stunning desserts you'll learn to make in Holiday Pies & Tarts.

Just because you can't have gluten doesn't mean you have to feel left out during the holidays. A Gluten-Free Holiday menu will satisfy anyone, whether you have a dietary restriction or not!

Cheese and chocolate fondue can be a great solution for casual entertaining. We'll give you tips in How to Make Fondue (just $5!).

Most of these classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

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