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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.

Shop Local on Black Friday

The Great Gift Card SearchAvoid the crowds at the mall and big box stores on Black Friday and shop local. We have some fun things planned for our shoppers!

Take part in The Great Gift Card Search and hunt our kitchens and stores to find hidden gift cards on November 28th.

Buy a gift card on Black Friday and provide us your email address, and you'll get early-bird access to our January calendars.

Finally, our Bonus Bucks promotion ends on December 1, 2014. Until then, buy any combination of gift cards to total $200 in a single transaction, and you get an additional $25 card to gift or keep for yourself. Bonus Bucks is now available online!

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 the Mart

How to Order Wine in a Restaurant
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7pm - 8:30pm at the Mart

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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

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

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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