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Learn the whys and hows of canning tomatoes from an expert, Julia McDonald of Peasants' Plot Farm. She will demonstrate the process and educate you on current food safety standards that apply to tomato canning, to ensure your "put up" tomatoes last safely through the year.
One lucky student will win a small canning share! It will include varieties such as cherry tomatoes, mid-sized tomatoes, beefsteaks, hybrids and heirlooms (with an emphasis on heirlooms): all vine-ripened, extraordinary and not commonly found in grocery stores.
Saturday, August 23
The Chopping Block at the Mart
If you have questions about canning and preserving, our chefs will be available to help during a live Facebook chat.
Tuesday, August 19
7pm - 8pm
Go ahead and post your questions now to our Facebook page and join us on 8/19 to get the answers.
HerbsFresh herbs are an inexpensive way to add freshness and flavor to your food. Learn how to grow them at home in a special class.
Micro farmer Todd Jones will share how to build an herb garden, whether you have an outdoor patio or just a sunny windowsill. He'll build an herb box filled with basil, cilantro, parsley, lemon thyme and mint that Chef Alia Dalal will transform into fabulous herb-forward dishes.
Monday, August 25, 2014
6pm - 8:30pm
The Chopping Block at the Mart
If you are a fan of waffles, you've likely heard of the Waffleizer. The blog by journalist and author Dan Shumski caught the attention of national media and has inspired a cookbook called "Will it Waffle?"
Watch Dan work a waffle iron like you've never seen before, and get a copy of his book featuring over 50 irresistible and unexpected recipes in our upcoming special class.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10apm - 12pm
The Chopping Block Lincoln Square
Want more Waffle inspiration? Check out our Waffle Wonders Pinterest board.
We've likely all had to deal with less space in our kitchens than we'd like. But when a Chicago Tribune reporter recently downsized her home, she found cooking frustrating. So, she took to local cooking classes, including our Cupcake Boot Camp, to get her fix. Read the writer's observations on her experiences in Lessons from a Cooking Class Junkie (hint - you can Google the article title in order to avoid the Tribune's subscription block).
A new cookbook seeks to arm home cooks with strategies, tips and recipes that help get home-cooked dinners on the table in the midst of a busy life. It lists the Top 10 Challenges women face with cooking and offers doable steps to take and strategies to try, as well as over 150 recipes.
Author Sally Kuzemchak checked in with our Chef/Owner Shelley Young about kitchen gear that can assist in getting get the job done. Check out her list of must-have kitchen essentials in Chapter 2! $24.95.
If you are an event planner working on your calendar for the third quarter, book a daytime event at The Chopping Block and get a free cooking class for you and a guest.
The fine print:
The culinary event of the summer is Cascabel, and includes a gourmet Mexican feast, wine, beer, world-class acrobatics, live music, hilarious comedy, exhilarating flamenco, and a tantalizing love story. Chef Bayless not only stars in the show, he cooks on stage, and the audience enjoys the same menu that he prepares, with flavors, textures, and aromas developed specifically to compliment the story! Cascabel is now playing and has been extended by popular demand through August 31, 2014. Call 312-337-0665 or visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org for details.
"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.
We love to experiment with new cooking classes, especially when it comes to how people learn. Our new Cooking Lab series proves that taking a different approach to cooking can be thought provoking and skill enhancing. This series is a combination of our hands-on and demonstration styles, plus a healthy serving of interactive discussion with our chefs. What results is a unique combination conducive to learning.
We invited The Chopping Block class veteran Barbara Miller to test out our second session and document her journey on her blog Felt Like a Foodie. Give it a read - you'll learn new words like "chefstructor"!