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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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Our chefs are what set us apart from the rest! With years of experience at top restaurants, they will teach you about food. Click here to view profiles of all of our chefs.

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Autumn = Apple Fest

If you want to try a slice of heaven, stop by our store during Apple Fest in Lincoln Square. We'll be selling our Famous Apple Pie by the slice and whole pies in cast iron skillets. It's a day full of fun for the whole family!

Saturday, September 20
9am - 5pm
The Chopping Block Lincoln Square

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PinterestSee how much fun Apple Fest can be in our Pinterest board.

Summer Winds Down but Fall is Full of Fun

Fall HarvestWe just released our October calendars, and it's true. Fall is just around the corner. But don't mourn the end of summer! The seasonal switch brings a whole new crop of produce to play with in the kitchen. Our chefs are ready to introduce you to new dishes for Brussels sprouts, celery root, apples, pumpkin and more.

Here are just a few classes we are looking forward to this fall:

  • Our Fall Vegetable Harvest is a vegetarian class inspired by the best of the season with dishes like Caramelized Butternut Squash, Kale and Gruyere Cheese Bread Pudding.
  • Crank up the oven for Home-Style Fall Baking classics such as Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
  • The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin features various winter squash dishes full of technique and flavorlike Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage.
  • Get ideas for party season with fun and tasty creations such as Hot Apple Pie Cocktail with Cinnamon-Apple Crostata Topped with Maple Whipped Cream in Fall Cocktails & Appetizers.
  • Put a twist on the hearty casseroles your mom used to make with new ideas like Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes in Cozy Casseroles.

All of our core classes (Chicken 101, Meat 101, Seafood 101, Pasta Workshop, Cupcake Boot Camp, etc.) also have new inspiring fall menus.

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.

We've Been Dosed

Dose MarketWe are excited to participate in our first Dose Market this month. The shopping experience brings together the best local makers, bakers, chefs, designers and artists in one spot so you can shop quality at once.

Our chef will be demonstrating Knife Skills that will improve your efficiency and shorten your prep time. Stop by our table to learn a few tips.

Sunday, September 21
Dose Market
401 N. Morgan, Chicago

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Go to the Garden for Cooking Inspiration

Shelley Young at Chicago Botanical GardenCooking with garden-fresh ingredients makes a tremendous difference in the flavor of your food, so we get especially inspired at Chicago Botanic Garden. Our Owner/Chef Shelley Young will demonstrate how to make Roasted Carrot and Chorizo Tacos with Mexican Slaw during The Garden Chef Series.

Sunday, September 21
1:30pm & 2:30pm
Chicago Botanic Garden

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Hot Tables are Even Hotter

What's a Hot Table? It's a collection of cookware, tools and ingredients you will use in your cooking class. Our chefs and assistants take a lot of care in assembling one for each class. Typically, students get 15% off any hot table item after class.

But next month, we're upping that discount to 20%! Take a cooking class in September and save even more on your Hot Table finds.

We are also offering 20% Off Food in September. All oils, vinegars, mustards, sauces, salts, etc. are on sale next month.

Sunday Sessions

Culinary Boot CampHave you considered professional culinary school before? Perhaps you just want to be a better home cook. Either way, you'll become powerful in the kitchen with our Culinary Boot Camp.

Culinary Boot Camp
Monday, September 22 - 26
8:30am - 4:30pm
The Chopping Block at the Mart

Can't join us during the week? Our Sunday version runs five weeks and begins on Sunday, October 5th.

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Cooking Lab Heads North

Cooking Lab FunOur new Cooking Lab series is coming to our Lincoln Square kitchen later this month. The four-week class focuses on the science in cooking so you understand why your food reacts the way it does in the pan, oven or grill. Goodbye to using recipes; hello to cooking with confidence!

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Book a Party, Get a Class

You are InvitedIf 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:

  • Event must meet the specified kitchen's food & beverage minimum in order to qualify.
  • Free cooking classes are limited to a total value of $150 for two guests.
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