Give the gift of cooking! We offer gift certificates in any denomination for classes and merchandise and gift registry for any occasion.
Thanks for rating us so highly in the 2014 Zagat Chicago Shopping Survey. The survey is based on YOUR opinions, so we really appreciate your support.
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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Our annual Knife Sale is just around the corner. Save 20% off Global, Shun, Chroma, Robert Welch and F. Dick knives in March. Buy 3 knives and that savings jumps to 25% off!
Selecting a knife is a very personal decision. Some cooks like them sleek and light, while others prefer heavy and sturdy. What works well for you won't be a match for someone else. If you're not sure which knife is the right fit for you, stop in our stores next month to test drive our collection before you buy.
A good knife can also be an investment. You want to make sure to get a quality knife that has durability, strength, handles well and will endure some wear and tear. We like this guide on How to Choose a Chef's Knife.
Pinterest Want to drool over more knives? Check out our Knives we Love Pinterest board.
All Knives Are 20% Off In March
We love Oscar month! Not only does it give us a great excuse to make our famous Truffled Popcorn, our staff gets to be creative with our cooking class titles paying homage to the movies. Some of our favorites from this year include:
The Merchant of Venice: Venetian Cicchetti
Blue Jasmine: Taste of Thailand
My Big Fat Greek Feast
Date Night: La Bamba
Gone with the Wheat: Gluten-Free Gourmet
Whey's World: Homemade Cheesemaking
Citizen Casing: Sausage Making Basics
The Chopping Block is pleased to offer a new line of olive oil and vinegars from the Robbins Family Farm in California. For maximum freshness and quality, the oils are hand-bottled just prior to shipping. The balsamic vinegars are hand-selected and imported from Modena, Italy. Even the labels reflect the artisan family's commitment to beauty. Patti Robbins' own paintings, inspired by her time in Italy, grace the labels of the oils and vinegars.
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.
Chicago celebrates its 177th birthday this month. Take a look back at the transition from trading post to global city with these pictures from CNN. While we may currently be disillusioned with our fair city due to this winter's brutal weather, we can all appreciate a great birthday celebration.
If you know someone who would like to celebrate their birthday, anniversary, engagement, arrival of baby, last singles' hurrah or any other occasion surrounded by family, friends and food, our Event Team is ready to help. These planners love to talk parties, come up with fun menus and coordinate every last detail so you don't have to worry about anything.
If you've got a special event to plan this year, go ahead and book it now at The Chopping Block.
Pinterest Want to see how much fun you can have at your own private cooking event? Check out our The Party Starts in the Kitchen Pinterest board.
Whether you are throwing a party for a large crowd or just getting dinner on the table for your family, we could all use some time-saving tips in the kitchen. Lifehacker recently surveyed chefs and food pros on ways to help home cooks spend less time slaving over a stove and more time enjoying the foods of your labor.
Shelley contributed to the conversation with some notes on "mise en place".
It's not just the kids who have cabin fever right now. Us adults are pretty sick of this wretched winter we've had in the Midwest. And while warmer weather still seems so far away (is it really just 12 degrees right now?!), you and your kids can start dreaming of summer camp.
Our cooking camps were so successful last year, that we've added an extra session for teens this year.
Camps are held on weekdays at our Lincoln Square location in June, July and August and are now open for registration.
View our 2014 Summer Camp schedule for Kids & Teens and sign up your young chef through our website.
Your kids will become confident in the kitchen, make new friends and of course, learn important cooking skills during our camps.
"The Chopping Block has long been regarded as one of the best places for novice chefs to learn how to cook. Their stellar reputation extends to their kids' camp program."
The Chopping Block offers cooking programs as an alternative to traditional culinary school for professional and non-professional cooks. Our Boot Camps are affordable, one to five-day immersion courses covering essential cooking techniques. Read a recent account of Culinary Boot Camp 1 from A Cook's Canvas as Veronica uses Boot Camp to help her determine if she wants to pursue cooking as a career. It is guaranteed to inspire you!