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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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Chefs Cook the Green City Market Cookbook

Green City Market CookbookJoin us for a special event to benefit Green City Market. The Chopping Block's Owner/Chef Shelley Young welcomes guest chefs Jason Hammel, chef/co‐owner of Lula Café, Joshua Kulp and Christine Cikowski, chefs/owners of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club and Beth Eccles, owner/farmer of Green Acres Farm and Green City Market Board member.

Cooking demonstrations will feature recipes from the just-released Green City Market Cookbook. Shelley will showcase her Strata recipe with seasonal ingredients from the market. Jason will feature his Summer Bean Salad with Sun Gold Tomatoes, Market Herbs, Smoked Trout, and Goat Cheese Dressing. Josh and Christine will demonstrate their Sunday Dinner Club Market Mini Burger. Beth will discuss how she collaborates and inspires chefs who shop the market. Cost of the class includes a copy of the cookbook, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Green City Market.

Monday, August 4
The Chopping Block at the Mart

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Summer Star: Tomatoes

Julia McDonald, Peasants' Plot FarmLearn 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

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Got a Black Thumb? You Can Still Grow Herbs

HerbsHerbsFresh 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

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You Have our Permission to Be Sneaky

Zucchini SneakSummer squash is one of our favorite ingredients. We love it so much, we dedicate entire classes to it, like August's You Don't Know Squash.

There's even a holiday devoted to it! "Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor's Porch" falls on Friday, August 8th this year. It's a time to share the plentiful squash from your garden with your unsuspecting neighbors. Last year, even our Chef/Owner Shelley Young received a surprise on her porch!

Get Our Zucchini Carpaccio Recipe

Chef Rick Bayless Returns to the Stage

The culinary event of the summer is Cascabel, and includes a gourmet Mexican feast, drinks, 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 runs four weeks only, July 30 - August 24, 2014. Call 312-337-0665 or visit for details.

Now through July 28, fans of The Chopping Block have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see Cascabel! Head to our Facebook page and "like" this post to enter!

Rick Bayless, Cascabel

Our Annual Sale Sparks in July

July brings our nation's birthday, family vacations, beach time with friends and fireworks. It's also the best time to stock your kitchen during our Annual Summer Sale!

Summer Sale!

Kids & Teen Summer Camps are Underway

Our Lincoln Square kitchens are filled with the sound of young chefs having fun, learning new lifelong cooking skills, creating amazing food and making friends.

Summer Camp season is here!

The Chopping Block offers three different camps for kids ages 7 to 11, as well as three options for teens age 12 to 16. Take them all, in any order. Registration is open now!

PinterestSee how much fun your child could have this summer in our Pinterest board.

View All Of Our Kids & Teen Summer Cooking Camps

At a Culinary Crossroads? Consider Boot Camp

"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.

Veronica LaPinske Conquers Her Fear of Lobster in Culinary Boot Camp

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.

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Cooking Lab

Cooking Lab
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Felt Like a Foodie

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"!

Cooking Lab Part 1: Flavor

Cooking Lab Part 2: Meat, Poultry, Fish and Vegetables

Cooking Lab Part 3: Sauces

Cooking Lab Part 4: Finale

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