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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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Two Parties Mean Twice the Fun

November is the best time of year for so many reasons. There's a pretty big food holiday that reminds us to be thankful, we ramp up pie production again, our classes are full of seasonal produce like squash and fall cooking techniques such as braising, and it's time to appreciate our customers. We have two different parties this year, each with a different focus. Be the cool kid and attend both!

Saturday, November 8
10am - 4pm
Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square's party celebrates turkey and everything else you need for your holiday meals. Learn how to smoke, fry and roast a turkey from our chefs. They'll also be showing off their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. So stop by for expert tips, tricks, advice - and tastings!

Friday, November 14
11am-6pm
Merchandise Mart

The Mart's celebration is all about ushering in the entertaining season in style. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres you can easily re-create at home, samples of our Thanksgiving-friendly wines and fresh gift ideas for your favorite host or hostess.

Both stores will offer 20% off all merchandise (except Vitamix, Big Green Egg & wine) on Customer Appreciation Days. These events are free to the public and do not require registration.

Pick Your Discount

Pick Your DiscountYou decide your own discount in our retail stores this month. October is "Pick your Discount Month!"

Reach into our basket at Lincoln Square and draw discounts ranging from 5% to 25% off retail purchases! Spin the giant wheel for your discount at the Mart.

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.

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.

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.

What's in a Sip?
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7pm - 8:30pm at the Mart

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

Stroll, Sip, Shop

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Wine StrollGet ready to taste some amazing wine during Lincoln Square Ravenswood's Fall Wine Stroll. There are five different routes through the area's business districts, and The Chopping Block is located on Lincoln Route A.

Stroll through neighborhoods as you taste wine while checking out local shops, businesses and restaurants along the way. Each wine will be paired with delicious hors d'oeuvres.

We'll have a special offer on our food-friendly wines for participants.

Click Here To Purchase Wine Stroll Tickets

November Sale

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!

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