The Chopping Block


Q.) Are these classes for beginners?

A.) All our classes are intended for all levels of students, from beginners to experts. In every class you will learn the recipes from the menu for that day as well as many more tips and techniques for everyday cooking. 

Q.) Are the classes hands on?

A.) We have kitchens dedicated to Totally Hands On classes as well as Demonstration classes at both locations. In our Totally Hands On classes, each student gets a chance to prepare (and eat!) the dishes from start to finish, while in our Demonstration classes each student gets to watch and learn from the chef instructor as he/she prepares the dishes before your eyes, and then serves tasting portions.

Q) How do I register for a class?

A.) Call Lincoln Square at 773.472.6700 or call the Merchandise Mart at 312.644.6360 to register for classes.  Or click here to register online. We will ask for a credit card number to hold your reservation.

Q.) Will my credit card be charged?

A.) No we will not charge your credit card. You have the option to pay with cash, check, gift card or credit card on the day of class. We will only charge your card if you do not show up for class or if you cancel within the one-week cancellation period.

Q.) How much do I get to eat?

A.) During our Demonstration classes you will taste a healthy sampling of everything made in class. However in our Totally Hands On classes you will get the equivalent of a full meal.

Q.) How many people are in the classes?

A.) In Demonstration classes there are up to 14 spaces at Lincoln Square and 25 at the Merchandise Mart. In our Totally Hands On kitchens there is room for 20 at both locations.

Q.) What are my chances of getting in the class if I am on the waitlist?

A.) We always suggest signing up for the waitlist for any class, because there is a good chance of getting in and there is no commitment if you can’t make it. There are always cancellations up to the last minute. And we call our waitlist immediately if someone cancels.

Q.) Do we need to bring anything to the class?

A.) No.  We provide all the equipment and food, as well as printed recipe handouts.  Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase.  Your chef will even recommend wine parings to accompany the dishes prepared in class.  Click here to view our wine list.   If you do choose to bring your own beverages, keep in mind that a corkage fee will be charged: $10 per bottle of wine and $5 per six-pack of beer.

Q.) Is there a student discount for items in your store?

A.) On the day of class, students receive a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise. You also get a 15% discount on all items used in that day's class.

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