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In the News

CBS Chicago, Shelley Young with Vince Gerasole (video)
ABC 7 Chicago, Diana Hamann, "The Wine Goddess," Good Wine. Bad Economy (video)
ABC 7 Chicago, Shelley Young, Three Favorite Deserts (video)
ABC 7 Chicago, Shelley Young, Chocolate Espresso Mousse Parfait (video)

ABC 7 Chicago, Shelley Young, Sizzle into Summer: Seafood on the Grill (video)
WFTV, Orlando, April 2007 (video)
Chicagoist, February 27, 2009
Decider Chicago, September 30, 2008
Chicago Reader, Best of Chicago 2008
Style Chicago, "Our Favorites"
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, July 31, 2008
Chi-Town Daily News, July 25, 2008
chicagotribune.com, "What do you love and hate?" October 2, 2008
Chicago Tribune, The Stew, June 13, 2007
Today's Chicago Woman (pdf)
Chicago Tribune Magazine, "Class Notes" (pdf)
Chicago Tribune,"Good Eating" (pdf)

 

The Wine Goddess

Early Morning Knife Skills Lesson

Shelley taught CBS 2's Vince Gerasole how to cut a pineapple during an early morning Knife Skills lesson on the Morning Show.

Vince Learns How to Cut a Pineapple
Vince Learns How to Chop Herbs
Vince Learns How to Cut a Pepper
Vince Learns How to Chop an Onion

The Wine Goddess

Diana Hamann on Chicago's ABC 7
April 9, 2009
Good Wine. Bad Economy

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Shelley Young

Shelley Young on Chicago's ABC 7
September 1, 2008
Three Favorite Deserts

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Shelly Class

Shelley Young on Chicago's ABC 7
February 4, 2008
Chocolate Espresso Mousse Parfait

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Shelly Class

Shelley Young on Chicago's ABC 7
May 22, 2008
Sizzle into Summer: Seafood on the Grill

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Shelly Class

Shelley Young at The Great American Pie Festival
April 21 & 22, 2007 in Celebration, Florida.

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ChicagoistKnife Skills

After multiple close calls of chopping off our fingers while cooking, we decided it was time to sign up for a knife skills class. A friend recommended The Chopping Block...

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Decider

Reality-show chefs battle it out at The Chopping Block

"In a twisted version of Top Chef meets Hell’s Kitchen meets Iron Chef, The Chopping Block pitted HK winner Rock Harper against TC winner Stephanie Izard Monday night for a 30-minute contest to see who could create the best dish under pressure..."

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Reader’s Choice

"Last year my boyfriend and I coincidentally gave each other the same thing for Valentine’s Day: a gift certificate for a class at the Chopping Block. I’d long wanted to refine my crude chopping technique, and he was game for trading in his old steak saws for a proper chef’s knife..."

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"Feeling a little epicurious? Learn how to cook like a pro at The Chopping Block Cooking School in the Merchandise Mart or Lincoln Square. Chop, dice and slice your way through daily hands-on, demonstration and wine classes in an intimate yet interactive setting..."

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Chicago and Top Chef Whip Up Support for GenderPAC

"A boisterous crowd of fans and donors filled The Chopping Block in Chicago as Dale Levitski and Josie Smith-Malave of Bravo's hit reality series, Top Chef, went head to head in a competition to support the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition's 4th Annual Chicago Celebrity Cook-Off on Saturday July 26, 2008..."

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At Chopping Block, no such thing as too many cooks in the classroom

"When Erica Rouleau got a pasta-rolling machine for her wedding anniversary, she was excited. But after the first time she used it, the excitement quickly wore off.

'It was lumpy and gross and inedible. We tried to eat it but we couldn't. The pasta got stuck in the machine… it was a big mess.'

The shiny new machine was put back in the box. That is, until just recently, when Rouleau began a homemade pasta workshop at The Chopping Block, a recreational cooking school in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. The Wisconsin native and medical sales director drove over two hours to attend the class, a drive she says was well worth it..."

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What do you love and hate?

I LOVE ...
... cooking classes at The Chopping Block [ www.thechoppingblock.net]--great fun and you learn something too.
--Steven Daniel, Chicago

Sommelier secrets

"Craig Sindelar, head sommelier of Alinea restaurant, shared tips on enjoying wine Monday during a class dubbed “Sommelier Secrets,” at the Chopping Block Cooking School. Sindelar offered the disclaimer that the tips were not necessarily “secrets” but ideas behind service, then proceeded to share great tips, secret or not...."

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