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Learn the art of cheese making in Chicago and discover how to create a variety of delicious cheeses, from creamy mozzarella to tangy cheddar, in hands-on classes taught by experienced cheese makers.

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Homemade Cheesemaking

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Yes, you can make fresh cheeses at home! In this class, you'll unlock the how-tos of fresh fromage. We'll also show you some different ways to incorporate cheese into your cooking- from appetizers to desserts!  Menu: Fresh Mozzarella and Artichoke Salad with Basil Vinaigrette  Paneer and Vegetable Stir Fry Homemade Yogurt Based Cucumber and Radish Tzatiki with Spicy Pita Chips Ricotta and Chocolate-Filled Cannoli.  Skills Covered...

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Intermediate Cheese Making – Camembert and Feta

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

If you have taken Cheesemaking Basics or have made a few cheeses at home already, this is the class for you. We will be making camembert and feta. The skills learned in this class can be applied to aged cheeses and can be used to make other mold-ripened cheeses, such as brie or St. Maure. We’ll take you through the process from ripening the milk to pressing and draining. We’ll also talk about the aging process and what to do if you don’t have...

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Intro to Home Cheese Making

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Join veteran cheese maker (close to two decades of experience) and whole food cook Linda Conroy and find out how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. Explore this lost art and learn to make cultured butter, feta cheese, kefir, mozzarella and several varieties of soft cheese. After learning to make kefir, we will transform this fermented milk beverage into soft spreadable cheese and a soft condiment that can be used in place of sour...

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Demonstration Cooking: Cheese Making

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

 Goat milk cheese is delicious, inexpensive to make, and easy. Learn an overview of simple cheeses (chevre, fromage blanc, feta), equipment, and the supplies needed to get started in your own kitchen. Each student will take home a container of farmstead goat cheese from the creamery at Gretta’s Goats.

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More Cheese Making: Cheddar & Gouda

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Join Home Cheese Maker Linda Conroy as we focus on 2 styles of cheese (Cheddar & Gouda) that you can easily make at home. Participants will be guided through the process of making each cheese, with a focus on details. From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself. Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed and participants will leave with recipes, cultures and bottle of rennet to get them started. Samples...

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Cheese Making 101: Soft Cheeses

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

Join homesteading expert and author Deborah Niemann to learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. Explore this lost art and learn to make mozzarella, queso blanco, and ricotta. You will also learn how to make yogurt, buttermilk and chevre. We’ll talk about the difference between milk from cows, goats, and sheep, as well as the history of dairy in this country. The basics of hard cheeses will be introduced. Students can build...

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Let’s Make Soft & Aged Cheeses

The Resiliency Institute @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL

During this hands-on workshop you will make and sample Chèvre, fresh mozzarella, brie/camembert, butter and buttermilk. As we make our cheeses we will discuss different kinds of milk, pasteurization, homogenization and food sanitation. Our cheese will be vegetarian friendly with the use of vegetarian rennet. Participants will take home an array of cheese, samples and recipes, PLUS a homemade aging box to age their cheese! This is a 2-day...

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$125

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Fondue

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Who doesn't love fondue? We'll show you how to make cheese and chocolate fondue perfect for casual holiday entertaining!

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Yogurt Making Workshop

Mary's Wholesome Living @ 2N308 Brundige Rd, Elburn, IL

Learn to make yogurt, yogurt cheese balls and frozen yogurt. You’ll get to take a yogurt starter home with you.

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Hands-On Irresistible Hors d' Oeuvres

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Jazz up your holiday parties with these impressive finger foods while learning all about presentation techniques so your food looks as good as it tastes in this hands-on class! Menu:  Puff Pastry Tart with Sautéed Onions, Bacon and Ricotta  Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms  Roasted Garlic and Cheddar Gougères Shrimp Fritters with Tarragon Aioli Skills covered in class:  Working with puff pastry ...

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Spring Veggies 101

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Join us to create a seasonal menu that's blossoming with fresh ideas for fresh spring veggies. Vegetarian-friendly menu: Crostini with Radishes, Goat Cheese and Pea Shoots Spring Green Salad with Artichokes, Asparagus and Walnut Vinaigrette Whole-Wheat Ravioli with Homemade Ricotta Filling and Arugula Pesto Skills Covered in Class Include: Getting Familiar with Spring Produce Cleaning Artichokes Preparing Vinaigrette Balancing Flavors...

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Charcuterie Board From Scratch

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Learn how to prepare all of the key components, including bread and cheese from scratch, to create a well-balanced meat and cheese platter in this interactive demonstration, hands-on class. We'll spend time on plating and presentation techniques in order to turn your meat and cheese board into a beautiful landscape.  In addition to the menu, we'll provide two additional cured meats, a hard cheese, a soft cheese, olives and mustard to make...

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How to Make Fondue

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ The Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL

Let us show you how to make cheese and chocolate fondue. Perfect for casual holiday entertaining! Please note this is demonstration, standing-room only event.

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Spring Training

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

If you're ready to lose the winter bulge, these recipes will inspire you to make your calories count. Join us to create a seasonal menu that's blossoming with fresh ideas for fresh spring veggies. Vegetarian-friendly menu: Crostini with Radishes, Goat Cheese and Pea Shoots Spring Green Salad with Artichokes, Asparagus and Walnut Vinaigrette Whole-Wheat Ravioli with Homemade Ricotta Filling and Arugula Pesto Skills Covered in Class Include:...

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Picnic Time

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

A baguette and wedge of cheese may make for a fine appetizer, but after you've spent some time outdoors or at work, you crave a real meal. When the dining is al fresco, the menu calls for food that can be made ahead and easily packed and carried. Come learn how to make fail-safe recipes that make the most of summer produce and feature the vibrant flavors of the season.  Menu: Beet Hummus with Cucumber and Jicama Chips Grilled Buffalo Chicken...

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