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River North, Downtown/Loop
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
A non-refundable 10% fee is applied for the operational and administrative costs incurred by TCB.
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this sauces class:

We all know there's no better accompaniment to a dish than a well-made sauce. We'll take you on a journey teaching you how time-honored and modern sauce-making techniques are actually very approachable and will inspire confidence in your very own culinary skills. 

We'll teach you how to conquer all things sauce-related in this comprehensive, hands-on sauce class. Tasting-size portions of meat, vegetables and starch will accompany the sauces. 

  • Homemade Poultry Stock
  • Bordelaise (Red Wine and Veal Demi-Glace Reduction) and Béarnaise (Champagne Vinegar, Tarragon and Butter Emulsion) with Sautéed Strip Steaks
  • Mustard Vinaigrette with Poached Leeks
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Homemade Béchamel
  • Sauce Bigarade (Orange Gastrique) with Sautéed Duck Breast
  • Romesco (Roasted Pepper, Tomato, Garlic and Olive Oil) with Roasted Spring Onions
  • Sauce Cardinale (Shellfish Stock and Cream) with Fresh Lobster
  • Uni Butter with Steamed Mussels
  • Homemade Mayonnaise
Skills Covered in Class Include:
  • Understanding the Mother Sauces
  • Building Poultry and Shellfish Stocks
  • Preparing Reductions
  • Making Hot and Cold Emulsions
  • Working with Fresh Herbs
  • Making Vinaigrette
  • Balancing Flavors
  • Using Mustard to Emulsify
  • Preparing Roux and Béchamel
  • Caramelizing Sugar
  • Roasting Peppers and Blanching Tomatoes
  • Using Nuts and Bread as a Thickener
  • Deglazing
  • Making Compound Butter
  • Mounting a Sauce with Butter 
Due to the layout of our kitchens and in consideration of your classmates, students will work in groups of 3 to 4 people. 

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A one-week notice is required for cancellation of any class. If you do not cancel by telephone at least 1 week in advance of your scheduled class, we will charge your credit card in full for the class. Please feel free to send a friend in your place if you cannot attend and it is within one week of the class as no refunds will be available. All classes also have a non-refundable, non-transferable 10% fee for the operational and administrative costs incurred by The Chopping Block. This service fee will not be refunded and cannot be transferred in the case of any cancellation.


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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...

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