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Essential Building Blocks

at The Chopping Block at the Mart - River North

Course Details
$467.50 1 seat left
Start Date:

Fri, Mar 20, 9:00am - 4:30pm

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River North, Downtown/Loop
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Price include the 10% operational/administrative fee
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this culinary (meals) class:

We're highlighting the top ten methods and techniques in a new and exciting culinary experience designed to jump start your culinary journey. Our experienced chef will teach you the fundamentals of how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen, cook delicious meals by opening your taste buds, and explore the basic science and techniques all cooks should know. 

You'll spend time honing your knife skills, discovering how the five basic tastes-Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Sour and Umami-play such an important role in being a successful cook, understanding proper cooking techniques for specific cuts of meat, and preparing classical sauces. After completing this building block class, your newfound knowledge will give your skills in the kitchen a huge boost in the right direction, allowing you to be more inspired by your own palate. Your view of cooking may even be transformed!

If you're on the fence about our Culinary Boot Camp program, this is an excellent class to help get your feet wet, and experience a small taste of our most comprehensive course available. 


  • Chicken Stock
  • Crème de Champignons (Cream of Mushroom Soup)
  • Arugula-Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Tuscan Braised Chicken with Kale, Fennel and Cannellini Beans with Roasted Garlic Farro
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Reduction
  • Sole Meunière (Sautéed Sole with Brown Butter Lemon Sauce)
  • Oven-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips with Thyme

Skills covered in class:

  • Preparing stock
  • Selecting knives
  • How to properly chop vegetables
  • Honing
  • Selecting cutting boards
  • Understanding and balancing flavors
  • Making roux and velouté
  • Preparing pureed soups
  • Making vinaigrette
  • Choosing the correct meat for the cooking technique
  • Selecting and braising poultry
  • Working with grains
  • Roasting garlic
  • Selecting and roasting meat
  • Determining meat doneness
  • Deglazing and making pan sauces
  • Reductions
  • Selecting and sautéing fish
  • Roasting vegetables
School Notes:
  • Please note that upon purchase, your email address may be shared with The Chopping Block, and you will be receiving class and/or marketing information from the provider.

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Refund Policy
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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