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Fabulous French Pastries

at The Chopping Block at the Mart - River North

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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 french cooking class:

Learn how to whip up these awe-inspiring pastries in your own kitchen in no time! Don't let the fancy French descriptions fool you… these really are approachable desserts for the home cook.


  • Mini Kouign-Amann (Queen-ah-Mahn) Sugary and Buttery Laminated Dough Pastries
  • Crêpes Suzette (Caramelized Sugar and Orange Liqueur Sauce)
  • Brown Butter and Lime Madeleines
  • Parisian Flan (Custard Tart) with Tart Cherry Sauce

Skills covered in class:

  • Understanding baking ingredients
  • Making laminating doughs using the blitz method
  • Preparing crêpe batter
  • Flambéing
  • How to make madeleine batter
  • Tempering eggs
  • Making and baking custard
  • Making hot butter pastry

Due to the layout of our kitchens and in consideration of your classmates, students will work in groups of 3 to 5 people. Parties of 6 or more will be directed to our private events department so we can accommodate them appropriately.

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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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Question from Adrienne
Do everyone individually get an opportunity to make their own product for each pastry?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Adrienne! The cooking classes are designed so that students can be broken into small groups, allowing each person to be hands-on. Students will work in groups of 3 to 4 people. Hope this helps!

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The Chopping Block at the Mart

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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