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Discover the diverse flavors of Chicago with tasting classes, where participants can learn about the city's famous deep-dish pizza, craft beer, and local cuisine.

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World of Wine: A Tasting Series

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

Join us for an informative and indulgent journey through the world of wine, where you'll explore unique grapes, emerging regions, and groundbreaking techniques. Led by Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, this tasting series is perfect for wine enthusiasts of all levels, offering a solid foundation for beginners and insider tips for seasoned aficionados. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your wine knowledge and taste eight hand-crafted wines in each session.

Friday Jan 5th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Get to Know Your Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir &Malbec

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

Get to Know Your Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Malbec Learning your grapes is the first step to understanding wine, just like learning your colors is a first step to understanding painted artwork. But in the same way that blue may be sky blue, aqua or navy and still be blue, each grape expresses various hues of flavor - from tart to toasty, for instance, or from ripe berries to aged meat. Join Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross as we taste 3 prominent...

Friday Dec 1st, 6:30–8pm Central Time


Raise a Glass

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

Join us at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square for an elevated happy hour experience! Taste three delicious wines hand-selected to complement our evening classes, and learn about their characteristics, pairing suggestions, and more from Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross. Plus, enjoy 10% off all wine purchases during the tasting. Must be 21 or over with a valid ID.

Friday Dec 1st, 5–6pm Central Time

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Distillery Tour

Rhine Hall Distillery @ 2010 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL

Discover the artistry behind crafting exquisite spirits at a renowned distillery. Immerse yourself in the process and savor two delightful samples along the way. Join us for a fun, educational experience.

Thursday Nov 30th, 6:15–7pm Central Time

How to Bluff Your Way Through Wine

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

Why is one wine lemony and refreshing, while another is chewy and meaty?  Why does one wine complement shrimp and another a juicy T-bone? Join Advanced Sommelier, Mary Ross, as she shows you how the answers lie in four simple variables that determine all wine flavors. Learn these variables to understand how all wine is the same and each wine – sometimes each bottle – unique. We’ll also explore wine history, wine chemistry,...

Saturday Jan 20th, 6–7:30pm Central Time


Unlock the Secrets of Wine

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

Learn tasting techniques used by wine pro's to get the most enjoyment from every sip. This is a unique opportunity to explore each of wine's primary styles along with Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, revealing the wine's face, nose, palate and finish as we go. We'll also practice wine vocabulary that you, your sommelier and wine merchant can understand and discuss wine and food pairing.  While this seminar is a step up from the basics (see “How...

Friday Dec 15th, 6:30–8pm Central Time


War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine

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

Uncover the hidden tales of bravery and resistance during World War II as you sip on exquisite wines from Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Join us as we delve into the fascinating history of French winemakers and their battle against the German plunderers. This unique experience will leave you with a newfound appreciation for both the power of wine and the resilience of the human spirit.

Saturday Jan 27th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time


Mixology 102: Sophisticated and Complex Cocktails

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Explore the art of crafting exquisite cocktails with Mixology 102 at the Discovery Center. Discover the secrets behind creating sophisticated and complex drinks, from layered concoctions to flaming masterpieces. Unleash your inner mixologist and learn to create drinks like the Ramos Gin Fizz and Goblet of Fire in this immersive class.

Saturday Dec 2nd, 2–6pm Central Time

3 Hour Essential Mixology Class

A-List Startenders @ 4401 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Discover the art of mixology at A-List Startenders and learn how to surprise and entertain guests with your creative cocktail creations. Enhance your bartending skills with our Essential Mixology Course and elevate your mixology game to the next level.

Saturday Jan 6th, 3–6pm Central Time

Cocktail Happy Hour

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

Elevate your happy hour experience with an interactive tasting of creative and seasonal cocktails at The Chopping Block. Learn the art of cocktail making from mixologist Christophe Bakunas and discover unique flavor combinations and essential bar tools. Snacks provided and exclusive discounts on spirits purchased during the tasting.

Friday Dec 8th, 5–6pm Central Time


Wine Making

Beverage Art Inc @ 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets of crafting exquisite wines, from Chardonnay to Cabernet, in this immersive two-session class. Learn from expert winemakers as you participate in every step of the process, from fermentation to aging. Unleash your inner vintner and create a collection of personalized wines to savor and share.

Saturday Dec 9th, 3–5pm Central Time

for 2 students

Hands-On Sauce Boot Camp

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

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. Students...

Friday Jan 26th, 10am–3pm Central Time


Hands-On Feast of the Seven Fishes

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

Have you wanted to partake in the famed, seafood-laden Italian-American tradition that is the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" but been leery about the time and effort (and not to mention smells) that it may create at home? Well, let us do all of the work!  Join us for this offering that's all about gathering friends and family to enjoy the time-old, indulgence of the holiday season. With old favorites and new spins on classic...

Saturday Dec 23rd, 5:30–8:30pm Central Time

Hands-On Irresistible Appetizers

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: Shrimp Fritters with Fresh Herb Aioli Spanakopita (Spinach and Feta-Filled Phyllo Pastries) Parmesan Cheese Gougères Skills covered in class: Selecting shellfish  Making cold emulsions Pan frying Working with phyllo dough Balancing flavors Preparing...

Saturday Dec 9th, 11am–1:30pm Central Time


Culinary Boot Camp 1

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

Experience the thrill of culinary school without the commitment or cost at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. Discover fundamental cooking techniques, from knife skills to advanced methods, and bring it all together with a final menu created with your classmates. Elevate your cooking skills in just five sessions with this unique culinary foundation course.

Saturday Jan 6th, 9am–5pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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