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Explore the art of pairing wine and cheese while learning about different varietals and flavor profiles in Chicago's wine and cheese classes.

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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

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


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

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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 15th, 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

Demonstration Cooking: Mushrooms

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

Discover the versatility of mushrooms in this demonstration cooking class featuring preparation tips and basic cooking methods.  Enjoy mushroom yogurt lettuce cups, portobello cheese “steaks,” mixed mushroom lasagna, and French onion and mushroom broth soup. 

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 11am–1pm 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

Hands-on Cooking: Sheet Pan Suppers

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

Sheet pan suppers allow you to be “one and done!” You will learn to prepare three well-rounded meals using only a sheet pan to cook.  Featured recipes include lemon-roasted salmon with feta and olives, Korean chicken with sweet potatoes and yum yum sauce, and ratatouille with goat cheese.

Saturday Feb 3rd, 1–3pm Central Time

Demonstration Cooking: Edible Gifts

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

Learn the art of creating homemade, mouthwatering edible gifts that are sure to impress all year round in this culinary class at the esteemed Chicago Botanic Garden. From luxurious English toffee with almonds to savory cheese and pecan sablés, discover a range of delicious recipes that will solve all your holiday gift-giving dilemmas.

Saturday Dec 9th, 10am–12pm Central Time

Hands-on Cooking: Indian Breads

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

Layered with vegetables and butter, breads are the star of an Indian meal. In this cooking class, make fresh, stuffed, north Indian flatbreads, known as paratha, such as aloo (potato), gobi (cauliflower), paneer (cottage cheese), palak (spinach), and lachha (layered) paratha.  You will learn dough preparation, how to cook the bread, and suggestions for serving. Sample instructor-prepared bread and make your own dough to take home and finish...

Saturday Mar 9th, 10am–12:30pm Central Time

Hands-On Cooking: Party Appetizers

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

Fancy appetizers elevate any party. In this hands-on cooking class, learn how to prepare make-ahead appetizers that will dazzle your guests. You will make a mid-century inspired rumaki featuring shrimp, water chestnuts, and chicken livers wrapped in bacon and simmered in a brown sugar, orange, and whiskey sauce, as well as figs and nectarines with goat cheese, prosciutto, and a balsamic syrup drizzle.

Tuesday Mar 26th, 5–7:30pm Central Time

Hands-On Indian Vegetarian

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

Join us as we open India's spice chest to explore this dynamic cuisine with its centuries-old tradition in satisfying and delicious vegetarian recipes in this hands-on class. Menu: Gobi 65 (Fried Spiced Cauliflower) with Raita Sauce Saag Paneer (Sautéed Spinach with Fresh Cheese) Spicy Chickpea Curry with Steamed Basmati Rice Chapati (Whole Wheat Flatbread) Skills covered in class: Getting familiar with Indian cuisine and ingredients...

Tuesday Jan 2nd, 6–8pm 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


Hands-On Noon Year's Eve: Italian Holiday

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

Enjoy the opportunity to celebrate New Year's Eve with the whole family! Have fun preparing and eating an Italian feast while ringing in the New Year.  This hands-on class is designed for children ages 6 and older to cook with their parents, families or guardians. Menu:   Meatballs with Classic Marinara  Homemade Fettuccine with Alfredo Sauce Oven-Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese  Garlic Bread  Tiramisu ...

Sunday Dec 31st, 10am–12:30pm Central Time


Hands-On Night in Spain

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

There's good reason why Spain is such a culinary hot spot. Come experience the bold and zesty flavors of this country, and discover what the buzz is all about in this hands-on class. ¡Ole! Menu: Arugula Salad with Cucumbers, Fennel and Goat Cheese Vinaigrette  Gambas Con Ajillo (Sautéed Shrimp with Garlic and Saffron) Sautéed Strip Steaks with Romesco Compound Butter  Arroz con Leche (Spiced Rice Pudding)  Skills covered...

Saturday Jan 13th, 6–8pm Central Time

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