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The Chopping Block at the Mart

River North, Chicago, Illinois
(52 Reviews)

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 as seasonal, date nights, healthy and kids classes.

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Reviews of The Chopping Block at the Mart

(52 Reviews)


Attended: Knife Skills

The description of the class was very on point, however I did think the class was a little overcrowded and the knives not all sharpened beforehand. Because there were too many people the second half of the class when we actually practiced was not very useful. That being said, the instructors were great and the Chopping Block was awesome as always.

Trevor B.

Attended: Vegan Voyage: Italian Trattoria

One of the most fun things I've ever done. The class was orchestrated excellently by our two chefs, Aida (also designed the class) and another pretty woman whose name I cannot remember. I went by myself, but I would highly recommend this as a date night. The last 45 mins of the 3 hour class were spent relaxing, drinking, and eating the food we had made. You get to take home leftovers. Most wine is sold by the bottle with just 2-3 being offered by the glass.

Cicely H.

Attended: Bagel Brunch

I wanted to take this class because of my curiosity about making bagels and thoroughly enjoyed it! Chef Leia and assistant (sorry her name escapes me) were wonderful, informative, and fun! They even allowed us to go a little off topic which enhanced the experience. We learned how to make bagels, cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce, cucumber dill salad, and smoked salmon. Loved the salmon so much I couldn't bear leaving without a stovetop smoker (wish I could've left with one of those KitchenAid mixers as well but hey). I highly recommend this course and The Chopping Block! I'm signed up for another course and hope to do more!


Attended: Knife Skills

Melissa was very informative and the class flew by. It was great!


Attended: Donut Boot Camp

Good class, great instructor, good selection of donut types/flavors. Wish we worked in groups of 2 or 3 instead of 4.

Cicely H.

Attended: Raw Bar and Bubbles

I really enjoyed myself! Chef Melissa was very welcoming and informative. The food was delicious!

Janice B.

Attended: Pasta Workshop

The class was very fun and truly quite amazing. Conquered my fear of pasta and learned that I can have fresh pasta any night of the week. Made in minutes!! The teaching staff were very informative and engaging which really put me at easy.


Attended: Taco Tuesday

Good quick demo class to take during lunch hour from work. They have different recipes every class and the one I went to was on braised pork which was delicious! I also appreciate the opportunity to ask related questions I've always had from my own cooking experience. I think this could be something that you would take your co-worker to as well.

Crystal J.

Attended: La Crêperie

A quick class I was able to stop by during my lunch time at work. You'd not get any hands-on experience in this class since it is too short but I have no complaints about it. I still got good recipes and tips from the awesome chef!

Gale S.

Attended: Knife Skills

The instructor was excellent! She was very organized and detailed. She presented the information in a logical way and paced the class so that all could keep up but we were still able to accomplish all we set out to do. There was a second instructor who would float around and help us as well. We learned why chefs use certain knives for certain tasks and the types of basic chef's cuts for food. I would definitely recommend this class for anyone, as well as recommend taking other classes at the Chopping Block.

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222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107, Chicago, Illinois 60654
The Chopping Block at the Mart
River North
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Classes at The Chopping Block at the Mart

A Night in Havana Neapolitan Pizzeria Pasta Workshop Monday Meals: Spicy Chickpea Curry w/ Raita Sauce Taco Tuesday:Hawaiian Tacos w/ Sweet & Sour Glazed Pork Chef's Dinner: Modern Mexican Spring Break: A Trip to Mexico Wine and Dine Simple French Food Street Food How to Bake Bread Passover Desserts April in Paris Culinary Boot Camp 1 Dim Sum and Then Some Know Your Gnocchi Knife Skills Monday Meals: Ginger Poached Bass with Leeks, Spinach Taco Tuesday: Tex-Mex Tacos with Chili-Lime Shrimp From Jalapeños to Habaneros Couples Cooking: Taste of Spring Japanese Homestyle Cooking Monday Meals: Chicken & Vegetable Fajitas with Fixings It's Greek to Me Pasta Workshop: Spring Menu Taco Tuesday: Chicken Tikka Tacos Mary Ate a Little Lamb Easter Treats Raw Bar and Bubbles Pasta Boot Camp Tapas Party Sweet and Natural La Vida Loca Monday Meals:Red Coconut Curry w/ Tofu & Vegetables Seafood 101: Spring Menu Sushi Workshop Steakhouse D.I.Y. Spring Fling Lunch and Learn: Fresh and Sustainable Seafood The Cheeses of France Two to Tango Date Night: Hawaiian Luau Cupcake Boot Camp Bonjour Brunch Culinary Boot Camp 2 Monday Meals:Sloppy Joes w/ Sweet Potato-Parmesan Fries Taco Tuesday: Queso Fundido Tacos Chef's Dinner: Italian Cicchetti Cajun Kitchen Crawfish Boil Surf and Turf Spring Break: A Trip to the Keys Sip and Savor Dumplings Around the World Fabulous French Pastries Pastry Boot Camp Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Gluten-Free Breads Vegetarian Boot Camp Sauce Boot Camp Chef's Dinner: Farmers' Spring Artisanal Bread Baking Teen Boot Camp Butchery Boot Camp Donut Boot Camp
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