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The Chopping Block, 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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Need Plans for New Year's Eve?

Happy New YearDon't fight the crowds at an overpriced restaurant to ring in the new year. Our intimate, fun, yet educational classes provide a different alternative to the traditional bar scene.

Enjoy a luxurious, multi-course meal paired with wines as our chefs prepare your New Year's Eve Wine Dinner. Spots are still available at the Merchandise Mart.

Don an apron and make your meal yourself in our Gourmet Soirée at the Mart. Wine pairings are also included in this class.

We're Making a List & Checking it Twice

It's the time of year for list making. Right now, we're focused on our holiday shopping lists, but soon, we'll be starting the new year's resolution lists. If one of your goals is to learn to cook, or eat healthier, our just-released January calendars will help you cross those wishes off your list.

Chef Alia DalalOur Fresh Start class will help you reinvent how you cook in the new year. Feel good about eating dishes like Miso-Ginger Poached Halibut with Leeks, Spinach and Soba Noodles.

Health and Wellness Chef Alia Dalal kicks off a three-class series on clean-eating in 2015. In January's class, you'll learn to build meals around plant-based protein sources such as nuts, beans, whole grains, seeds and vegetables. Create dishes like Mushroom Lentil Tacos with Pickled Shallot and Pistachio Crema with these inexpensive, flavorful and nutrient-filled ingredients. Take all three Clean in '15 classes and get 10% off!

Wednesday, January 14
Lincoln Square

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Terry WaltersLearn about the benefits of eating minimally processed foods for maximum nutrition with Terry Walters. Terry returns to The Chopping Block with her new cookbook, Eat Clean Live Well, a seasonal lifestyle guide that covers everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support. She'll demonstrate dishes from her book including Red Lentil Patties with Garlic and Fresh Herbs Served with Spicy Aioli.

Tuesday, January 27
Merchandise Mart

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The Kitchen Decoded

The Kitchen DecodedWe all know having the right equipment can make a big difference in the kitchen. A new cookbook cleverly organized by tools will arm you with an arsenal of time-tested equipment and foolproof dishes.

Meet the authors of The Kitchen Decoded, Logan Levant and Hilary Hattenbach, during this a special class as they demonstrate dishes from the book including famous Buttercake Bakery's Banana Cake and Buttercream Frosting. You'll take home a signed copy of the book.

Saturday, January 24
Lincoln Square

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Become Brave with Boot Camps

Sauce Boot CampIf learning to cook is on tap for next year, there's no better place to start than our boot camps. From sauces to braising to pies and tarts, these intensive cooking sessions will give you confidence to try new things in the kitchen.

If you want it all, our Culinary Boot Camp is a week-long class that covers all of the major cooking techniques. You'll get a crash course in cooking that will change your life.

Knife Skills PlusOur new Knife Skills Plus will take your knife work to the next level by tackling challenging fruits and vegetables. No longer shy away from pineapple, butternut squash, tomatoes, leeks, mangoes, oranges and avocados!

Note: Knife Skills Plus is offered multiple times in January, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

Leave the Party Planning to Us

Party PlanningOur kitchens are quickly filling up with private parties in December.

If you are considering planning a holiday event at The Chopping Block this season, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will help guide you through our simple planning process. From menu selection to food allergies to reluctant cooks, we've got you covered.

Read Our Holiday Faq

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays

If you are planning to entertain this season, whether it's for a group of 4 or 50, we've got a slew of classes to help make entertaining seem effortless.

ParsnipsOur Warming Winter Dinner Party features an elegant menu with seasonal dishes such as Caramelized Parsnip Bisque that you will learn to pull off flawlessly.

Stick to the classics like Roast Prime Rib au Jus with Horseradish Sauce in Dinner Party Classics. Our chefs provide lots of make-ahead shortcuts so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Winter Cocktails & AppetizersLearn easy-to-prepare, party-perfect snacks like Pear & Prosecco Bellini with Blue Cheese Mousse Endive Spears with Caramelized Pears & Toasted Pecans in Winter Cocktails & Appetizers.

Diets can wait until the new year. Enjoy the bliss of baked goods such as Double Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting in Festive Baking.

Holiday Cookies Of course, homemade cookies are a must-do activity for any family during the holidays. Be inspired with interesting recipes for Cranberry-Pistachio Bars with Apricot Glaze and new decorating ideas in Fun n' Fancy Holiday Cookies.

Old-fashioned candy like Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Truffles will always remind us of the holidays. Learn the art in Candy Making Demo (just $5!).

Can't wait? Watch our videos.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

How to Make Peanut Brittle

How to Make Chocolate Truffles

How to Make Chocolate Truffles

Most of the above classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

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