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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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Get to Know Your Chefs

Shelley Young

Our chefs are what set us apart from the rest! With years of experience at top restaurants, they will teach you about food. Click here to view profiles of all of our chefs.

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Fired Up for Grilling Season

Big Green EggHelp us kick off grilling season with our upcoming Big Green Egg Grilling Kickoff Show.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Lincoln Square

Our chefs are excited to get back to grilling on our outdoor patio. They'll be serving up smoked and grilled goods along with lots of useful tips to help you man the grill. Plus, register in our drawing to win FREE cooking classes. No registration is needed for this free event.

Cook Spanish, Speak Spanish

Brush up on your Spanish while learning to make delicious tapas!

Multilingual ConnectionsWe are excited to partner with Multilingual Connections, a language center in Chicago that connects people to their communities and the world, for a special cooking class. Our chef will lead the cooking lesson while a Multilingual Connections instructor conducts the language portion of the class.

Sunday, April 27
Lincoln Square

Register For This Bilingual Tapas Class

Cook Like a Chef with the Proper Tools

Chef's Cooking ToolsIt's spring cleaning season, so it's time to purge those kitchen drawers. Replace the tools and utensils you have that no longer get the job done during our annual Chef Tools & Gadget Sale. Save 20% off peelers, graters, squeezers and much more in April. Buy 3 tools and that savings jumps to 25% off!

We have "Test It" tables available at both stores so you can put our favorite chef tools and gadgets to work. If you've had your eye on a particular tool but wanted to know how it performs, now is your chance to test drive it yourself. So, stop by this month for our tool test!

It's Wedding Season

Wedding SeasonIt's the time of year for wedding bells. But before the trip down the aisle, celebrate the bride- or groom-to-be with a private cooking party. We've hosted unique bridal/couples showers, bachelor/ette parties, and even rehearsal dinners at The Chopping Block.

During April or May, we're offering a special to anyone who books a Sunday bridal brunch in 2014. Book all of your wedding-related celebrations now!

Here's what you get:

  • $25 gift card to The Chopping Block for the bride- or groom-to-be.
  • One complimentary mimosa per guest.

Just mention the promo code "Bridal Brunch" to your Event Coordinator to get these goodies.

Request Info For A Bridal Brunch Event

PinterestOur cooking parties are fun! Check out our The Party Starts in the Kitchen Pinterest board.

Wedding Planning from a Guy's Perspective

Mike LintalGrooms aren't often known for being active in the planning of their weddings. But as soon-to-be-married Event Coordinator Mike Lintal shares with us, just because you're a guy, doesn't mean you have to be a silent partner in the process.

Mike gives lots of great ideas for making the big day special, including creative ways to incorporate different types of food. You'll love his Bro Notes!

Read Wedding Planning: Notes From The Groom

A Glimpse of Spring

There's a word you will see repeated a lot on our April class calendars: SPRING.

Though our weather still needs to catch up with the calendar, the end is in sight Chicago! Our chefs have been wishing away the winter by working on new menus featuring the very best of spring produce including asparagus, spring onions, peas and strawberries.

Here are just a few of our new classes coming up in April:

Spring Veggies 101
Spring Chicken 101
April in Paris
Spring Training: Greens & Grains
What Grows Together Goes Together

The queen of The Chopping Block's curriculum, Chef Sara Salzinski, highlights some of her favorite new classes like Lemon Lovers & Noodle House DIY from the April calendar in her latest blog.

View All April Classes

Moms and Lots More in May

May is a time for celebrations. First, there's Mom. Think she doesn't want to cook on her special day? Wrong! She'd love to spend it with you in our kitchens. Remember, we do all of the set up and clean up, so you're just left with the fun of cooking and eating.

Cooking with MomCook Our Mother's Day weekend lineup of cooking classes include:

  • Moms & Mimosas: Treat Mom to a delicious and relaxing brunch.
  • Mama Mia: Transport your Mom to Italy for an unforgettable meal.
  • Kids Cook with Mom: Choose from lunch or dinner menus to make a meal with Mom and create memories she'll always cherish.

Our Bailey Phillips is about to embark on an international culinary adventure with her mom. Read about it in her latest blog.

May is also the month to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride with margaritas and a fiesta feast on Cinco de Mayo. Need to brush up on your Spanish? See details on our new multilingual class.

Next month is the official start to grilling season on our patio. Down south in Memphis, the best barbeque champions from all over the world will converge on the city to smoke the competition. We'll create our own winning recipes in our upcoming Memphis in May classes.

View All Of Our May Classes

Celebrate Craft Beer Week

The 5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week is on tap next month. And in true Chicago beer-loving fashion, it lasts more than an actual week, from May 15-25, 2014.

Join us for these beer-focused events at the Mart:

American Craft Beer Tasting with The Hopleaf's Michael Roper
Monday, May 19 7pm

He Said, She Said Beer Pairing Dinner
Friday, May 16 6pm

From Beer to Eternity
Thursday, May 15 6pm

At a Culinary Crossroads? Consider Boot Camp

"I have always dreamt of going to culinary school, but worried if it would be a mistake to invest the money and years of my life, without ever having set foot in a professional kitchen. What if I didn't like it?"

Food blogger Veronica LaPinske was at a crossroads in her life. In order to get a better understanding of what professional culinary school would entail, we invited her to attend Culinary Boot Camp. She documented her week-long experience in her blog, A Cook's Canvas.

Veronica LaPinske Conquers Her Fear of Lobster in Culinary Boot Camp

Are you in a similar place in your life as Veronica? Our Boot Camps offer a chance to delve deeper into the world of cooking. Whether you are looking for a one-day immersion class on a particular topic, or a week of cooking alongside our professional chefs, there's something for all serious home cooks.

View all of our Boot Camps coming up this spring

Pinterest See more of Veronica's amazing images during her Culinary Boot Camp journey on our Pinterest board.

Sign Up For Culinary Boot Camp 1 In April

Cooking Lab Helps You Face Fears

Photo Courtesy
My Homespun Home

Our first Cooking Lab was a fiery success, literally! Not only did our students learn not to be afraid of high heat and other techniques used by professional chefs, but they walked away from this new, innovative class as better home cooks.

Co-taught by Owner/Chef Shelley Young and Sous Chef Mario Scordato, Cooking Lab goes deeper than most recreational cooking classes. Students delve into the science of cooking with hands-on work and even more interactive discussions. Instead of just learning how to cook recipes, students are challenged to understand the how's and why's of cooking.

We invited a local blogger to document her experience in Cooking Lab. Read each part of My Homespun Home's journey.

Cooking Lab Part 1: Taste vs. Flavor
Cooking Lab Part 2: Facing Fears
Cooking Lab Part 3: Feeling Saucy
Cooking Lab Part 4: Final Thoughts

Shelley offers her thoughts on this class and how it helps to teach people to cook intuitively in her latest blog.

Sign Up For Cooking Lab in June

Wine Classes Return

James CluerWe are proud to partner with Fine Vintage to bring the prestigious wine courses of The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to Chicago. Designed for both wine enthusiasts and the wine trade, these courses offer highly accomplished instructors, fantastic wines, and internationally recognized certification. James Cluer, one of only 312 Masters of Wine in the world and only 38 in North America, is the founder of Fine Vintage and will teach the first courses at The Chopping Block in May himself.

Learn More About WSET Courses From Fine Vintage

We're All Thinking About Summer

It's not just the kids who have cabin fever right now. Us adults are pretty sick of this wretched winter we've had in the Midwest. And while warmer weather still seems so far away (is it really just 12 degrees right now?!), you and your kids can start dreaming of summer camp.

Kids' Cooking ClassesOur cooking camps were so successful last year, that we've added an extra session for teens this year.

Camps are held on weekdays at our Lincoln Square location in June, July and August and are now open for registration.

View our 2014 Summer Camp schedule for Kids & Teens and sign up your young chef through our website.

Your kids will become confident in the kitchen, make new friends and of course, learn important cooking skills during our camps.

"The Chopping Block has long been regarded as one of the best places for novice chefs to learn how to cook. Their stellar reputation extends to their kids' camp program."

Read more about our camps in this article in Make it Better magazine.

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