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World of Wine: A Tasting Series

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

As America continues our streak as the world’s #1 wine consumer, Chicagoland’s dynamic wine market offers more wines and more ways of buying wine than ever before. But choice comes with questions: How do I keep up with unique grapes, emerging regions and ground-breaking techniques? Why does one wine taste (and cost!) different than another? What’s a delicious wine for entertaining, to pair with dinner, for a quiet evening at home? We’ll answer...

Thursday Jan 4th, 6–8pm Central Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Wine Tasting: Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Learn the Fine Art of Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation. Join us for an exciting evening of fine wine & good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting! For budding wine enthusiasts, this workshop is designed to help you cultivate your palate & expand your "wine vocabulary." Learn to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro. Taste several of the "classical" grapes varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles. Gain...

Friday Oct 20th, 6–8pm Central Time

War and Wine: Grand Cru of Wine

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

During World War II the Nazis took control of France and began to systematically plunder the cellars of France’s most revered wine regions; Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. We will take a walk through history while drinking wines from these regions as we unfold the story of French resistance as the German wine Weinführers attempted to pillage the cellars of hundreds of wineries. We'll discuss the history of World War II through the lens of vignerons,...

Friday Oct 27th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time


The Italian Renaissance of Wine

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

In quality, quantity and pure enjoyment, Italy is the world’s greatest wine-grower.  But until the 1950’s, most Italian wine was sold in bulk, with no reference to grape, region or vintage. How did this nation known for straw-wrapped bottles of plonk transform into America’s favorite import? Join Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross as we taste 5 favorite Italian wines paired with (Italian noshes), practice Italian wine terms and reveal how...

Friday Oct 6th, 6:30–8pm Central Time


Raise a Glass

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

We have elevated the happy hour experience here at The Chopping Block! Join us as we taste three delicious, food-friendly wines that have been hand selected to complement our classes this evening. Our interactive tasting includes a mini wine lesson featuring Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross, where you’ll learn about the wine’s characteristics, tasting profiles and pairing suggestions to better further your wine knowledge. This is a great way to get...

Friday Oct 6th, 5–6pm Central Time

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Wine Making

Beverage Art Inc @ 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL 60620

Experience the fine art of wine making as we take you through the step-by-step procedure of making your first varietal wine. Chardonnay to Estate grown Cabernet can be made. Wines are made in class with our equipment and guidance in the first of this two-session class. Fermentation is conducted in our temperature controlled cellar and is overseen by our winemaker experts. What's included: Basics of quality fine winemaking from grape to...

Wednesday Sep 27th, 7–9pm Central Time

for 2 students

3 Hour Essential Mixology Class

A-List Startenders @ 4401 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60630

Introducing our Essential Mixology Course – a class that will teach you a skill-set that can enrich your life! This 3-hour excursion through mixology, where you will learn everything from the essential of cocktail creations to the nuances of pairing fresh fruit and herbs with unique spirits, will have you surprising and entertaining guests and/or clients in no time.  Whether you have no experience, have taken a bartending course, or are an...

Saturday Oct 21st, 3–6pm Central Time

Culinary Boot Camp 1

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

Have you always wondered what it would be like to go to culinary school? The Chopping Block's Culinary Boot Camp 1 gives you a taste of a professional culinary program without the lengthy time commitment or heavy financial burden. We are the ONLY recreational cooking school that offers this type of culinary foundation and education without attending a year-round culinary academy.  Culinary Boot Camp 1 explores all the fundamental methods of...

Saturday Oct 14th, 9am–5pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Demo Cooking: Bombay Wraps

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

Visit the streets of Mumbai and Kolkata for delicious, on-the-go wraps. In this cooking class, you will learn how to make a variety of handheld wraps also known as Mumbai burritos or kathi rolls.  You will see how to prepare handmade wraps from scratch as well as how to use store-bought wraps. Vegetarian fillings include paneer tikka, cheese, corn, and masala potato, topped with a quick pickled onion and cilantro chutney.

Thursday Oct 12th, 5–7pm Central Time

Demo Cooking: Make-ahead Holiday Apps

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

As the holiday season approaches, take the stress out of entertaining with these make-ahead appetizers that go beyond dips and cheese plates. In this demonstration cooking class, you will learn to make elegant hors-d’oeuvres for your holiday party, all of which can be prepared in advance. Featured recipes include French gougères, salmon gravlax, and butternut squash soup shooters.

Sunday Nov 5th, 10am–12pm Central Time

Demonstration Cooking: Edible Gifts

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

A homemade, edible gift is perfect for those tricky holiday gift-giving situations and never fails to delight the recipient. In this class, learn to make sweet and savory edible gifts that will solve all your gift-giving dilemmas this holiday season—and for the rest of the year as well! Recipes include English toffee with almonds, savory cheese and pecan sablés and coffee barbecue rub.

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

Hands-On Pie and Tart Boot Camp

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

Making pies isn't as hard as you might think! Get tips from a pro on how to make tender, flaky crusts, wrap them around sweet and savory fillings, and bake them to golden perfection in this hands-on class. Menu:   Perfect Pie Dough  Blueberry-Lemon Hand Pies with Cream Cheese Dough  Sweet Corn Quiche with Arugula, Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Salad  Individual Chocolate Custard Pies with Whipped Cream and Salted...

Saturday Oct 14th, 10am–3pm Central Time


Hands-On Cupcake Boot Camp

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

Have your cake and eat it, too! Make several varieties of delicious cupcakes, and bring them home to impress your friends and family. We will teach you fun, easy ways to decorate them, too. Lunch will be served during class.   Menu: Lemon-Buttermilk Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream  Sweet Corn Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting  Chocolate S'more Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting  Peachy Prosecco Cupcakes with...

Saturday Oct 28th, 10am–2:30pm Central Time


The Great Pumpkin

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

The Great Pumpkin isn't just a figment of Linus' imagination. Let's celebrate an exciting variety of sweet, savory and delicious fall-friendly squash in this hands-on class.   Menu: Butternut Squash Bisque with Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Toasted Pecans and Pecorino  Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Farro, Baby Kale and Maple-Cider Vinaigrette  Spaghetti Squash "Pasta" with Italian Sausage, Sautéed Fennel and Mozzarella...

Thursday Oct 26th, 6–8pm Central Time


Hands-On Regional Street Tacos on the Patio

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625

Tacos, the unofficial national food of Mexico, are found on every street corner all over Mexico. In this hands-on grilling class, we’ll explore the regional flavors and ingredients that makes each taco unique to its birthplace, and prepare three very distinct and mouth-watering tacos from northern, central and coastal Mexico.      Menu: Tacos de Carne Asada (Grilled Flank Steak) with Grilled Onions, Cilantro and Queso Fresco:...

Saturday Oct 14th, 6–8:30pm Central Time

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