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Rick Gresh  

Salt Block Cooking with Chef Rick Gresh

Everyone knows to cook WITH salt, but have you tried cooking ON salt? Chef Rick Gresh brings the new culinary trend of salt block cooking to The Chopping Block in a demonstration class this month.

David Burke's Primehouse's Executive Chef has been experimenting with slabs of salt for more than five years. Gresh has graduated from simple dishes of sashimi and carpaccio served on salt to bolder dishes incorporating the blocks in the cooking process.    


Gresh says his most important salt-cooking epiphany came while baking pizza one Sunday morning. He decided to use salt stones as a pizza stone. "The bread was perfect-on the bottom. The crust had this deliciously crisp, caramelized flavor. That's when it occurred to me that salt stones could be the ultimate vehicle for baking flatbreads and pizza," said Gresh.  

Gresh will share his recipes and tips to using salt blocks on:

Tuesday, January 29
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Students will also receive a salt block valued at $30, which is included in the price of the class.

Michael Roper

Hopleaf Beer Tasting

His last class was a sell-out success so we're bringing back Michael Roper, owner of Hopleaf, the famed Chicago bar and restaurant specializing in amazing beers and Belgian specialties.

Join us as Michael takes you on a tour of Chicago's contemporary beer scene. Enjoy a Chicago beer history lesson followed by samples from several noteworthy breweries such as Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Metropolitan, Revolution, 5 Rabbit, Finch's, and Solemn Oath.

Monday, February 18
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Lights, Camera, Action in the Kitchen   


Our annual nod to the Oscars is back with fun movie-themed titled cooking classes in February. Don't miss these menus inspired by the big-screen flicks.


Hunger Games May the odds be ever in your favor in our new The Hunger Games: Iron Chef Competition as you face off in teams armed with a mystery basket of ingredients.   


Jiro's lifelong quest is to create the perfect piece of sushi. We'll get you started on your journey with our Jiro Dreams of Sushi hands-on workshop.


Life of Pi Surely Batman likes bread? Learn how to make Ciabatta, Pita Bread, Challah, English Muffins and more in The Dark Knight Rises: Artisanal Breads.


You won't need a tiger by your side as you leap into the adventure of learning about pastry in Life of Pie: Pie & Tart Boot Camp.


Have no Crêpe Fear: Sweet & Savory Crêpes. Our chefs will show you that crêpes are simple and fun to make.  


View all of our newly-released February classes, as well as our January features, on our website.  


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A Valentine Love Story
Make this Valentine's Day one your sweetheart will cherish with a cooking class catered for two.

Valentine's Day Work side-by-side with other moonstruck couples in our A Sweetheart Named Desire: Hands On Valentine's Dinner to create a memorable meal including Crawfish Cakes with Remoulade and Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce.

Sit back and stare into each other's eyes all night as our chefs demonstrate The Romantics: A Valentine's Feast including Sautéed Scallops with Brussels Sprout and Bacon Hash and Brown Butter Sauce.

Start your romantic tryst off with sexy aphrodisiacs you can sink your teeth into like Honey, Fig and Blue Cheese Tartlets in Love at First Bite: Appetizers to Put You in the Mood.

These classes are offered on multiple days at both of our locations. Please peruse our class calendar for the perfect match for you and your valentine.

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Boot Camps are Fast Track to Learn How to Cook
If you have committed to being a better cook in 2013, our Boot Camps can speed up the process. These intensive classes delve deep into subject matters covered in professional culinary school. From techniques like braising to ingredient-focused international cuisine, from week-long classes to day adventures, we've got all of your cooking goals covered:

Baking Boot Camp

Pie & Tart Boot Camp

International Boot Camp

Advanced Boot Camp

Cupcake Boot Camp

Please note this class is offered on multiple days. Please search our class calendar for the most convenient class for you.

Donut Boot Camp

Please note this class is offered on multiple days. Please search our class calendar for the most convenient class for you.

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