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Liza at Big Green Egg  

Fire Up the Grill 

Despite the current winter storm, grilling season is just around the corner! Get into the summer spirit at our upcoming Big Green Egg Grilling Kickoff Show


Saturday, March 23 


Lincoln Square   


Our chefs will be showing off the popular grill/smoker by demonstrating how easy cooking on an Egg can be. Taste everything from hearty ribs to delicate seafood. Plus, we'll have special event pricing on the rarely discounted BGE.


No registration is necessary for this FREE event.  


Flower & Garden Show  

We're Cooking at the Flower & Garden Show

Our chefs will be demonstrating and sampling garden-fresh food at this month's Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Visit us at Navy Pier in Garden 16, Built by Advantage 1, Leisure Woods and designed by landscape architect Philip Schleifer. "The Art of Living" garden will feature amenities such as an outdoor kitchen and outdoor furnishings, a pergola and three season gazebo, landscaping, water and plenty of color.

Our chefs will be demonstrating in the garden on:


Saturday, March 9 11am-1pm
Sunday, March 10 3pm-5pm  
Wednesday, March 13 5pm-7pm 
Friday, March 15 2pm-4pm  
Saturday, March 16 1pm-3pm 


Planning on going? Purchase your ticket online and save $4 off the box office price. Visit the show's website, buy tickets and enter promotional code block13.      



Hangout & Master Sushi

Are you scared of making sushi? After all, if you've seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you know it's no easy feat to become a sushi master. But making sushi at home is fun!

In our next Google+ Hangout, Chef Mario Scordato will show you how to use a bamboo rolling mat to make Maki Rolls and introduce Japanese ingredients you should stock in your kitchen.

Monday, March 11 
4pm-4:30pm CST

Watch live, post your questions on our G+ Event page and our chefs will address them during the Hangout.   


Can't watch live? The video will be available on our YouTube channel after the broadcast. 


You can really get rolling in our Sushi Boot Camp coming up on Saturday, April 20 at the Mart.  


Sign up now.  


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Signs of Spring     

From grilling to flowers to clocks moving forward next weekend, the signs of spring are all around us. Now, we just need Mother Nature to catch up to the calendar.  


In the meantime, we've got spring on the brain here at The Chopping Block and our just-released April classes feature the bounty of long-awaited spring produce.  


Spring Produce Get fresh and seasonal ideas for dishes like Crostini with Fava Beans, Ramps, Radishes and Goat Cheese in Spring Veggies 101.  


Make your calories count with delicious whole grains and nutrient-packed greens like Moroccan-Spiced Carrot and Lentil Salad with Dandelion Greens and Feta-Yogurt Sauce in Spring Training: Greens & Grains.


Spring Cakes gives you desserts to die for with a lightness that will impress your family and friends such as Coconut Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Meringue Frosting.  


Mushroom Torte Have a Spring Fling in the kitchen and learn how to make appetizers such as Mushroom and Leek Tart with Spring Green Salad in our Couples Cooking class.  


Travel to the City of Light during April in Paris and learn French cooking techniques while mastering a menu full of flavor, including Steak au Poivre with Cognac Pan Sauce and Truffle Mashed Potatoes.  


View all of our newly-released April classes, as well as our March offerings, on our website.

Please note that all of the above classes are offered on multiple days at both of our locations, so please visit our website to find specific days and times that fit your schedule.




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It's Not You, It's Brie
Brie Book We love a good cheesy chat. So, we're especially excited to welcome Kirstin Jackson, author of "It's Not You, It's Brie: Unwrapping America's Unique Culture of Cheese" to our kitchen next month. Kirstin teaches regularly at the Cheese School of San Francisco and Solano CellarKirsten Jacksons in Berkeley. She will lead a discussion of American cheese producers and share her insight to the growing cheese market in our country. You'll get a copy of her new book as well as a tasting of her favorite cheese-inspired dishes featured in the book.

Further develop your relationship with cheese by making it home yourself. We'll give you the know-how in our Homemade Cheesemaking class offered in March and April.
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Boot Camp Goes Sky High
Anyone flying American Airlines this month will have a chance to read about our Boot Camp thousands of miles in the air in the in-flight magazine, American Way. Read the writer's humorous account here.

American Way Photo
Photo Courtesy of American Way Magazine
And when you land, be sure to sign up for one of our upcoming Boot Camps to get as fired up as these students are.

Culinary Boot Camp 1
5 Sundays beginning April 7 at the Mart

Baking Boot Camp
Thursday, April 25, Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the Mart

Braising Boot Camp
Sunday, March 10 at the Mart

Pie & Tart Boot Camp
Sunday, March 31 at Lincoln Square

Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 at the Mart

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Holiday Celebrations
No matter what religion you are, traditions tie to the table. Learn new meals to share with your family in these upcoming classes:

Fish and Chips The New Passover brings new life to old family favorites such as Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions, Paprika and Raisins with "Bitter Herbs" Quinoa Pilaf.

If you are observing Lent before Easter, our Friday Night Fish Fry may not be a true sacrifice with dishes like Beer Battered Atlantic Cod with Lemony Tartar Sauce and Malt Vinegar Potatoes.
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