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Feast with your Family 

Show Mom how much you appreciate her on Mother's Day (and every day) by spending time together. We have a special Mother's Day planned in our kitchens.

Toast to your Mom and enjoy a delicious brunch including Eggs Florentine Frittata with Hollandaise Sauce in Moms & Mimosas.

Transport your mom to Italy for an unforgettable meal of Seafood Risotto with Bay Scallops and Shrimp in Mama Mia.

Prepare a meal together as a family including Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for brunch in Kids Cook with your Mom,
or treat Mom to a dinner out made with love including Sauteed Chicken with Spring Vegetable Ragout and Roasted Potatoes in Family Night: Cook with your Kids.    
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Meat Madness 

Meat lovers are getting their fill with our new pork-centric classes coming up in May. Sausage making, whole animal butchery and bacon: no matter your flesh faves, there's now a class for you:



Our Next Hangout is Cheesy

Homemade ricotta cheese is the real deal. It is more delicate in flavor than any store-bought version, and it's actually really simple to make.

In our next  Google+ Hangout, Chef Michele Glancey will demonstrate how to make fresh ricotta cheese and show you some delicious ways to use it. 

Friday, April 19  
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.   


Want to delve deeper into cheese? Check out our Homemade Cheesemaking

Try your homemade ricotta in our Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Bruschetta


Grilled Asparagus Ricotta Bruschetta   

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The Sun is Out, Grilling is In       

Carrie Bradley
As the cold comes to a close, we now welcome two of our favorite seasons in Chicago: Grilling and Baseball!

While fans faced unseasonably cold temps at last week's White Sox home opener, the forecast is warmer but wet for today's Cubs game. And if you are looking forward to a ballpark hot dog, there are some new choices in store at Wrigley's concessions, including a vegetarian hot dog. Our Chef Carrie Bradley weighed in on her favorite dog of choice in her recent blog.

Meanwhile, we're sprucing up our Lincoln Square patio to get ready for the return of our Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet sponsored Grilling Classes next month.

Grilling Eggplant We're thrilled for our new lineup including The Thrill of the Grill featuring technique-driven dishes like Grilled Jerk-Rubbed Chicken Breasts. Take our Grilling Workshop to learn how to grill different dishes like Grilled Pizza with Asparagus and Goat Cheese for your outdoor parties this summer.   

Don't get stressed by seasonal entertaining. We'll give you tips for easy yet impressive dishes like Drunken Pineapple, Blueberries and Mint with Grilled Pound Cake in Grillin' n' Chillin'. Chill out on our outdoor patio and indulge in a grilled Mediterranean feast featuring Rosemary Grilled Pork Chops with Roasted Peppers, Capers and Pine Nuts in Rendezvous under the Stars.

Need to vary your protein prowess? Our chefs have all of the basics covered in Beef on the Grill, Seafood on the Grill and Chicken on the Grill.

Whatever your protein (or vegetarian option) of choice, get grilling this summer! 

Please note that some of the above classes are offered on multiple days, so please visit our class calendar to find specific days and times that fit your schedule.




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Focus on Our Chefs
Our new Chef Spotlight classes highlight our chefs' talents, passions and personal favorite recipes. 

Brian Ferguson Next month, we're Going Native Northwest with Brian Ferguson. Brian shares the flavors and traditions of Oregon, where his great-grandparents homesteaded at the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy dishes like Roasted Sunchoke Soup with Toasted Pine Nuts and learn how tasty Frybread is!

Lucio Experience Peruvian Pleasures with Lucio Davila, who grew up surfing and eating ceviche in Miraflores, Lima. Lucio claims everything he knows about Peruvian food he learned from his mother. In this class, you'll learn to make authentic cuisine like Papas Rellenas with Salsa Criolla (Crispy-Fried Beef and Raisin Filled Potatoes with Traditional Sauce). Plus, you'll get to sip on the traditional drink of Peru, Pisco Sours.

Both of these classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please search our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.
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Boot Camps: Intensive Fun
Donut Boot Camp
Photo Credit: Dawn Hancock - Firebelly
Boot Camps might sound tough, but our chefs balance them with tons of fun. Look at what a great time Shannon is having making dough in Donut Boot Camp!

Upcoming Boot Camps:

Sushi Boot Camp
Saturday, April 20 at the Mart

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

Pie & Tart Boot Camp
Sunday, May 12 at the Mart

Vegetarian Boot Camp
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Mart

International Boot Camp: Asia North to South
Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 at the Mart

Sauce Boot Camp
Sunday, May 26 at the Mart

Our Donut & Cupcake Boot Camps are offered at multiple times at both of our locations, so peruse our calendars for the class that best fits your schedule.
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