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Chef Cicerone Combo

There's a beer versus food showdown coming to our kitchen soon.

Chef Mario Scordato is teaming up with his wife Stephanie, a certified Cicerone (think Sommelier for beer), for a special event. 

Not only will the couple deliver a mouth-watering meal with beer pairings, they'll also provide an evening of what's sure to be entertaining commentary on the other's skills. See what we mean in Mario's latest blog.

Friday, July 19
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Raw Food


Raw Food Made Easy

Getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day has never been so delicious and easy! Even if you aren't ready to dive mouth first into the raw food movement, learning ways to limit the amount of processed food in your diet is good for you.  

Chef Jennifer Cornbleet comes to The Chopping Block next month to celebrate the re-release of her best-selling cookbook
Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People

You'll get time-saving tips, essential techniques, and tastings made with all natural fruits and vegetables. Jennifer's book will be available for purchase.

Thursday, August 8
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Cooking with Kefir

Think beyond the smoothie for ways to use Kefir! From soups to salad dressings, this product is another way to add extra calcium and protein to your diet.

The Chopping Block is proud to partner with Lifeway to incorporate the fermented milk product (similar to yogurt) into our recipes.

Look for it in our Country Cookin' and Farm to Table classes in July.

Read more about the partnership in our blog and get our recipe for Chocolate Chip Scones and Fried Chicken using Kefir.

Get more ideas for cooking with Kefir on from Lifeway's website.  
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Summer Squash Season             
There seems to be a national food holiday for everything. From cupcakes to hamburgers to popcorn, it's hard to get excited about these days. But we've found a food holiday we can get behind!

Our Garden Zucchini
"Sneak a Zucchini onto your Neighbor's Porch Day" is August 8th. You are supposed to take excess squash from your garden and share the love with your neighbors... in secret. Read more about this special day and get a recipe perfect for zucchini zealots in our Curriculum Coordinator Sara Salzinski's latest blog. And don't miss our You Don't Know Squash class coming up in August. We may just share some of the zucchini growing in our Lincoln Square Community Garden with you.

Our Garden Tomatoes 
Our tomatoes are coming in a little later this year due to the delay in warm weather but we'll be ready for them with August's You Say Tomato class which features Tomato Tart with Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese with Arugula Salad.

The Italian Garden highlights vegetables such as Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Napoleon with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil. A brand new menu for Farm to Table introduces fun vegetables with an Asian twist like Cucumber and Carrot Salad with Rice Wine Vinaigrette and Pickled Kohlrabi. What Grows Together, Goes Together highlights Midwest produce with complimentary proteins such as Grilled Bass with Summer Ratatouille and Pesto Vinaigrette. And we continue to offer our popular Farmers' Market Tour class in August where you tour the Lincoln Square market with our chef and enjoy an impromptu cooking class featuring the night's bounty. 
Check out all of our just-released August cooking classes and don't miss what's happening in July.

The highlighted classes are offered on multiple days, so please search our class calendar for the best match for your schedule.



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BBQ Tickets Going Fast, So Get Yours Today
It's almost time for one of our favorite summer parties: the Green City Market Chef BBQ Benefit. It's the night that Chicago chefs show off what they can do with the fresh bounty of the market.

Green City Market BBQ
Shelley serves up BBQ & laughs
This year, our chefs will be serving Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Arugula Salad and Chipotle Aioli. That may not sound like typical BBQ fare, but we promise that once you taste this dish, it will be on the menu for all of your summer parties. You can also learn how to make it in our A Grain of Truth: Cooking with Whole Grains class coming up in August.

Thursday, July 18

South End of Lincoln Park

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We're Rolling Out a New Boot Camp
Our Boot Camp family is growing to accommodate our love of noodles. Check out our new Pasta Boot Camp coming up in August, as well as all of our upcoming Boot Camps:
Monday, July 22 thru Friday, July 28 at the Mart

Grilling Boot Camp
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at Lincoln Square
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 at Lincoln Square

Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16

Pasta Boot Camp
Sunday, August 25 at the Mart

Our 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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