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Let's Talk Canning 

As summer starts to wind down, our canning efforts ramp up. With the beautiful food we've seen at local farmers' markets lately, there's no better time to learn to can than now.

Get started with our Canning and Preserving Hangout tomorrow on Google+ Google+. Our chefs will be discussing tips and tools to "put up" this summer's fruits and veggies so you can enjoy them for months to come. Submit your questions now to be answered by our chefs during the Hangout.

Saturday, August 10 
1pm - 1:30pm

Can't join us live? The broadcast will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel immediately following.

Want to really get hooked on canning? Join us for our Summer Canning & Preserving and Get Pickled classes offered throughout August and September.

You could become a pro like our student Barbara Felt Miller who sent us this picture via Twitter.

Barb Canning
Photo Credit: Barbara Felt Miller

@FeltLikeaFoodie: Just another day canning thanks to what I've learned from @TheChoppingBloc and @paulvirant.

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Kids & Teen Fall Classes

We let your kids play with fire! In a very safe, supervised and controlled environment approved by parents, of course.

Our popular Kids & Teen Cooking Classes are back this fall at Lincoln Square.

Your young chefs will learn how to cook everything from sushi to crêpes to cookies.

Drop the kids off and take a weekend stroll through our beautiful Lincoln Square neighborhood and support local shops.

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Garage Sale Next Week

We're putting our spin on the old fashioned Garage Sale next weekend. And you don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to find a bargain!   

All clearance items will be marked down to unbelievable prices. But we're willing to go even lower! Wheel and deal with our staff for the perfect price on that one-of-a-kind item, while you taste our best-selling wines. 

Saturday, August 17

11:30am - 4:30pm
Lincoln Square
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Fall for Exotic Eats                
Our just-released September calendar of cooking classes conjures up far away lands and the authentic food that makes travel so fun.

You'll become familiar with Thai ingredients in Thai One On featuring Green Papaya, Carrot and Peanut Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette.

Tagine Learn how to create traditional Moroccan food like Grilled Chicken Tagine with Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Preserved Lemons and Green Apples in Marrakesh Express.

Take a Mediterranean Cruise to explore fresh flavors such as Fattoush or Mediterranean Salad with Toasted Pita.

Taste of German Fest is coming up in September, so it's time to break out the lederhosen and enjoy Wiener Schnitzel and Herbed Spätzle. No one celebrates German heritage like they do in Lincoln Square!

Learn to make Dim Sum Favorites such as Shrimp Toast with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce.

Travel the world of exotic ingredients and bold Jamaican, Korean and Indian flavors in our Global Grilling class featuring Jerk Chicken with Mango Relish.
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Photo Credit: The Hungry Learner

If you want to know what a grilling class is like from the perspective of a seasoned cook, read the account of our Seafood on the Grill class by The Hungry Learner. As you'll see, we welcome all skill levels in all of our classes!

Check out all of our just-released September cooking classes and don't overlook the rest of August.

The highlighted classes are offered on multiple days at both of our locations, so please search our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.




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Hot Dog! Hot Doug is Here
Hot Doug's Book You've likely stood in long lines for his encased meats. Owner of Hot Doug's Doug Sohn comes to The Chopping Block for a special event to celebrate his new book, "Hot Doug's: The Book". Ask your burning sausage questions of the sausage ambassador while enjoying a sausage sampling. You'll also get a signed copy of the book!

Tuesday, September 17
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merchandise Mart

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So Many Beers, So Little Time
Husband and wife team Mario and Stephanie Scordato join forces for the ultimate Food and Beer Pairing class next month.

Scordatos Chef Mario will prepare a sumptuous multi-course meal, while Stephanie, a certified cicerone (think sommelier for beer), discusses unique craft beer pairings. Give your tastebuds a treat with dishes like Seared Scallops with Celery Root Puree and Pomegranate Sauce Vert paired with Great Divide Colette.

Friday, September 27
6pm - 8:30pm
Merchandise Mart

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Cram Sessions for Cooks
Parents are in back to school mode for the kids, but it's also a great time to learn a few things for yourself. Our Boot Camps are an intensive look into a particular technique or ingredient, from baking to sushi to pasta.

Photo Credit: Susan Ryan Photography
Spend some of Labor Day weekend on our beautiful outdoor patio at Lincoln Square in Grilling Boot Camp. You'll master the ins and outs of grilling with charcoal, gas and wood. Get fired up for fall grilling!

Take a look at all of our Boot Camps coming up this fall.
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