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Trunk Show is on Fire

If you've attended one of our Trunk Shows over the last nine years, you know they just keep getting better and better. This week's event is no different!

This special day lets our customers test out new products and give feedback to our favorite vendors face-to-face. Try your luck at our discount wheel and save up to 30% off your purchases that day. Plus, sample the three finalists' entries in our first Chili Cook Off. Just by voting, you'll be entered to win free cooking classes!

Read more about what's in store for attendees in our blog, and plan on being there this Friday.

Friday, October 11
Merchandise Mart

No registration is necessary for this FREE event.



Cider and Cheese

This is your last chance to claim your spot at tomorrow's cider and cheese tasting with Greg Hall, founder of Virtue Cider. Greg will discuss the techniques and traditions of cider making, while you taste five different ciders with cheeses to match.

Wednesday, October 9
Merchandise Mart


Dehydrating Basics

Learn the simple art of using a dehydrator so you can make your very own dried fruit, vegetables and jerky at home.

Sunday, October 20
Lincoln Square

Apple Pie


Apple Pie Contest 
Do you have a winning Apple Pie recipe? Let our Owner/Chef Shelley Young taste it in the 9th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest coming up in just a few weeks.

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Early Holiday Frenzy                    
We realize we haven't even gotten to Halloween yet, but we can't contain our excitement about our favorite holiday coming up next month: Thanksgiving.

Not only is this holiday about bringing family and friends together over food (which we're all about), but it's also about giving thanks, which we all should do every day. Now that our November class calendar is live, it's time to start thinking about your Turkey Day plan. The best part is, we offer something for everyone!

If you like to dive right in and get your apron dirty, our Thanksgiving Workshop puts you to the challenge to create the feast, hands on, in real time.

If you are more of the watch and learn demonstration type, our Thanksgiving Crash Course covers the timing, tricks and well-tested, classic recipes to ensure your success. You also get detailed shopping lists to help you stay organized.

Satisfy the vegetarians at your holiday table with dishes like Sweet Corn and Gouda Bread Pudding with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy with Vegetarians Eat Thanksgiving, Too.

If you need new ways to repurpose that stuffing into new ideas like Turkey and Stuffing Eggrolls, try our Thanksgiving Leftovers Reimagined.

Make sure your beautiful turkey isn't hacked to pieces by Uncle Bob by  learning how to properly carve a bird in our FREE class How to Carve a Turkey.

Pinterest Get even more inspiration for your Thanksgiving meal with our new Pinterest board.

And if you need a little help with the meal, let us handle dessert. Our Famous Apple and Pumpkin Pies are available for pre-order now from both Lincoln Square or the Mart.

Check out all of our new November cooking classes as well as what's still to come in October.

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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Gourmet Meal Prep Made Simple
Want to utilize your cooking know-how and local, fresh ingredients but don't have time to do everything yourself? Let Madison & Rayne do the meal prep for you, while you do the cooking and get all of the credit.

Recently named "Most Delicious" gourmet meal delivery service in the country by Chicago Magazine, Chef Josh Jones is bringing his creative style to our kitchen. Attendees of this special class will sample a dish and receive a package with all of the prepped ingredients. You'll not only learn to cook a dish, but you'll get everything you need to make it at home on your own!

Wednesday, November 6
Merchandise Mart

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Meat Madness

Tired of steak and hamburger? Expand your meat horizons by venturing onto the playing field of wild game and charcuterie.

Charcuterie Up your meat game by learning the techniques for properly cooking wild game with complimentary sauces like Sautéed Venison with Red Wine Gastrique and Roasted Pears in Game Night: Cooking with Wild Game.

Making charcuterie at home doesn't have to require special equipment or long lists of ingredients. Fulfill your craving for Chicken Liver Mousse, Seafood Sausage, Pork Country Paté and Hot-Smoked Salmon in Charcuterie Made Easy.

Learn how to use a whole bird, from white to dark meat to bones, in Chicken Butchery.

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Tone Up your Cooking with Boot Camps
The turn of a season is the perfect time to bulk up your cooking skills because you have a whole new set of heavyweight ingredients to work with: winter squash, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, pears and more.

If you really want to tone your culinary fitness, consider a Boot Camp at The Chopping Block. We've got intensive classes ranging from one day to a week covering Braising, Vegetables, Pies/Tarts, Sauces, Pastas and Pastries over the next couple of months.

See all of our Boot Camps coming up this fall.

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