The Chopping Block
Indulge Your Passion for the Grill
We are sprucing up our outdoor grilling patio at Lincoln Square in anticipation of the first grilling class of the season. Our Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet grills are shining, and our Big Green Eggs are full of charcoal. This weekend's Grilling Boot Camp is already sold out, but there are plenty of other classes to get your grill on in May and June.

Here are just a few of our fave classes and menu highlights:

Summer in the City: Grilled Scallops with Sweet Corn-Pancetta Relish
Grilling Fiesta: Grilled Chayote Squash, Red Onion & Avocado Salad
Thrill of the Grill: Spicy Coconut-Glazed Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa
Global Grilling: Spicy Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps with Asian Pears & Toasted Peanuts
Beef on the Grill: Sirloin Sliders with Grilled Onions & Creamy Horseradish Mayonnaise

But grilling isn't the only theme for this summer. We've got lots of farm-focused classes, a luxurious French brunch, badass urban burgers and strawberry dishes that will have you singing "Strawberry Fields Forever".
Mark your calendars for our Grilling Show next month as our chefs show off some of their favorite grilled goodies. You'll learn how to use the newest grilling accessories and the best ways to infuse flavor in your grilled meats, seafood and vegetables this summer. Plus, sample our new seasonal wine list. It will knock your flip flops off!

Saturday, June 14, 2014
11:30am - 4:30pm
The Chopping Block Lincoln Square

No registration is needed for this FREE event.

Cook for a Cause
Experience a meal rich in culinary traditions while supporting efforts to educate others about food.

Common Threads' mission is near and dear to our hearts, and we are honored to host this special fundraiser for the nonprofit organization committed to teaching communities about healthy food choices
. In this hands-on class, you will prepare a Middle Eastern Feast, and ALL of the proceeds will be donated directly to Common Threads.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 
6pm - 9pm 
The Chopping Block at the Mart

Read more about this special class in our blog.

Get your Greens
Getting more greens into your diet is healthy, but hard.

Chef Alia Dalal demonstrates quick and simple ways to eat more greens in our new class: Healthy Cooking Basics: Get your Greens. From a weeknight pasta dish to a vibrant green smoothie to a crunchy snack, you'll learn multiple new methods for cooking spinach, arugula, kale, collards, cabbage, chard and dandelion greens.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
6pm - 8:30pm
The Chopping Block at the Mart
Do You Know What Gluten Is? 

You may have seen last week's video of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel putting some people to the test about being gluten-free. While that certainly made us laugh, we understand that a gluten-free lifestyle is very much a reality for a lot of our students, so we're expanding our class options. Check out our new Couples Cooking: Venetian Nights, Gluten-Free Family Night, Gluten-Free Baking and Gluten-Free Pasta Workshop.  


Photo Courtesy of West of the Loop
Want to know what our Pasta Workshop class is like, with or without the gluten?

West of the Loop documents the fresh pasta fun here.


Countdown to Kids' & Teen Summer Camps 

In just a few short weeks, our Lincoln Square kitchens will be filled with the sound of young chefs having fun, learning new lifelong cooking skills, creating amazing food and making friends.  


Summer Camp season is here!


The Chopping Block offers three different camps for kids ages 7 to 11, as well as three options for teens age 12 to 16. Take them all, in any order. Registration is open now!  


Pinterest See how much fun your child could have this summer in our Pinterest board   

Feast with Your Family
daughter-father-kiss.jpg Show Dad how much you care by spending the day together creating fabulous food.

Start the day off with a delicious breakfast fit for a king in Kids Cook with your Dad. Or, fire up the grill with the whole family for Grillin' with Dad on Father's Day. There are multiple class offerings at both locations, so please check our calendar for Sunday, June 16 for the best fit for your family.
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