The Chopping Block
Summer Winds Down but Fall is Full of Fun 
We released our October classes yesterday, and it's true. Fall is just around the corner. But don't mourn the end of summer! The seasonal switch brings a whole new crop of produce to play with in the kitchen. Our chefs are ready to introduce you to new dishes for Brussels sprouts, celery root, apples, pumpkin and more.


Here are just a few classes we are looking forward to this fall: 

  • Our Fall Vegetable Harvest is a vegetarian class inspired by the best of the season with dishes like Caramelized Butternut Squash, Kale and Gruyere Cheese Bread Pudding.   
  • Crank up the oven for Home-Style Fall Baking classics such as Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce.   
  • The Great Pumpkin features various winter squash dishes full of technique and flavor like Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage.   
  • Get ideas for party season with fun and tasty creations such as Hot Apple Pie Cocktail with Cinnamon-Apple Crostata Topped with Maple Whipped Cream in Fall Cocktails & Appetizers.
  • Put a twist on the hearty casseroles your mom used to make with new ideas like Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes in Cozy Casseroles.

All of our core classes (Chicken 101, Meat 101, Seafood 101, Pasta Workshop, Cupcake Boot Camp, etc.) also have new inspiring fall menus.

Most of these classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.  


Our class calendars are a labor of love for our Curriculum Coordinator & Chef Sara Salzinski. She shares her favorite October creations in her latest blog

Autumn = Apple Fest
If you want to try a slice of heaven, stop by our store during Apple Fest in Lincoln Square. We'll be selling our Famous Apple Pie by the slice and whole pies in cast iron skillets. It's a day full of fun for the whole family!

Saturday, September 20
9am - 5pm 
The Chopping Block Lincoln Square 
 Pinterest See how much fun Apple Fest can be in our Pinterest board.
We'll Grill as Long as We Can
Our grilling classes will continue as long as Mother Nature allows. Fall is the perfect time to spend an evening under the stars on our outdoor grilling patio at Lincoln Square. It's cooler, so your beer or wine will be chilled longer!

Don't miss these upcoming grilling classes:

Beef on the Grill
Global Grilling
The Argentine Grill
Fireside Feast
The Thrill of the Grill 
We've Been Dosed
We are excited to participate in our first Dose Market this month. The shopping experience brings together the best local makers, bakers, chefs, designers and artists in one spot so you can shop quality at once.

Our chef will be demonstrating Knife Skills that will improve your efficiency and shorten your prep time. Stop by our table to learn a few tips.

Sunday, September 21
Dose Market
401 N. Morgan, Chicago
Go to the Garden for Cooking Inspiration
Shelley at Chicago Botanic Garden
Cooking with garden-fresh ingredients makes a tremendous difference in the flavor of your food, so we get especially inspired at Chicago Botanic Garden. Our Owner/Chef Shelley Young will demonstrate how to make Roasted Carrot and Chorizo Tacos with Mexican Slaw during The Garden Chef Series.

Sunday, September 21
1:30pm & 2:30pm
Chicago Botanic Garden
Sunday Sessions
Have you considered professional culinary school before? Perhaps you just want to be a better home cook. Either way, you'll become powerful in the kitchen with our Culinary Boot Camp

Monday, September 22 - 26 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Chopping Block at the Mart 

Can't join us during the week? Our Sunday version runs five weeks and begins on Sunday, October 5th.  
Cooking Lab Heads North
Our new Cooking Lab series is coming to our Lincoln Square kitchen later this month. The four-week class focuses on the science in cooking so you understand why your food reacts the way it does in the pan, oven or grill. Goodbye to using recipes; hello to cooking with confidence!
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