The Chopping Block
We're Making a List & Checking it Twice
It's the time of year for list making. Right now, we're focused on our holiday shopping lists, but soon, we'll be starting the new year's resolution lists. If one of your goals is to learn to cook, or eat healthier, our just-released January calendars will help you cross those wishes off your list.

Our Fresh Start class will help you reinvent how you cook in the new year. Feel good about eating dishes like Miso-Ginger Poached Halibut with Leeks, Spinach and Soba Noodles.

Health and Wellness Chef Alia Dalal kicks off a three-class series on clean-eating in 2015. In January's class, you'll learn to build meals around plant-based protein sources such as nuts, beans, whole grains, seeds and vegetables. Create dishes like Mushroom Lentil Tacos with Pickled Shallot and Pistachio Crema with these inexpensive, flavorful and nutrient-filled ingredients. Take all three Clean in '15 classes and get 10% off!

Wednesday, January 14
Lincoln Square

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Learn about the benefits of eating minimally processed foods for maximum nutrition with Terry Walters. Terry returns to The Chopping Block with her new cookbook, Eat Clean Live Well, a seasonal lifestyle guide that covers everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support. She'll demonstrate dishes from her book including Red Lentil Patties with Garlic and Fresh Herbs Served with Spicy Aioli. 

Tuesday, January 27
Merchandise Mart

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Become Brave with Boot Camps
Sauce If learning to cook is on tap for next year, there's no better place to start than our boot camps. From sauces to braising to pies and tarts, these intensive cooking sessions will give you confidence to try new things in the kitchen.

If you want it all, our Culinary Boot Camp is a week-long class that covers all of the major cooking techniques. You'll get a crash course in cooking that will change your life.

Pineapple Our new Knife Skills Plus will take your knife work to the next level by tackling challenging fruits and vegetables. No longer shy away from pineapple, butternut squash, tomatoes, leeks, mangoes, oranges and avocados!

Note: Knife Skills Plus is offered multiple times in January, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.  
The Kitchen Decoded
We all know having the right equipment can make a big difference in the kitchen. A new cookbook cleverly organized by tools will arm you with an arsenal of time-tested equipment and foolproof dishes.

Meet the authors of The Kitchen Decoded, Logan Levant and Hilary Hattenbach, during this a special class as they demonstrate dishes from the book including famous
Buttercake Bakery's Banana Cake and Buttercream Frosting. You'll take home a signed copy of the book.

Saturday, January 24
Lincoln Square
Need Plans for New Year's Eve?
Don't fight the crowds at an overpriced restaurant to ring in the new year. Our intimate, fun, yet educational classes provide a different alternative to the traditional bar scene.

Enjoy a luxurious, multi-course meal paired with wines as our chefs prepare your New Year's Eve Wine Dinner. Spots are still available at both Lincoln Square and the Merchandise Mart.

Don an apron and make your meal yourself in our Gourmet Soiree at the Mart. Wine pairings are also included in this class.   
This Weekend is One of a Kind
Experience Chicago's favorite holiday shopping show this weekend at the Merchandise Mart. The One of a Kind Show offers unique items from over 600 talented artists. The show goes until 8pm tonight and then again:  


Saturday, December 6, 10am - 7pm
Sunday, December 7, 10am - 5pm    


Purchase adult multi-day tickets for $12. A portion of all ticket sales benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. 

Gift Card Have someone on your holiday shopping list who loves to cook?  Buy them a gift card!  
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