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Get your chocolate fix

Learn about luscious French desserts with Chicago’s top patissieres. The The French Pastry School in the Loop launches another series of its “Tasting Series” classes with “Restaurant-Style Desserts: A Menu of Chocolaty French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Chef Patrice Caillot, a World Pastry Champion, will demonstrate bittersweet dark chocolate souffle, single-origin dark […]

Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

Mixing and matching — learn from Chicago’s best

Learn how to join the cocktail culture this summer with these wine and spirits-laced classes. In the Alfresco Summer Cocktail Class at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Epic in River North, mixologist Michael Cristiani will show you how to mix a Sex Panther, with Bacardi Dragonberry, mango puree and club soda; a Mayan Horizon, featuring 10 […]

Learn to grill the perfect burger with Weber chefs

What’s summer without burgers on the grill? At 6 p.m Thursday, May 23, grilling experts at Weber Restaurant in Schaumburg will fire up their grills and teach you how to make the perfect grilled burger. In this hands-on class, you’ll get to prepare three specialty burgers: Kobe beef, salmon and ground turkey, as well as […]

Seven great ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred during the 1862 Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, it’s not nearly the celebration it is in Chicago, which makes it a festival kicking off the spring season. Of course, most Mexican eateries are offering May […]

Summer’s coming — learn to make ice cream

Kate Milashus, corporate pastry chef for Tavistock Restaurant Group, owners of Zed451 in River North prepares for the coming summer with her latest “Confections with Kate” class at the restaurant at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. This time her class concentrates on frozen desserts, including ice cream, sorbet and sauces. Participants will learn to make […]

Watch and taste at the French Pastry School

Learn about the techniques of patisserie from The French Pastry School without investing in an intensive, hands-on course. The Loop-based school now offers its “Tasting Series,” two-hour demonstrations by their chef-instructors. You get to watch as well as taste. In the next class, “Classic Bistro Desserts: A Menu of French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, […]

Local food fest fetes farm-fresh cuisine

The Good Food Festival and Conference, celebrating local farmers and chefs and their food, launches today at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Events for the general public begin tomorrow night at 6 p.m. with a party featuring fermentation expert Sandor Katz, followed by “Localicious,” a tasting event featuring samples from such restaurants as […]

Free class teaches how to make ramen from scratch

Americans are apt to think of ramen as an instant noodle dish, but in Japan, it goes far beyond the packaged products. Every region of Japan has its own version of the soup, featuring wheat noodles served in richly flavored broth with toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions and more. At 6 […]

Learn to dip with Kate

Zed451 in River North hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day cooking class. Reservations required.