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The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events. Classes at our two locations cover subjects from cooking basics to intensive Boot Camps as well as seasonal, date nights, healthy and kids classes.

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We're Cooking Up Something New

New StorefrontThere's less than one week left until we unveil our new kitchen at our Merchandise Mart location! Our Currant kitchen features Jenn-Air appliances, Greenfield Cabinetry and Cambria Countertops. We think you'll love it, so be sure to stop by next Friday and take a tour. Our staff can't wait to show off our new digs!

DNAinfo Chicago got the scoop on our rebranding and makeover. See what's in store for The Chopping Block over the next couple of years.

Take Stock of Your Cookware in the New Year

The new year brings big deals on our favorite lines of cookware. Save 20% off Le Creuset, All-Clad and Lodge Cast Iron in January. Our Annual Cookware Sale is the only time you'll see these brands marked down all year!

Not sure what type of pan is right for what you need? Our blog about cookware will make things clear.

Anyone who purchases a piece of cookware in January also gets 20% off all Le Creuset utensils. These heat-proof silicone spatulas, spoons and brushes are stain-resistant, non-abrasive, and you can easily remove the tops to put in the dishwasher.

Our Hearts Belong to Chocolate

Chocolate covered strawberriesFebruary is the time to show our love with flowers, chocolate and candy. But instead of just picking up a box of chocolates, show your sweetie you care with some homemade treats. We've got lots of chocolate at our disposal here at The Chopping Block, so our chefs have created these recipes guaranteed to spark a flame.

Dark Chocolate Tart with Red Wine Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Creme Brulée
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Fondue

Another of our favorite sweet recipes is our famous Flourless Chocolate Cake. Stop by our stores the week of Valentine's Day and we'll give you a copy.

While you're there, shop our bakeware, including Emile Henry, which will be 20% off in February. It's the perfect opportunity to pick up that cookie sheet, muffin tin, cake pan or pie dish that you need to bake with love.

If you still need plans for a special date night, all Saturday night classes are sold out, but we have plenty of spots available on Friday so celebrate a day early! Register now to save your spots.

For even more insanely decadent chocolate masterpieces like Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling, don't miss our Death by Chocolate class on Valentine's Day morning.

Get Our Recipe For Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes

For more ideas on how to satisfy your chocolate cravings, check out our Crazy for Chocolate Pinterest board.

Sizzling Savings is Back

Sizzling SavingsHeat things up with our Sizzling Savings Gift Card!

During the month of February, purchase a gift card for $150 and get an additional $20 value on the card. Use your gift card toward a cooking class for two to celebrate Valentine's Day, save it for another occasion, spend it in our retail stores, or even better, on our food-friendly wines.

Score in February from Touchdowns to Love

Delicious DipsFebruary's calendar is full of celebrations that call for fun food.

Get your game on for Super Bowl Sunday on February 1st. Our special class with the authors of the first cookbook organized by kitchen tools, Kitchen Decoded, features a winning feast for football including three delicious dips as well as Turkey Chili and Buttercake Bakery's Famous Banana Cake with Buttercream Frosting.

Valentine's Day FeastValentine's Day Next up on the calendar is the holiday of love on February 14th. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetie as you make an elegant meal together including Sautéed Scallops with Golden Beets, Oranges, Pine Nuts and Harissa in our Hands-On Valentine's Feast.

Our demonstration Romantic Valentine's Dinner includes a lavish meal featuring Horseradish and Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Saffron-Infused Polenta and Gremolata with a side of cooking instruction.

Pork TenderloinOur Date Night: Your Place or Mine? gives you an another opportunity to gaze lovingly at each other as you whip up dishes like Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Dried Fruit & Port Wine Reduction with Crispy Smashed Potatoes.

Couples Cooking: Under the Tuscan Moon heats things up with classic Italian dishes such as Chicken Marsala with Parmesan Polenta.

Finish up the holiday weekend with ideas for Breakfast in Bed like our Eggs Florentine Frittata with Hollandaise Sauce.

Mardi GrasFat Tuesday rolls in a little early this year on February 17th. Our Mardi Gras Party will transport you to New Orleans with a Cajun-inspired menu featuring dishes like Red Beans and Rice and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.

Chinese New Year arrives on February 19th.Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with amenu featuring Shrimp and Ginger Wonton Soup with Watercress and Beef Chow Fun with Black Bean Sauce.

 

Please note some of the above classes are offered more than once at both of our locations. Please peruse our just-released February class calendars for the best fit for your schedule.

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Cheers to Chicago Beer

Michael RoperMichael Roper, owner of Hopleaf, returns to The Chopping Block to take you on a tour of Chicago's contemporary beer scene. Enjoy a Chicago beer history lesson followed by samples from several noteworthy breweries such as Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Metropolitan, Revolution, 5 Rabbit, Finch's and Solemn Oath. Beer beginners and connoisseurs alike will raise a glass to this class!

Wednesday, February 25
7pm-9pm
Merchandise Mart

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Clean Eating in 2015

If your goals for 2015 include cooking more healthier food, our health-focused classes will help you keep those resolutions.

Chef Alia DalalOur 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!

Plant-Powered Protein on January 14
Plant-Powered Protein on February 25

Filling Fats on February 11
Filling Fats on March 25

Charged up Carbs on March 11
Charged up Carbs on April 22

Become Brave with Boot Camps

Sauce Boot CampIf learning to cook is on tap for this 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.

Knife Skills PlusOur 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 February, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

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