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Chef Dinner Series

This new series of classes highlights our chefs and the food that inspires them! Get to know our chefs at these intimate dinners featuring dishes they have created for these special occasions. From sushi to regional fare, you'll learn how to make food you haven't experienced like this before as you get an inside look into our chefs' personalities and talents.

Chef Dinner: Italian Cicchetti

Join Chef Lisa Counts as she transports you for the evening to the charming, "floating city" of Venice. Lisa will bring her passion for Italian food, and transform our kitchen into a Cicchetti (Chi-ke-tee) bar where you will enjoy a dynamic selection of Italian-style tapas that are typically served in traditional bars in northern Italy. The menu, served family-style at communal tables, will take your palate on a culinary adventure while you relish in conversing with your fellow diners and learning along the way. If you missed Chef Lisa's sold out Chef's Dinner last time, here's your chance to experience a demonstration-style meal like no other!

Menu Includes:

    • Marinated Olives and Black Pepper-Fennel Taralli (Crackers)

    • Caponata and Whipped Goat Cheese Grilled Crostini

    • Arancini (Stuffed Risotto Fritters) with Proscuitto, Peas, and Fontina Fonduta

    • Pan-Fried Polenta Cake with Marinara and Shaved Parmesan

    • Zucchini Fritters with Spicy Rock Shrimp and Tomatoes

    • Fried Polpette (Meatballs) with Arugula, Preserved Lemons and Capers

    • Calzones with Sausage, Peppers, Onions, Giardiniera and Mozzarella

    • Trio of Alcoholic Affogatos Including Coffee Liqueur with Pistachio Gelato, Amaretto with Vanilla Gelato and Limoncello with Italian Ice and Amaretti Cookies.

Four hand-picked adult beverages will be paired with the meal and are available for an additional $40. 1-week cancellation policy.

Location: Merchandise Mart


Tuesday 4-25-17
6PM - 9PM



Chef Dinner: Farmers' Spring Table

After a long Chicago winter, we eagerly await the coming of spring. Let's celebrate the arrival of longer, sunnier days with an inspiring and vegetarian plant-based meal with Chef Maria Clementi. Each course of this demonstration dinner will spotlight the delicacies of the spring harvest. Full of big flavors that carry a strong Mediterranean influence, this meal will be served tapas, or small plate style.

Menu Includes:

    • Sweet Potato-Stuffed Griddle Bread, Crushed Carrots with Harissa and Pistachios, Beet Caviar with Smoked Almonds, Sweet Fried Castelvetrano Olives and Pickled Spring Vegetables

    • Seasonal Vegetable Vodka Tempura with Cardamom-Lime Dipping Sauce and Spring Microgreens

    • Seared Wild Mushroom Herb Socca (Chickpea Flatbread) with Sweet Cashew Sour Crème, Orange and Edible Flowers

    • Char-Broiled Spring Asparagus with Poached Egg, Candied Lemon and Jalapeño Citrus Jelly

    • Caramelized Fennel Cappelletti (Stuffed Pasta) with Honey Grilled Figs and Farmers Cheese Ricotta

    • Fiddlehead Fern and Mushroom Ragout with Wild Ramps and Purple Rice Arugula Fritters

    • Lemon Almond Olive Oil Cake with Blackberry-Pepper Sorbet.

Please note that ingredients are subject to change depending on availability. Four hand-picked adult beverages will be paired with the meal and are available for an additional $40. 1-week cancellation policy.

Location: Merchandise Mart


Wednesday 5-31-17
6PM - 9PM



Chef Brunch: Sunday Funday: Revised Diner Brunch

Every Sunday Funday should begin with a brunch feast accompanied by adult beverages. The Chopping Block's Chef Tara Arnaud and Christy Williams are teaming up for this special Chef's Brunch which features a fun and nostalgic menu full of brunch favorites with an upscale twist. Bring a friend or two along and indulge in these diner dishes you've never seen prepared like this. We can't promise that the rest of your Sunday Funday will live up to this meal!

Menu Includes:

    • Orange French Toast with Whipped Cream Farmers Cheese Paired with Adami Prosecco Mimosa

    • Summer Vegetable Skillet with Poached Egg and Sweet Potatoes Paired with Bloody Mary

    • Green Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad Paired with Tequila Spritz

    • Sandwich Flight Including:

    • BLT- Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, Baby Romaine

    • Reuben-Corned Beef, Sour Kraut, Havarti, House Made 1000 Island

    • Chicken On A Biscuit- Brined and Fried Chicken Thighs, House Made Biscuit, Tabasco Honey Butter

    • Dessert Cart Including:

    • Lemon Meringue Pie

    • Root Beer Float

    • Chocolate Cake Paired with Boozy Café au Lait

The four hand-picked adult beverages will be paired with the meal and are available for an additional $40. 1-week cancellation policy.

Location: Merchandise Mart


Sunday 6-25-17
1PM - 4PM



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