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A Writer's Journey through Culinary Boot Camp

We encounter many different types of students in our Culinary Boot Camp. From retirees to newlyweds to college students, The Chopping Block's week-long intensive deep dive into the culinary arts ...

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Why Buy What You Can Make? DIY Spice Blends

One of the most common thing students at The Chopping Block say they want to master is the ability to not have to follow a recipe. They want the confidence to throw flavors together and be able to ...

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Clean Eating Boot Camp with Chef Alia Dalal

  Chef Alia Dalal taught her first hands-on cooking class at The Chopping Block this past Saturday, and it was a total success. Clean Eating Boot Camp was a fun-filled, educational day of learning ...

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Announcing Chicago’s First Clean Eating Boot Camp

As the resident wellness chef at The Chopping Block, I spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with our food. Chefs are known to obsessively tinker with flavor and plating. Some ...

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Hand Butchered Meat: A Dying Art Revived

  I’m a true ‘Chicago culinary foodie geek’ and my husband Mark is a true ‘Chicago history buff geek,’ so sometimes our conversations result in amazing and interesting treasure hunts. We recently ...

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Homemade for Sale

Do you make the best blueberry jam on the block? Have a cheese straw secret that is requested anytime you attend a party? Are your pickled peppers the talk of the town?

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Back to the Basics Part 4: Sauce Robert

In my last post on how to make demi-glace, I decided to continue my trip back to the basics by creating a meal around this lovely sauce. I also am going back to the master for inspiraton, Auguste ...

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Interested in Boot Camp? Join us for a Special Showcase

Last year, we started a new tradition called The Chopping Block Classic. The Classic is an event we host to showcase our gourmet retail, cooking classes, private events and gift card offerings. If ...

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Bread & Wine: A Book that will Nourish your Heart

It's always flattering when The Chopping Block is included in a book. It's even more exciting when that book is a joy to read.

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