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The Chefs Who Have Cooked in our Mart Kitchens

I've been working for The Chopping Block for 20 of our 25 years in business. I've worked in each of our three locations in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square and the Merchandise Mart and for the ...

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Get Must-Have Kitchen Tools During our Sale at the Mart

    It's almost spring in Chicago, and for me personally, that means spring cleaning, organizing closets and sorting through my kitchen. I'm sure you can relate. Right now, I am looking at my spice ...

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My Kitchen Journey

Yesterday I opened a bottle of wine and then mindlessly opened a drawer and tossed the cork in. As I did so, I thought to myself, “Okay, sure, that can go there for now.” I can honestly tell you that ...

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Out with the Old and In with the New Kitchen

  We bought our Arts and Crafts style two-flat building several years ago, and vanity keeps me from saying just how long ago that was. But let’s just say that “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” was one of ...

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The Essential Pantry

  Being a chef instructor at The Chopping Block is by far the best job I have ever had. I love food, I adore cooking, and I am passionate about teaching. Given those facts, every time I come to work ...

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Small Steps Toward a Greener Kitchen

  Did you know that The Chopping Block is one of the largest, greenest kitchens in the nation? From where we source our food to how we prepare, dispose of and donate our leftovers, we have a lot of ...

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Teach Your Kids These Kitchen Safety Tips

  Nothing draws families together like sharing a meal made by loving hands. So it's only natural for parents to teach their kids how to find their way around the kitchen. In this post, we're sharing ...

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Universal Stone: A Shortcut for Tough Cleaning Projects

  We carry a few cleaning products at The Chopping Block, but none are as versatile as the Universal Stone. The number of surfaces you can clean with this little stone is pretty huge, ranging from ...

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5 Kitchen Hacks with Your Everyday Utensils

  It is said that your hands are your best tools in the kitchen. I believe this to be true with every ounce of my being, but what about the second best tools? Not all tools have to be ...

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Kitchen Shoes that are Comfortable and Stylish

Meet Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the geniuses behind Animal, Son of a Gun, and Jon & Vinny’s, some of LA’s trendiest restaurants.  Image via: jonandvinnydelivery on Instagram   These chefs have ...

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