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The Chopping Block is teaching you how to cook virtually! Virtual cooking has been part of our strategic planning for years, and we are excited to bring this curriculum to fruition. Get cooking in the comfort of your own kitchen with our virtual Cooking Demonstrations and Cook Along classes. Choose from:

Our Virtual Demonstration classes, via Zoom, are a fun opportunity to watch your chef in action. During class, your chef will teach you how to  prepare the dishes while you observe and take notes. Our Zoom moderator  will make sure your questions submitted through the chat option are answered during or after class. The recipe packet will be provided upon registration. Please note that some recipe steps may be prepared ahead due to the length of the class.

Our Virtual Cook Along classes, via Zoom, will have you and your chef cooking together in real time. We’ll provide you with the recipe packet and equipment list upon registration, so you’re prepared to get cooking, and when it’s over you’ll have a meal on the table! Our Zoom moderator will make sure your questions are answered live by the chef either during or at the end of class. 

Please note: all virtual class sales are final. All virtual students will receive a recording of the class within 48 hours of the class.

 

Virtual Knife Skills

Join us for our most popular class…virtually!  Join our Chopping Block Chef in real time for a chopping session that’ll mincing, slicing, and dicing vegetables and herbs like a pro via Zoom. Knife care, selection, sharpening and honing are also covered.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6pm CST

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Virtual Take Out at Home: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders: Choose your level of instruction

  • Philly Cheesesteak Sliders with Peppers and Onions on Hawaiian Rolls
  • Oil and Vinegar Slaw with Cabbage and Carrots  

Friday, June 18, 2021 6pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Cook Along: Custards Workshop 

  • Lemon Pot de Crème with Raspberries 
  • Chocolate Bavarian Cream
  • Banana Pudding with ‘Nilla Wafers

Saturday, June 19, 2021 2pm CST

Custards, the heavenly marriage between cream and eggs, result in some of the most irresistible and mouth-watering desserts. In this intensively interactive 2-hour virtual workshop, we’ll prepare three different types of custards including one set with eggs, one with gelatin and one with starch to give you a well-rounded education in custard fundamentals. We’ll dive into the science behind the three custards, so you can successfully prepare these creamy and decadent desserts every time. 

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Virtual Wine Tasting: The Family Pinot

Pinot Noir is wine’s wild child, the link between the undomesticated vine and Vitis vinifera, the vine species that creates nearly all wine today. Throughout the millennia, Pinot Noir has borne offspring (such as Chardonnay) and multitudinous mutations, some producing the most expensive flavors on earth.  Join Advanced Sommelier, Mary Ross, as we explore 3 of the Family Pinot’s most prominent kinfolk:  Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc and the only grape with its own Academy Award winning movie, wine’s ancient enfant terrible, Pinot Noir.

  • Pinot Grigio, Bozen, Alto Adige, Italy, 2018
  • Pinot Blanc, Domaine Emile Beyer “Tradition”, Alsace, France, 2016
  • Pinot Noir, Morgan, Monterey, California, 2017

Saturday, June 19, 2021 5pm CST

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Virtual Date Night: Chicken Cordon Bleu: Choose your level of instruction

  • Chicken Cordon Bleu (Chicken Stuffed with Ham and Gruyere Cheese)
  • Sautéed Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic

Saturday, June 19, 2021 6:30pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Father's Day Brunch: Choose your level of instruction

  • Cinnamon French Toast with Banana-Brown Sugar Sauce
  • Veggie and Cheese Frittata Bites
  • Maple-Glazed Bacon

Sunday, June 20, 2021 11am CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Vacation: Trip to Italy: Choose your level of instruction

  • Herb and Ricotta Gnocchi with  Asparagus and Parmesan Cream
  • Italian Chopped Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Friday, June 25, 2021 6pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Cocktails: Sparkling Cocktails

You love Champagne and you love your Cava and Frizzante, so we’ve made a stunning class for you that brings together the festivities of sparkling wine combined with fresh and seasonal cocktails. Join spirits expert, Christophe Bakunas, as he discusses the world of sparkling wine and how it all began hundreds of years ago, and then dive into your home bar to shake a modern and a classic cocktail.

  • Classic French 75
  • Seasonal Riff on the French 75
  • Peaches and Berries Sparkling Cocktail

Saturday, June 26, 2021 5pm CST

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Virtual Date Night: Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas: Choose your level of instruction

  • Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Avocados and Jalapeños
  • Sautéed Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Lime and Queso Fresco

Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:30pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Sunday Dinner on the Grill: Grilled Pork Chops: Choose your level of instruction

  • Brined and Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grilled Red Cabbage and Fennel Slaw

Sunday, June 27, 2021 4pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Cook Along: Homemade Refrigerator Jams, Jellies and Pickles Workshop 

  • Strawberry-Vanilla Refrigerator Jam
  • Refrigerator Pickled Dilly Green Beans
  • Red and Green Hot Pepper Refrigerator Jelly

Saturday, July 3, 2021 2pm CST

It's no secret that locally grown, harvested-in-season produce is more nutritious than commercially prepared products, and it tastes so much better, too! Join our chef in a 2-hour intensively interactive virtual workshop where we’ll cover the basics of making refrigerator jams, pickles and jellies. If you have never made jams or pickles, this is a great introductory course; with a few simple tricks and tips, you’ll be enjoying the farm fresh flavors of summer for months to come!

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Virtual Cook Along: Taqueria Workshop 

  • Homemade Flour Tortillas
  • Chicken Tinga Tacos with Quick Pickled Red Onions and Queso Fresco
  • Elotes (Mexican Street Corn with Mayo, Lime, Chili and Cheese)

Friday, July 9, 2021 6pm CST

Join us virtually for a mouth-watering feast fit for a fiesta! Our chef will teach you how to prepare recipes loaded with sublime freshness, irresistibly unique ingredients and dominant spices in this 2-hour intensively virtual workshop. Let the vibrant and bold flavors of Latin America express themselves through your hands! 

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Virtual Lobster Rolls: Choose your level of instruction

  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Classic Lobster Rolls with Lemon-Herb Butter

Saturday, July 10, 2021 6pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Intro to the Instant Pot Demo with Emily Paster

Do you have an Instant Pot that you don’t really know how to work? Learn just how useful the beloved multi-cooker can be in your kitchen during our special virtual demonstration with food writer and cookbook author Emily Paster. Emily has written four cookbooks, and her latest, Instantly Mediterranean will be released this fall. This cookbook focuses on how to make vibrant, mouthwatering Mediterranean recipes in your electric pressure cooker and air fryer. But first, we need to know how to use that pressure cooker to its full capacity! Join us for a virtual demonstration focusing on how pressure cooking works, what makes an Instant Pot different from other pressure cookers, and how the Instant Pot can make cooking easier and more convenient. Get to know your Instant Pot intimately and no longer be intimidated by it with this virtual demonstration!

  • Cod with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
  • Rice with Vermicelli
  • Hard-boiled Eggs

Saturday, July 17, 2021 10am CST

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Virtual Cocktails: Most Refreshing Summer Cocktails, Ever!

Who doesn’t love sitting outside in summertime enjoying a refreshing tippler of a cocktail that uses bright, seasonal fruit? Our spirits expert, Christophe Bakunas, certainly does, and he’s going to teach you formulas for dialing back the alcohol just a bit so you can enjoy a few before cooking dinner.

  • Gosh Garden Daiquiri with Rum, Homemade Rhubarb Juice and Basil Syrup
  • Summer Fragola with Tequila and Strawberry Syrup

Saturday, July 17, 2021 5pm CST

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Virtual Trip to New Orleans: Choose your level of instruction

  • Crawfish and Andouille Sausage Etouffee with Steamed Rice
  • Butter Lettuce Salad with Creole Mustard Vinaigrette

Saturday, July 17, 2021 6:30pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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Virtual Flavor Dynamics

Learn the secrets of successful flavor combinations, and learn how to make sense of your sense of taste! With stronger olfactory awareness, you can become a creative cook inspired by your own palate instead of following recipes to the letter.

In this interactive virtual demonstration class, we'll teach you the art of tweaking the five basic tastes - Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Sour and Umami - and how to use herbs, spices, oils, vinegars and aromatic ingredients to create a rich tapestry of cuisine limited only by your imagination. Together during class, we will taste our way through the basic tastes, and create an engaging dialogue on how to best apply them to your own cooking. Some bonus recipes will be included in your class packet!

Sunday, July 18, 2021 11am CST

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Virtual Wine Tasting: South America's Revolution of Wine

Chile and Argentina’s vineyards have been the envy of international winegrowers for centuries, but until recently, were shackled by political and social unrest.  Discuss the past, present and future of these dynamic winegrowing nations, taste 3 prominent styles and learn the triggers for South America’s dramatic revolution of wine with Advanced Sommelier, Mary Ross.

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Errazuriz “MAX”Aconcagua, Chile, 2017
  • Carmenere, Casa Silva, Central Valley, Chile, 2019
  • Malbec, Reunion, Mendoza, Argentina, 2019    

Friday, July 23, 2021 6pm CST

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Virtual Cook Along: Phyllo Workshop 

  • Spanakopita (Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles)
  • Baklava (Layered Spiced Walnuts and Phyllo with Honey Syrup)
  • Orange and Clove-Scented Phyllo Cake

Saturday, July 24, 2021 2pm CST

Have you ever wanted to work with phyllo dough, but have been too intimidated to try? Come learn how versatile this light and flaky dough can be from preparing appetizers to pastries to desserts in this intensively interactive 2-hour virtual workshop. Our chef will teach you all of the nuances for successfully working with this light and flaky pastry to prepare three delicious recipes.

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Virtual Jerk Chicken: Choose your level of instruction

  • Jerk Chicken
  • Fried Plantains
  • Caribbean Rice (Arroz con Gandules)

Saturday, July 24, 2021 6pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

Register now

 

Virtual Knife Skills

Join us for our most popular class…virtually!  Join our Chopping Block Chef in real time for a chopping session that’ll mincing, slicing, and dicing vegetables and herbs like a pro via Zoom. Knife care, selection, sharpening and honing are also covered.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 3pm CST

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Virtual Cocktails: Tiki Drinks

What is Tiki and what’s all the fuss about? The American story starts in 1934 in Hollywood, but the history is much deeper than that. Join spirits expert, Christophe Bakunas, for a walk-through Polynesian culture and how it still influences one of the most vibrant cocktail categories today.

  • Painkiller (Aged Rum, Pineapple and Coconut)
  • Jungle Bird (Dark Rum, Campari, Pineapple and Lime)

Saturday, July 31, 2021 5pm CST

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Virtual Trip to Hawaii: Choose your level of instruction

  • Asian BBQ Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps with Daikon-Carrot Slaw
  • Pineapple Fried Rice

Saturday, July 31, 2021 6:30pm CST

Our virtual classes will have you and your chef instructor cooking together in real time, or if preferred, enjoy the class as an engaging demonstration with the flexibility to prepare the dishes at another time. Either way, you will gain a full understanding of the techniques. Upon registration, chose which option is best for you. 

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*A non-refundable 10% fee is applied for the operational and administrative costs incurred by TCB on all cooking classes. Please note that all virtual class sales are final. 

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Hear what people are saying about our virtual classes

"The virtual cook along class on Profiteroles and Cream Puffs was great. Chef Lisa was amazing! Class was well organized and hosted in a fun, friendly manner. Easy to follow instructions and great interactions and feedback from the chef. I have previously taken an in-person class and this is the next best thing! ~Suzanne

"I really enjoyed watching Chef Sara because I am the type of learner that needs to visually see to create something. Just reading a recipe does not work for me. Options were given if some of the ingredients were not good for any one of the students. My husband and I really wanted part of the finished chicken!" ~Andi

"I love the virtual classes! Both I have taken were informative, fun, and I learned something new during each class. The price of each of the classes was a great value. Thank you for a great diversion during the virus lock down!" ~AJ

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