Looking for a fun idea for a date night, group outing, or just a way to escape and have some fun for yourself? Then look no further than the wide array of cooking classes in Chicagoland available for chefs of all ages and abilities.
WHAT TYPE OF CLASS TO TAKE
First of all, it is important to determine what kind of class you want to take. Thankfully All Natural Chicago has YEARS of experience in the food business, so they have some great knowledge and experience to help steer you to the perfect cooking class.
Serious cooking considerations
At home cooks that want to challenge themselves to learn more about how food works may want to consider classes like knife skills, techniques such as parting a chicken, mother sauces, etc. Perhaps you are a really good cook but want to expand your knowledge base, you could learn about butchering, charcuterie, bread baking. These are all elevated skills beyond making a great dinner.
Entertaining cooking considerations
You like to cook but are content to follow a recipe without needing more education. Classes that feature ethnic recipes, cooking pizzas or 30 minute meals are perfect. Classes where you can bring a friend and a bottle of wine tend to be much more for the entertainment of it than the learning aspect—and they prove to be fun date nights as well! You could also go to entertaining cooking classes because you need new cooking ideas. We get into food funks sometimes and need to jump start our creative juices. You are expanding your pallet but not necessarily challenging your skills.
COOKING SCHOOLS WITH A VARIETY OF OPTIONS
The Chopping Block–Chicago
Dave’s Specialty Food—Mount Prospect
Now We’re Cookin–Evanston
The Social Table–Chicago
Sur La Table—Locations in Suburbs and City
The Wooden Spoon–Chicago
COCKTAILS & SPIRITS
La Scuola di Eataly (Italian)—Chicago
Mercadito Chicago (Spanish)–Chicago
Naveen’s Cuisine (Indian and Thai)—Chicago
Weber Grill (Grilling)—Schaumburg
French Pastry School—Chicago
And don’t forget the kiddos!
The Chopping Block—Chicago
Creative Kids’ Corner–Wilmette
Elawa Farm–Lake Forest
Want to leave the cooking to the professionals? Then don’t miss out on my restaurant picks for a great night out, kid free of course!