Friday, September 2, 2011

Easily one of the most fun things I've ever done.

Wednesday night I had the absolute pleasure of being treated to a cooking class at The Chopping Block. I had heard great things about the experience but was a little bit nervous going into it given my overall lack of skills in the kitchen. Not to mention, once I had my apron on, we found out we'd be braising chicken, cooking corn fritters from scratch, and chopping vegetables in all sorts of fancy ways (chiffonade, anyone?). The class was called From Beer to Eternity, so we'd be using beer in all of the recipes. Needless to say, the nerves grew. How are we supposed to do this?

Enter the most talented and helpful chefs around. There were twelve of us in the class and three chefs overseeing all of our progress. They taught us so many useful techniques throughout the process (did you know when cooking bacon, both the skillet and the meat should start out cold and heat up simultaneously?) and fancy cooking words like emulsion (Yeah. It's a thing.) Not to mention, after two hours of class, I'm pretty much a certified professional with both a chef's and Santoku knife. *Insider Tip: Do not take the Knife Skills class because you can learn many of the same techniques in the on-hands cooking classes.

The cherry on top was that the other two folks sharing our chopping block were both talented and super fun. The four of us pretty much became bff's by the end of the evening. They informed us that's not always the case and the last couple they were teamed up with took the class way too seriously and barely spoke at all. I mean... that would have sucked. Which brings me to *Insider Tip #2: If you are less gregarious or simply want to keep the experience more intimate, I recommend going in a group of four so that you can have a block and meal to yourselves.

Long story short, I highly recommend these classes for any special occasion or date night. The price point is a bit high, but it's a wonderful 2.5 hour experience. And if you're not in Chicago, I encourage you to seek out similar classes in your area. It was an encouraging learning experience and easily one of the best dates I've ever been on. I can't wait to go back! : )

Happy weekend, all!

9 comments:

  1. Looks like so much fun! I should find a cooking class to go to...

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  2. I've been to Chopping Block through a work rep event and it was great! Cooking Light hosted and we made a bunch of recipes from their most recent issue. I need to back and try some of the other classes!

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  3. Looks like a lot of fun! I have done a cooking class here in Charleston and it was a blast!

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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  4. So much fun! You look like a pro. :)

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  5. This looks like so much fun, I'm definitely going to try a class out. Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday weekend! xo

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  6. this looks amazingly fun! i am not at all talented in the kitchen (or so i think), but it seems like this would be the perfect thing to inspire some confidence. glad y'all had a good group. and... YUM! looks delicious.

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  7. I've done a class there with my work team and we do a ton of events there for clients too. Great place! Merchandise Mart one?

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  8. I used to work there! I'm glad you liked it. Your chef is one of my favorite people at that place :)

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  9. Just stumbled upon your blog. LOVE it!! I have taken several Chopping Block classes. They're always fun and I ALWAYS go home with AT LEAST one recipe I know I'll make again and again!

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