10 Tips for Baking Like a Pro from The Chopping Block

The Thanksgiving food coma has passed, and now it’s time to keep our ovens busy with all of the holiday baking we’ll be doing in December. But baking for a crowd, whether for a holiday gathering or for gifting food items to friends and family,Read more


The Chopping Block-Apple Fest

AppleFestIt’s almost that time: that fall day in Lincoln Square where the smell of fresh baked Apple Pie wafts out of The Chopping Block’s kitchen, where hot mugs of Apple Cider are consumed all day, where bushels of apples are displayed, where kids have stickyRead more


The Chopping Block–Make the Best of this Weather

It’s back to school time. Summer is winding down, and Labor Day is just ahead. The shift in seasons is approaching, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to call it quits on outdoor eating in Chicago just yet. In fact, now is the perfect picnicRead more


The Chopping Block – It’s Tomato Season!

“It should be a crime to sell tomatoes in the U.S. anytime other than June through September.” ~Chef Carrie Bradley, The Chopping Block

There’s no arguing tomatoes are at their best right now. They are plump, juicy and full of flavor, especially the ones youRead more


The Chopping Block–It’s Officially Summer!

It’s officially summer now, so outdoor entertaining season is in full swing. Whether you host your favorite fete in a courtyard, rooftop deck or public park, entertaining can be challenging. There’s the menu planning and all of the likes, dislikes, food allergies, etc. to takeRead more


From the Chopping Block: Get Your Dad Fired Up about Grilling

While many men are savvy home cooks these days, it’s safe to say that most of our fathers probably feel most comfortable in front of a grill. That’s why The Chopping Block is hosting our free Grilling Show the day before Father’s Day in June. OurRead more


Celebrating Moms & the Importance of Teaching Your Kids to Cook

pickvegiesWe happily celebrate our mothers in the month of May. Those celebrations, like most family occasions, will likely be centered on food, whether it’s a special brunch or dinner at mom’s favorite place. That makes perfect sense, since our parents are the first people toRead more


The Chopping Block: Get fired up for grilling season

Spring is finally here, and that means grilling season is no longer just wishful thinking.

Whether your pleasure is charcoal or gas, The Chopping Block will soon offer hands-on and demonstration grilling classes that explore both types of cooking methods. Our Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet grills areRead more


The Chopping Block: The DIY Revolution

We live in a DIY world. You can find any home improvement project imaginable on HGTV, watch a YouTube video on how to fix just about anything and turn to Pinterest for crafting creations. Why not start some DIY projects in your kitchen? We’re notRead more


February Welcomes Valentine’s Day Inspired Recipes

Love is in the air this month! Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, it's a good excuse to eat well. And we don't mean at an overpriced, crowded restaurant. Show your sweetie how much you care with a romantic home-cooked meal full ofRead more