April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!

Provided by Black Bear Academy

blackbear2What is Occupational Therapy?

  • Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful and purposeful everyday life activities (occupations) for the purpose of successful participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, and community. (Case-Smith, J. 2010)

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Enjoy These Traditional Irish Favorites

With March comes the start of spring and the arrival of more seasonal produce at our local farmers’ markets. We are ready to welcome asparagus, spring onions and strawberries into our cooking classes with open arms. But before that, there’s a certain holiday worthy ofRead more


The Chopping Block-A Valentine’s Day Cooking Banaza!

When we think of Valentine’s Day, red roses and a box of chocolates may come to mind as the typical gift. Yawn. If your sweetie has a sweet tooth, wouldn’t you rather sweep him/her off their feet with a handmade gift of chocolate?

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Resolve to Eat Clean in 2016

Christmas and Hannukah are a wrap. It’s time to turn our attention from cookies, cakes and pies to greens, protein and grains. A new year is a natural time to reflect on our eating habits and resolve to do better in the future. January isRead more


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