From the Chopping Block: Cheers to 20 Years
The Chopping Block first opened our doors in a small cottage in Lincoln Park on April 4, 1997, during a time when recreational cooking schools were unheard of. Since then, we’ve grown to two locations (Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart) and have spent the past 20 years teaching people in Chicago how to cook. We’re one of the few culinary schools in the country to accomplish this business feat. To celebrate, we’re inviting you to two free parties to show our thanks for your support of our business over all of these years.
Join us on:
- Saturday, April 8, 2017 10am-5pm Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 107 Chicago, Il 60654
The event is free, open to the public with no registration required and will feature demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes from guest and current chef instructors. Shelley felt it was important to recognize not only the current employees who work hard to make the business a success but also those who were a part of the team in the past but may have moved on to other businesses, opened their own businesses or in some cases, even left the culinary industry. “We’ve invited back our ‘Chopping Block All Stars’, those chefs who played an integral part of the business over the past twenty years. They will return to their roots in our classrooms to once again teach a cooking class. This will be a chance for all of our students, present and past, to see these familiar faces again and learn something about the food that represents these chefs now,” said Shelley.
Here are just a few of the guest chefs participating in the event:
- Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice
- Sari Zernich of mfk
- Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco
- Joaquin Soler of smalls
- Sean Gartland of Feast Cooking School in Flint, Michigan
In addition to the guest chefs, Shelley will teach a class on both days of anniversary parties, as well as a special Chef’s Dinner class on Tuesday, April 4 from 6pm-9pm at Lincoln Square. “Unfortunately, I don’t get the chance to teach very often anymore. This special cooking demonstration will be a look back at some of my favorite dishes we’ve taught over the years and continue to teach to this day. It will be a celebration of classics from The Chopping Block,” said Shelley. This limited seating event has only a few spots remaining so get your tickets now.
Guests at both events will also enjoy a buffet of appetizers and desserts of The Chopping Block favorites from over the years. Expect popular hors d’oeuvres such as Truffled Popcorn, Bacon Wrapped Dates and Mushroom and Thyme Cheesecake. There will be wine and cocktail samplings and instruction as well.
Guests at the celebrations can take advantage of 20% off the entire store to mark the anniversary as well as special gift card promotions and other fun, interactive ways to look back at the business’ 20 year history. 10% of all retail sales on both days will be donated to the Susan G. Komen organization to help fund breast cancer research. Shelley recently lost her mother to the disease in December 2016. “My mom was an inspiration to me in life and in the kitchen. In 2009, I talked her into doing the Breast Cancer Walk with me even though she couldn’t walk and was on oxygen. I wanted to her to experience what an inspiration she was. We did the whole 60 miles together and she couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about,” said Shelley.
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