The Chopping Block: You are the Apple of our Pie

Can you believe it’s already time to start planning the Thanksgiving feast? One of the most important courses of the meal (always) is dessert. Pie is traditionally served at the holiday table, but do you know why? No, the colonists did not have pie atRead more

The Chopping Block You Can Save Lots of Money By Learning How to Butcher

Have you ever found yourself staring at the meat case in the supermarket with a blank look on your face? Are you wondering what’s the difference between prime, choice and select meat? Pondering which ribs should you get: baby back, country style or spare ribs?Read more

The Chopping Block: Two Sommeliers = Double Shot of Wine Education

September is back to school time, but that doesn’t only apply to kids. What is a topic you’d like to learn more about as an adult? If you answered cooking or wine, The Chopping Block can help! With two new sommeliers on staff, we areRead more

From the Chopping Block: Vegan from Scratch

The decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle is not one most people take lightly. Whether you are considering going vegan or are already eating that way, it’s important to understand the diet and what you need to do to be healthy. The Chopping Block recentlyRead more

From the Chopping Block: Planning the Perfect Summer Potluck

With the official arrival of summer, it’s time for potluck parties on the patio! The potluck is the most stress-free way to entertain, however even the guest-driven event needs to be managed correctly. Here’s advice from The Chopping Block’s chefs for pulling off the bestRead more

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 pastRead more

From the Chopping Block: Your Thanksgiving Survival

The biggest food holiday of the year is coming up. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Preparing the feast can be a daunting task for home cooks, especially if you don’t have a dozen dinners under your belt and a solid routine. The best way toRead more

Chopping Block: Living Gluten-Free Does Not Mean Eating Flavor Free

More people are choosing to go gluten-free these days. Whether it’s due to health reasons or whether you just want to reduce the amount of gluten you eat, adhering to a gluten-free diet is so much more than just avoiding bread. The Chopping Block’s ChefRead more

From the Chopping Block: Sharpen Your Knife Skills

Do you have a large knife block sitting on your kitchen counter full of knives you don’t know what to do with? What about that sickle-shaped one? Or the short serrated one with a double pronged tip? The truth is most knife sets come withRead more

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