With a mission to educate consumers on the mystifying subtleties of wine, Learn About Wine hosts more than 100 classes, trade tastings, and consumer events each year. Since its beginnings in 1995, the organization has helped more than 50,000 students deepen their appreciation and understanding of the old-world drink through socially centered programs and refined, but approachable wine-education classes. Wine Camp ? An Introduction to Wine, the company's introductory course and one of its most popular offerings, encourages guests to absorb wine-drinking terminology and critical lessons in storing and serving. Regional tours lead groups through various growing regions, allowing visitors to observe processes such as fermenting and picking bottles at the peak of glossiness. Click here for a complete listing of program types.
Inside the whimsical and colorful little cottage that is The Classroom, magical things are happening. Old objects transform into beautiful items made new during salvaged jewelry classes; plants find a new home in terrarium-making sessions; and plain fabric is reconfigured into tasteful tote bags. The center's various classes?including a monthly-gathering craft club?encourage members of the community to join together and share inspiration, ideas, and their thoughts on whether or not glue tastes kind of good.
Within the Brewery Arts Colony is a loft space used for cooking classes called Hipcooks. This Lincoln Heights business is perfect for private parties, as well as anyone interested in socializing over a hands-on lesson on a home-cooked meal, and their teachers offer a wide variety of funky classes, from Pasta in Casa! to My Big Fat Greek Cooking Class. While the cuisines change, the mentality for a fun, welcoming environment that supports your budding kitchen talents remain the same. The outside is easy to spot, with their bright blue horizontal fence that opens into a small patio area. Lessons are taught in the back kitchen under the lofted space, and the front has a huge table that comfortably seats a large group of new chefs.
The Institute’s Outreach Discovery Program teaches youth from underserved schools about environmental issues including pollution and climate change with a three-part educational experience that includes a visit from its WonderMobile filled with live animals and natural artifacts, a guided field trip to local parks and lagoons, and a neighborhood-based urban nature hunt. Forging a connection with nature helps actualize the physical presence of environmental issues, and sparks students’ interest in archeology, botany, and biology. Youth in the program also gain an increased awareness of their own urban environments by learning the importance of recycling, turning off lights and appliances, and preserving water. Transportation to and from the sites represents CNI’s greatest trip-related expense. Due in part to cuts to the city’s subsidized bus program, CNI needs help funding transportation for nature field trips to meet its goal of transporting 700 students.
The team at Vagabond Grillyard appreciates a fine cut of meat. The menu includes irresistible dishes such as the signature burger—grass-fed, dry-aged beef topped with housemade garlic aioli, sweet onion marmalade, and sharp cheddar and served on a brioche bun. To create the pulled-pork sandwich, pit masters roast pork shoulder for 12 hours before sliding it onto a portuguese bun and decorating it with bacon and sriracha poppy-seed coleslaw. In true Vagabond form, the fellas behind the grill frequently cater events for all occasions, recently wrapping up an event for E! personality Catt Sadler.