During the 90-minute techniques class, you and another person will have the rare opportunity to observe a chef in its natural environment as the culinary wizard offers a demonstration on a given subject. Each class concludes with a small tasting at the end, offering a response to the puddles of mouthwater that will have gathered on the floor by that time. Upcoming mini-skills class topics include summer-baking techniques on May 23, offering a solution for cooks long crushed by the quandaries of cobblers, crumbles, and crisps; canning on June 20, to help preserve summertime treats from the advances of time and army ants; and tomatoes on July 25, with tips on sauces, chutneys, preserves, and recipes using the apple's cooler cousin. Groupon users can also apply this deal toward two spots in one of Old Town Cooking School's wine-styles classes ($50) and pay the $24 difference out of pocket.
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.
An open community for creative types, Citizen Space welcomes those who are looking for a space that offers the chat-friendly vibe of a coffee shop with the productivity-focused environment of a professional workspace. Anyone may join at the membership level of their choosing to gain access to dedicated resident desks and communal tables, a completely free library, and a supportive horde of like-minded programmers, painters, writers, and other artists. While the studio's open minds are largely focused on providing a spot for individuals' dream realization, they also regularly host classes that help broaden artistic horizons and teach students how to shoot paint out of a cannon.
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.