The Oilerie Brookfield offers a wide selection of extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, and specialty foodstuffs, as well as a variety of cooking classes. Beef up your roasting repertoire on a weekday night or Saturday afternoon with a step-by-step guided tour through the culinary process. Learn how to make marinara, béchamel, and arrabbiata sauces to dress up naked bowls of pasta, or explore the mysteries of paella, an authentic Spanish melting pot of shrimp and rice. Mastering tuna, green bean, and orzo salads, prosciutto ravioli, and beef-and-arugula penne will help avert future dinner-party disasters. After your lesson, you'll receive a complimentary bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, hand-bottled straight from one of the shop's stainless-steel tanks. With olive oils from Greece and Italy and nut oils from California and Japan, as well as a variety of flavors such as truffle and basil, there's an oil for every occasion from Sunday-school potlucks to dinner with Aerosmith.
Generations At Play offers offers appealing options for both adults and children: parents can relax and chat with one another or plug into complimentary Wi-Fi while their little ones are engaged in entertaining, enriching activities. Those activities might take place in a 1,500-square-foot play area outfitted with a playhouse, slide, and toys, or in a classroom where teachers lead structured lessons. The center also offers babysitting services, giving parents a change to run errands or spend an evening on the town.
The Good Life Catering imparts inquisitive culinarians of all ages and skill levels with relevant cooking fundamentals. Students arrange their own lesson by referencing the sample menu, which boasts dishes such as pecan-crusted scallops on corn cakes, wild-mushroom-stuffed tenderloin, and smooth chocolate-espresso-mousse layer cake. Though any menu items can be prepared, students are responsible for ingredient costs ($20–$75 extra). With each pivot of the knife, participants embrace the pressure-free learning environment, perfect for asking questions regarding the proper way to trim fat or what to do if a Boy Scout sells you counterfeit teaspoons.
As a branch of the not-for-profit Advocate Health Care system, the Advocate Condell Centre Club has filled two 60,000-square-foot locations with fitness amenities for exercisers of all ages and ability levels, captained by professional and welcoming staff members. The club's philosophy follows the Advocate network's holistic approach, taking on a mission of all-over wellness with features for exercise, rehabilitative therapy, sports performance, and spa services. Much like a territorial wolverine, each of the facilities' elements—from a trove of resistance-training machines to a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes—occupies its own specialized area. Lake County magazine and Libertyville Patch have highlighted the club for its weight-loss systems and free training program for cancer patients, respectively.
The Academy's sage chefs coach aspiring cooks ages 4 to 14 through recipes that rotate weekly, covering entrees, sides, desserts, and a host of preparation and presentation techniques. Divided into KinderCooks classes for ages 4–6 (age 3 permitted with adult supervision) and Junior Chefs sessions for ages 7–14, each 90-minute lesson teaches kitchen safety and etiquette before burners are fired up, reminding kids to respect hot or sharp objects, each other, and the last will and testament of broccoli stalks. Students summon two dishes per session from various ingredients, with time set aside to taste their handiwork at the end. Offerings are seasonally themed around available ingredients and upcoming holidays, with September featuring a recipe for Roly Poly stromboli and October pairing jack-o-lantern quesadillas with sinister salsa and Halloween candy pie, which can be offered as a mask to one's least favorite friend.
40 years ago, the initials heading C&D Towing stood for the Cicero & Devon Texaco gas and service station, founded by brothers Val and Joe Strumberger. Today they've come to stand for "Capable and Dependable," the values carried by the tow truck drivers who rescue cars and trucks of all sizes from a future spent trying fruitlessly to hitch a ride from passing semis. Along with gently rolling vehicles onto a fleet of handsome red trucks, C&D's technicians can protect and resuscitate them with services including jumpstarts, tire changes, seasonal safety checks, and electrical work.