- $65 for Cooking for a Cause with Paul Kahan and Cosmo Goss on Tuesday, August 26 ($95 value)
The class begins with appetizers at 5:30 p.m. and includes beer and wine sampling from Goose Island Brewery and Terlato Wines. Paul Kahan, executive chef of Publican, Nico, and Avec, and Cosmo Goss, chef de cuisine of Publican, teach a menu that includes barbecue carrots, a shrimp boil, and country ribs.
Treasure Island Foods
Julia Child called Treasure Island Foods "the most European supermarket in America"—and she's not the only chef who fell in love with the grocery-store chain. Carlos Gaytan, chef de cuisine at Mexique and former Iron Chef contestant, teaches at the store's star-studded cooking school, as do Bob and Gina Hartwig of Wicker Park's Lovely.
It's easy to explain the grocery stores' chef-appeal. Treasure Island's team annually scours the United States and European continent for the best products. These imports shine in every department, from the selection of balsamic vinegars to ham imported from Serrano. Foodies can also find delicacies such as live lobsters and shell-on Key West shrimp in the seafood department, or head to the bakery for fresh-baked treats. And Treasure Island Foods' pastries range from fresh croissants to traditional Greek pastries, made according to founder Christ Kamberos' old family recipes, rather than the graffiti on the walls of the Parthenon.