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2005 COOKING SCHOOL GUIDE
This story contains corrected material, published Aug. 17, 2005.
The following listings include the basic information provided to us by the schools. For more complete information on schedules or locations, contact the school or check the Web site, if one is given.
We've divided this year's listings into subject categories listed alphabetically, from Baking and Candymaking to Wine and Spirits.
Inclusion does not imply endorsement by the Tribune. This list also is available on the Tribune's Web site at chicagotribune.com/features/food.
Bev's World, 335 S. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan. Bev Brinkley and staff teach evening classes in cake decorating and candy-making. Classes begin in September. Fees from $25. 847-623-3478 or bevsworld.com.
Cakewalk Chicago, 1805 W. 95th St. Retail shop offers classes in baking, cake decorating and candymaking, including Wilton method and fondant. Children's classes offered. Starting at $15. 773-233-7335 or cakewalkchicago.com.
Marked For Dessert, 1812 W. Greenleaf Ave. Hands-on and demonstration baking classes geared to amateurs. $40-$60. 773-761-3800 or markedfordessert.com.
Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, 2240 W. 75th St., Woodridge. More than 90 courses and work-shops include cake decorating using buttercream, fondant, pulled sugar and flowers, and marzipan and chocolate artistry. $55-$900. 630-810-2211 or school.wilton.com. The school also conducts two-hour cake decorating classes at craft and specialty stores. $10-$25. 630-810-2450.
Pamela Durkin, 175 E. Delaware Pl. One-on-one instruction or small groups/parties. Emphasis on hygiene, nutrition and presentation. Morning/early afternoon classes. $20 per hour with two-hour minimum. 312-337-7821 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elmhurst Park District, Wagner Community Center, 615 N. West Ave. Occasional ginger-bread workshops. 630-993-8989.
Kinder Kitchen. Lynn Preis offers classes in your home featuring healthful recipes. 773-327-2469.
Princess and Pirate Parties. Customized children's parties and classes in western suburbs include cake decorating, pizza and after-school snacks. $200-$350. 708-246-2329 or 4mybday.com.
Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St. Monthly program, "Gourmet Dinner, Drinks and Demonstration," teaches French cooking with area French chefs. $55 for members; $65 non-members. Next class is Aug. 20. 312-337-1070 or afchicago.com.
Ranjana Bhargava, Chicago. Learn the art of authentic Indian vegetarian cook-ing in a series of four interactive, hands-on classes. Students learn nine dishes. $220 per series. 773-363-3684 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hiromi's, 3609 W. Lawrence Ave. Leo Bariso teaches Japanese and Filipino cuisine, including tempura, sushi, adobo. 6:30 p.m. first Monday of each month. $40 includes dinner. 773-481-2720 or 773-539-9435.
Ruth Law, Burr Ridge. Classes on light and healthful cuisines of China, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. Some participation. 630-986-1595 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Huerta Mexican Supermarket, 580 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles. Authentic Mexican cooking, traditional and contemporary, including regional recipes. Classes begin in late September. 630-587-0549.
R.S. Rajan, Evanston. Southern Indian cooking classes, including idli, dosa and pongal. In-home cooking and one-on-one classes available. 847-674-5457 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tom Wasabi In Home Cooking. Tom Craner offers classes in sushi and pasta in a party setting in your home. 847-395-5768 or tomwasabi.com.
The Twisted Lizard, 1964 N. Sheffield Ave. Chef Sergio Sanchez offers "Cooking with Sergio," featuring the restaurant's southwestern Mexican cuisine on the fourth Tuesday of every month. $15. 312-560-9211.
Kurt Youngmann. Regional Chinese series in students' homes, tailored to students' needs and taught one-on-one. $360 plus $90 food fee for six two-hour lessons. 847-509-9161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthful and vegetarian
Global Organic Designs Lifestyle Services. Nutritionist Bret S. Beall (the name as published has been corrected in this text) provides in-home instruction on preparing quick, easy, earth-friendly, healthful global cuisine. Also assistance on kitchen organization and entertaining. 773-508-9208 or god-dess.com.
Go Veggie! Kay Stepkin leads demonstration and hands-on classes on healthful vegetarian cuisine, including raw foods. Various locations. $30. 773-871-7000 or go-veggie.org.
Dietitian Mindy Hahn offers in-home classes on healthful cooking. 630-661-4299 or e-mail, mindy(underscore)email@example.com.
Healthy Eating 101. Quick and healthful cooking classes taught by Megan McCarthy, with focus on the use of "superfoods" and antioxidant-friendly cooking. West Loop location or in-home classes. $50-$70. 312-942-0017 or healthyeating101.com.
Jacqueline B. Marcus, R.D. Northfield. In-home or office, one-on-one or small group, nutritious and tasteful classes for novice or seasoned cooks, children to seniors. Fees vary. 847-501-4292 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naturally Nutritious. Dietitian Karen Raden offers in-home classes throughout North Shore. Focus on food sensitivity, whole foods-based diet and healthful eating. 847-877-4393 or email@example.com.
Raw-Food Cuisine. Chef Jennifer Cornbleet offers hands-on workshops throughout Chicago. Full-day class teaches preparation of smoothies, breakfast cereals, soups and other raw foods. $50-$250. 773-677-6401 or learnrawfood.com
Science of Spirituality Center, 4S175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd., Naperville. Free vegetarian cooking classes taught by instructors from various ethnic backgrounds. 2-4 p.m. second Saturday of each month. Next class is Aug 13. 630-955-1200 or sos.org.
Karla Walter offers hands-on and demonstration classes based on seasonal organic produce for adults, children. Topics include three-course meals, casseroles and desserts. $25-$75. 847-733-8133 or understanding-yourhealth.com. At Whole Foods Markets. Call or visit stores for schedules.
Whole Foods Markets. Classes for children and adults in nine locations. Call or visit stores for schedules.
Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, 500 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale. Variety of classes including gluten- and dairy-free, raw/living food, vegetarian, organic. Free to $20. 630-986-8500 or wildoats.com.
Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. Oliver's Kitchen, 4345 W. Division St. Culinary training and job placement for the unemployed, underemployed, homeless and those on the welfare-to-work track. Next series begins Oct. 3. Free for those who qualify. 773-252-3663 or antihunger.org.
Chinese American Service League, 2141 S. Tan Ct., offers a free 16-week chef training program for low-income Chicago residents. Next program starts Sept. 19. 312-791-0418 or caslservice.org.
Chicago's Community Kitchens, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Pl. 12-week program prepares unemployed and underemployed for entry-level jobs in food-service industry. Program covers food preparation and sanitation and includes a 2-week internship. Begins Oct. 3. Free for those who qualify. Call LoreLei Kramer, 773-843-5414.
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. One-year certificates and two-year associate degrees in culinary/pastry arts. Classes include international cuisine, quantity food preparation, baking. In-district fee: $87 per credit hour. Classes begin Aug. 31. 630-942-3663 or cod.edu/hospitalityadministration.
College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Associate degree in foodservice management and certificates in culinary arts, professional cooking and food-service management. Topics include principles of food preparation, nutrition, applied food service sanitation. Begins Aug. 22. Also, French chef Pierre Pollin will teach a new class, "Regional French Cuisine," beginning Aug. 24. 847-543-2041 or clcillinois.edu.
Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, 361 W. Chestnut St. Associate degree in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts or patisserie and baking. 12-month program and 3-month externship. 877-828-7772 or chic.edu.
Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Bachelor's degrees in food science and nutrition, nutrition and dietetics and food-service management. Classes begin Sept. 7. Call Judy Beto, 708-524-6906, or dom.edu.
Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. Associate degree in culinary arts, restaurant management and pastry arts. Also, vocational specialist certificate. Classes begin Aug. 22. In-district fee, $70 per credit hour. 847-214-7955 or elgin.edu.
The French Pastry School, 226 W. Jackson St. Six-month intensive course including chocolate, pastries, cakes and tarts. Starts in January. $17,500. Also, guest chefs teach 2- and 3-day classes, starting in September. 312-726-2419 or frenchpastryschool.com.
Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine. One-year certificates in culinary arts, baking/pastry arts and food-service management, and two-year associates degree in hospitality management. Certificates offered in food-service management and hotel management. Begins Aug. 22. $75 per credit hour. 8479256707 or harpercollege.edu.
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, 180 N. Wabash Ave. Culinary arts program for associate or bachelor degrees. Courses include sanitation, baking, wine and garde manger. Certificate programs in cooking, baking and catering. $380 per credit hour. 312-280-3500, 800-351-3450 or ilic.aii.edu.
Institute of Culinary Arts at Robert Morris College, DuPage, Chicago and Orland Park. Associate degree in culinary arts and bachelor's degree in hospitality management. Courses include culinary skills, garde manger, baking and pastry and facilities design. Starts Sept. 26. 800-762-5960 or robertmorris.edu.
Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd., Joliet. Associate degrees in culinary arts or hospitality management plus 1-year certificates in food preparation, hospitality management and baking/pastry. Classes begin Aug. 22. In-district fee $71 per credit hour. 815-729-9020, ext. 2255 or www.jjc.edu.
Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch St. Four-year bachelor's degree in culinary arts or hospitality management; two-year associate degree in culinary arts (accelerated program available) or bakery/pastry arts. Also, certificate program in baking and pastry arts, professional personal chef or professional cookery. Classes begin Sept. 28. 312-752-2000 or kendall.edu.
Lexington College, 310 S. Peoria St. Program for women leads to an associate or bachelor's degree in hospitality management in areas of culinary arts, event planning and hotel/restaurant management. $8,000 per semester. Begins Aug. 29. 312-226-6294 or lexingtoncollege.edu.
Moraine Valley Community College, 10900 S. 88th Ave., Palos Hills. Programs in restaurant/hotel and culinary arts management. Classes begin Aug. 22. In-district fee $59 per credit hour. 708-974-5598 or morainevalley.edu.
Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Graduate and undergraduate degrees in hospitality and tourism, including restaurant, food and beverage management. Begins Sept 7. Undergraduate, $575 per semester hour; graduate, $688. 312-281-3181 or roosevelt.edu.
St. Augustine College, 1333-45 W. Argyle St. Bilingual (English/Spanish) associate degree and certificate in culinary arts. Preparation for food sanitation license exams included. Begins Aug. 22. 773-878-3757 or staugustinecollege.edu.
Technology Center of DuPage, 301 S. Swift Rd., Addison. Culinary, pastry arts and hotel management program for high school students. Classes may earn college credit for DuPage County students who apply through their high school. 630-620-8770 or www.tcdupage.org.
Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Associate degree and certificates in culinary, hotel and restaurant management. Classes include food safety and sanitation, quantity food preparation and chocolate. Begins Aug. 30. $56 per credit hour in-district. 708-456-0300, ext. 3624, or www.triton.edu.
Washburne Culinary Institute, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. Associate degree, advanced certificate and basic certificate in culinary arts. Basic and advanced certificates in baking/pastry arts. Begins Aug. 29. $2,116-$11,163. 773-602-5487 or ccc.edu (select Washburne Culinary Institute).
Burhop's Seafood at Plaza Del Lago, 1515 N. Sheridan Rd., Wilmette. Demonstrations of seafood dishes. Free. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays. 847-256-6400 or burhops.com.
The Fish Guy Market, 4423 N. Elston Ave. Sushi classes led by Leo Bariso the last Thursday of each month. Guest chefs also conduct classes throughout the year. $75. 773-283-8400 or fishguy.com.
Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture. Guest chefs offer free demonstrations in house-wares department. 600 N. Wabash Ave., 312-324-7678; Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-974-4377; Old Orchard, Skokie, 847-568-6571.
The Chopping Block, 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., and also a new location opening this fall in the Merchandise Mart's LuxeHome mall, Kinzie and Wells Streets. (The Lincoln Park location has closed.) Daily hands-on and demonstration classes for all levels, including girls' night, knife skills and kitchen shortcuts. Most classes $50. 773-472-6700 or thechoppingblock.net.
Cooking with the Best Chefs. Classes on many topics at eight locations in Chicago and suburbs. Restaurant tours, wine dinners, singles classes, children's classes and cooking trips offered. Some classes hands-on. Classes, 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. $25 members; $35 non-members. 630-980-6800 or bestchefs.com.
The Culinary Palette. Tricia Giron conducts classes in homes and institutional kitchens throughout the Chicago area; topics include ethnic cuisine, everyday cooking and basic skills. $15-$40. 630-455-0209 or theculinarypalette.com.
Parker for Adults. Day and evening courses at various locations. Topics include Provencal cooking, seasonal dinner parties and gingerbread houses. Proceeds benefit Parker Scholarship Fund. Classes begin in October. 773-797-5530 or parkereveningcourses.org.
Prairie Kitchens Cooking School. Hands-on classes in Chicago, north and west suburbs beginning in September. Topics include fish and seafood, party appetizers and ginger-bread houses. $50-$55. Five-week basics series offered in winter, $400. 847-998-0700 or prairiekitchens.com.
Sur La Table. Hands-on and demonstration classes for all levels with local and guest chef-instructors. $50-$75. Also, series on basic techniques. 52-54 E. Walton St., 312-337-8544, and 55 S. Main St., Naperville, 630-428-1110. Also, 866-328-5412 or surlatable.com.
Urban Chef. Trained chefs teach small in-home classes throughout Chicago and northwest Indiana. Fees average $35 per student for demonstration classes; $45 for hands-on; minimum of eight students. 312-213-6648, 219-791-3937 or urbanchefchicago.com
Williams-Sonoma. Classes in all locations. $35. Call or visit stores for schedules.
A Tavola, 2148 W. Chicago Ave. Chef Daniel Bocik teaches a four-course meal. 6:30 p.m. Mondays. $50 includes dinner but not tax, tip or beverages. 773-276-7567 or atavolachicago.com.
Bespoke Cuisine, 1358 W. Randolph St. Class dinner parties. Students choose skills and menus. Starting at $100. 312-455-8400 or bespokecuisine.com.
Beverly's Pantry, 1907 W. 103rd St. Gourmet food store offers classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, including knife skills, "pantry staple" series, ethnic cuisines. Children's classes on Saturdays. $25-$45. 773-238-8550 or beverlyspantry.com.
Big Red Oven. Personal chef Eden Rosenbush specializes in seasonal cooking, organics, baking and pastry. Small group classes, minimum of six, taught in students' homes. Class parties and team building. 773-288-7562 or bigredoven.com.
Heidi Bottom. Chef specializes in Mediterranean and California cuisine and cocktail party menus; in-home or in commercial kitchens in Chicago. 773-354-0487.
Calphalon Culinary Center, 1000 W. Washington Blvd. Variety of hands-on and demonstration classes, including essential skills, regional and ethnic cuisines. Private events and team building. $40-$190. 312-529-0100 or calphalonculinarycenter.com.
Charmed Cooking. Professional chefs provide hands-on and demonstration workshops, in homes or commercial kitchens across Chicago, customized for individuals or groups. Also, family cooking and market tours. $125. 312-733-7595 or charmedcooking.com or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ChefCali, Inc. Cali Bergold offers in-home classes, from one-on-one basic lessons to class parties. Topics include knife skills, lobster 101 and couples romance menu. Two-hour class starts at $50 per person. 312-656-1363 or chefcali.com.
Chef Fredy Cuisine. 400 N. Noble St. Fredy Hernandez offers individual and group classes in clients' homes or his commercial kitchen for all skill levels. Topics include grilling, healthful cooking, holiday baking and Latin and Mediterranean cuisines. Also, team-building classes. 312-942-1492 or e-mail email@example.com.
Chefs on Call. Chef Mark Costello conducts classes in clients' homes with emphasis on methods or menus, including basic technique, baking and party menus. $45-$75. 312-787-9451 or chefsoncall.com.
Chef Out of Water. Francis Leroux, previously chef/owner of Cafe du Midi, offers dinner classes in-home for groups of 6-15. Specialties include bistro cooking, soups and desserts. $50 per person, including meal. Private classes available. 312-421-6455 or 773-710-4815.
Cook from Scratch. Bridget Weis-Urbain offers classes in-home or in her North Side kitchen, including knife skills, stock the freezer, cake decorating and "bring your baby." $75. 312-559-0052 or cookfromscratch.com.
Deb's Delicious Meals, 319 W. 115th St. Instructor Ruby Mack shows how to prepare traditional Southern holiday meals. Evening classes on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. 773-660-9456.
Eli's Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Adult and children's classes, including cookies, holiday baking and "toma-to class." $12-$30. Next class is Aug. 26. 773-308-7025 or elicheesecake.com.
Fox & Obel Food Market, 401 E. Illinois St. Variety of classes with visiting and in-house chefs. Wine pairing classes available. $30-$75. 312-379-0139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heat and Spice Cooking School, 925 W. Cullom Ave. Joe Sochor offers hands-on, introductory classes on topics such as Thai, Indian and Mexican cuisine. Also market tours in season. Most classes $65. 773-742-2331 or heatandspice.com.
Heaven On Seven. 111 N. Wabash Ave. Jimmy Bannos demonstrates dishes from his cookbook, first Friday of every month. $75 includes five-course meal and beverages. Private and interactive classes available for groups of 10 or more. 312-224-8858 or heavenonseven.com.
Karen's Kitchen, 2331 N. Cleveland Ave. Karen Horning teaches classes and workshops on basic techniques, French and Spanish cooking, breads and pastries. $60. Classes available after Sept. 15. 773-348-1341.
"Mama Augie" Lehman, Resurrection Lutheran School, 9349 S. Wentworth Ave. Celebrating the holidays with soul and ethnic cuisine will be the topic of a series of two-hour lessons that begin Oct. 10. $15 per class/$50 for four. 773-568-3097.
Let's Eat! Robert Gatz offers in-home classes including knife skills, sauces, recipe development and plate presentation. 773-501-8248.
Live and Learn Program at the Latin School of Chicago. Single classes include Tuscan cooking, easy after-work meals and pan-searing seafood. Demonstration classes at home, shops and restaurants. Wine classes available. Classes begin Sept. 19. $40-$75. 312-582-6035 or www.latinschool.org/liveandlearn.
Marshall Field's Culinary Studio, 111 N. State St., 7th Floor. Well-known chefs teach variety of classes, including Asian, French and Italian, desserts, seasonal offerings. 800-265-2665. For private classes, call 312-798-3698.
My Husband, the Chef. In-home cooking from Greg Mistak, tailored to students' interests. Topics include Thai, Mexican, French and grilling. $300 minimum per group. 773-490-6464 or myhusbandthechef.com.
The Rustic Kitchen. Janine MacLachlan focuses on stylish, casual entertaining in her Lakeview kitchen. Every class is a three-course dinner party. Farmers market tours and team building also available. Starting at $75. 773-935-4239 or rustickitchen.com.
Schultzie's Fabulous Foods. Susan M. Schultzur offers in-home classes and interactive dinner parties. Offerings include appetizer essentials, Asian- or Spanish-inspired, holiday desserts. 773-774-0075 or schultziesfabfood.com.
Soigne Culinary Artistry. Hands-on classes, wine and cheese tastings and meeting space for corporate events, team-building events and private parties at the Calphalon Culinary Center, 1000 W. Washington. 312-738-2700.
Sweet Pea Catering, 6930 N. Glenwood Ave. Demonstration and hands-on classes that specialize in ethnic cuisines or three-course meals. Corporate events also available. $45-$65. 773-764-2435.
The Tasting School, 455 City Front Plaza. Michael Foley and his team from Taste America Catering offer classes in foods, diet and wine pairing. Classes begin late September. 312-644-0606 or tasteamerica.net.
Treasure Island, 2121 N. Clybourn Ave. The Cooking School offers classes taught by Diane Juergens and area chefs. Cooking for kids series and hands-on classes. Starting at $15. Schedules available at stores, or 773-880-8880 or tifoods.com.
The Wooden Spoon, 5047 N. Clark St. Hands-on and demonstration classes on topics such as healthful weeknight cooking, tapas and 30-minute meals. Also, team building, wine pairings and market tours. $45-$65. 773-293-3190 or woodenspoonchicago.com.
World Kitchen, 66 E. Randolph St. Hands-on classes focus on techniques for all levels including Middle Eastern flavors, soups and knife skills. Classes start in September. $30. 312-742-8497 or worldkitchenchicago.org.
North and Northwest
American Harvest Cooking School, 211 Park Ave., Barrington. Charles Finney teaches classes for adults, children and families. Topics include heart-healthy cooking and fish preparation. Starting at $30 for children, $45 adults. 847-277-0578 or americanharvestcookingschool.com.
Backyard Barbecue Store, 1147 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette. Local chefs demonstrate grilling everything from appetizers to dessert. Private classes avail-able. 847-251-2272 or backyardbbqstore.com.
Beautiful Food, 2111 Beechwood Ave., Wilmette. Charie MacDonald teaches participation classes, including basics, breads, pastry, soups, fish and chocolate. $75. 847-256-3979.
Carlos' restaurant, 429 Temple Ave., Highland Park. Demonstration classes by chef Ramiro Velasquez. 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. third Wednesday of each month. $60 includes lunch, wine, tax, tip. 847-432-0770.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. "Great Chefs" series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons until Oct. 9 features free demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden. $12 parking. 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.
Clueless in the Kitchen, Huntley. Chefs Will and Dawn Rogers hold private sessions and organize dining and special occasions. Demonstration classes Tuesday nights at Angelo Caputo's Grocery Stores in Addison and Hanover Park. $25. 847-401-2433 or cluelessinthekitchen.com.
Coachouse Gourmet, 735 Glenview Rd., Glenview. Julie Kearney offers participation classes 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 21. Topics include 30-minute gourmet, hors d'oeuvre and dinner from Italy. $50-$55. 847-724-1521 or coachousegourmet.com.
Chocolate Inspirations, 233 Town Acres Lane, Roselle. Chocolatier Pam Vieau offers half-day, full-day and three-day hands-on chocolate classes for all skill levels. Tempering, molding, decorative techniques, dipping, caramels, brittle and ganache. $85-$150. 630-894-0898 or chocolateinspirations.com.
College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Continuing education classes including Chinese stir-fry and Indian vegetarian. $35-$39. 847-543-2022 or www.clcillinois.edu.
Cook With Naomi. Naomi Jaffe offers group classes in homes in Northbrook and Glenview. Fall classes focus on basic techniques of one-dish meals, soups and holiday cooking. Starting at $50. Private instruction also available. 847-948-8360 or email@example.com.
Corner Cooks, 507 Chestnut St., Winnetka. Chefs Larry Smith and Amy Pendry lead demonstration and hands-on classes. Also, couples cooking classes, "eat and run" luncheon classes, cooking parties and celebrity chef series. Starting at $35. 847-441-0134 or cornercooks.com.
David's Bistro, 623 N. Wolf Rd., Des Plaines. Chef David Maish leads monthly demonstrations of a three-course meal. $44. 847-803-3233 or davidsbistro.com.
Dinner at Eight, 1167 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Retail shop holds demonstration classes taught by guest chefs. Upcoming classes include seasonal cooking. $35-$60 with free classes on select Saturdays. 847-251-8380 or dinnerateight.net.
Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine. Continuing education classes offered on topics such as appetizers, sauces, breads and Mediterranean. 847-925-6300 or harpercollege.edu.
Le Titi de Paris, 1015 W. Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights. Saturday classes on topics including sauces, fish and fall soups. $60 includes lunch. 847-506-0222 or letitideparis.com.
New Trier Extension, Winnetka and Northfield. Classes include Italian basics, vegetarian cooking and Indian cuisine. Beginning Sept. 15. $45-$60. 847-446-6600 or newtrierextension.org.
North Shore Senior Center, Northfield. Dennis McCarthy leads a three-week seminar, "For Men Only: How to Cook." The two-hour classes begin Nov 3. $75 for members, $95 non-members. 847-784-6030 or nssc.org.
Northshore Cookery, Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park. More than 100 hands-on classes, including basic skills, Thai and tapas. Children's classes and private parties also available. 847-432-2665 or northshorecookery.com.
Pina's Culinary Experience, 632 E. Irving Park Rd., Roselle. Pina Bartolomeo teaches classes that include appetizers, risotto, omelets. Single- to four-session classes. 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. $50-$150. 630-529-1877 or www.pinasculinary.com.
Neal Justin Sachman. Classically trained chef con-ducts classes in clients' homes, with personalized instruction tailored to students' needs. $65-$100 per hour. 847-800-7333 or nealjustin.com.
Dawn R. Schuman Institute, Northbrook. Barbara Freedman teaches Jewish cooking, including quick kosher cuisine. Also, chef Laura Frankel conducts a three-class series, "Jewish Culinary Adventures." Classes begin in November. 847-410-3900 or dawnschuman.org.
Someone's in the Kitchen, 522 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Classes include hands-on tamale preparation, appetizers and Halloween entertaining. $30-$55. 847-816-9511 or sitkwithdianna.com.
La Venture, Skokie. Sandra Bisceglie offers series of day or evening classes in French and Italian cooking, baking and cake decorating. Classes begin in January. $289 for series of six. 847-679-8845.
South and West
Shirley Adams, The International Cook, 444 Old Surrey Rd., Hinsdale. Private lessons on ethnic cuisines for individuals and groups at your location focusing on technique, diet and menu planning/nutrition. Couples parties, other private events available. 630-887-0304.
Chef Amaury's Epicurean Affair, 481 N. Commons Dr., Aurora. Classes with seasonal themes at 7 p.m. every other Tuesday. $30. 630-375-0426.
Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. Demonstration and hands-on classes, including French bistro cooking, Indian cuisine and grilling. Kids classes for ages 8-12 on Saturday mornings. Most classes $50 for Oak Park residents, $65 non-residents. 708-383-2612 or cheneymansion.com.
Chez Madelaine Cooking School, 425 Woodside Ave., Hinsdale. Madelaine Bullwinkel's fall classes begin Oct. 20. Topics include casual entertaining, quick sweet and savory sauces and vegetarian Thanksgiving. Starting at $90. 630-655-0355 or chezm.com.
Clark-Coutre Gourmet, La Grange. Diane Coutre and David Clark offer small demonstration/hands-on classes for all levels beginning Sept. 10. Topics include parchment-paper techniques, cupcakes and French classics. Couples classes also offered. Fees from $50. 708-352-8801.
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn. Continuing education classes offered on a range of topics, including basic skills, gourmet and ethnic cuisines. Classes begin Aug. 31. Fees $50-$200. 630-942-2208 or www.cod.edu.
Country Garden Cuisine, 3 N. 369 La Fox, St. Charles. Penny Newkirk offers hands-on and demonstration classes on topics such as ethnic cuisine, quick cuisines and seasonal cooking. Kids' and group classes also offered. $48-$55. 630-587-8985 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CurryOcity, 2106 Neff Ct., Lisle. Nini Gauri offers classes in her professional kitchen in the western suburbs or in clients' homes in Chicago area, beginning in September. Specialized cuisines include Indian, Mediterranean, vegetarian and bistro. Dinner classes, including the meal, for groups of 6-15. Starting at $40. 630-369-0036 or curryocity.com.
Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. "Look and Cook" non-credit classes led by guest chefs. Most classes $50. 708-524-6754 or www.dom.edu.
Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. Non-credit evening classes begin in September. Topics include Italian favorites, Thai and Mexican cui-sine. $69-$79. 847-622-3036 or elgin.edu.
Famous Liquors Wine & Spirits, 105 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard. Ethnic cuisine classes Wednesdays with Dominick Kwentus. Other topics include seasonal offerings. Food and wine pairings. $20-$25. 630-629-3330 or famousliquors.com.
1401 West Restaurant, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. Monthly classes. Private classes for businesses also available. 630-573-8555 or 1401west.com.
Flavour Cooking School, 7401 W. Madison St., Forest Park. Demonstration and hands-on classes for all ages and skill levels. Private events available. 708-488-0808 or flavourcookingschool.com.
Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd., Joliet. Continuing education classes on topics such as soup and Pacific Northwest food and wine. Wine tasting and holiday series also offered. $38-$87. Classes begin Aug. 29. 815-280-1555 or www.jjc.edu.
The Kitchen Connection, 3014 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, Ind. Chef John Rooney offers classes on international cuisine, grilling and other topics. Children's classes on Saturdays. $35 adults, $25 children. 219-462-0062.
La Cucina, 2130 45th St., Highland, Ind. Owner Susan Skertic Dedelow offers demonstration and hands-on classes for all skill levels. Classes include appetizers, slow-cooker cooking and tapas. Also private parties. $35-$50. 219-922-4534 or lacucinallc.com.
Let's Cook. Patti Conway offers in-home lessons for individuals and small groups of all levels. Hands-on or demonstration classes. Topics include meal preparation, soups, party planning. $50-$75 per hour. 708-482-9382.
Let's Go Bistro, 970 W. Warren Ave., Downers Grove. Chef Michael Sodaro offers hands-on or demonstration classes for groups of 8-16. Subjects include cooking with wine, soups and stocks. $50. Also, 12-week series on bistro basics begins in September. 630-795-0100 or letsgobistro.com.
Naperville Park District. Classes include party appetizers and holiday gingerbread houses. Kids classes also available. Various locations; starting in September. $50 resident fee. 630-848-5000 or napervilleparks.org.
Prisco's Fine Foods, 1108 Prairie St., Aurora. Phyllis Kramer leads seasonal classes on selected Saturday mornings. $30. 630-264-9400 or priscosfinefoods.com.
Special Food for Special People, Sandwich. Chef Darrel Anderson teaches classes in Italian regional and classical cuisine as well as American and inter-national favorites in his home or in clients' homes. Home cooking parties available. $50-$90 per person. 815-786-6623.
Wine and spirits
American Professional Bartender School. Drinks from classic to contemporary. Classes start every week in Chicago and suburban locations. 773-227-8363 or masterschool.com.
Cabernet and Co. Classes at three locations. Topics include restaurant wine lists and wine and cheese pairings. Glen Ellyn, 630-469-2644; Oak Park, 708-763-9463; Naperville, 630-596-9463.
Chicago Wine School. Patrick Fegan teaches five-week courses and seminars on the basics, varietals and French wines in locations throughout Chicago and suburbs. Begins week of Sept. 12. $60-$225. 312-491-0284 or wineschool.com.
North Shore Wine Education. Tom Hyland teaches wine classes and arranges private tastings for businesses. 773-728-0327 or northshorewine.com.
Sam's Wines & Spirits, 1720 N. Marcey St., and 2010 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove. Wine seminars on topics ranging from cheese to ordering wine in restaurants. $20-$35. Also, a monthlong "Sam's Academy" wine school is offered through Kendall College; $160. Chicago: 312-664-4394. Downers Grove: 630-705-9463. Or samswine.com.
Vintages of Fine Wine Merchant, 70 S. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights. Variety of classes, from basics to more focused subjects. $10-$25. 847-590-8655.
Winediva Enterprises. Christine Blumer provides private wine classes in your home or office; clients choose types of wine and the budget. Fees, $150-$500. Also, food and wine pairing classes. 312-343-3482 or winedivaent.com.