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Take Your Date to Class: Penguin Foot Pottery

Want a no-brainer regular Date Night? Sign up for Session IV at Penguin Foot Pottery for you and your spouse!

The next 4-week session at Penguin Foot Pottery begins May 31st. Check out their summer schedule here.

Some highlights that may interest you: Wednesday night’s 7-9 is now a 6-week intermediate class. Students will be introduced to more demos and techniques than the regular 4-week beginning class, and will have the opportunity to explore these with more time on the wheel.

Classes will begin to fill up this week so now’s to time to register! Visit Penguin Foot’s website at www.penguinfoot.com

If you find yourself at the Do Division Fest on June 4th or 5th check their booth out!

Lincoln Park Chill & Grill: May 21st-22nd

Yes, it is finally time for Chicago’s summer neighborhood festivals to begin! I know that winter stuck around a little longer than most of us would like, but grab your honey and head to Lincoln Park for a perfect ‘Date Day’. The festival is taking place near the corner of LaSalle and Stockton, at the south end of Lincoln Park.

Better Homes and Gardens is sponsoring this year’s Lincoln Park Chill and Grill, an opportunity for you to try some great local eats, learn a bit about grilling and to meet our own hometown celebrity chefs. You can also just enjoy the outdoors, drink a beer and listen to a local band on their Lakeside Stage.

The festival runs May 21st: 11:00am-6:00pm and May 22nd: 12:00-5:00pm. Entry is free and you can pre-purchase tasting cards on the event website for a discount. $12 purchased in advance and $15 at the festival. One tasting card will get you three beers , four small plates of food or combinations thereof. They will also be offering full-sized sandwiches, water and soda. Try some great eats from the West Town Tavern, Girl & the Goat, Belly Shack, Hot Chocolate and others!

Hands on grilling classes are available for $30, some of these classes offered by celebrity chefs such as Ted Allen and Stephanie Izard. Art Smith will be emceeing the Grilling Showdown Contest – celebrity contestents to be chosen prior to the challenge.

We will see you there! Bon Appetit!!

The Chopping Block: Cook yourself up a Date Night this May!

As mentioned before, my husband and I love spending our date night’s at one of the Chopping Block’s couples themed cooking classes. It’s hands-on, a perfect opportunity to learn and new skill, it’s also a great time to spend with other couples, indulging in some wonderful food.

Please check out some of the classes offered this month:

Date Night: Hangin’ at the Hacienda – Vamanos! Bring a date and have fun making these all time Mexican favorites.
Queso Fundido; Authentic Carne Asada with Corn Tortillas, Salsa Verde, Queso Fresco and Mexican Crema; Mexican Rice and Borracho Beans; Flan Misterioso (Chocolate-Cajeta Flan Cake).

Couples Cooking: Hawaiin Luau – Immerse yourself in the sun-drenched food of the Hawaiian Islands.
Mango and Shrimp Spring Rolls; Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Volcano-Spiced Pineapple Relish; Coconut Rice; Passion Fruit Chiffon Pie.

Table for Two: Spring Dinner Party – At the Chopping Block, every table is the chef’s table. Bring a friend and watch one of our expert chefs work some kitchen magic to create a soul-satisfying feast. This cooking lesson includes a full meal, so come hungry!
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Focaccia; Celery Root, Parsley, Shaved Fennel and Watercress Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette; Pan Roasted Chicken

The Chopping Block has two locations – One in Lincoln Square and the other at the Merchandise Mart. If the class you desire is booked, be sure to check both places!

Penguin Foot Pottery Ceramics Class Date Night

Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the film Ghost

Want to recreate a romantic moment like Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze did in Ghost? Well we’ve got the place for you on Saturday nights at Penguin Foot Pottery’s Happy Hour class.

Penguin Foot Pottery is a Bucktown/Logan Square-area ceramics studio catering to a wide range of ceramic enthusiasts. From the curious beginner to the experienced potter, PFP has something for everyone. PFP is located at 2514 W Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (enter on Bingham St.).

Saturday night’s Happy Hour class does provide a wheel per student, and a perfect date night out. You won’t need to double-up like Patrick and Demi, but there’s sure to be some good-natured adult fun. It’s a walk-in class for $25 each person but with 6 wheels available that will fill up quick, so it’s best to call ahead and reserve [773-227-3575].

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Aside from the wheels they have hand building and tile-making projects available and pre-made ware for glazing. The pre-made ware, like plates and bowls, will be fired and available for pick up later in the week.

Chris Busse teaches ceramic classes at Penguin Foot Pottery. He earned his BFAAE at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on Ceramics and Art Education. For the last three years, Chris has been an Art Teacher for Chicago Public Schools and led ceramic classes for the Oak Park Parks District. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and art shows, and he is always available for commissioned work.

If you’re really struggling with your creative side Chris makes and sells his work in the studio – come by and check it out!

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August Date Night Cooking Classes at the Chopping Block

Really any cooking class at the Chopping Block could be a great opportunity for an enjoyable Date Night ( short of maybe the Sunday morning ‘Tater Tots’ class ) but the following three speak specifically to the couple seeking a romantic, maybe challenging, definitely entertaining experience together:

Outdoor Class: Romantic Dining al Fresco

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in style on our outdoor patio while enjoying the sounds of the Lincoln Square Thursday night summer concert series!
Shrimp Ceviche with Grilled Vegetable Salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Asparagus and Herb Butter; Fresh Corn Polenta; Lemon Cake with Warm Blueberry Sauce and Whipped Cream.

Date Night: ¡Olé!

Have fun while cooking an assortment of authentic Spanish snacks.
Tortilla Española with Aioli; Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs); Seafood Paella; Banana and Cajeta Empanadas.

Couples Cooking: Under the Tuscan Moon

Come learn how to create the zesty, soul-satisfying cuisine of Italy.
Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Basil, Crispy Prosciutto and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Handmade Fettuccine with Grilled Shrimp, Portobellos and Garlic; Plum and Apricot Crostata.

Classes are available at both the Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart locations for approximately $140 per couple. Definitely worth the dollars you spend and you will find yourselves well fed. Click here for the August Class Calendar.