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!
Again here I am STRONGLY encouraging you to try out one of the following Couple’s Nights at the Chopping Block. Two locations, one being in Lincoln Square and the other located in the Merchandise Mart, make it an easy date night to get to, no matter your location. Both are accessible via public transportation and we’ve never had issue finding near by parking in Lincoln Square.
Not only are you assured a delicious meal, you may:
- Meet other couples.
- Learn a new technique in the kitchen, or try a new food.
- Challenge your partner with your knife skills and knowledge of all things culinary!
- Impress, impress, impress.. both yourself and your date.
So here are your options for the month of November:
Couples Cooking: Fireside in Vermont
Bring a date and warm up with these cozy recipes.
Gruyere Cheese Fondue; Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette; Maple Glazed Salmon with Celery Root and Potato Hash; Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Sauce.
Date Night: Mambo Italiano
Authentic Italian cooking. Mamma mia!
White Bean and Sage Bruschetta; Porcini Mushroom and Herb Risotto; Eggplant Parmesan; Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.
Wine and Dine
Have a blast learning fresh, new ways to make dinner fun!
Mushroom, Bacon and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Tart; Herb Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Potatoes and Root Vegetables; Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fig Balsamic Glaze.
Two glasses of wine or beer per student are included in the price of the class. You must be 21 or over to attend.
As always take a look at their calendar and try something else that interests you as well. Make any cooking experience your ideal date night.
Join Wine Goddess Diana Hamann at The Chopping Block on Monday, October 11th at 6PM to bid a fond adieu to the stock left over from their last wine list.
Registration is only $5 and it is recommended that you sign up NOW as this event does sell-out.
Diana will be on hand to pour through the lot, dishing about which wines go with this and that, and which is the best value for the money.
Enjoy 30% off the regular retail price, which basically translates to not finding a better wine deal anywhere on the planet!
Fine Print: You must be 21 or over to attend this class. Please present valid ID at the time of check-in. 1-week cancellation policy.
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.
My husband and I can verify first hand that these classes make for the perfect date night. We’ve taken classes at both the Lincoln Square and the Merchandise Mart locations and we will again. We prefer Lincoln Square just due to its proximity to some great after class bars but the classes themselves were equal in instruction, uniqueness of the dishes and appreciation for the results.
Don’t eat before you go and buy a bottle of wine at the Chopping Block. You won’t regret your evening out. Reserve now, the classes fill up fast.
Couples Cooking: In the Heat of the Night
These recipes will help you cool down the hottest summer nights.
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup with Cumin-Spiced Grilled Shrimp Skewers; Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak with Gazpacho Salad; Lemon and Whipped Cream Tartlets.
Date Night: Summer in Provence
Come learn how to prepare the sun-drenched food of this rustic yet sophisticated countryside cuisine.
Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula Salad; Pan Bagnat (Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Poached Tuna Sandwiches on a Baguette with Red Wine and Caper Vinaigrette); Haricots Verts and Potato Salad with Garlic Aioli; Apricot and Almond Cake.
View July’s Class Calendar Here
Looking for a little culture topped off with a mug of cold beer and some live music? Mayfest (Maifest auf Deutsch) celebrates the arrival of spring each year in Chicago’s very own Lincoln Square. If you are looking for something more than the typical street fair with ordinary draft beer, make Mayfest part of your Date Night plans. My husband and I include it in ours. We may even make it a “Date Day” this year.
Located at the intersection of Lincoln and Leland, Mayfest begins this year on Thursday, June 3rd @ 5:00 pm running through Sunday, the 6th. Enjoy some authentic polka on Friday evening with the Polkaholics or dance to some oldies on Saturday, The Captain Blood Orchestra will be on Main Stage starting at 7:00pm.
Enjoy some great German food, dance around the Maypole, finish a stein of truly great German beer. You’ll be so glad you stopped by.