Koval Distillery (photo credit: Danny Mota)

6 culinary classes we're taking right now

We enjoy a great restaurant meal as much as the next Chicagoan, but sometimes the most comforting way to enjoy a dish is to create it yourself. Don’t know a strainer from a spatula? Not to worry: We’ve rounded up some of the best culinary—and cocktail—classes available right now in the city. With the help of a professional, and maybe a few cocktails, you’ll be a master chef in no time.

Fit for a Queen: Mother’s Day at The Wooden Spoon
Give Mom the gift she deserves this Mother’s Day: unlimited mimosas, with a side of great food. The Wooden Spoon in Uptown has an extensive schedule of great classes, and this one is no exception. In this hands-on affair, you and Mom will make a delicious five-course meal: grilled rosemary flatbread, mixed green salad, asparagus and leek frittata, smoked salmon, and,yes, a chocolate tart—just one more reason to call your mom..
When: Sunday, May 10, 11 AM
Where: 5047 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-293-3190
Price: $85

Spring Roll Class and sake tasting at Sunda
In Chicago, Sunda is synonymous with sushi. And dumplings. And kimchi. Basically, any new Asian craving can be fulfilled at this River North spot. So when we heard about an opportunity to cook alongside Sunda’s own Chef Brawnson Rattanavong, we knew this was a class not to be missed. In addition to learning how to create your very own spring roll, you’ll also get to taste three different sakes along the way.
When: Monday, April 27, 6 PM
Where: 110 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654
Telephone: 312-644-0500
Price: $45

Whisky Workshop at Koval Distillery
If you’re after more of an educational experience, the whiskey workshop at Koval Distillery is the activity for you. All of Koval’s whiskeys are organic and produced on-site, maintaining their grain-to-bottle mentality. But let’s be real: you want to do more than just learn about the spirits. Throughout the workshop, you’ll also get to taste classic whiskeys and bourbons, allowing you to practice what’s being preached.
When: TBD (based on interest)
Where: 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 312-878-7988
Price: TBD

Lychee Cocktail Class at Nacional 27
Nacional 27 is known to be bright, vibrant, and full of authentic flavors, so the fact that they offer a lychee cocktail class should come as no surprise. Enjoy the festive ambiance and an assortment of passed tapas while learning how to create this tropical martini. And to make sure you can recreate this tropical paradise in the comfort of your own home, you’ll also leave the class with recipe cards.
When: Thursday, April 23, 6:30 PM
Where: 325 W. Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Telephone: 312-664-2727
Price: $20

Lots of Mozzarella at Eataly
We all love eating mozzarella, but how many of us know exactly what hoes into whipping up the delicious, creamy stuff? Head to Eataly to discover the different varieties, learn about its history, and watch as the lovely, decadent cheese is created right in front of you. You’ll watch as three dishes are prepared using the homemade mozzarella, and then you’ll enjoy each and every dish paired perfectly with an Eataly wine. This class takes wine and cheese to a new level.
When: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 PM
Where: 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 312-521-8700
Price: $100

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