Love to cook? Or perhaps it’s the opposite, and you can't quite remember what that boxy metal thing with burners is actually used for. Either way, Chicago is home to a unique (one of two, the other is in Toronto) cooking school that just might inspire some changes for the better. Calphalon opened its Culinary Center to fulfill a mission: “At Calphalon we have a passion for cooking at home and we want to share that passion with you.” The idea is that you will enjoy a night out, eat some delicious food (you can do it!), and learn some skills that give you the confidence to get creative in your home kitchen.
The center is beautifully designed with glass walls, stainless steel, brick and huge windows. In the classroom, you and your cooking companion get your own station with ample space for prep and a cook top built in. We attended a class one Friday night and loved our experience. Our instructor was very knowledgeable yet mellow and the mood among the students was up beat. Dinner was delicious and we've used the recipes regularly since. All ingredients are provided, and you make a full meal, not just a tasting. Come hungry, be ready to cook AND eat, and be sure to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your impeccable creations. The Schedule of classes for May – August is now available.