Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re looking for a date-night activity that’s out-of-the-box and creative, with an added perk of being delicious, check out some local establishments offering cooking classes! These classes offer the opportunity to learn a new skill and practice some creativity in the kitchen! Cooking together will bond you and your date, and you’ll finish the evening feeling accomplished and full from all the yummy food you made! Ready, set, COOK!
Sur La Table: This store is a food lover’s paradise! With beautiful cookware and interesting gadgets, exploring the merchandise is fun on its own! But many locations around the Chicagoland area, including one downtown Naperville, offer cooking classes too! The instructor gives quick instructions and then you get right to making your dishes. From risotto to cheese, desserts to the perfectly seared steak—there’s lots of classes to choose from, and many with a Valentine’s Day theme!
The Wooden Spoon: This kitchenware retailer is located downtown Chicago in a quaint and cozy storefront. Browse the beautiful selection of merchandise, and stay for your cooking class! There are lots to choose from, and many have themes like Little Havana, or Mad Men! Their classes are focused on specific dishes, cuisine, or on techniques like frying, butchering, and tempering chocolate! All classes are BYOB, and there’s no corkage fee, which is a fun perk!
Eataly: Mario Batali’s store, Eataly, is a tribute to all things food and all things Italian! The three stories will keep you busy for hours! Head over to browse the delicious imported foods, from pasta sauces to wine, or head upstairs to eat from any of the mini restaurants operating right inside the store. If you’d rather get a more hands-on experience, they offer cooking classes too! Their classes are meant to educate, and all offer a different level of involvement. There’s something to interest everyone- from pasta making, to Cheese 101. You’ll feel inspired when you leave!