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Wednesday
Jun102009

Basics of Entertaining: Classes!

You know there's a wealth of information on blogs, books, and tv shows that will help you become a stellar host...but what if you're ready for more? Where can you go for a hands-on experience and immediate feedback?  Take a class!  Of course there are lots of options in Chicago, but here are some of the best:

Floral
Chicago School of Flower Design
- 8 week intensive course

Cooking
Learn, Cook, Eat
- Private, in-home lessons (for groups or one-on-one) as well as public classes by a trained chef.
Chopping Block - Variety of classes held at two locations - Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart.

Baking
Cakewalk Chicago
- Variety of classes, prices vary.  South side.
French Pastry School of Chicago - this is where the pros go to learn, but they also have 3-day courses for "the food enthusiast" (gah! They're claiming to offering "high tea"....pretty sure they mean "afternoon tea".)

Wine
Chicago Wine School
- Five week course or one night seminars.  Highly recommended!  Downtown.

General Entertaining
Savvy Host
- single session classes offered once/twice a month

 Did you take a similar class somewhere?  How was it?  Share your experience in the comments!

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