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Sun - Oct 01
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Kids (Ages 9-11) Cooking 'Round the Kitchen - Bring Your Favorite Adult: Spanish Tapas Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than cooking with your favorite culinary partner?!  Call your aunt, call your nephew, bring grandma and grandpa and head over to the Marcel’s kitchen for a cooking experience made for two.  Tapas, Spain's famous little plates, are on the menu. Eat a few for a snack or combine a slew for a meal, either way, these tasty bites are sure to please. On the menu: Albondigas con Mermelada Uvas (Meatballs with a Spicy Grape Jam), Patatas Bravas (Fried Potatoes with a Zingy Tomato Chutney), Ensalada con Pollo Asada (Spanish Roasted Chicken Salad on Endive), Pimiento Rellenos Piquillo con Queso de Cabra Limon (Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Lemon Goat Cheese), Roma Tomato Bruschetta on Crostini and Churros Con Chocolate


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Tue - Oct 03
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Deb's Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika
Wed - Oct 04
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Girl's Night Out: Marcel's & Marche; Modern Bistro Chef Robin Nathan $85

The atmosphere is bistro, informal and relaxed, the food fresh and simple with a hint of French.  This evening will start out at Marcel’s with the first course, salad, and main course. Then, take the party on the road (well, okay the sidewalk!) two doors down to Marché to join the resident cheesemonger with a bubbly beverage and dessert cheese pairing.  Heat up Wednesday night and let the ode to the French modern bistro begin. On the menu: Steamed Mussels with Spanish Chorizo, Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette, Seared Hanger Steak with Baby Radishes and Bearnaise Butter, and Bubbly and Cheese Dessert Course at Marche


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Thu - Oct 05
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Fall German Fest Chef Julie Szimon $85

Erntedankfest, is Germany’s autumn harvest celebration giving thanks for the good fortune and abundance of the year’s harvest.  A Thanksgiving of sorts, the German field workers would traditionally fill a Cornucopia with fruit and grain; the horn of plenty that is still symbolic today in North America. Erntedank celebrates the spirit of gratitude for home-grown, sustainable food, reconnecting us with our roots, honoring traditions and the foods we consume. On the menu: Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad with Dill, Beef Rouladen, Braised Red Cabbage, Späetzle Dumplings and Apple Strudel


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Fri - Oct 06
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Autumn Al Fresco Dinner Chef Paul Lindemuth $85

Autumn holds such allure, with picture-perfect weather and a colorful swirl of fiery hues all across the landscape. Take advantage of this incredible season by enjoying a meal on the patio. You don’t need a reason to entertain and get together with friends or family. This is the time of year when the weather is just the right temperature by day, a little nippy at night, and perfect for a patio dinner party at sunset. Bring out a rustic table, serve up some fall favorites, and make the transition from summer to fall Al Fresco styleOn the menu: Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini with Feta and Pancetta, Sage/Walnut Pesto Pasta, Pork Medallions with Balsamic and Capers, Garlic Tuscan Kale, and Apple Croustades


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Sun - Oct 08
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Gnocchi & Gnudi Workshop Chef Kiley Fields $80

Under every great sauce is an equally great foundation.  Gnocchi & gnudi, are both examples of Italian staples that, when executed correctly, lends a delicate texture and depth of flavor to the resulting dish.  Fresh pasta is the necessary ingredient that transforms a good dish into a great dish.  Gain the confidence and skills to create a beautiful meal of fresh pasta any time that will make your sauce proud!  On the menu: Ricotta Gnudi with Caramelized Shallots, Sage & Brown Butter, Roasted Beet Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, Rosemary & Toasted Walnuts, Potato Gnocchi with Arrabbiata Sauce & Crispy Pancetta, Antipasto Platter of Grilled Vegetables, Cured Meats, Italian Cheeses, Marinated & Roasted Accoutrements and Chocolate Mousse


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Mon - Oct 09
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Little Kids (Ages 6-8): Italian Feast Fit for a King Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $40

Italian food is Mediterranean cooking at its best. Make every night Italian night with this tasty Panini and chicken dinner dish and special Italian cupcake featuring creamy mascarpone; yum! On the menu: Chicken and Cheese Panini, Sicilian Chopped Salad with Creamy Sicilian Dressing and Chocolate Chip and Mascarpone Cupcakes


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Mon - Oct 09
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Mid Kids (Ages 9-11): A Scrumptious Tuscan Dinner Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45

Take your taste buds on a journey! The genius of rustic Italian cuisine lies within its simplicity of fresh ingredients from a landscape comprised of a patchwork of grapevines, farmhouses and olive groves. On the menu: Tuscan Turkey and Cheese Pressed Sandwiches, Antipasto Chopped Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing and Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Cupcakes


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Tue - Oct 10
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Julie's Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
Wed - Oct 11
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Out for Lunch: The Fall Table from Sonoma Chef Brandy Fernow $40

Fall is harvest season in Sonoma County, and farmers are picking more than just grapes. Squash, apples, chestnuts, potatoes, and more are ready to be harvested. During the autumn months when the vineyard foliage turns from green to gold to red, enjoy Sonoma on a plate. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. On the menu: Potato Chestnut Bisque with Herbed Crème Fraiche, Salmon in Papillote with Caramelized Onions and Currants, Roasted Fall Squash with Shallots and Sage, and Autumn Apple Cranberry Buckle


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Wed - Oct 11
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Le Creuset & Wusthof: A Celebration of European Heritage Chef Kelly Sears $20

Join us with our partners at Le Creuset and Wusthof for a celebration of unparalleled craftsmanship and the preservation of artisan manufacturing traditions. Representatives will be on hand for demonstrations and hands on practice, Chef Kelly will be whipping up some tasty treats, the wine will be flowing, and there will be special offers for this night only on both of these iconic brands.  The first 100 people will receive a giveaway bag full of treats and $10 of each registration fee will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.  Make sure to join us for this first ever event!


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Thu - Oct 12
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Cider: The Classic Fall Elixir Chef Kelly Sears $85

There's nothing quite like a warm cup of apple cider on a cool fall day. We’re amping up the flavor and infusing cider into some of your favorite fall dishes with that signature spiced-apple flavor. From spiked spirits to vinaigrettes and adult desserts, bring the taste of the orchard to the plate. On the menu: Warm Bourbon Cider Cocktail, Apple Cider Glazed Chorizo with Crusty Bread, Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon, Mushroom and Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Butternut Squash Pork Roulade with Apple Cider Gravy and Browned Butter Pecan Rice, and Hard Cider Float with Salted Caramel Drizzle


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Fri - Oct 13
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Game Day Ribs and Chili Chef Brandy Fernow $85

College or professional football, late season baseball, on the court with the Bulls or on the ice with the Blackhawks, whatever your sport of choice, nothing says game day like slow cooked ribs and chili.  Sure- fire crowd pleasers for the backyard, tailgate, kitchen or the man cave, Chef Brandy has designed the perfect play book with all-star dishes designed for cheering on your team. No matter who you root for, you’ll score big with these game-day winners. On the menu: Slow Smoked Pork Ribs with Sweet and Sticky Brown Sugar Whiskey Glaze, Tomatillo Chicken Chili with Pinto Beans and Sweet Potatoes, Spice Rubbed and Roasted Baby Back Ribs with Honey BBQ Sauce, “Bowl of Red” True Texas-Style Beef Chili, Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits, and Chocolate Butterscotch Glazed Scotcharoo Bars


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Tue - Oct 17
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Teri's Aged Cheddar Beer Dip
Wed - Oct 18
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Out for Lunch: Fall Soups and Hearty Sandwich Chef Lynn Dugan $40

With the chilly season right around the corner, nothing satisfies like a warm bowl of soup, even better when paired with a savory sandwich.  Packed with flavorful, seasonal vegetables, these soups and warming sandwich are a tasty twosome collaborating for the perfect meal. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. On the menu: Three Bean Minestrone, Acorn Squash and Lentil Bisque, and Honey Ham Gouda Melt with Green Apple on Pretzel Roll


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Wed - Oct 18
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Fall Flavors Asian Style Chef Kiley Fields $80

As the temperature begins to drop and fall approaches, Chef Kiley adds some comfort and warmth to the dinner table.  This class will highlight traditional fall ingredients and meld them with the flavors and spice of Asian Cuisine.  The result is a meal full of complex flavor executed with very approachable techniques. On the menu: Stir-Fried Sichuan Peppercorn Shrimp with Sautéed Kale, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Spiced Maple Soy Glaze, Blistered Asian Brussels Sprouts with Honey, Ginger, & Sriracha, and Fall Fruit Crostata with Five-Spice Whipped Cream


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Fri - Oct 20
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  La Fiesta de la Vendimia Chef Julie Szimon $85

In Spain, and worldwide, wine and La Rioja go hand in hand.  The wine from La Rioja Spain has become the hallmark of the region. In late September, the picking begins and in early October culminates with the Treading of the Grapes where locals in traditional dress tread the freshly picked grapes to yield the first grape juice of the season. This kicks off the post-harvest festival that runs for the following weeks when La Rioja is filled with color and fun in a celebration where wine and grapes take center stage. Join Chef Julie as she celebrates the Festival of the Harvest. On the menu: Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup), Chicken de la Vendimia, Spanish-style Crisp Potatoes, and Sweet Apple Empanadas


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Sat - Oct 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Little Kids (Ages 6-8): Little Halloween Treats Chef Kelly Sears $40

Today is the perfect day for your little ghoul or goblin to spend having a howling good Halloween time in the kitchen.  On the menu are some super-spooky foods that prove treats don’t have to be tricky. On the menu: Jack-O-Lantern Sub Sandwiches, Candy Corn Fruit Cup, Tombstone Brownies, and Witches Brew & Broom Sticks


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Sat - Oct 21
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Mid Kids (Ages 9-11): Halloween Chef Kelly Sears $45

Who says treats are tricky?  Add some fun to your Halloween and get frighteningly festive with Chef Kelly to whip up some Halloween dishes that are spooky, kooky, and fun!  On the menu: Sloppy Goblins, Spider Web Nacho Dips, Candy Corn Push Up Pops, and Magic Potion


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Sun - Oct 22
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Big Kids (Ages 12-16): Chili Cook-Off Chef Cherise Slattery $50

Come, cook, and conquer!  Join in the fun as chili rivals and cook your way into the winner’s circle.  Chef Cherise will include a side dish and dessert and the winner walks away with the crown! On the menu: Stuffed Jalapenos, Delicious Chili Made by You, Honeyed Cornbread Muffins, and Baked Apple Crumble


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Tue - Oct 24
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Jennifer's Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Wed - Oct 25
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Fall Soups and Stews Chef Brandy Fernow $80

Restorative soup; ladle bowls to the brim with everything from creamy soups to chill banishing stew. The perfect comfort food on chilly nights, make double and freeze half for quick dinners or easy lunches later in the week. These fall-inspired recipes use a mix of pantry staples and fresh ingredients to make satisfying soups from purees, to stew and chowder. Grab a loaf of crusty bread and start savoring! On the menu: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Walnut Pesto, Fall Harvest Onion and Thyme Soup with Gruyere Crouton, Smoky Corn and Shrimp Chowder, Pork Shoulder Cassoulet over Herbed Croutons, and Sweet D’Anjou Pear and Champagne Soup


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Thu - Oct 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Meet for Brunch: Napa Harvest Brunch Chef Lynn Dugan $50

Seasonal and simple preparations are the hallmark of Northern California wine country. This California inspired harvest menu, centered on fresh, flavorful, and organic ingredients inspired by the Napa Valley region, paired with a glass of California’s finest will have you raising a glass to toast the taste of autumn. On the menu: Warm Potato, Fava Bean and Watercress Salad, Fennel and Italian Sausage Parmesan Gratin, and Chocolate Espresso Biscotti


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Thu - Oct 26
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Dinner in Door County Chef Robin Nathan $85

With acres upon acres of rolling hills and nearly 300 miles of shoreline, Door County is where you’ll ooh and ahh over a spectacular assortment of fall foliage every autumn in Wisconsin.  But nature doesn’t have the only hold on breathtaking; Door County is a food lover’s delight.  Soak up the rich culinary heritage and regional delicacies this peninsula has to offer.   On the menu: Hot Buttered Rum, Baby Greens with Pears and Goat Cheese Crouton, Roasted Trout with Dill and Dijon Vinaigrette and Wild Rice, and Cherry-Almond Tart


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Sat - Oct 28
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  The Beer Cellar and The Chef Dave Hawley & Chef Kelly Sears $80

Owner of The Beer Cellar and self-proclaimed craft beer geek, Dave Hawley is bringing his favorite selections to the Marcel’s kitchen for an evening of beer tasting and food pairing.   Four years ago, unable to find a local store dedicated to craft beer, Dave opened his first store and tap room dedicated to selling fresh, local craft beer in the western suburbs.  In November 2016, Dave relocated to a new storefront in downtown Glen Ellyn, and now has eight rotating taps, so you can drink a beer or two while you browse.  Join Dave and Chef Kelly as they tag team through an evening of great beer and great food! On the menu: Phyllo-Wrapped Figs with Prosciutto and Stilton, Pear and Walnut Salad with Wheat Beer Vinaigrette, Grilled Cheese and Bacon Jam Bites, Butternut Squash Bisque Soup Shots, Braised Short Rib Sliders with Coffee Ancho Chile Sauce, Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Skewers with Bourbon Mustard, Dense Rich Chocolate Cake, and Petite Apple Galettes with Caramel Drizzle


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Sun - Oct 29
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Traditional Mexican Cooking Workshop Chef Paul Lindemuth $85

The roots of Mexican food go back to the country's varied ancient civilizations.  And now, those roots are at the culinary forefront as Mexico is experiencing a gastronomic revolution. A return to pre-Hispanic cooking techniques and ingredients combined with modern presentations are sweeping a wind of change through the country's legendary food. From Mexico City to Veracruz, from Michoacán to Puebla and from Oaxaca to the Yucatán, a culinary journey surges capturing the incredible vitality and color of this country and the remarkable food of Mexico today. In this workshop, you'll explore working with native ingredients, chiles, preparing mole and other authentic recipes, all with a contemporary spin on this sophisticated cuisine. On the menu: Gorditas con Queso, Papa y Chorizo (Cheese, Potato and Chorizo Gorditas), Chilaquiles Verde con Pollo (Green Chilaquiles with Chicken), Ensalada de Sandia y Jicama (Watermelon, Jicama and Avocado Salad), Chieatole Verde (Green Chile Soup with Corn), Mancha Manteles (“Tablecloth Staining” Pork and Red Chile Stew), and Borrachitos de Coco Y Pina Al Mezcal (Coconut and Pineapple Cakes with Mezcal Syrup)


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Tue - Oct 31
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Rita's Pumpkin Soup
Wed - Nov 01
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Out for Lunch: Lunch from the Heartland Chef Lynn Dugan $40

The American Midwest, sturdy, from scratch food from farmhouses and early settlers, delicious but approachable, the ingredients fresh, seasonal and prepared perfectly to enhance full flavor. Comfort food with explosions of color, flavors, and texture; this is a combination that draws people to the table.  The change of season is as good a reason as any to gather your closest circle to savor a casual, seasonal inspired menu. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. On the menu: Kabocha Wedge Salad with Figs and Goat Cheese, Honey Glazed Garlic-Chili Chicken Kebabs with Sweet Potato, and Cinnamon Apple Pie Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 


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Wed - Nov 01
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Chilly Day Pasta Chef Robin Nathan $80

With the nights turning chilly, something warm seems to be in order.  A plate of steaming hot pasta with a lovely delicious sauce can be just the cure.  We’ll eat pasta any time of the year but early winter dishes are especially satisfying.  With Chef Robin, you’ll make pasta and use it in two warming dishes – hearty mushroom lasagna and a warming fettucine all’Amatriciana (spicy red sauce with pancetta).  And no evening would be complete without Chef Robin’s ice cream swimming in a bath of espresso.  On the menu: Fresh Pasta and Hand Cut Lasagna and Fettucine noodles, Mushroom Lasagna with Herbed Béchamel, Fettucine all' Amatriciana, and Chef Robin's Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream Affogato


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Thu - Nov 02
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  The Big Pig Jig Chef Brandy Fernow $85

She does love the pig! Whether it’s a twist with bacon, a slow cooked shoulder, the perfect grilled chop or encased and on a bun, what’s not to love about pork? Move over filets, Chef Brandy is in the kitchen with the taste territory covered and is sharing her best for all things pig. On the menu: Gruyere and Prosciutto Croquettes with Grilled Scallion Cream, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Dry Rubbed and Brined Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Green Chile Jam, Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Pancetta, and Chocolate Bacon Truffles


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Fri - Nov 03
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Couples in the Kitchen: From the Amalfi Coast Chef Kiley Fields $85

Traveling to the Amalfi Coast region you can’t help but be in awe of the view; villages built into the mountains, sharp angled cliffs, and the deep blue sea. This Mediterranean playground is more than just breathtaking landscape; the epicurean route is filled with countless edible treasures. Salty fresh seafood, perfumed streets lined with rows of lemon trees, the gleaming white orbs of mozzarella di bufala hubs, tangy San Marzano, pasta, olive oil!  We re-live our travels through our memories and senses. Come taste the bliss of the Amalfi Coast.  On the menu: Pizzelle Fritte with San Marzano Tomato Salad, Lentil Soup with Chestnuts & Fennel, Seafood & Porcini Timbale (pasta and seafood pie), and Limoncello Tiramisu


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Sun - Nov 05
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Kids (Ages 6-8) Cooking 'Round the Kitchen - Bring Your Favorite Adult: Cooking Around the Campfire Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than cooking with your favorite culinary partner?!  Call your aunt, call your nephew, bring grandma and grandpa and head over to the Marcel’s kitchen for a cooking experience made for two. The pure magic of camping is cooking food over an open fire in the great outdoors.  Today, learn some delicious and adventurous dishes designed for your next trip with a tent. On the menu: Queso Fundido with Tortilla Chips, Crusty Fireside Cheese Loaf, Northwood’s Chili Rice Skillet, Chicken Salsa Foil Packs and Sheet Tray S’mores


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Tue - Nov 07
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Jen's Loaded Black Bean Sweet Potato Boats
Wed - Nov 08
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Girl's Night Out: Fall Cocktails and Seasonal Bites Chef Brandy Fernow $80

Celebrate one last blast before the craze of the holidays sets in with your best girlfriends. Chef Brandy is creating a melody between sips and nibbles. Say farewell to the shandies and margaritas of summer and hello to the warm toddies and whiskey cocktails of autumn. Paired with the perfect cocktail partners; a bevy of bites designed to curb hunger and delight the palate.  Get ready for a gastronomic fest of fun, food, and drink! On the menu: Spiced Pear Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Fall Sangria with Fuji Apples and Pomegranate, Bacon Wrapped Persimmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze, Crostini of Caramelized Onions, Triple Cream Brie and Fig Jam, Cornmeal Crusted Calamari with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Spanish Manchego Fritters with Salsa Verde Cream Sauce, and Mini Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Cakes with Pomegranate Glaze


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Thu - Nov 09
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Fresh Caught: Fall Fish Dishes Chef Paul Lindemuth $85

Leaving behind summer fare, doesn’t mean fish can’t take center stage.  As food seasons change, taste buds are ready for a change too.  The return to braising, roasting, and crusting in-season seafood paired with hearty side dishes featuring fall produce creates the perfect meal for autumn and the approaching holidays. On the menu: Cod Chowder with Butternut Squash, Thyme and Bacon, Roasted Salmon with Parsnips and Ginger, Crispy Whitefish Cakes with Horseradish/Sour Cream Sauce, and Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp


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Fri - Nov 10
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Harvest in Tuscany Chef Julie Szimon $85

It’s harvest time in Tuscany and we’re celebrating.  In Italy, the food is regional; each region offering unique dishes based on history and location. The genius of Tuscan cooking is in its simplicity.  Fancy sauces don’t need to hide the food since Tuscans use pure, strong flavors and the best of ingredients.  Foraging for truffles or mushrooms, taking in the grape harvest or drizzles of some of the finest olive oil in the world, Tuscan cooking represents the best in the local, homegrown lifestyle. On the menu: Insalata di Finocchio (Fennel Salad), Veal with Saffron Sauce, Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Sweet Tuscan Chestnut Pizza


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Sat - Nov 11
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Little Kids (Ages 6-8): Italian Thanksgiving Dinner Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $40

Add your spin to the holiday table this year with Italian dishes that fit perfectly into the Thanksgiving menu. Pasta, risotto, and traditional Italian desserts fit right in next to the turkey and the stuffing. On the menu: Thanksgiving Turkey Pasta with Stuffing Breadcrumb Topping, Golden Primavera Risotto and Orange Ricotta Cookies with a Sugar Glaze


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Sat - Nov 11
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Mid Kids (Ages 9-11): Italian American Thanksgiving Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45

Thanksgiving as we know it in Italy would be the harvest celebrations held throughout the fall. However, Italians who have immigrated to North America have embraced Thanksgiving, and every family of Italian heritage has their own unique traditions to celebrate this traditionally North American holiday. Chef Jamie is whipping up a few Italian dishes designed with a twist to this holiday meal. On the menu: Campanelle Pasta in a Creamy Alfredo Sauce with Crunchy Topping, Saffron Risotto ala Primavera and Orange Ricotta Cookies with a Sugar Glaze


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Sun - Nov 12
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Autumn Bread and Spreads Workshop Chef Kelly Sears $80

What holiday meal is complete without a basket of warm, freshly baked breads?  Fresh from the oven, homemade breads are just right for sharing with friends and family. It’s hard to beat the just reward of the yeasty aromas as it bakes. Crusty exterior, soft warm center, slathered with butter, these breads are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. While we patiently wait through the rise, knead, shape, and rise again, we’ll create a few holiday spreads for sharing and have a light lunch from what we make. On the menu: Challah Cinnamon Sugar Bread, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Pepper Bacon Yeast Rolls, Focaccia with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts, Demi Baguettes, Orange Honey Butter, Pear and Ginger Chutney, and Spiced Pumpkin Butter


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Tue - Nov 14
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Teri's Roasted Veggie Paella
Wed - Nov 15
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Bistro Lunch and Wine Pairing Chef Robin Nathan $50

Take a moment to exhale. Escape the hustle and bustle with a delicious lunch, and learn the basics of wine tasting at the same time, as Chef Robin walks you through the wine label and tasting the wine we’ll be pouring. Tuck the to-do list in your purse, turn the cell phone to silent and escape the hustle and bustle for a delicious lunch meant to be lingered over, shared with great friends, and enjoyed. On the menu: Creamy Vegetable Soup with Buttery Crouton, Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts over Frisee and Apple Salad with Bleu Cheese, and Chocolate Pots with Raspberry Coulis


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Wed - Nov 15
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Soul Warming Soups Chef Julie Szimon $80

Soup is a like a blanket. It keeps us warm and toasty and everyone has a favorite kind. Soul warming, hearty, budget friendly and with recipes yielding multiple bowls for sharing, soup says grab a bowl and stay awhile.  Nourish yourself with a ladle full of these dishes guaranteed to cure colds, mend broken hearts and erase bad days. On the menu: Chilled Beet & Buttermilk Soup, French Onion Gratin, Portuguese Bean & Sausage Soup, Roasted Poblano Soup with Pepitas, and French Apple Tart


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Thu - Nov 16
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Meet for Brunch: Effortless Entertaining Brunch Chef Kiley Fields $50

Hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime between November 1 and December 25 can be downright daunting. With guests coming, you want the food to be festive but fuss-free, yet your schedule leaves you with a full plate and a small amount of time! Treat yourself and those around your table to a leisurely brunch, that marvelous culinary invention that combines breakfast and lunch. Deep breath; let’s manage the menu, break it down into make ahead customizable dishes that will look like you spent all day preparing them.  Brunch cuts down on the host's workload, as it bundles two meals in one and caters to the savory and sweet with everything from breakfast eggs to creamy dessert all in one meal. The result will be delicious, effortless entertainingOn the menu: Whiskey Blood Orange Flip, Quiche of Leek, Spinach, Pancetta & Fontina, Kale Salad with Garbanzo Beans, Red Quinoa, Blueberries & Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette and Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Parfait with Sweet and Sour Cherry Compote


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Sat - Nov 18
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  The Winemaker and The Chef Chef Paul Lindemuth with Tom & Joan Knighton $90

After visiting Leland, Michigan for the first time 20 years ago, Tom and Joan Knighton were taken by the simplicity and beauty of the secret that is Leelanau.  The connection of the land to the lakes, dunes, hills, and sunlit fields sparked their journey to create Blustone vineyards. Their winemaking process starts with a simple principal, let the wine express itself.  As with good food created for the plate, the journey to good wine is guiding it to something good rather than manipulating it into something it’s not. Inspired by the “unanticipated moments of life,” the Knighton’s, local Glen Ellyn residents, are pairing up with Chef Paul to bring you an unforgettable evening of food, wine, education and fun; inspiration from every bite and every sip. Come and be a part of this very special night.  On the menu: Crimini Mushroom and Fontina Crostini, Porchetta-Spiced Pork Shoulder, Warm Butter Bean and Spinach Salad, and Salted Caramel/Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles


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Sun - Nov 19
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook (Demo & Book Signing)

Marcel's presents Carrie Schloss and The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook

Inspired by the vast honey selection available behind the Honey Bar at Asheville Bee Charmer in Asheville, NC, chef Carrie Schloss of Wilmette has created The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, a collection featuring 130 recipes, 20 honey varietals, and 8 special Bee Charmer blends. Writing with the home cook in mind, Carrie packs complex, surprising flavors into recipes written in clear, accessible prose, and the recipes are accompanied by beautiful full-color photography throughout.

Join Carrie at Marcel's for a demonstration and tasting followed by a book signing. $5 of the registration fee is good towards the purchase of the book at either Marcel's or The Bookstore.

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Tue - Nov 21
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Julie's Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Sat - Nov 25
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Tree Trimming Party Chef Kelly Sears $85

One holiday down, one to go!  With less than a month to go until the big day, get into the holiday spirit by baking, decorating and of course, picking out a tree.  And what better way to celebrate than with a tree-trimming party. Once you’ve decided between a balsam or fir, ditch the Thanksgiving leftovers and get the party started with a casual gathering, kicking off the countdown to Christmas and guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. On the menu: Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad with Spiced Pecan Vinaigrette, Cherry & Onion Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Farro with Pistachios, Mixed Herbs and Golden Raisins, and Warm Blue Cheese & Sweet Pear Cake with Honey Drizzle


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Tue - Nov 28
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Jennifer's Shrimp Scampi with Linguini
Wed - Nov 29
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Beaujolais Party in Paris Chef Robin Nathan $80

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season. Beaujolais Nouveau, a much-ballyhooed cherry-red colored vintage that’s best served lightly chilled, is a fresh and fruity red. This is the result of a quick fermentation process that ends up with a young, fresh and bright wine. Beaujolais is enjoyed by palates the world over and goes well with either haute cuisine or Friday night’s pizza. On the menu: Grilled Camembert with Cranberry Relish, Beaujolais Poached Pear Salads, Baby Lamb Racks with Cherry Gastrique, Herbed Couscous, and Beaujolais Sorbet


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Thu - Nov 30
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Santa Barbara Holiday Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $85

A picturesque region hugging a beautiful curved bay, lapped by warm waters; Santa Barbara is the perfect mix of beaches, culture and mountainous scenery.  With the Mediterranean vibe and nature’s stunning backdrop, Santa Barbara is perfect for the wine enthusiast as well as the culinary adventure seeker. Locally sourced, fresh off the boat seafood, Santa Maria style barbecue, authentic Mexican cuisine and coastal inspired creations are the perfect holiday treats, Santa Barbara style. On the menu: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo con Crostini (Shrimp with Garlic and Chilpotle Chilies on Crostini), Fresh Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Stacks with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Paella de Marisco (Seafood Paella), Corn and Crab Fritters with Garlic Aioli and Red Wine and Port Poached Pears with Mascarpone and Chocolate Shards


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Fri - Dec 01
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Holiday Wine Pairing Chef Robin Nathan $90

The holidays are here and we're ready to eat, drink and be merry. And whether you're looking to spread holiday cheer or just cheer the end of the work week, we have just what you need.  But which wines pair best with which occasion? From the right bubbly for New Year’s to the best bottles for beef tenderloin, we’ve got your holiday food-and-wine pairings covered.  In this small plates class, we'll re-create holiday flavors and taste and discuss which wines pair best. Whether it’s soft and juicy, delightfully savory or has a hint of sweetness, this round up of wines make perfect partners for holiday fare. On the menu: Cava and Prosecco with Smoked Trout and Crème Fraiche Croutons; Riesling with Cayenne Spiced Butternut Squash Soup, Beaujolais Noveau and Oregon Pinot Noir with Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs, Crisp Oven Roasted Potatoes and a Cheese Platter with Sweet Fruit Chutney


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Sun - Dec 03
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  Bubbly Cocktails and Festive Appetizers Chef Kiley Fields $75

After planning Thanksgiving dinner, followed by an upcoming Christmas feast and New Year’s lingering around the corner it’s time for a time out winter cocktail soirée with bubbly drinks and a menu of bite-sized indulgences. Start with some pop-in-your-mouth bites, a light side of dressed up vegetables, a substantial main, and end with the perfect decadent morsel; savory, salty, sweet and delicious! Now that’s a party! On the menu: Bénédictine Sparkling Cider, Sparkling Pomegranate Caipirinha, Sparkling Grapefruit Rosé Sangria, Platinum Sparkle, Chicken Liver Pâté with Bourbon & Cranberry Apple Relish, Ricotta and Braised Leek & Sweet Potato Crostini with Basil, Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos de Atún (Tuna Stuffed Peppers), and One-Bite Chocolate Molten Cakes


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Tue - Dec 05
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Teri's Ginger Poundcake with Cranberry Sauce
Tue - Dec 05
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Holiday Cookie Exchange Chef Kelly Sears $75

If you love celebrating the holidays with a huge assortment of homemade cookies but can’t face all that baking, a cookie swap is the perfect solution for you! Let us simplify your holiday baking by cooking up an evening of mixing, shaping, baking and decorating a tasty and beautiful box of holiday cookies.  We’ll put on a pot of soup, bake up a storm, and everyone will leave with two dozen cookies and plenty of new recipes to add to your cookie jar!  On the menu: Maple Leaf Cookies, Ginger Molasses Cookies, Dulce De Leche Brownies, Bacon Pecan Sandies, Chocolate Nut Rugelach and Candied Citrus Peel


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Wed - Dec 06
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Out for Lunch: French Inspired Christmas Lunch Chef Kiley Fields $40

French cuisine provides a gastronomic paradise where French technique meets Mediterranean elements and fresh ingredients. Today's best French cooking combines time-tested techniques with classic French ingredients in modern flavor combinations. Chef Kiley is putting all of these principles into practice making simple aromatic dishes that burst with flavor. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass.  On the menu: Grilled Leeks, Roasted Garlic & Anchovies on Toast, Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Orange Sauce, Herbed Haricot Verts, and Le Chocolat Chaud


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Thu - Dec 07
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Feast of the Seven Fishes Chef Julie Szimon $85

A celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood, this long standing tradition of eating seafood dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence, refraining from the consumption of meat or milk products during Lent and on the eve of holy days.  The meal may include seven, eight, or even nine specific fishes that are considered traditional. Share the custom of celebrating with the simple fish.  On the menu: Seared Tuna with Grated Carrot and Orange Salad, Mixed Seafood Pasta Rosa, Tomato Poached Cod and Capers, Pistachio Cannoli


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Sat - Dec 09
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Fireside Date Night: Cozy Cocktails and Comfort Food Chef Brandy Fernow $85

With temperatures dropping, snow falling, and the holidays just around the bend, now’s the perfect time to find some kitchen time with your favorite cooking partner. Promising killer cozy cocktails and warming comfort food, the tone is set for an unforgettable evening. On the menu: Hard Cider with Gin and Sage, Wild Mushroom Bisque with Herbed Crème Fraiche, Herb-Brined Pork Chops with Caramelized Pears, Smashed Fingerling Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Gruyere, Brown Sugar Irish Coffee and Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé with Crème Caramel


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Sun - Dec 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Kids (Ages 9-11) Cooking 'Round the Kitchen - Bring Your Favorite Adult: Taste of the South Pacific Islands Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $50

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than cooking with your favorite culinary partner?!  Call your aunt, call your nephew, bring grandma and grandpa and head over to the Marcel’s kitchen for a cooking experience made for two.  We’re traveling to Fiji, Tahiti, Cooks Island and more for a taste of island life in December! On the menu: King Kamehameha Hawaiian Bread Rolls, Pacific Shrimp Tacos, Moa Samos Polynesian Brown Sugar Chicken, Fujian Sweet Pepper Fried Brown Rice and Tropical Fruit Shake 

 

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Tue - Dec 12
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Kelly's Stuffed Chicken Breasts in the Luxe Pot
Wed - Dec 13
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  Out for Lunch: Season's Eating; Warm Winter Spices Chef Lynn Dugan $40

When the temperatures are dropping, it’s time for the spice cabinet to start heating up.  Cold weather is time for assertive flavors and warmth. Think of your spice rack as an artist’s paint box. It is always about possibilities and creativity. The seasons define the mood and context for how you apply these spices to create your flavor "palette." Essential winter seasoning choices highlight and are compatible with all parts of the meal, from salad through dessert! Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. On the menu: Roasted Beet Salad with Date Vinaigrette, Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Pan Sauce, and Baked Pears and Cranberries with Crème Fraiche


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Wed - Dec 13
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  How to Throw the Ultimate Holiday Dinner Party Chef Paul Lindemuth $85

Whether you’re entertaining for two, eight or twelve people, everything you need to bring a successful night together is right here.  Chef Paul has created the perfect party plan with the menu, shopping, and timing, working out exactly what has to be done and when.  All you have to send out are the invitations.  In this class you’ll learn how to create and accessorize beautiful holiday buffets, master the timing of preparing, cooking, and presenting dishes so you can be a guest at your own party.  On the menu: Savory Palmiers with Caramelized Onions and Smoked Gouda, Pappardelle with Truffle Butter, Bacon and Herb Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Warm Lentil Salad with Squash and Apples, and Eggnog Panna Cotta


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Thu - Dec 14
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Meet for Brunch: New Orleans Holiday Cocktail Brunch Chef Paul Lindemuth $50

History suggests that the brunch was born in New Orleans. Whether right or wrong, in the French Quarter and beyond, brunch is sacred.  The birth of brunch began at Tujague’s, a small diner on Decatur Street that served breakfast to many but could only accommodate some, where breakfast would spill over to afternoon and thus became brunch. Regardless of the backstory, who doesn’t love brunch? The holiday cocktail brunch is that delightful combination where friends that are too late for breakfast can meet with friends too early for lunch. On the menu: Creole Bloody Mary, Passion Fruit Mimosa, Shrimp and Cheesy Grits, Sweet Potato Pancakes, and Citrus and Pomegranate Salad


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Thu - Dec 14
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Savannah Holiday Chef Brandy Fernow $85

From the Historic District, to the Islands, Midtown, Southside, Tybee beach and everywhere in between, Savannah’s cuisine is a rich mix of exotic influences brought by the Seven Seas spice trade. From upscale farm to table to soul food, there’s more to Georgia than the Housewives of Atlanta! Indulge your appetite for southern cuisine, local seafood and produce and some time-honored family favorites and join Chef Brandy for a Savannah holiday. On the menu: Bourbon Spiked Holiday Punch, Southern Spiced Shrimp with Creamy Herbed Grits, Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Country Mustard Cream Sauce, Gratin of Southern Greens and Gruyere, and Cranberry Brioche Bread Pudding with Warm Cinnamon Cream


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Fri - Dec 15
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Spanish Christmas Chef Julie Szimon $85

In Spanish, Christmas Eve is called La Noche Buena or The Good Night and in Spain it is celebrated with a large family feast that is eaten late in the evening and lasts a couple hours. Some families attend midnight mass before or after, although many families are still finishing dinner around the table at midnight! Christmas Eve is a time for celebrating in neighborhood bars and taverns and around the table with family and friends. Indulge in our version of Spanish Christmas and share in tradition.  On the menu: Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Arroz con Bogavante (Lobster Rice), Puff Pastry Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Sautéed Spinach & Garlic, and Pear Boudin

 

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Sat - Dec 16
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Little Kids (Ages 6-8): Take Home Holiday Treats Chef Cherise Slattery $40

Holiday treats are as fun to make as they are to give.  With Chef Cherise as your guide, you will create and take home edible holiday treats that will wow not only you and your family, but Santa himself!   On the menu: Sprinkled Donut Truffles, Oreo Santa Faces, Christmas Tree Cookie Cutouts, and Peppermint Bark


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Sat - Dec 16
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  Mid Kids (Ages 9-11): Edible Towering Tree Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45

Holiday treats are as fun to make as they are to give.  With Chef Jamie as your guide, you will create and take home an edible towering cookie tree that will wow not only you and your family, but Santa himself!   On the menu: Homemade Sugar Cookies, Whipped Vanilla Frosting, and creative decorating with Candies, Chocolates, and Sprinkles


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Sun - Dec 17
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Big Kids (Ages 12-16): Sweets Workshop Chef Cherise Slattery $45

These festive treats are just as fun for kids to make as they are to give. Whether you’re invited to a party, gifting with your secret Santa, or you simply enjoy making holiday treats for teachers, friends and family, this class will teach you how to make a delicious sweets plate and you’ll take home some Christmas Village Cookies to share. On the menu: Christmas Village Cookies, Strawberry Stuffed Santas, Peppermint Truffle Tartlets, and Eggnog Mini Cheesecakes


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Tue - Dec 19
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Jenny's New Year's Korean Rice Cake Soup
Thu - Dec 21
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Holiday Comforts Chef Robin Nathan $85

Whether or not the weather outside is frightful, the food is so delightful! Best enjoyed in a warm and cozy fashion, your holiday guests will appreciate this hearty, warming wintry menu. Huddled by the fire or hunkered around a dining room table, everyone will enjoy the classic, comforting flavors of these holiday culinary comforts. On the menu: Hot Whiskey Toddies, Apple and Walnut Salad with Creamy Honey Dressing, Beef Stroganoff with Fresh Pasta, and The Best Chocolate Fudge Cake


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Fri - Dec 22
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Home for the Holidays Chef Kelly Sears $85

The kids are home from college, the in-laws just landed, and your sister is due to arrive any minute, everyone is home for the holidays! Sharing food, swapping stories and catching up for lost time in a relaxed setting is one of the best parts of the holidays.  It’s how Chef Kelly likes to entertain and she’s created a stress-free evening of refined comfort food.  There’s no greater gift during the busy holiday season than creating new memories with family and friends gathered round the table.  On the menu: Grilled Brioche Toasts with Ricotta, Bacon and Coffee Shallot Jam, Butter Lettuce Salad with Lady Apples, Walnuts and Gorgonzola, Winter Pork & Chorizo Stew, Warm Dinner Rolls, and Sticky Drunken Pears with Whipped Crème Fraiche


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Wed - Dec 27 -- Fri - Dec 29
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Mid Kids (Ages 9-11): Winter Break - Fabulous Fast Food Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $45/day $120 all three days

When it comes to fast food, we all have our preference; kooky green shakes, candy bars, a slice of pizza, tacos. And how did these fast-food favorites become so common? They are all truly yummy and totally easy to make! Check out our greatest-hits list of irresistible dishes that you can make even better at home!


On the menu:

Wednesday December 27: Gourmet Chinese Chow Mein, Sweet and Sour Orange Chicken and Kit Kat Cookie Bars

 

Thursday, December 28: Pizza Garlic Bread Knots, Loaded Potato Skins and a Shamrock Shake Friday


December 29:
Crunch-wrap Supreme Mexican Taco, Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups and Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Wed - Jan 03 -- Fri - Jan 05
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Little Kids (Ages 6-8): Winter Break - Tasty Takeout Chef Jamie Bordoshuk $40/day $105 all three days

Chinese, Mexican, pizza, are all foods that we usually pick up the phone and order but why not make them instead? These home healthy versions are not only better for you, they are tastier too!


On the menu:

Wednesday, January 3: Lo Mein Noodles with Asian Vegetables, Tangy Orange Chicken Nuggets and Kit Kat Cookie Bars

Thursday, January 4: Twisted Garlic Pizza Braid, Potato Boats with Cheese and Bacon and a Shamrock Shake

 

Friday, January 5:  Hexagon Wrapped Taco Supreme, Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Mrs. F’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


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