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Amateur cooking schools and classes by independent teachers are listed in alphabetical order by category; general classes are listed by geographic area.

Fees are listed where available. Inclusion does not imply endorsement by the Tribune. NEW means the first time the class has appeared in the listings.

BAKING/CONFECTIONS

Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy. Pastry and chocolate classes; professionals, $700-$900; nonprofessionals, $85-$100. 600 W. Chicago Ave.; 866-443-0437; chocolate-academy.com

Chocolate Inspirations. Chocolate confections. $85-$375. 630-894-0898; chocolateinspirations.com

Delightful Pastries. Candy-making to winter pies to holiday cookies. 5927 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-545-7215; or 1710 N. Wells St.; 312-255-0724; delightfulpastries.com

Eli's Cheesecake World. Cheesecakes, cookies, brownies and holiday baking. $5-$50. 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive; 773-308-7000; elicheesecake.com

The French Pastry School. Cakes and tarts, French classics, chocolate, candies, cookies. From $575. 226 W. Jackson Blvd.; 312-726-2419; frenchpastryschool.com

Give Me Some Sugar. Chef Alekka Sweeney teaches basic and advanced cake decorating, cupcakes, cake balls, cookies and candies. 2205 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-281-3154; givesugar.com

Le Dessert Chicago. French baking, pastry, chocolate and confectionary classes in your home. From $495. 312-217-0498; ledessert.com

Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art. Classic cake decorating curriculum, plus more than 120 classes for the professional or aspiring baker and decorator. $75-$1,200. 7511 Lemont Road, Darien; 630-985-6077; school.wilton.com

ETHNIC

Alliance Francaise de Chicago. French cuisine, plus wine tasting classes. $85, members; $95, nonmembers. Family classes, $35-$50. 810 N. Dearborn St.; 312-337-1070; af-chicago.org

Cardamom Kitchen. Susan Pachikara, South Indian cuisine. Tours of Devon Avenue stores and in-home classes start at $45. 773-304-8489; cardamomkitchen.blogspot.com

Indian as Apple Pie. Anupy Singla, private in-home cooking classes covering authentic Indian cuisines. $150/hour; 3- hour minimum. 312-961-2565; indianasapplepie.com

Ranjana Bhargava. Vegetarian Indian cooking from basic to elaborate customized menu. $75 per person; $270 for series of four classes. 773-355-9559; indiancookingclass.com

Jeannie Lee. Learn Thai cooking from a native. $250. 4130 N. Harding Ave.; 773-259-6775

HEALTHY/VEGETARIAN

Laura Bruzas. Vegetarian/vegan-friendly meals-in-minutes; classes and lunch-and-learn programs. 312-666-9979; healthydining.org

Green Spirit. Linda Szarkowski, raw and cooked vegan workshops and classes. $45-$225. 7551 N. Ridge Blvd.; 773-484-0937; greenspiritliving.com

Heidi Bottom Kise. Vegetables and grains, healthy meals, culinary boot camps, party food and easy weeknight meals. In-home or in commercial kitchens in Chicago and suburbs. 773-354-0487; chefheidikise@gmail.com

Mary's Wholesome Living. Hands-on cooking classes and canning, pickling, fermentation, preserving and bread-making. $25-$40. 1025 Ridgewood Drive, West Chicago and other locations; maryswholesomeliving.com

Science of Spirituality Meditation Center. Vegetarian. 1 p.m., second Saturdays monthly. Free. 4 S. 175 Naperville Road, Naperville; 630-955-1200

Veganstylist (NEW). Bruni Witt, vegan or gluten-free private classes in-home. $50 per hour. 847-254-2741; chicagonow.com/vegan-gluten-free-easy-economical

KIDS

Chefs for a Day. Birthday parties, scout programs, chef-to-school programs, healthy living/interactive classes, private classes. $25-$50. 630-765-5888; chefsforaday.com

Pamela Durkin. Presentation, nutrition and hygiene classes for children and adults. $20 per hour. Instruction in her Hyde Park home kitchen or your home. 312-498-1398; pamsd1@sbcglobal.net

A Kid's Kitchen. Birthday parties, classes, camps in a peanut-free and tree nut-free kitchen. $25-$200. 1603 N. Aurora Road, Naperville; 630-983-3663; akidskitchen.com

The Kids' Table. Tots and kids classes, summer camps and birthday parties, plus classes for teens and parents. From $45. 2337 W. North Ave.; 773-235-2665; kids-table.com

Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School. Children ages 4-5 learn cooking techniques while they learn the alphabet. 1190 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville; 847-367-0926; libertyvilleco-op.com

Pied Piper Parties & Playschool. Kids classes for ages 2 and up, plus camps and birthday parties. 2864 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-472-8888; piedpiperparties.com

St. Charles Park District. Take It, Make It & Bake It, kids ages 7-10. Starts Sept. 13. $37.50. 630-513-4331; stcparks.org

Young Chef's Academy. Food preparation, kitchen safety, etiquette, table setting and menu planning, ages 4-14. Also birthday parties, minicamps and workshops. 2825A Pfingsten Road, Glenview; 847-715-9474; youngchefsacademy.com

SEAFOOD

Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop. Twice monthly seafood classes; includes BYOB dinner. $50. Free demonstrations Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. starting in October. 2070 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-404-3475; dirksfish.com

WINE/SPIRITS

Binny's Beverage Depot. Wine, beer and spirits seminars. Multiple locations; binnys.com

Chicago Wine School. Patrick Fegan leads private wine courses. 773-966-4768; pwfegan@aol.com

Norris Mini Courses. Wine appreciation and cocktail classes led by Mark Gruber; starting Oct. 8. Norris Student Center, Northwestern University, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston; 847-467-7112

Vintages — A Fine Wine Merchant. Twice monthly wine classes. $5-$30. 12 S. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights; 847-590-8655; vintagesfinewine.com

RESTAURANTS

A Tavola. Chef Daniel Bocik teaches how to prepare a four-course Italian meal; Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 6. $60, includes dinner. 2148 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-276-7567; atavolachicago.com

Brindille (NEW). Chef Carrie Nahabedian, how to throw a dinner party, including instructions on cocktails and wine selections. Saturdays, fall and winter. 9 a.m. (includes a light lunch). $125. 534 N. Clark St.; 312-595-1616 or brindille-chicago.com

Chef Amaury's Epicurean Affair. Seasonal themes. 33 W. New York St., Aurora; 630-375-0426; chefamaury.com

David's Bistro (NEW). Chef David Maish, how to prepare a three-course meal; monthly classes. $45, includes dinner and wine pairing. 883 Main St., Antioch; 847-603-1196

Epic (NEW). Michael Cristiani, interactive cocktail class, covering tequila, vodka and seasonal drinks. 6 p.m., final Thursday of each month. $25 includes three cocktails, demo and appetizers. 112 W. Hubbard St.; 312-222-4940, epicrestaurantchicago.com

Heaven on Seven. Chef Jimmy Bannos, demos from his cookbooks. First Friday monthly. $50-$75. 111 N. Wabash Ave., 7th floor; 312-224-8858; heavenonseven.com

Mercadito Chicago. Chef Patrico Sandoval, interactive classes and five-course demonstrations with history, culture and tips for celebrations. $55. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 24; Oct. 28, 29; 108 W. Kinzie St.; 312-329-9555; mercaditochicago.com

Pasteur (NEW). Owner Kim Nguyen, Vietnamese cuisine, including grilling, spring rolls, Saigon crepes and entertaining with a twist. 5525 N. Broadway Ave.; 773-728-4800; pasteurrestaurantchicago.com

Waterleaf Restaurant (NEW). Chef Nadia Tilkian, Soup Makes the Meal; 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21. $35. 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn; 630-942-6881 or waterleafrestaurant.com

Weber Grill Restaurant. Monthly demonstrations and hands-on classes on grilling. $60-$85. 847-413-0800. 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg; webergrillrestaurant.com

ZED451 (NEW). Executive pastry chef Kate Milashus, frozen, fried and seasonal desserts, s'mores and desserts with wine. 2 p.m. second Saturday monthly. $20, includes cocktail, demo and treat. 739 N. Clark St.; 312-266-6691; zed451.com

VARIETY OF TOPICS CHICAGO

Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering. Andrea Herrera, tapas, Italian, Indian, gluten-free, Thanksgiving appetizers. From $75. 2419 W. 14th St.; 312-563-1600; amazingediblescatering.com

Be Fresh. Paul Zavala, private instruction in your home, including spices, hot sauce and vegetarian. $99 to $159, plus groceries. 773-406-2888; rattlesnakeblend.com

Bespoke Cuisine. Cooking class and dinner party. Students choose skills and menus. From $85 for private events, $60 per person for cooking parties. 1358 W. Randolph St.; 312-455-8400; bespokecuisine.com

Big Red Oven. Eden Rosenbush, corporate and in-home events, lectures and demos emphasizing fitness and marathon training. From $45. 773-818-6836; bigredoven.com

Bloomingdale's. Weekend chef demonstrations. Free. Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Ave., 312-324-7678; bloomingdales.com

Centered Chef. Chef Ryan Hutmacher, cooking and nutrition, including weight management, healthy cooking, performance nutrition for athletes and disease prevention. $65-$125. 177 N. Ada St., Suite 101; 312-226-2433; centeredchef.com

Conscious Crumbs Kitchenworks: Bobbi Marstellar, custom classes in your place or hers; bread-making, preserving and time-saving suppers. $60 private lessons; $30-$50 for parties and corporate team-building events. 3828 N. Tripp St.; 312-731-8066, consciouscrumbs.com

Cook from Scratch. Bridget Weis-Urbain, in-home classes, including knife skills, quick suppers, decorating, stocking the freezer and simple gourmet. $45-$100. 312-559-0052; cookfromscratch.com

Cooking Fools. Corporate classes and team building. From $75. 1916 W. North Ave.; 773-276-9377; cookingfools.net

Daniel Herskovic. Private classes on technique. Also parties and corporate team building. 773-301-3850; chefdaniel.com

Elizabeth Bradbury. In-home cooking sessions for beginners tailored to individual culinary interests. Fees vary. 773-554-5288; lilysmams.blogspot.com

Fredy Cuisine. Fredy Hernandez conducts classes in clients' homes or his commercial kitchen. Appetizers to desserts with specialties in Asian, French, Latin and Mediterranean. 400 N. Noble St.; 312-850-9511; cheffredy.com

The Glass Rooster. Canning and food preservation classes in your home. May through October. $65. 773-307-9080; theglassrooster.com

Kendall College. Recreational classes for the general public, demonstration and hands-on, from novice to advanced to intensive boot camps. From $75. 900 N. North Branch St.; 312-752-2322; kendall.edu

Amanda Skrip. Natural foods chef and health coach. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and baby-food-making classes, plus healthy soups and stews, natural foods boot camp, root vegetables. $30. Various Whole Foods Markets. 312-823-5751; amandaskrip.com

Tart Cuisine. Custom in-home classes. From $80. 312-731-7537; tartcuisine.com

Whole Foods south loop. Healthy eating classes start Sept. 24. $35. 1101 S. Canal St. Suite 107; 312-435-4600

The Wooden Spoon. Variety of topics for the beginner to the experienced cook. $70-$85. 5047 N. Clark St.; 773-293-3190; woodenspoonchicago.com

NORTH AND NORTHWEST

Backyard Barbecue Store. Grilling on gas or charcoal; beer and wine dinners or private classes available. $40-$75. 1147 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette; 847-251-2272; backyardbbqstore.com

Anita Brown Culinary Coach. Tailored cooking sessions in your kitchen. 847-341-4623; anitaculinarycoach.com

Chicago Botanic Garden. Garden Chef series, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 6. Free (parking, $20); 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-5440; chicagobotanic.org

Confetti Gourmet Academy. Topics include baking, grilling, ethnic and seasonal cuisines. $65-$85. 1544 Fleetwood Drive, Elgin; and 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake; 847-340-6549; confettigourmetacademy.com

Cooking Skills Academy. 1201 Norwood Ave., Itasca; 888-664-8865; cookingskillsacademy.com

Corner Cooks. Demonstration and hands-on classes; also, couples classes, cooking parties, corporate events, kids' camps. From $60. 507 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-441-0134; cornercooks.com

Dave's Specialty Foods. Classes include knife skills, healthy foods, grilling, fish, sauces and pastries. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. $45-$55. 105 W. Prospect Ave., Mount Prospect; 847-259-9510; davesspecialtyfoods.com

Dinner at Eight. Classes with guest chefs, including out-of-the-box cooking series. 1167 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette; 847-251-8380; dinnerateight.net

Elawa Farm (NEW). Chef Gale Gand teaches master classes on using late harvest produce, pies and tarts, and Thanksgiving sides. Classes by other instructors include jams and jelly. Starting Sept. 20. 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest; 847-234-1966, elawafarm.org

Food is Fun. Pastry chef Rose Deneen offers Halloween and gingerbread houses, cupcake decorating, snacks and kitchen safety and science. On-site programs for libraries, park districts, museums and special events; ages 6-14, plus adult classes. 847-942-5690; food-is-fun@sbcglobal.net

Harper College. Continuing education classes include appetizers, vegetarian, wine, chocolates and desserts. 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine; 847-925-6300; harpercollege.edu

New Trier Extension. Hands-on classes cover basic cooking skills to entertaining, holiday cooking, Turkish cuisine and cake decorating. $66-$76. 7 Happ Road, Northfield; 847-446-6600; newtrierextension.org

Northwestern University Mini Courses. Norris Center. 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston; 847-467-7112. norris.northwestern.edu/recreation/minicourses

Now We're Cookin'. Fish to flan, barbecue to vegetarian, girls' nights to date nights. $50-$90. 1601 Payne St., Unit C, Evanston; 708-557-9340; nwcookin.com

Oakton Community College. 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines; 847-982-9888; http://www.oakton.edu

Piatti Pronti. Knife skills, Italian sausage-making, sauces, appetizers, soul food, pasta, bread-making, gluten-free, and wine and dine parties monthly. $55-$75. 210 E. Grove St., Arlington Heights; 847-342-8444; piattiprontiblog.com

My Chef Station (NEW). Paleo diets, gluten-free, superfoods, breads, sauces and Mediterranean cuisine. From $50. 632 E. Irving Park Road, Roselle; 630-529-3070; mychefstation.com

Rebecca Spivack (NEW). In-home classes include beer pairings, brunch, candy, everyday lunches and dinners. Demo classes, $80; hands-on $100; wine classes $80. 847-502-5923; rebeccaspivack.wordpress.com

SOUTH AND WEST

The International Cook. 14 American and ethnic cuisines, emphasizing technique, terminology, nutrition and history. 444 Old Surrey Road, Hinsdale; 630-887-0304

Burr Ridge Park District. Chef Mary Gail Bennett, hands-on and demonstration classes, French bistro, autumn dinners, desserts and holiday parties; beginning Sept. 26. From $45. Burr Ridge Community Center, 15 W 400 Harvester Drive; 630-920-1969; brparks.org

Carol's Proper Protocol and Dining Etiquette. Dining etiquette for job candidates and professionals held in various restaurants or cooking schools. From $95, depending on restaurant. 630-740-2439; carolsproperprotocol.com

Cheney Mansion. Basic skills, pasta, pizza, cupcakes, seasonal cooking, ethnic cuisines for kids and adults. $35-$50. 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park; 708-383-2612; cheneymansion.com

College of DuPage. Continuing education classes on appetizers, beyond basics, Christmas cookies, Italian and wine tastings; on campus and suburban locations. $75-$155. 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn; 630-942-3779; cod.edu/conted

Cookin' 4 U. Chef Donna Ondriska, demonstration and hands-on classes and interactive dinner parties in your home or business; basic skills to ethnic cooking. $35-$75 adults; $15-$25 for children's birthday parties. 708-846-8826; mychefsite.com/cookin4upcs

Downers Grove Park District Culinary Arts. 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove; 630-963-1300; dgparks.org

Flavour Cooking School. Hands-on and demonstration classes; adults, $50-$75; kids, $35-$50; plus private events and kids camps. 7401 W. Madison St., Forest Park; 708-488-0808; flavourcookingschool.com

Fruitful Cooking (NEW). Ricki Giersch teaches individual and group classes in St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia; simple and healthy meals with fresh ingredients. From $30. 630-513-5002; fruitfulcooking.com

Let's Cook Right (NEW). Mobile classrooms come to you to teach budgeting, menu planning, couponing, plus healthy menus for large and small groups. 630-663-1152; letscookright.com

Marcel's Culinary Experience. Demonstration and hands-on classes covering a wide range of skill levels for adults, teens and kids. 490 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn; 630-790-8500; marcelsculinaryexperience.com

Naperville Park District. Culinary programs for adults and kids. 630-848-5000; napervilleparks.org

Nourish. Jennifer Downing teaches classes, presentations and food plan consultations on cooking whole-food meals. $50-$75. Batavia; 630-408-9589; nourishcooking.com

Now You're Cookin' (NEW). Classes for up to six people taught in Orland Park by home chef. Starts Sept. 11. Four courses from one-pan meals, family sides and salads to pastas and grains, $300 for series. 708-557-9390

Emily Paster. Canning jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, pickles or tomatoes. $100. 312-286-3114; westoftheloop.com/canning-lessons

Rachel's Fusion. In-home classes for children, teens and adults in Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Darien, La Grange and Naperville. 630-300-8289; rachelsfusion.com

Tuscan Flavors (NEW). Chef Rhonda Scotto-Brei of Berwyn teaches hands-on Italian cooking classes in-home. $400 for three hours, two people; $75 each additional person. 312-771-1262; tuscan-flavors.com

INDIANA

Mrs. Dornberg's Culinary Experience. Demonstration, hands-on and specialty classes. $20-$75; Highland, Ind. 219-922-4534; mrsdornbergs.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

The Chef@Large. Public and private classes in Chicago, north and northwest suburbs include Chinese, sushi, girls' night out and Latin American. Also, culinary tours of Chicago. $75-$100. 420 Linden Ave., Wilmette. 224-628-4512; stellamaris48@gmail.com

The Chopping Block. Demonstration and hands-on cooking and wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team-building events, including basics to intensive boot camps, seasonal, date nights, healthy eating and kids classes. $40-$85. Merchandise Mart, 312-644-6360; and Lincoln Square, 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-6700; thechoppingblock.net

Cooking with the Best Chefs. Cooking and baking classes for adults, kids, teens, singles and couples. Group and private events, wine dinners, dining club, restaurant tours, mushroom hunts and day trips. $25-$125. 224-353-3300; bestchefs.com

Sur La Table. Classes in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook and Skokie. Variety of classes for all levels. Private events, children's classes and camps available. Prices vary. surlatable.com

Williams-Sonoma. Techniques and cuisines. Classes in Lincoln Park, Skokie and Oak Brook. Times and prices vary. williams-sonoma.com

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