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;

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

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

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,

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

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;

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;

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

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

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;


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

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

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;

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

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

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;

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,