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;

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

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

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

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;

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

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;

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;

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

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;


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;

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

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;

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;

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

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;

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;

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