Annual roundup

Satisfy your culinary desire: Our annual roundup of Chicago, suburban cooking schools and classes includes more than 100 listings. Above, Instructor Brian Enyart watches as Brooke Secor, right, mixes ingredients at the Chopping Block in Chicago's Lincoln Square. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)

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.


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

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

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;

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

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

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;

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

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;


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;

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

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

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

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


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

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