Classes & Events - Mar 15, 2014

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Spring Break Cooking Camps are BACK!

Now open for registration!

Time to forget about books and tests and have FUN for a week! Choose 1 day or save on our weekly discount (purchase all 5 classes) by entering code: SPRING WEEK.

Click on class title for description and registration.

Mar 31 Chocolate Heaven 5-9 10am - 12:30pm
Mar 31 Chocolate Heaven 9-14 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Apr 1 Viva La France! 5-9 10am - 12:30pm
Apr 1 Viva La France! 9-14 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Apr 2 Asian Adventure 5-9 10am - 12:30pm
Apr 2 Asian Adventure 9-14 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Apr 3 Mama Mia Pasta 5-9 10am - 12:30pm
Apr 3 Mama Mia Pasta 9-14 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Apr 4 Taste of Chicago 5-9 10am - 12:30pm
Apr 4 Taste of Chicago 9-14 2:00pm - 4:30pm
(Earlier start time)

Master Chef Prep


Are you a Food Network junkie? Want to "kick it up a notch" to the pro level? This intensive series of classes is for you!

Chefs For a Day is proud to be involved in getting our Junior Chefs ready for "the BIG time," whether that's preparing for a career in the culinary arts, participating in cooking competitions, or just wow-ing their familes with their culinary skills.

This series of classes covers culinary terms and techniques, knife skills, plating/presentation, mystery ingredients and more.

The 5 week session starts March 19 and runs through April 23 (No class during spring break!) Classes are held on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm

Please note that registration is for the full 5 week session only - students will not be allowed to register for single classes. In order to devote our time to this advanced course, classes will be limited to 8 students. Jr Chefs are also required to purchase a chef coat - contact Chef Laura to order.

3/19 - Class I: Knife Skills/Veggies
3/26 - Class II: Stocks/Sauces
 4/9 - Class III: Sear, Saute and Braise
4/16 - Class IV: Pastry Chef
4/23 - Class V: Plating and presentation

Sweet Potato & 3 Bean Chili

As part of Chefs For A Day's efforts to bring nutritional awareness to everyone, we want to show you another way to eat well and eat healthy!

This recipe for Sweet Potato & 3 Bean Chili brings together the smoky and enticing bite of Jalapeño and Poblano chilies and balances them with the fresh taste of sweet potatoes and the healthy benefits of beans. Once again, one of the secrets to this yummy dish is the addition of organic sweet potato puree from Hooray Puree.

CLICK HERE to download the recipe PDF!

Foodie News!

Kid's Cook-Off

Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri are back for the battle. Looking for the most talented kid chefs in the country!

They're looking for kids ages 8-13 who dream of being on the Food Network!

Does your child cook better than most adults?

Apply now at for the chance of a lifetime and a grand prize that will kick-start the career of one talented kid-chef!

Calling All Young Chefs: The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here

First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth.

We’re inviting parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" here at the White House where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

To be part of this exciting program, visit for more info.

2014-2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more.

Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change.

For more information, visit


Welcome Field Elementary School
Seton Montessori School!

Chefs For A Day would like to welcome Field Elementary School in Elmhurst to our Chef to School GOBBLE UP COOKING program! Thanks to the initiative of PTA Coordinator Jessica Wrorbec, we're bringing our Gobble Up cooking enrichment program to grades K-8 starting with 4th Grade classes cooking the "Food Chain" We started on National Food Day, Oct 24 - dedicated to eating healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

For more information on this initiative, go to

Also joining the Gobble Up Cooking family is Seton Montessori School in Clarendon Hills. Our hands-on approach to cooking and nutrition education aligns perfectly with Montessori principles. We look forward to working with all of the kids at Seton Montessori in November!

Our Gobble Up Cooking - After-School program is a great way to enhance kids' knowledge and appreciation for healthy eating, while having a blast while they do it! The once a week, 6 week program gives kids in grades 1 through 8 a chance to learn about the importance of planning, sourcing, and preparing meals.

Another Wonderful Story
From one of our wonderful parents...

"Hi Laura, I just wanted to say thanks again for giving the kids such an awesome experience. They really enjoyed it and couldn't stop talking about it, even the boys! We went to Aidan's little sisters birthday party right after and he and Jesse both pulled Torrance aside and told her what a good time they had. I'm looking forward to the recipes and doing something at your place again!" -Tricia

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Learn to Cook. Love to Cook.

Chefs For A Day offers cooking classes for kids and adults, special events, hands-on culinary demonstrations, in-school and scout programs, birthday parties, special events, seasonal camp programs, corporate health awareness events, health and wellness demos and more! Each class is a unique experience combining fresh ingredients, preparation techniques, culinary terms, kitchen safety lessons and above all, lots of FUN!

If you're looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, fun, and delicious, call Chef Laura at 630-765-5888, and see how we can transform your next event, whether for children, teens, or adults, into one that you won't soon forget!!

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