Cooking Fools: Pasta Making Techniques
I had a wonderful cooking experience at Cooking Fools, located at 1916 W. North Avenue (between Ashland Ave. & Damen Ave) in Chicago’s Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhood.
I found out about Cooking Fools from Groupon. I received an email showing me specific deals. After I saw the Cooking Fools deal, I went on their website to see the classes they had to offer. The class, Pasta Making Techniques, caught my eye. With that said, I purchased the deal and scheduled the class.
With 2 eggs, 3.5 ounces of all purpose flour, and 3.5 ounces of semonila, I learned how to make fresh ravioli and pappardelle. We didn’t use stand mixers or food processors. We used our hands along with other manual tools provided by the cooking school. The instructor, with the help of two class volunteers, demonstrated how to make vodka sauce & pesto sauce. WARNING: The dishes we prepared were vegetarian; but not gluten free. If you have specific dietary needs, contact Cooking Fools for special accommodations.
The instructors were very helpful and made sure each student grasped the concepts. What I also enjoyed was the knowledge nuggets they dropped during instruction. Who, knew that you could replace pine nuts with roasted almond slivers.
The instructors take all of the pasta and the sauces and cook them in their kitchen. When the food is finished cooking, the food is served buffet style. NOTE: Everyone’s pasta is cooked together.
Cooking Fools have available a selection of wines & craft beers if you would like to drink them during class and with dinner. Also, there are nonalcoholic beverages for purchase also.
Metered parking is available on the street. Cooking Fools is accessible by riding the CTA’s North Ave. bus or Blue Line train.
All in all, I had a nice time at Cooking Fools. I met some awesome people who are enthused about food just as much as I am. They even supplied containers so you can take leftovers home.
It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or novice in the kitchen. Grab some friends, take your significant other, or just go by yourself to have an awesome experience whether at Cooking Fools.