Bento Box Class Learn the art and theory behind creating a Japanese Bento Box meal—neatly packed and served in a perfectly proportioned container—at Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill. You’ll also prepare a cold matcha green tea latte, perfect for washing down your meal, which you can take home with you in your own Bento Box set. August 8, 11AM, tickets for one couple $160, 1751 W. Chicago Ave.
Fresh Mozzarella Workshop Ciao, cheese lovers! Learn from expert cheesemakers during this hands-on class. Sip complimentary wine while you make burrata and ovolini—two different types of fresh mozzarella—and take home delicious samples afterwards. August 15, 6PM, tickets $40, Local Foods, 1427 W. Willow St.
Feasts of Resistance: North Africa & Ethiopia Immerse yourself in history during this educational African cooking class. While you learn how to make doro wat—a rich and spicy Ethiopian stew—you’ll also discover the ways conflict has shaped food in the region and explore how dishes around the world were created or affected by political unrest. Ticket purchases support summer programming at Camp GirlForward, dedicated to creating opportunities for girls displaced by conflict. August 17, 7PM, tickets $75, Community Cooking School, 5917 N. Broadway St., 2nd floor
French Crêpes Cooking Workshop Does your summer need a little French flair? Learn how to make delicious crêpes with the help of the Alliance Française de Chicago, from blending the batter to perfecting your rolling technique, at this fun workshop. For those of you who consider crêpes exclusively dessert, think again. Fillings in this class include tomatoes, arugula and ricotta—perfect for brunch. But don’t forget to finish up with the classic melted chocolate option, of course. August 19, 11:15AM, tickets for nonmembers $95, 810 N. Dearborn St.
Taste of Vietnam Experience classic Vietnamese cuisine through this unique cooking course where you’ll learn how to make broth, properly handle knives and rice paper and make savory sauces, as you prepare nourishing spring rolls and a hearty bowl of Pho. Taught by Chef Ronak Patel, you’re sure to walk out with new knowledge and a full belly. August 25, 6:30PM, tickets $70, 2142 N. Halsted St.