Wine About Food | Bringing people together through food
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About Us

Our mission is to bring people together through food, inspire families and friends to get into the kitchen, and create long-lasting memories!

Chef Mike’s passion for all things food started at a young age. Growing up in a house rich with Latin ancestry, some of Mike’s fondest memories are of times spent in the kitchen with his mom and grandma. Family gatherings always revolved around food, cooking, drinks and lively conversation.

 

Mike began his career in the culinary industry apprenticing with some of Chicago’s most talented chefs, including John Manion, head chef and owner of El Che Bar and La Sirena Clandestina – two of Chicago’s hottest restaurants. Eventually, Mike turned his passion into his career and started Wine About Food. His main focus is getting people together with food and drinks, to inspire them to get in the kitchen and share in the joy of cooking.

Wine About Food and Chef Mike are passionate about bringing people together with food!  We offer in-home cooking demonstrations or one-on one culinary coaching sessions. Sessions are fun, friendly, professional and always paired with a sampling of wine or a specialty cocktail. We pride ourselves by offering our clients custom designed menus, locally sourced organic meats and produce. Chef Mike is committed to expanding your culinary skills and food knowledge. Wine About Food can also accommodate kids & family cooking lessons, private parties and corporate events!

  • Interactive, hands-on demo at your home with a small group (8-16 people)
  • Learn to prepare a delicious, homemade meal based on a custom-designed menu (budget restrictions may apply)
  • Can accommodate all skill levels in one group
  • All culinary tools, recipes, food supplies and ingredients will be provided based on agreed upon budget
  • Demos are BYOB or optional wine or cocktail samples can be provided at additional cost
  • All demos last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Learn or improve culinary skills and knowledge with individualized, one-on-one, in-home coaching:
    • Expert tips/tricks for the most common cooking techniques
    • Basic to advanced knife skills
    • Choosing and using the right tools in the kitchen
    • Shopping and food prep tips for everyday meals or special occasions
    • Healthier meals using local, organic ingredients
    • Wine/cocktail pairing
  • Menu consultation for your future event or special occasion
  • Hands-on cooking demo in your home, designed for families and young kids
  • Gather your family in the kitchen and cook together
  • Chef Mike designed based on your family’s favorite kid-friendly meals
  • Learn to create healthier meal options using fresh, local, organic ingredients
  • Shopping and food prep tips for everyday meals
Chef Mike ….. “sharing a meal is only half of the experience, cooking together you gain the whole experience by bringing friends and family closer.”

 

  • Intimate gathering
    • Dinner parties
    • Luncheons
    • Cocktail parties
  • Small corporate meetings/events
    • Gourmet lunch boxes
    • Appetizer, refreshments or dessert table
    • Chef-attended service
  • Includes menu and budget consultation, food preparation and service, staffing, and clean up.
  • BYOB or optional wine or cocktails provided at additional cost
Family Series
  • How to Get Organized
  • Meal Planning and Shopping
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • How to Save Time
  • Family Favorites (Pancakes, Sandwiches, Mac n’Cheese and Pizza)
  • Transforming Leftovers into New Meals
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Meals That the Whole Family Can Make- (Stir-Fry)
  • Creating and Saving Traditional Family Recipes (this is an interesting concept)
  • Healthy Eating
  • Cooking for the Athletes in the Family Simple
  • Healthy Desserts for the Whole Family
  • Smoothies and Juices
  • Meals That Take 30 min or Less
  • How to Make Pre-Made Foods into Your Own Meal
Kids Series
  • Food Safety: Handling and Storage
  • Getting Organized and Creating a Clean Work Space
  • Creating a Shopping List
  • Breakfast: Eggs and Batter- (Pancakes and Omelets)
  • Lunch: Soup and Sandwiches- (Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese)
  • Dinner: Pizza and Salad- (Homemade Pizza and Simple Salad w/Homemade Vinaigrette)
  • Baking: Cookies and Cupcakes- (Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vanilla Cupcakes with Icing
  • Picky Eaters
  • Adventurist Eater
  • Future Chefs
  • Make Dinner for the Family
  • Collage Bound
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • How to Make your Own Breakfast, Lunches and Snacks
  • Smoothies and Juices
  • Simple Healthy Desserts for the Whole Family
Basic Series
  • Getting Organized
  • Creating a Shopping List
  • Knife Skills
  • Cooking Techniques
  • Sides and Salad
  • Sauces, Dressings and Marinades
  • Soups, Stews and Stocks
  • Smoothies and Juices
  • Grains and Veggies
  • Proteins
  • How to Filet Fish
  • Breaking down a Chicken
  • Baking 101
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Awkward Produce
  • Cooking without a Recipe
Cocktails, Wine and Spirits Series
  • Classic Cocktails
  • Seasonal Cocktails
  • Wine 101
  • How to Pair Wine with your Meal
  • After Dinner Drinks
  • Specialty Drinks and Punches
  • Creating the Perfect Bar for Any Event
  • Do it yourself Bar
  • How to Choose the Proper Wine or Spirits for Dinner Parties, Gifts and BYOBs
Entertaining Series
  • Meat and Cheese Platter
  • Breads and Spreads
  • Veggies and Dips
  • Homemade Spiced Nuts
  • Creating a Menu and Shopping
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Appetizers
  • Sides and Salads
  • Entrees
  • Holidays and Special Occasions
  • Sit Down Dinners, Family Style and Buffett Style
  • Desserts and Coffee
  • Vegetarian Meals

Group Cooking Classes

Learn to cook in the company of friends, and enjoy the company of friends while learning to cook. Chef Mike will bring all the necessary food ingredients and supplies, and will lead the group in a collaborative preparation of a customized gourmet culinary experience. Every group member will receive a list of recipes and, under Chef Mike’s guidance, work together in a relaxed and social atmosphere to prepare unique dishes.

 

Participants in this party will take home tangible skills and ideas that can be easily applied in their own kitchens. Group classes are ideal for a unique “girl’s night out”, couples gatherings, bridal showers and team building.

 

*All classes are BYOB, but every menu will have suggested wines that pair well with the dishes from local wine shops or celebrated wine experts.

Sample One-on-One Cooking Class Menus

Cooking Technique Class

  • Winter Soups and Stews
  • Braising Meats
  • Searing Fish
  • Roasting Vegetables
Italian Riviera Class

Minestrone Soup
with fresh vegetables and homemade stock

Goat’s Cheese with Penne, Pear and Walnut Salad
A simple salad anytime of the year with ingredients you can also find all year around

Hand-made Pasta
with a peas, bacon, butter and thyme sauce topped with pecorino

Sample Cooking Class Menus

Chips, Guacamole and Salsa Verde
warm tortilla chips, simple new twist on Guacamole and spicy fresh salsa

White Bean Puree with warm bread
with cumin, smoked paprika and garlic

Nopales, Black Bean and Corn Relish
with nopales (cactus), roasted corn, fresh lime juice and cilantro

Tuna Taco w/Mango and Rosemary Salsa
Sushi quality tuna, fresh tomatoes, red onions, cilantro served on warm flour tortilla

Mediterranean-themed Cooking Class

Baked Goat-Cheese w/Charred Bread
goat cheese baked in sweet tomato sauce, farm fresh goat cheese and buttery charred bread

Deep Fried Mini Potatoes w/Saffron Aioli
Potatoes lightly fried, tossed in sea salt served with home-made saffron aioli

Baby Arugula w/Cannellini Beans tossed in Pesto
with roasted red peppers, toasted sunflower seeds and seasoned croutons

Steamed Mussels
with chorizo, leeks, and Fennel in a curry coconut broth

House-marinated Olives

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