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So I'm Making a Cooking Club at my University...

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...and I'm wondering what sort of activities you guys might propose for such an organization? My ideas so far are:

*Occasionally just cook together, but with some commentary on why a recipe works/why it doesn't/how we could improve it
*Food-related trips into Chicago (though what we could do here, besides just go out for dinner, is beyond me; Taste of Chicago is only in July, isn't it?)
*"Good Eats" screenings? Chances are quite a few members will know very little about cooking, and Good Eats is pretty good for teaching stuff. I'm especially looking at the "technique" specials (i.e. knife-work). Maybe watch an episode and then make its recipes.

Keep in mind I'm not a great cook myself, but I do enjoy it and cook pretty often, so I'm not a complete idiot either.

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  1. http://www.chicagofoodplanet.com/

    contact these folks and ask for their advice, take a few tours and make some introductions!

    Also, post your request on the CH Regional Board for Chicago!

    Have a blast!

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    1. re: HillJ

      My mistake, I was *viewing* the Chicago boards and for some reason assumed my new post would go there...can a mod move this?

      1. re: zooxanthellae

        zoox, use your report button and the Mods will move the thread.

        1. re: zooxanthellae

          it's possible that it was originally on the Chicago board and the mods moved it here...because though you listed one Chicago-centric idea, you also listed others that aren't, and the title of your post isn't specific to Chicago. i actually think it makes more sense to keep it here to get the bulk of your ideas, and if you need a few suggestions for local activities you can specify that separately on the Chicago board.

          phew, okay, now onto the good stuff :)
          - cookbook of the month - select a cookbook and choose recipes for each member to prepare - you can even set it up as a potluck (also check out the ongoing series on the Home Cooking board to see how CH does it)
          - ingredient of the week - develop a list and assign them to members in advance. each week, someone presents a mini-lesson to the group with information about the ingredient - history, where it's grown or produced, what to look for/how to select the best when shopping, cuisines and recipes that use it...and maybe choose one recipe for the group to prepare using the ingredient.
          - cuisine of the week - similar to ingredient, but focus on the cuisine of a specific geographic region
          - technique of the week - again, same principle. you might even be able to get a group discount on skills classes at a local cooking school
          - book discussions about the works of the great food writers (search the Food Media board for inspiration)
          - store tours - contact the local ethnic & specialty markets to see if they do this. it's a great way to learn about new & unique items.