I took a few years of high school Spanish, and then another semester (or was it two?) in college, and I still‚ can't do much better than ask for directions, unless I'm in a restaurant, where I still know the difference‚ between camarones and cazuelas. But if you've ever been interested in‚ learning more about Spanish‚ food culture - while also learning some of the key phrases and words you'll need to be conversational, you might want to check out the Spanish Classes for Tourism & Gastronomy going on for the next six Saturdays at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! in Lincoln Park. Instructors from the Instituto Cervantes will teach common Spanish phrases and help you navigate the foodie side of the dialect, while chefs from the restaurant will talk about traditional regional Spanish dishes, and present a new menu each week. The classes cost $250 per student for then entire six-week course and‚ run from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.‚ Thankfully, they include lunch, which is a good thing, because after an hour of talking about food, I know I certainly need to eat.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to cook authentic Italian pasta, you'll want to head down to the Loop for 312 Chicago's new hands-on cooking classes, highlighting the taste of Italy.