Chicago Chinatown Tour & Dim Sum Brunch

with Joelen Tan

Chinese Dim Sum Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Have you ever considered travelling to another part of the world to explore and learn about another culture through food? If so, you’re in luck!

This class will whisk you to the sights, smells and tastes of Chinese cuisine and culture in Chicago's Chinatown. You’ll experience the delicious dim sum offerings as they fly by on traditional carts and get a tour of the neighborhood to learn about:

- The Nine Dragon Wall, a Chinatown landmark beautifully decorated with nine dragon
sculptures.
- The Chinatown mural, made of hand-painted tiles depicting the history of the Chinese immigration
to the United States.
- Chinatown Square, filled with sculptures of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
- Wentworth Avenue, the historic commercial district, filled with shops, restaurants, and historic
landmarks.

What to bring
Dabblers should come with an appetite, good walking shoes and openness to experiencing new cultures.

The materials fee is the cost of the neighborhood tour and dim sum brunch which will include drinks and tip.



Course Reviews (2)
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    Megan H.

    Left about 1 year ago
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    This was a great event. I'd never been to Chinatown and never had Dim Sum, so it was a great first experience for both.

    Other Teacher Reviews (67)
    94% positive

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      Amberly H.

      Left 15 days ago
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      This class was great and lots of fun. Small class size, very basic and fundamental instructions that anyone could follow. Best part - tons of leftovers!

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      Jeniffer B.

      Left 16 days ago
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      I cannot rave enough about this class. This was a great beginner class to making sushi. Joelen is approachable, funny and informative. My husband and I had such a great time and walked away stuffed with a ton of extra sushi left to take home. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!

      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Bo S.","created_at":"23 days","title_link":"<a href='/courses/perfectly-pilsen-intro-to-authentic-mexican-cuisine-culture-with-joelen-tan'> Perfectly Pilsen Culinary Tour </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"A great way to visit some delicious spots in the underrated neighbourhood of Pilsen!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kate W.","created_at":"30 days","title_link":"<a href='/courses/gluten-free-living-with-ease-with-joelen-tan--2'> French Bistro Brunch Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"it was a super fun class and i am really excited to host my next brunch! i had not idea how easy crepes and quiches could be! and this new crust recipe is delicious! danger danger!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Linda M F.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Excellent space for any cooking class. Joelen was a great host and teacher and provided us with coffee and teas to go along with our home made treats. I wish that there were more yeast type donuts, but understand that those do take more time than class allows. Interesting introduction to the craft. I am anxiously awaiting the recipe e-mail.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Gen C.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This is one of the best Dabble classes I've taken, hands down. Informative, delicious, fun, and practical. It was the perfect start to a Saturday.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Sara G.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was an awesome class. We learned how to make four different types of breakfast treats and the instructor did a great job of making sure it was hands on and easy to understand. I got to bring a ton of extras home and my friends all enjoyed taste testing them with me!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Julie K.","created_at":"about 1 month","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class is both fun and delicious. Joelen is very friendly and warm, you feel like you've gone over to to your friend-the-chef's kitchen rather than an instructional class. We learned how to make 5 different types of doughnuts plus all the toppings. I feel totally confident that I could whip up a batch now!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Taryn O.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class and great teacher! My friends and I had a really fun experience and would highly suggest taking a class with her.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Michael C.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"When would you make five types of donuts with 5 types of frosting, billions of sprinkle options all in one sitting? Meet new people and do it in a new place? Have someone who's in the know, right there next to you, to ask questions? More reasons to give this a go than you have time to find reasons not to.\r\n\r\nThis was my first dabble: a great class and a great experience. Perhaps the bar has been set high, but I can't wait to sign up for another class.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ashley B.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great experience! Fun class, great people, nice teacher, awesome sushi! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Malia C.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Loved the vibe of the class. Joelen was friendly and went over all the basics with us. Would definitely take another class! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Tameka A.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class. This teacher is amazing and the donuts were so good. The perfect comfort food for a snowy Saturday afternoon!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kelly F.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/donut-daze-holey-deliciousness-with-joelen-tan'> Beignets Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class - the Enerspace location had a fantastic kitchen area that made it easy for everyone to work together and see what was going on with everyone else. That being said, it was quite necessary to see everyone else was doing b/c you're really only making one of the donut style while other class members are making the other donuts, so you really have to be diligent about what's happening with the other recipes if you want to \"learn\" those ones (as opposed to just seeing the recipe written out later). My partner and I worked on the apple fritters and they were the *best* ones by far (the others were great too, though!). I'd definitely recommend this class - everyone was impressed at my volleyball group where I shared the donuts!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Rob C.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class, highly recommended!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Amy L.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was our first dabble class. We had a great time. Who knew sushi was so easy to make yourself?!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Sarah G.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I thought the class was okay. Only having one oven seemed a detriment to the experience, though, because it meant there was a lot of just sitting around waiting. Joelen was very nice, but ultimately I was a bit disappointed. The cookies didn't turn out how they should have, either (though I think that's because macaroons can be a very finicky cookie). Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but I found myself wanting it to be better, too.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer P.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":false,"review_content":"Jolene was very sweet and I think any other class with her is probably fun. However, when I pay $50 I expect to learn things I could not find by googling macaron recipe and I expect mine or anyone else in class to have cookies that turn out correct.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Laura V.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fun night out! Met a whole group of cool new people and learned about tamales too : )","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mercedes A.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was much easier than I thought! The class was small which was great. I wish the class was a little longer. I would take some more classes in the future.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jan P.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I love tamales! Thanks to Jolene I now know how to make them for my family. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon learning, making and then having a feast of all things tamale.. An abundance of fillings, and tricks on preparation rounded out the experience...and lots of nice, nice people in the class. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Aubrey B.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I thought this was a great class that demystified tamale making. I definitely think I can do this at home for the holidays (or any days!). Joelen made the process seem very manageable and I loved that we got to take the extras home. I would definitely take a class from her again. Thank you!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Melissa M.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fun and well-instructed class! Joelen does a great job of taking something that seems complicated (such as tamale-making) and making it simple. I especially appreciate that Joelen included a vegan-friendly recipe to accommodate my diet. I can't wait to make some delicious tamales at home.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Le Anne W.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":false,"review_content":"Overall I was disappointed with this class. \r\n\r\nWe were warned that the oven wasn't working, but were assured that we would still have a the full experience. I would have to say that it felt rather incomplete without baking. The class should have been canceled or at least the cost reduced with no working oven.\r\n\r\nOven aside, I would also have liked to have learned more about adding color to the macaroons and how to make different fillings. More variety in the materials and ingredients would have made the class more useful and interesting. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jan P.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/easy-as-pie-with-joelen-tan'> Easy as Pie </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Hands on experience of making of our own buttery pie crust, was the base for our making the best pie filling ever! Jolene is a great instructor who guided us through the pie dough experience with ease. This holiday season will be tastier because of this class. Thank you!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mark M.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was the first time my wife and I took a cooking class together. I thought it would have been a great anniversary gift and it most certainly was! The location was easy to find and get to with easy parking. The venue was fantastic. Having a small class really helps when learning new cooking tricks. The atmosphere was very informal and fun. And of course, the food was great.\r\n\r\nJoelen was a great teacher. She provided step by step instructions for the entire class, answered questions with depth and insight, and did a great job of making us all feel comfortable and happy. She has fun with her classes and inspires me to want to become a better cook. I can't thank her enough for a wonderful time we had and we look forward to seeing her again in another of her classes!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Barbara T.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/all-about-argyle-vietnamese-culinary-tour-with-joelen-tan'> All About Argyle: Vietnamese Culinary Tour </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fun class and one that I really enjoyed. We went to two restaurants, tried different foods - from vietnamese sandwiches to interesting soups to wonderful desserts - and we were introduced to the various grocery stores in the area. I thought the tour was very thorough and the teacher was knowledgable.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Laura G.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/cheese-tasting-series-with-joelen-tan'> Chinese Dim Sum Brunch Cooking Party </a>","positive":false,"review_content":"Delicious food for someone never having tried this cuisine.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kuniko N.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/easy-as-pie-with-joelen-tan'> Easy as Pie </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"It really was easy as pie, despite my not being a baker. I had a lot of fun with the hands-on practice and feel that I can tweak pie making to my own liking now. I would really recommend this class.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Chanel T.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This is a fantastic class! Joelen is a great teacher and excellent host. This class is great for beginners and fun for a group to enjoy.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kristen K.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/cheese-tasting-series-with-joelen-tan'> Chinese Dim Sum Brunch Cooking Party </a>","positive":false,"review_content":"Originally I was extremely excited to take this class, as it combined two of my interests: Dim Sum, and COOKING. I did no such cooking in this class. We did not do any real food prep either, other than filling pre-made dough packets with pre-prepped meat. The thing I'm disappointed with most is that this class was called a COOKING party, but there was no cooking, or any real involvement beyond what I call a helpful hand in a cooking demonstration. The menu was slightly disappointing as well, as it veered from Dim Sum, which is fine if you've called the class something other than \"Dim Sum\". I came to the class hoping to learn to cook what I love to eat, not to eat mediocre versions of what I can pay a lot less for and taste better. \r\n\r\nI have no ill-thoughts about the teacher, I was just led to believe I was paying to DO something (other than stuff wrappers and eat). ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Meha D.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/n-awlin-s-jazzed-up-brunch-with-joelen-tan'> N'awlin's Cooking: Bloody Mary's & Brunch </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was my second class with Joelen -- I also took the Spanish Tapas class with her-- and these have been two of my favorite Dabble classes so far! The space is great, and Joelen has a wonderful teaching style. I am vegetarian, but Joelen always adapts her classes to those with dietary restrictions so that everyone is able to learn and participate. The groups are small enough where we're able to have good conversation while each getting hands-on experience with the food. Some of the recipes she's taught initially sounded very complicated to me, and I am not at all an expert in the kitchen, but Joelen makes cooking approachable, easy, and fun! I love her drink pairings to match the cuisine as well. Overall both awesome classes, and I'd highly recommend any class with Joelen!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Maria V.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/spanish-tapas-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Spanish Tapas Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Place is a bit hard to find and in the middle of practically no where. It felt more like an office space with a kitchen than a cooking event space. It would have been more helpful to hold the class in a space where the stove top is in the center of the counter space so we could more easily see cooking methods/techniques. That said, the class was well attended and the instructor very prepared. We made a ton of items and there was plenty of food to go around and leftovers if some students wanted to take something home. A few fellow students brought wine and that was a very good idea so we ha something to pair with the food when the Sangria ran out.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Monica M.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Joelen is a wonderful teacher, the kitchen was bright and so much room for us all.\r\nShe gave us helpful tips to make these finicky little delicious macaroons.\r\n","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/224011/thumb_utslogo.png","reviewer_name":"Urban Threads S.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I attended the macaron class with Joelen a few weeks ago, and it was a fabulous experience at a fantastic venue. Not only do you walk out with a box of delicious macarons at the end of the class but you also learn a few tricks of the trade to make these very temperamental delights at home.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jen V.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Class was excellent- Joelyn was a great instructor, and the class was super fun. Very informative, conversational and entertaining!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Regan B.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Had a great time! The macaroons were amazing and delicious. They are known for being difficult to make but Joelen made it as easy as possible for all. Really fun way to spend a Saturday! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Dawn M.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/easy-as-pie-with-joelen-tan'> Easy as Pie </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was so much fun and I left feeling like I really learned the foundations of how to make a classic pie. Class size was small and the pace was easy so we all had a relaxing time pie-making and chatting. Bonus that we got to eat delicious pie for days afterward! I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone interested in learning to bake pies.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Natalie K.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/easy-as-pie-with-joelen-tan'> Easy as Pie </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I enjoyed preparing the pie, but I don't think I could replicate it after taking this class. I prefer more step by step instruction, with clear directions (e.g. how to peel the fruit, how to roll the pie into the dish, etc.). There were several times I found myself missing directions because I was trying to work on another prep step. And a lot of directions were given as 'Go like this' (rather than 'hold this here, then move clockwise'). It was a positive experience because I know more than I did before the class. But, bottom line, if you prefer prescriptive instructions, this class might not be for you.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"John S.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/cupcakes-cocktails-with-joelen-tan'> Chic Cupcakes & Cocktails </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"blank","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Dena M.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/mediterranean-taverna-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Mediterranean Taverna Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was fun and comfortable and Joelen is great! Looking forward to taking more of her classes!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Nathalie S.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/n-awlin-s-jazzed-up-brunch-with-joelen-tan'> N'awlin's Cooking: Bloody Mary's & Brunch </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I had been looking for a wine class and came across this New Orleans (N'awlin's) inspired cooking class which fit into my schedule - so I went with it! It was awesome - delicious food and good people to share it with! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Veronica G.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/mediterranean-taverna-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Mediterranean Taverna Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I want to live in the space Joelen uses for her classes...that is how much I loved this class. A very hands on class, and such a welcoming and attentive instructor. Her passion for gastronome and the culinary world is evident the minute you meet her. Just a clean working space and very organized set up. It\u2019s such a communal environment, that you\u2019ll end up making new friends before the night is over. Joelen looking forward to taking another class. I will be on the lookout if you decide for another tamale making class. ","teacher_response":"Thank you so much Veronica! And you're in luck... I've added 2 Tamales classes as as result of the suggestions I received. I'll send you links to them so you can reserve your spot! I look forward to having you in the kitchen again soon..."}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Linda C.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/mediterranean-taverna-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Mediterranean Taverna Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Joelen is amazing. Great food and atmosphere. Interactive class so you really learn how to make a dish. Highly recommend classes by this instructor. ","teacher_response":"Thank you for attending and it was a pleasure having you!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lynn Y.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/mediterranean-taverna-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Mediterranean Taverna Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Class was fantastic! Joelen created an environment that was relaxed, hands-on, and really well-attended. I like it when an instructor develops a following and people from previous classes come to other events - it's a testament to their consistency. We made excellent food, ate it, and took extras home. The menu was well thought out. Items were easy to prepare, but looked fancy and will impress your friends. Highly recommend!!!","teacher_response":"Thank you for attending and your kind words! I look forward to seeing you again soon... maybe I'll include some Firewater cocktails next time. :)"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jenny S.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/homemade-pasta-primer-with-joelen-tan'> BYOB Lotsa Pasta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Joelen is absolutely adorable! I will definitely be taking more classes with her! The class was very informative and what I loved most is that it is definitely possibly to make good, handmade pasta without a machine. I actually own a pasta making machine and have a lot more trouble than you would imagine trying to run it! The location was a little hard to find, but the facility was really nice and the group size was perfect! We learned three different pasta styles and were then encouraged to be creative and try out more. There were sauces prepared, ready to dress our dishes and Joelen even had extra food to make sure we were all well fed! Needless to say, I had trouble walking home with all that food in my belly! And there were still leftovers to take home! I would highly recommend this class, for the extreme novice and the experienced cook.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Benjamin D.","created_at":"7 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/homemade-pasta-primer-with-joelen-tan'> BYOB Lotsa Pasta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Loved the class, great food and a great teacher!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Brynne M.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/homemade-pasta-primer-with-joelen-tan'> BYOB Lotsa Pasta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Fantastic instructor, great group of new people, and delicious food all around, not even just the pasta we made. Great laughs and learning all around.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Robert H.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/homemade-pasta-primer-with-joelen-tan'> BYOB Lotsa Pasta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Really engaging class and great atmosphere. Instructor was extremely polite and knowledgeable. Definitely would go again.!","teacher_response":"Thank you Robert! It was a pleasure having you in the class and I hope you attend a future class with me soon... besides, I do have your rolling pin and would love to return it to you!!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jackie K.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/border-fiesta-brunch-with-joelen-tan'> Border Fiesta Brunch & Margaritas Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"As always I enjoy all of Joelen's classes. She is fun, helpful and a great instructor. Her classes are all hands on which makes it more fun to partake in.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Diane M.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/border-fiesta-brunch-with-joelen-tan'> Border Fiesta Brunch & Margaritas Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class. Joelen makes everything so easy to understand, and takes complicated things and breaks them down so they seem do-able.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lindsey H.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! The instructor was very knowledgeable. I especially appreciated the way she was able to refer us to other sources of information that we could access once the class was over. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Anika S.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/filipino-fiesta-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Filipino Fiesta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"had a great time! food was amazing and I really learned a lot from Joelen!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Chanel T.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"SUCH a fun class. The atmosphere is light and easy. The outcome was delicious. Joelen is a great teacher. I'm looking forward to my next class with her.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ann M.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/filipino-fiesta-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Filipino Fiesta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"What a wonderful class! Joelen's knowledge of world cusine and her teaching style are just marvelous. She handles questions well and explains things in a way that people can understand. I am looking forward to my next class with Joelen!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mark D.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a fantastic class. Joelen is an outstanding instructor. She made us all feel at home, demystified the process of making French Macaron, and gave us very affirming feedback was we went through the hands-on learning process. The class size was perfect. I would highly recommend any of her classes.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Megan L.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/filipino-fiesta-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Filipino Fiesta Cooking Party </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved the Filipino Fiesta cooking party! The food we prepared was fantastic, and Joelen is a great instructor. She does a really nice job of not just telling you how to make the dishes, but also explaining why to do things certain ways. She also shared a lot about her family's Filipino background and how the food we were making fit in to Filipino culture. It was really fun to actually sit down and have the dinner prepared as well. I would certainly recommend this class to others and would take additional classes with Joelen.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Polly H.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved that the class was small so it could be a little more one on one. Unfortunately the humidity in the kitchen wouldn't allow the macarons to rise, but they still tasted great! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Gail K.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"The French Macaroon class was a lot of fun. The weather conditions didn't allow for the prettiest macaroons, but they sure were tasty. Joelen did a very good job at explaining the technique and making the DIY part of the class easy.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Wanda V.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"I've always wanted to learn how to make sushi the proper way and this class definitely covered it. \r\n","teacher_response":"Thank you Wanda! Glad to have met you & hope your future sushi endeavors will be more fun & delicious!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Nancy T.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/french-macaroons-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> French Macaroons Made Easy </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great space, great teacher and a nice setup for teaching cooking. Can't wait to try another cooking class.","teacher_response":"Thank you Nancy! It was wonderful meeting with you & I hope to have you in our kitchen again soon!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/173691/thumb_gerson-019.JPG","reviewer_name":"Rachel G.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Joelen did a great job at making sushi approachable. It doesn't always have to be something reserved for special occasions but can be perfect for those nights when you are hungry and want to get dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. If you're new to cooking but the idea of a class seems a bit scary, take a class with Joelen. She will have you relaxed and having fun in minutes. ","teacher_response":"Thank you Rachel! It was great to have you in our kitchen & hope you can join us again in the future!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Becky C.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/perfectly-pilsen-intro-to-authentic-mexican-cuisine-culture-with-joelen-tan'> Perfectly Pilsen Culinary Tour </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"We had a great time on the Tour of Pilsen. I loved checking out all the places I would never have gone to on my own. I was so great getting to experience a new area of Chicago. We got to try so many yummy treats. Joelen was a great teacher and guide. I hope there are more of these in the future. ","teacher_response":"It was great to share the Pilsen neighborhood with you Becky! Stay tuned... I'll be opening up more culinary neighborhood tours on upcoming Sundays!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ashley R.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/havana-nights-cooking-party-with-joelen-tan'> Little Havana Cuban Fiesta </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Delicious and fun Cuban cooking class with a big menu! Lovely kitchen workspace too! Like others I'm sure, enjoyed having a mojito while cooking. ","teacher_response":"Thank you Ashley! It was wonderful to have you in the kitchen and look forward to you joining us again soon!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kristen K.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"So much fun- exceeded my expectations! Had a blast making tamales in a gorgeous kitchen space. ","teacher_response":"Thank you Kristen! I'm glad you left inspired & look forward to having you in our kitchen again soon!"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Katie B.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/tamale-time-homemade-tamales-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Tamale Party {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Good instruction from Joelen and got some great recipes! Would definitely take another one of her classes.","teacher_response":"Thank you Katie - loved having you in class! :)"}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Tim H.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<a href='/courses/sushi-made-easy-with-joelen-tan'> Sushi Made Easy {BYOB} </a>","positive":true,"review_content":"Joelen was a fun, easy-going teacher who helped us learn the basics and have a great time. Definitely recommend her class(es)!","teacher_response":"Thank you Tim - loved having you in class! :)"}
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      Joelen Tan is a Chicago area private caterer and former restaurant chef behind the 'What's Cookin, Chicago?' website. Joelen has been recognized in both local and national media and has worked with celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless, Spike Mendelsohn, and Marcela Valladolid. Since 2007, she has been teaching culinary classes, hosting culinary events in Chicagoland and does recipe development work with major food brands including Sara Lee, Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's, Kraft, Frito Lay and Starbucks to name a few.


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