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Champaign Center Partnership announces Conscious Cuisine; Eating with a Purpose

Champaign Center Partnership has announced a new food-themed program called Conscious Cuisine; Eating with a Purpose. Tuesdays March 10th, 17th, and 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. a local restaurant will offer a free, one hour class or demonstration. Registration is required. For more information, check out the press release, or visit the Champaign Center Partnership website

Here’s the schedule: 

March 10th: Cocktail class at Big Grove.

March 17th: Cooking demo and wine pairing at Escobar’s.

March 24th: Bread and jam tasting at Pekara. 

Per the press release: 



Ever wonder what goes on behind the kitchen doors of your favorite restaurant?  Or wanted to learn how to recreate your favorite dish at home to impress your guests? Join the Champaign Center Partnership as we travel through the kitchens of your favorite restaurants in Center City during Conscious Cuisine; Eating with a Purpose. Meet our local chefs, tour their kitchens, and learn something new when you register for a FREE class or demonstration!

Starting March 10th, a different Center City restaurant will be hosting a free class or demonstration every Tuesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm! Learn how to mix a sophisticated cocktail, attend a cooking demo and learn to pair wines or hear all about clean label baking while you taste delicious handmade breads and jams. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. It’s Conscious Cuisine every Tuesday in March from the Champaign Center Partnership. Visit for more information and to sign up.

When you visit you can also view Chef Stories; video interviews of our local chefs where they tell you how they got started and what inspires them. Do you ever wonder who expertly created your dish? How the kitchen staff works together to successfully serve hundreds of guests each night? Or even where they get the produce used in that artful salad or side? Chef Stories tells it all and it’s all part of Conscious Cuisine; Eating with a Purpose.

Starting March 10th, visit to view a new video each week. Get entered for a chance to win a gift card to the restaurant of the week when you share these videos on Facebook or Twitter! Don’t forget our hashtag #consciouscuisine.

For more information call the Champaign Center Partnership office at 352-2400 or visit the website Can’t attend a class but want to see behind the scenes footage of the demonstration? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates during the classes!


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