Serving Northern Illinois with Baking & Cooking Classes, Day Trips, Mushroom Hunts, Restaurant Tours, Wine Dinners & USA Regional Weekend Cooking Trips!
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How We Started...

You don't have to be an elitist to love good food and wine, just human. Our classes and events are fun and informative.
meet some of the best chefs in N IL, other nice people, and enjoy great food, and wine, too!  Bill Lavery, Founder



I've been ill this past year and sorry to disappoint everyone. I'm beginning to plan  Fall and Winter classes and will post the new classes and locations when they are completed. Thank you for your support through cards and emails. -- Bill Lavery

Watch for additional North, Northwest, West suburban and Rockford class locations to be announced. And also watch for events and daytrips -- and additional class locations! Watch for more hands-on classes for single adults, couples and kids!

Call Bill at 224.353.3300 at Cooking with the Best Chefs for commerical and private catering event referrals!

COOKING WITH THE BEST CHEFS offers an annual Membership Subscription with five choices: Single, Family, Senior (Single or Family), Student, and Armed Services. Membership application and details are available on the Membership Application & Gift Certificate Page. Membership Subscriptions include an annual membership and class credits which vary according to membership category purchased.

CUSTOM GIFT CERTIFICATES!  For Birthdays, Anniversaries and Thank You Gifts!
Call Bill at 224.353.3300 to order your customized gift certificate and have it e-mailed within minutes. We can assist almost any budget. You can purchase gift certificates for an individual, an entire family, or office. We can email the customized gift certificate to you within minutes so you can giftwrap in a box lined with tissue and criss-cross a pair of wooden spoons, tie with a twist-it and place on top of the gift certificate. Wrap the box as you would any other present! Pay via Chase QuickPay (you don't have to have a Chase account to pay us, it's immediate and free!) or mail us a check.

Enjoy dining out with other foodies? Welcome to the Best Chef's Dinner Club: Every month, we'll meet at a different restaurant and enjoy company with other foodies.  Details on the Events & Day Trips Page. Watch for new restaurant dates, in Chicago and the suburbs.


Registration for any class or event is easy: Click on the registration email link at each class and event, complete the info requested and email back to us. Then send a check to us payable to The Lavery Co., and mail to 1516 N. Elmhurst Rd., Unit 104, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056-1011. Please record the class or event number on your check. When your payment is received, you'll receive an email confirmation the same day and you'll be registered.

If you'd like to learn how we operate our memberships, classes, and day trips, go to our How We Operate page.

Food and class photo's will be updated regularly. If you have any photo's you'd like to share, you can email them (jpeg or gif file preferred) to us at Check out our Special Interest Groups Page. If you are interested in joining, read our Terms of Operation so you know how we operate, and then use the Membership & Gift Page to join. Thank you for visiting! Check back often to learn of new classes and events. Members receive our E-nnouncements regularly with updates. Call 7 days a week for assistance: 224.353.3300. If you'd like to receive updates but not sure about joining yet, join our Friends E-mail List by sending your name, address, e-mail address, and a simple request asking to be placed on our Friends list: 

2013 & 2014 Private Dates Available for private classes and fundraisers for small and large groups at beautiful venues throughout Chicagoland. Dates are still available. During the past 22 years we've held private events for Birthday Class Dinners, Anniversary Class Dinners, Showers, Fundraisers, Corporate Class Dinners, even teambuilding events, and many more. Call Bill at 224.353.3300 to discuss your special needs.
Volunteers: Most of us know someone who volunteers and gives unselfishly to others without any financial gain. These are special people and should be rewarded. If you know of someone who gives a lot to others in an organizational capacity or privately, and would like to nominate them for a complimentary membership and gift certificate, simply send the following info to Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Description of their volunteering and your name (optional).

Please Consider Supporting Local Hunger Year 'Round with
these hard working food banks who need your help!

We're looking for a new mushroom hunter! We use professional shroom hunters and if you're experienced, give Bill a call at 224.353.3300.

Look for late summer and fall dates in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Email to be placed on our Mushroom Email List to learn about future events. Please include your name, address, phone and email address.

Morel Auction at
Annual Morel Mushroom Festival