Cajun Cuisine! - "Taste Test" Series

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Food & Drink

Event Overview

Cajun cuisine is an exciting culmination of many cultures both native and abroad, including French Canadian (Acadian), English, Irish, Spanish, German, Italian, Native American Métis and African American Creole. Join Chef Ronak Patel to discover how all of these cultures can come together to create dishes that are more than the sum of their parts.

In this hands-on class, learn how to make true Cajun Shrimp & Grits! Chef Ronak will demonstrate basic cooking techniques as well as answer any of your culinary inquiries. This class will conclude with a family-style meal where we can all share and celebrate our hard work and new skills.

Crawfish deviled eggs with paprika, thyme, and spicy mustard
Cajun shrimp and cheesy grits

This class is BYOB

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Cancellation Policy


Chef Ronak Patel gained a love of preparing and eating eclectic foods at a young age. His parents welcomed his company in the kitchen and introduced him to food from around the world. After first pursuing his interest in film at Columbia College, Ronak decided to pursue his initial love of cooking through attending Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. During culinary school, Ronak completed an externship under Chef Maneet Chauhan at Vermilion. Ronak has worked for catering companies throughout the Chicagoland area, including Chef Daniel Private Dining, Urban Chef Chicago, Gourmet Gorilla, Aramark at Loyola University, Levy Events, The Perfect Dinner, Revel Central and Crème Crafted Parties and Catering. Since May 2014, Ronak has been the owner and private dining chef at Chef Ronak ( Through his work experience, his schooling, and his diverse ethnic background, Ronak has gained an immense understanding of various foods, tastes, and how to provide for clients’ needs.

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