⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring Chicago's Culinary Delights: Portillo's Famous Cake Shake

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⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring Chicago's Culinary Delights: Portillo's Famous Cake Shake

Grade Level: 10-12

Subject: Culinary Arts, Marketing, Local Culture

Duration: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives:

- Discover the iconic dessert, Portillo's Famous Cake Shake, in Chicago's culinary scene
- Investigate the ingredients, preparation, and cultural significance of this local staple
- Analyze the marketing strategies used by Portillo's to promote their Famous Cake Shake
- Understand the role of local culture and regional specialties in shaping culinary offerings
- Explore the concept of fusion cuisine and its influence on traditional dishes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7: Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions

- Images or videos showcasing Portillo's Famous Cake Shake
- Paper and writing utensils


1. Warm-up (10 minutes):
- Display the title: "Chicago's Famous Cake Shake: Portillo's Staple."
- Engage students in a class discussion about their familiarity with Portillo's and any assumptions they have about its culinary offerings.
- Ask students to share their favorite local dishes and what makes them unique.

2. Introduction to Portillo's Famous Cake Shake (15 minutes):
- Show images or videos showcasing Portillo's Famous Cake Shake and its preparation.
- Discuss the ingredients, including the cake flavor and ice cream used, and the cultural significance of this local staple.
- Highlight the fusion of cake and shake to create a unique dessert experience.

3. Analysis of Marketing Strategies (15 minutes):
- Explore the marketing strategies used by Portillo's to promote their Famous Cake Shake.
- Discuss the use of social media, advertisements, and collaborations to increase brand awareness and attract customers.
- Analyze how Portillo's appeals to both locals and tourists through their marketing efforts.

4. Culinary Significance and Regional Specialties (10 minutes):
- Facilitate a discussion on the culinary significance of Portillo's Famous Cake Shake in Chicago.
- Explore the concept of regional specialties and how they contribute to a city's culinary identity.
- Discuss other local dishes or food items that are unique to Chicago or the surrounding region.

5. Exploration of Fusion Cuisine (10 minutes):
- Discuss the concept of fusion cuisine and its influence on traditional dishes.
- Analyze how Portillo's Famous Cake Shake combines elements of cake and milkshake to create a fusion dessert.
- Encourage students to think about other examples of fusion cuisine they have encountered.

6. Conclusion (10 minutes):
- Summarize the key points discussed throughout the lesson.
- Encourage students to reflect on their understanding of Portillo's Famous Cake Shake, its marketing strategies, and the culinary significance of regional specialties.

- Participation in class discussions
- Completion of a written reflection on the cultural significance of Portillo's Famous Cake Shake, its fusion nature, and the marketing strategies used by Portillo's

Portillo’s is a fast-casual restaurant chain considered a one-stop-shop for iconic Chicago foods. Founded in 1963 in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Portillo’s is known across the country for its hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, cheese fries, and chopped salads. But its best-kept secret is the restaurant’s cake shake. Insider's Medha Imam visited Portillo’s Summit, IL location to learn what goes into making the iconic cake shake. Rumor has it they put an entire slice of chocolate cake into their milkshake, making it a must-try dessert.MORE LEGENDARY EATS:Peter Pan Makes The Best Doughnuts In Brooklyn | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADrt3yaPeM&t=102sNew Jersey’s Iconic Sloppy Joe Is Made With Russian Dressing And Cold Cuts | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpNFsK9lxqc&t=5sThe Best Cinnamon Rolls In Chicago | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FXIlBUZktE&t=5s------------------------------------------------------#Chicago #Cake #FoodInsiderInsider is great journalism about what passionate people actually want to know. That’s everything from news to food, celebrity to science, politics to sports and all the rest. It’s smart. It’s fearless. It’s fun. We push the boundaries of digital storytelling. Our mission is to inform and inspire.Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: https://www.insider.comFood Insider on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodinsider/Food Insider on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisinsiderfood/Food Insider on Twitter: https://twitter.com/InsiderFoodInsider on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/disco....ver/Insider/40209345 on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/v/thisisinsiderInsider on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@insiderFood Insider on Dailymotion: https://www.dailymotion.com/foodinsiderChicago’s Famous Cake Shake Is A Portillo’s Staple | Legendary Eats | Food Insider

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