It's really nice to be appreciated. And it's really nice to get free stuff, too. This Friday, Nov. 14, both locations of The Chopping Block are hosting their 11th annual Customer Appreciation Day. In addition to offering free gourmet products, wine tastings and chef cooking demonstrations, all of the merchandise in their stores is 20 percent off, including cookware, knives and even wine. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on some early holiday gifts for your culinary-minded friends and family, and maybe even your loved ones who are a bit challenged in the kitchen, as well. And who are we kidding? With savings like these, you've got to buy yourself some goodies, too. The fun and discounts are good from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both the Merchandise Mart location (suite 107, 312-644-6360) and at the Lincoln Square location at 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-6700.