Culinary Arts

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

Get cooking! Our Culinary Arts classes are brimming with flavor from instructors who will share their knowledge, techniques and tips with you, giving you the confidence you need to make cooking a simple, fun and creative experience! Explore areas like Baker’s Delight, International Flavors, the Main Event, Appetizers and Sides, and Tips and Tricks.

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Continuing Education



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Baker's Delight

Cake Decorating For Fun Or Profit: Beginning

Unleash your creativity with cake decorating! This introductory course includes instruction and practice in the use of basic tools to torte, fill, and ice your cakes. Decorate them with flowers, writing, figure piping and borders to make your cakes creative, casual, elegant or romantic. Join for fun or for the rewards of starting your own business. Supplies extra. No class 7/3.
FOOD:701 | $69 | SR $46.50
S01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. Carla Soll
June 19 – July 17 FV - SC, PDR-A

Greek Pastries

From delicate and fragile to crunchy and chewy, Greece is known for its confections and cakes. Made with an abundance of honey, nuts, fruits and creams, these mouth-watering treats will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. We’ll make the ever popular Baklava with our super easy recipe, kataifi (almond and walnut pastry in syrup), tulumba (extra syrupy fried pastries), Greek rice pudding, quick and easy Greek yogurt dessert, and traditional Greek yogurt cake with orange syrup. Class is a combination of demonstration and hands-on. There will be plenty of taste-testing plus you can take some home for later. Bring a container for leftovers. Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:705 | $49 | SR $41.50
S01 Tu 6-9 p.m. Debra Hennen
July 17 Cul. Arts House

Appetizers and Sides

Summer Entertaining Small Bites

Enjoy summer entertaining with some new appetizers and small bites to impress your guests! Learn to make and taste Vidalia onion dip served with crackers, shrimp “Rangoon” in Wonton Cups, spinach and cheese puff pastry spirals, parmesan and prosciutto palmiers, and raspberry and white chocolate tiramisu. Class is part hands on and part demonstration. Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:714 | $49 | SR $41.50
S02 W 6-9 p.m. Elizabeth Parker
June 6 Cul. Arts House

Scrumptious Summer Salads

Lighten your menu with deliciously fresh summer salads for you and your family! Learn recipes for a new array of summer salads to enjoy during the hot summer months. Recipes include tossed bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese salad in an herb vinaigrette, Catalina taco salad, lightened “Caesar Style” salad with parmesan peppercorn dressing, and shrimp and avocado salad with a citrus dressing all complemented with parmesan herb monkey bread. Class is part hands-on and part demonstration. Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:765 | $49 | SR $41.50
S01 Th 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Elizabeth Parker
July 12 Cul. Arts House

International Flavors

Meet me in Marrakech

Close your eyes and imagine a bustling market square with a rainbow of colors from clothing to piles of spices and olives. Snake charmers and street food vendors side by side beckoning the evening crowd. Welcome to Marrakech! This unique culinary destination offers a wide variety of delights we can create in your home kitchen. In this class, we will prepare meat kebabs, tagines, salads and sides inspired by this southern Moroccan city. Mint tea and authentic Moroccan bread will also be served. Class is hands-on.
FOOD:722 | $49 | SR $46.50
S01 F 6-9 p.m. Lisa Payne
June 29 Cul. Arts House

The Main Event

Summer Brunch @Tiffany’s Cali Style

Summer is the perfect time to embrace seasonal foods and bring some of the SoCal lifestyle to the Midwest! Enjoy avocado toast served with a variety of toppings and learn about the power of the acai berry and how to make picture perfect acai bowls topped with seasonal fruit and edible flowers that look too good to eat! Also enjoy gourmet picnic basket food ideas, including Italian pressed sandwiches, on the go bruschetta, cold noodle pasta salad and easy snack mixes that are perfectly portable fare for traveling by plane, train, and automobile or just for a summer day out in the park! Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:714 | $49 | SR $41.50
S03 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiffany Smith
June 9 Cul. Arts House

Celebrity-inspired Dinner Parties

Looking to throw a show-stopping seasonal soiree for your friends and family during the warm summer months? The revival of the multi-course dinner party is on trend for 2018 so learn how to host celebrity-inspired dinner parties with all the glitz and the glam on a budget! Understand the multi-course meal and learn tips on creating a breath-taking tablescape on a shoe string budget. Prepare dinner party fare including California chicken flatbread, gazpacho with spicy grilled shrimp, and grilled salmon with tropical fruit salsa plated with asparagus and cauliflower mash. For a show stopping dessert, enjoy a white Russian brownie plated under a chocolate dome, served with warm chocolate ganache and fresh fruit. Class is part hands-on and demonstration. Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:714 | $49 | SR $41.50
S1 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiffany Smith
July 21 Cul. Arts House

Tricks and Tips

So Easy to Preserve: Water Bath Canning Workshop

Preserve the summer’s bounty by attending this class. Our instructor uses only USDA tested recipes. She is a Certified Master Food Preservationist with years of experience in home canning and a Missouri State Fair Blue Ribbon Winner. Spend the morning making Tuscan Tomato Jam, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salsa, Green-Apple Shallot Chutney, Peach-Bourbon Jam and ever popular Applesauce. You are sure to enjoy this class! Bring a box to take home hot jars.
FOOD:754 | $39 | SR $28.50
S01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eileen Fraser
July 14 FV - SM, 129

So Easy to Preserve: Pressure Canning Workshop

If you are hesitant to pressure can, let our instructor show you how. Learn to pressure can Italian Style Tomato Sauce, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Mexican Corn, Mediterranean Potatoes, just a few of the recipes. Great recipes for the pressure canner. Bring a box to take home hot jars.
FOOD:754 | $39 | SR $28.50
S02 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eileen Fraser
July 28 FV - SM, 129

Cheese making: Beyond the Basics

Homemade cheeses are delicious and not that difficult to make. In this day-long workshop, our experienced instructor will demonstrate the steps and explain all the important things you need to know to be successful. You’ll get an understanding of more advanced cheese-making by learning to make Feta, Mozzarella and Gouda cheeses. Demonstration with class participation. In addition to tasting them all, you’ll get to take home samples along with a simple starter kit for doing it yourself, directions and recipes, and a list of local and online resource for cheese-making supplies. It is recommended (but not required) that you take the basic cheese-making class first. Bring a sack lunch for the noon break. Park on Harford or Hampton.
FOOD:765 | $49 | SR $41.50
S02 Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lisa Payne
June 16 Cul. Arts House

Couples Cook

Couples Cook: Summertime Favorites

Impress your guests with these delicious summertime favorites: Some of the dishes you will prepared are Rosemary Turkey Burgers with Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Honey Roasted Red Potatoes, Whiskey-Dijon Pork Chops, Peach and Blackberry Cobbler, Creamy Jalapeno Slaw, Green Beans with Tomato, Basil and Garlic, Salad Greens with Basil-Parsley Vinaigrette, to name a few. As always, our instructor will have an array of delicious recipes for everyone to enjoy!
FOOD:755 | $39 | SR $28.50
S01 F 7-9:30 p.m. Eileen Fraser
June 22 FV - SM, 129


Chai Time

Tea stalls are found on every street corner in India and are very much a part of the urban landscape. Chai tea brewed with milk and a variety of herbs and spices such as mint, ginger, cardamom, cloves and a lot of sugar is consumed all through the day. A great cup of tea is not complete unless it is accompanied by an assortment of snacks. The evening tea is served with mostly fried and some sweet snacks. In this class you experience the art of making vegetable pakoras or vegetables dipped in a chickpea batter and fried till they are crisp and golden. Samosas filled with a spicy peas and potato filing are another crowd pleaser. Gajjar Halwa or carrot halwa is simple yet delicious and and can complement a great cup of tea. Park on Hartford or Hampton. Flagpole in front.
FOOD:733 | $49 | SR $41.50
S01 M 6-9 p.m. Prabha Pergadia
July 23 Cul. Arts House


Wine 101

This will be a general introduction to wine covering the major varietal types and styles as well as their characteristics. Wine tasting will be accompanied by explanations of the influence of growing environment, fermentation, aging and bottling processes used to produce the wines. $20 materials fee payable at class. Must show proof of age 21 to participate in wine tasting classes.
FOOD:760 | $19 | SR $14.50
S01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. William Polhemus
June 12 The Wine Barrel

Compare and Contrast: Different Wine Varietals

What ís the difference between Bordeaux and a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon or the difference between Sancerre and California Sauvignon Blanc? This will be a side by side tasting where we will be comparing the same grape varietals from different regions and identifying their individual characteristics. Included will be sensory components (i.e. apples, gooseberries, eucalyptus, etc.) to better identify the aromatics and flavors found in wine. $20 materials fee payable at class. Must show proof of age 21 to participate in wine tasting classes.
FOOD:760 | $19 | SR $14.50
S02 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. William Polhemus
July 24 The Wine Barrel

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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