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  Cooking Along the Crooked Road

  Cooking Classes

It’s Springtime in the Teaching Kitchen at HEC!

What better time than spring to tie up your apron strings and start getting creative in the kitchen! Do a little spring cleaning and put those old overused recipes on the shelf and add some exciting new dishes to your repertoire.

“Cooking Along the Crooked Road” classes offer children, teens, and adults a hands-on, creative experience that can transform mere nourishment into a culinary adventure. Students of all ages acquire valuable life-long skills, taught by local chefs and other accomplished, imaginative cooks. From Greek to Caribbean, Wild Foods to Picnics and Moveable Feasts, healthy cooking styles to bread making, there is something for everyone in the warmth of the teaching kitchen!

Don’t forget that gift certificates for “Cooking Along the Crooked Road” could be the perfect his-and-hers gift for a wedding or anniversary! Of course, a gift certificate may also be a fun and educational birthday, graduation, or other special-occasion surprise. Single-class certificates can be purchased by phone…or click the link right here on our website!

Did you know that our culinary kitchen is available to rent for special events? Groups up to 20 can create their own special hands-on cooking class and meal. Want to have a unique party for that upcoming shower or birthday? What about a girl or guy’s night out? A bridesmaids’ luncheon or special anniversary? We can help plan this and steer you to the perfect culinary teacher. For more information on room rental rates, contact conference services. Non-profit rates available.


Spring Tea Party Youth Ages 5-9 | April 26 10:00 - 12:00 | $24.00
Summer Sides and Snacks: Cooking Raw for the Season | April 28 6:00 - 9:00 | $35.00
Picnics and Moveable Feasts | May 5 6:00 - 9:00 | $35.00
The Best of the Caribbean | May 12 6:00 - 9:00 | $35.00
A Taste of Greece | May 19 6:00 - 9:00 | $35.00
Entertaining from the Grill: Summer Appetizers | June 2, 6:00 - 9:00 | $35.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center reserves the right to cancel any class or make any other changes it deems necessary. Course fees will be refunded in full when the Higher Education Center cancels a course.

We also recognize that you may occasionally need to cancel your registration. You will receive a full refund for a Monday Class if you cancel your class by noon on Wednesday prior to the day of the class and a full refund for a Saturday Class if you cancel your class by noon on Monday prior to the day of class. It must be at least five days prior to the class. The chefs and cooks need to order their food and supplies several days ahead. If you fail to show up for a class, no refund will be made. You may allow someone to come in your place if you notify us by noon on the day of the class.

If you do need to cancel prior to the cancellation deadline, you may apply your payment to a future class. If you request a refund, you will be required to register as a vendor with the University of Virginia. This is a simple process that takes only a few minutes and may be done online by going to and choosing the Vendor Registration Form link.

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Comments about recent classes:

Summertime Grill and Chill: Both instructors and staff were great and very professional! Elizabeth

Cooking Along the Mediterranean Class: Wonderful class, great food and nice facilities! Thanks Laura

Cooking Along the Mediterranean Class: Amine was awesome and so enthusiastic. He answered any questions we had. I can’t wait to come back! Barbara

Low Country Boil class with Shawn Crookshank/Tim Arnold: This was a wonderful class. Please offer more opportunities like this. I enjoyed relaxing on the patio for a meal! Jeoff

The Julia Child Class was fabulous. Sheridan was so calm, prepared, efficient and made it all look so easy and taste so good! Judi

I cannot suggest one thing to make the Julia Child class more perfect. Hannah

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For additional information regarding Cooking Classes, contact the information desk.

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