Culinary Program

“Cooking Along the Crooked Road” classes offer children, teens and adults  hands-on, creative experiences that can transform mere nourishment into culinary adventures. Students of all ages acquire valuable life-long skills, taught by local chefs and other accomplished, imaginative cooks. From healthy lifestyle cooking and a variety ethnic culinary classes to bread and pastry making and special youth classes, there is something for everyone in the warmth of the teaching kitchen!

2017 COOKING CLASSES-All Classes 6-9pm/$35 unless otherwise noted.

May 8, 2017 – Sushi Fun with the Tavern Chefs  register

Join the chefs from The Tavern for some sushi fun! More info to come soon about this unique, educational culinary experience.

May 15, 2017 – Perfect Pairings with Matt Henry  register

Planning a get-together with friends or a large party is never easy when it comes to choosing what wines to serve with your appetizers. Wine is the second most important element at such events and Matt Henry will be here to lead an instructional demonstration and tasting which will introduce some fail-proof wines that always pair well with a stellar assortment of appetizers.
Take home some new recipes that are sure to impress at your next gathering and go home feeling confident about the wines you choose to accompany them! Don’t miss this exciting new class with Chef Henry.


May 22, 2017 – Patio Daddy-O! Grill Master Meat and Brew Pairing with Matt Shy  register

The summer months are just ahead and grill master Matt Shy is offering this unique class on the patio at higher Ed! Learn about proper cuts of meat for the grill with marinades and sauces that can be used to enhance poultry, beef, pork and seafood. We will have a beer expert from Blue Ridge Beverage on hand to discuss and provide samples of beer and ale that would be a perfect pairings for each of Matt’s recipes.. A great way to end our spring classes with a fabulous meal on the patio!

June 19 – June 22, 9AM -12:30PM – Summer Sizzlin’ in the Kitchen Teen Camp register

TAKE A CULINARY TRIP AROUND THE WORLD! Enjoy four days of chillin’ and cookin’ in the teaching kitchen with local chefs and culinary experts. This year’s camp will feature Culinary cultures from Around the World. Teens will enjoy learning about food from France, Asia, Mexico and Italy. Teens,ages 12-17 will learn basic kitchen and knife skills. Using math skills to work on recipes and artistic flair to create their own new recipes during Jr. Iron Chef games…teens will develop new friendships and team building skills. This class is for every cooking level..from beginner to those who have cooked at home or with friends. On the final day, the class will prepare a buffet lunch for parents to show off the skills that have been developed during the week.

Detailed flyer available.
Camp Hours: 9 am -12:30 pm Mon, Tues, Wed 9 am-1:30 pm Thurs

June 26-June 29, 9AM-12PM – Kids in the Kitchen Summer Cooking Camp register

By popular demand, we are offering a new Kid’s in The Kitchen Cooking Camp this year for ages 8-12. Modeled after our popular Sizzlin’ in The Kitchen Summer Teen Camp, this camp will be geared to younger children, but with the same format of having a different chef teach an exciting subject each day. From baking to breakfast to fixing lunch, snacks and in between, the kids will learn about simple knife skills, kitchen safety, proper ways to read recipes, measuring, and basic skills. On the last day of camp, parents are invited to lunch! Join us for this fun and educational four days in the kitchen! Meet new friends, get creative and learn focus skills when working with a team! Reserve your spot now!

detailed flyer available April 1, 2017

Dates and times: M-Tu-W- 9:00 to Noon Thursday 9-12:30 with parent lunch.

July 17 9AM- 12PM – Kid’s Cake Decorating Class with Nancy Goolsby register

Do you have a child who loves to watch the kids’ baking shows on TV? Get them out of the house and let them learn to decorate themselves at a fun summer class at Higher Ed! 

During this three hour class taught by Nancy Goolsby of Nancy’s Fancies, kids ages 9-13 will learn basic cake decorating techniques from crumb-coating to icing and piping. The class will learn some basic cake terminology and learn how to color icing and fill a piping bag properly. Students will also have fun baking and decorating their own cupcakes and take home their own decorated 6 inch cake.


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