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. Class prices vary. Most classes are currently 35.00. Classes that pair wine or beer with the menu will have higher fees.

July 31 6PM- 9PM – The Ultimate Chicken Grill with Matt Shy register

Join Grillmaster, Matt Shy for another evening around the grill as he introduces special ways to grill chickens from whole bird to wings and thighs. Learn how to make homemade chicken stock for super soups, chick-kabobs, and more! In addition, do some special devilied eggs and sides to accompany the chicken. Matt will also introduce a very special white Sangria to make your chicken grilling the best! You will be clucking all the way home with lots of new recipes and techniques! Register in a hurry. Spaces in Matt’s classes fill up very fast.


August 21 6PM- 9PM – Thats One Saucy Tomato with Matt Shy register

The beautiful versatile tomato is at its peak during late summer months and Matt Shy from Mellow Mushroom will introduce you to all of the many ways to highlight those fresh bursts of flavor before chilly weather sets in. From spicy gazpacho and a favorite hot soup to delicious appetizers, salads and a special pasta dish, students will not only collect fabulous recipes, but will take away lots of tips on using those fresh garden tomatoes. The class will learn how to peel and roast tomatoes in large batches for making salsas and sauces which can be canned later.


September 18 6PM- 9PM – Thai Cooking with Sheridan Nice register

Experience the exotic culinary world of Thailand as you prepare some of Sheridan Nice’s favorite Thai dishes. She uses her own extensive culinary background to create traditional Thai recipes with her own twist. Thai cuisine marries many sublime flavors, including fragrant lemongrass, tangy cilantro, hot chilies and basil. Explore the unique ingredients, simple techniques and ocassional fiery recipes of one of the most distinctive cuisines of Southeast Asia.


September 25 6PM- 9PM -Nordic Cookery with the Tavern register

Join The Tavern and Steve and Morgan Gilbert for a unique culinary experience. Nordic cuisine is being revitalized and according to Food And Wine Magazine , there istrong interest in this trend-setting Scandanavian cookery. Well known for using local and seasonal, Nordic cuisine is also about creating dishes from what you have available and sharing it at the table. The Nordic diet seems to be emerging to stand on its own by offering many new cutting edge culinary adventures. With its blend of fish, root vegetables, grainy bread, nuts and wild game, it is as tasty as it is exciting. During this class, you will experience new ideas and food and drink!


October 2 6PM- 9PM – The Tuscan Kitchen with Susie Buckner register

Chef Susie always has the most creative ideas when it comes to entertaining and making your table beautiful. During this class, she will bring her Tuscan flavors to the teaching kitchen as the class works together to create some of her favorite recipes from this well-known region of Italy. Tuscans are masters of the aromatics, using fresh herbs, cheeses, olive oils, meats and vegetables to create superb dishes in every season.
The class will learn to make their own pasta to create a perfect fall meal, complete with appetizers and dessert. An Italian wine will be paired with the dinner.
Buon appetito!!


October 9 6PM- 9PM – As American as Apple Pie: A Columbus Day Celebration with Francine Ivery register

What do you think of when the air starts turning crisp? Apples are truly American based and we have come up with so many ways to use this lovely fruit. Master baker, Francine Ivery will be share some of her favorite way to bake with apples. From her delicious homemade sour cream apple pies and fresh apple bread to apple dumplings and more, the class will enjoy preparing the dishes and collecting some wonderful new recipes just in time for the holidays. Remember, An Apple A Day…..


October 16 6PM- 9PM – Another Taste of Morocco with Matt Henry register

He’s back for another spicy class with new and delicious Moroccan dishes. If you missed last spring’s class, hurry and grab a spot to learn all about this healthy and exotic cooking style. Moroccan dishes are important in the culinary world due to the melting pot of influences that create this mysterious blend of tastes. Matt Henry from 128 Pecan has developed a keen interest in the Moroccan culinary world and what makes it so unique and special


October 23 6PM- 9PM – The Flavors of Sicily with Susan Lachmann register

Sicilian cooking begins with the sea. Fresh, wholesome and flavorful are some of the adjectives used to describe a typical Sicilian meal. The Sicilian cuisine has a long tradition for being full of flavors which were brought by the many different groups that once traveled through this beautiful island: Spanish, Arabs, Africans, etc. Today we can enjoy many dishes that have hints of those cultures but that have been preserved. You don’t need to fly to Sicily to enjoy a meal, you can prepare these at home with simple ingredients. Susan Lachmann will take you from start to finish through a typical Sicilian meal which centers around her favorite seafood recipe and ends with a most wonderful homemade ice cream. Don’t miss this energy filled cooking class!


October 26 & 27 – What’s Cooking, Carolina? A Fall Food and Wine Excursion to Greenville, SC. register

It is often said, “If food is the body of good living, wine is the soul”.  On this 2 day food and wine excursion to beautiful Greenville, SC , you will be able to experience both.  Our group will travel by luxury coach to Greenville for an overnight stay at the lovely downtown Hyatt Regency.  Located in the heart of trendy Main Street the Hyatt offers a perfect location from which to explore, shop and dine.

You will enjoy a unique two day culinary experience with stops at outstanding wine and food venues in the Carolinas, hosted by Katbird’s, Katherine Rose and Cooking Along the Road’s,  Jennifer Ferreira

Trip highlights include stops at:

  1. Two award -winning vineyards and a brand new cidery
  2. Lunch at St. Paul Mountain Vineyard
  3. A visit to North Carolina’s most talked about cheese farm;
  4. 2 hour walking tour with table talks at 5 of Greenville’s outstanding eateries with “Anything Culinary” owner, Elizabeth Brown
  5. Private cooking class and brunch buffet with chefs at the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas.
  6. Spice workshop
  7. Overnight at beautiful downtown Regency Hyatt
  8. Wine tasting instructional with Katherine Rose
  9. Muffins, juice and coffee each morning
  10. Great tastes and great times!

For trip information or registration information:  contact 276 619-4300.  you may register at Higher Education Center directly if you wish to save the Eventbrite fee.

Price:  475.00 per person double occupancy ( single rooms available at additional cost)


October 28 10AM- 12PM – Halloween Monster Cookies and Edible Critters: Things That Go Bump in the Night (ages 6-10) register

It’s time for things that go bump in the night with Halloween just around the corner. Kids, ages 6-10, can gather in the teaching kitchen with childhood educator, Susan Lachmann for a fun and creative morning! She will lead the class as they create some cool edible critters including a swampy punch! The class will also bake and ice halloween monster cookies! Parents: enjoy a morning out while Susan keeps your children entertained by unleashing their creative energy!

October 28 1:30PM- 4:30PM – Edible Art and Fun with Food! (ages 11-15) register

It is time to bring out the artistic and creative side and enjoy an afternoon creating some cool food art with educator, Susan Lachmann! This class is designed for ages 12-15 and will introduce new skills and push the creative button by letting students design some cool critters, food pictures, spooky food folks and more. Students will learn about healthy choices and fun ways to make that broccoli take on a new form! Susan’s version of Junior Iron Chef will push the groups into a lively competition at the end of class! A great way to have an educational and artistic afternoon!


November 6 6PM- 9PM – Traditional Indian Cuisine with Anna Hawkins of register chef, Anna Hawkins and her sous-chef/husband Drew bring the incredible, complex, delicious flavors of Indian cooking to the teaching kitchen of the Higher Ed Center. Anna will walk you through the steps of making several signature Indian dishes with highlights including homemade paneer cheese and naan bread made from scratch. You will learn about the various spices used in Indian cooking and how applying heat at different phases of the cooking process brings out varying flavors. Best of all, each of the dishes we cook in this class can be replicated in your home kitchen with ingredients from our local grocery stores. We welcome Chef Anna to the teaching kitchen!


November 13 6PM- 9PM – Versatile Puff Pastry: Savory and Sweet with Donna Barrow McIntyre register

Are you afraid of working with puff pastry and always dismissed it as being something out of your cooking realm? Well, no more fears. Join Donna McIntyre, owner of the WildFlour Bakery to learn her secrets of working with puff pastry to make, croissants, filled puffs, and other delicious savory and sweet creations. With our winter holidays fast approaching you can wow your family and guests with beautiful party plates or perfact gifts! Donna will share some special recipes for delicious fillings.


November 27 6PM- 9PM – A Taste of Heartwood: Soups with Flavor and Flair register

Heartwood’s Chef Charles is all about soups. We know this for a fact because he has been a winner at the annual Great Winter Soup Cook-Off! Join him in the teaching kitchen for an evening of soup making just in time for chilly weather. Learn the basics from the ground up, including how to make a healthy and delicious broth. Chef Charles will share some of his favorite recipes that will be perfect for winter soup-making in your own kitchen.


December 4 6PM- 9PM – Macaroons and Meringue: Mystery Solved with Susan Mole register

Macaroons are extremely popular and there is considerable debate about the best way to make them. This class will address this debate and discuss the best ways to avoid common macaron calamities such as: no feet, lumpy consistency, dry, cracked, hollow or bottomless. Students will eat their way around the world with meringue desserts: Australian Pavlova, French Roulade and English Eton Mess as well as learn how to make meringue mushrooms, an absolutely must have for Buche de Noel. Join us for the sweetest class of the year!


December 9 9AM- 12:30PM – Teens Cook! Holiday Party Foods and Gifts from the Kitchen with Matt Shy register

Schools Out! Teen Chefs report to the kitchen and start sizzlin’! Matt Shy of Mellow Mushroom will lead a mini- teen camp! Holiday foods for you to prepare for parties and family! Plus some cool “foodie” gifts from the kitchen that you can make to impress! Take home a gift or two to use for presents.


December 11 6PM- 9PM – Let’s Get Jolly: Holiday Appetizer and Wine Pairing with Matt Henry register

Ho ho ho! Matt Henry from 128 is back in the kitchen for another wine pairing and Justin time for the holidays. Do you have trouble finding the perfect wine to serve with appetizers, at holiday parties, or with a special Christmas meal? Chef Matt will introduce you to some of his most favorite wines that can be paired beautifully with the selection of appetizers that you will be creating. Holiday time is hectic and Matt has a real knack for coming up with simple, beautiful and flavorful appetizers that won’t take you days to create. Whether you are having a few neighbors over for a cup of holiday cheer or having an office party for 50… you will go home with some incredible recipes and a list of fantastic wines!


Youth Holiday Cake Decorating Class ages 9-14. TBA


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