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Winter Special Classes Scheduled in the Teaching Kitchen!

The New Year has come and old man winter has begun his yearly visit. What better time to tie up your apron strings and learn some new tips and recipes that will help you make your culinary life more healthy and creative this winter!

"Cooking Along the Crooked Road" classes offer children, teens and adults a 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 wide 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! During spring 2015, we will be adding 12 new and exciting classes to choose from on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Pull Out your Ladle and Join us for the 2nd Great Winter Soup Cookoff!

It is time once again for the Great Winter Soup Cook Off on February 7, 2015! Come out of the cold and support our educational programs here at HEC while sampling some soups from the best chefs and cooks in our area! Door prizes, mini cooking classes and a gourmet cafe await! Please visit for more information, to register to compete or to purchase admission tickets.

Gift Certificates: What better way to surprise that hard-to-buy-for chef in the family or that friend who loves to cook...than with an HEC culinary class gift certificate. Our culinary classes are both fun and educational and promise to leave you hungry for learning more! Certificates can be purchased by phone or click the link right here on our website to purchase online.

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.


Cooking from the Book II: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with her Captain
February 14, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chef Catherine Elliot

Have you ever been caught up with descriptions of recipes and foods in a novel and wished you could slip into the book and have a taste? Now you can join in lively book discussions while participating in a hands-on cooking classes. Chef Catherine will choose one book each season and select her favorite recipes to cook and enjoy together.

“ An odyssey worthy of Homer” NPR

SEAsoned has it all: brilliant writing, wonderful humor, travel, adventure, and humanity, along with 30 mouthwatering recipes. From start to finish, this five star book will have you immersed in the hilarious and fascinating life of a newlywed chef sailing the high seas with her husband, the captain…. all the while tantalizing our tastebuds along the way with her delicious recipes! A perfect book to read with spouse, friend or significant other for a lively discussion and incredible lunchtime cooking class on Valentine’s Day!

Spring classes coming soon!

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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