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!

FALL 2016 COOKING CLASSES-All Classes 6-9pm/$35 unless otherwise noted.

November 29 – Healthy and Hearty Vegetarian Soups with Danielle Bussone – register

December 5 – Festive Sculpted Holiday Breads with Kelli Mehl – register

December 10 – Teens Cook! Holiday Party Food and Gifts with Matt Shy – 9AM-12:30PM Maximum 20 – register

December 12 – Holiday Sweet Spots with Masterbaker, Francine Ivery  register

Join Francine Ivery, Master Baker for an evening of of baking just before the holidays hit. Nothing can put you in the holiday mood as quickly as making special sweets to share with friends and family! Prepare beautiful and mouth-watering cookie and bar recipes from Francine’s favorites as you learn new baking tips and techniques. Take home a plate of what you make! Bring a copy of your favorite cookie recipe to class to share. We will copy these and give everyone 16 new recipes at the end of class!

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

January 21, 2017 – the Best of Brunch with Matt Henry register

Winter is a wonderful time to set up a brunch for friends or family. Matt Henry will bring his creative talent to the kitchen as he shows how to plan a brunch for any sized group. The class will work together to prepare many of his most favorite and comforting brunch foods….from smoothies to creative egg dishes and casseroles to warm brandied fruit and sweet baked goodies, Enjoy the warmth of the teaching kitchen on a Saturday morning as you prepare and enjoy a delicious brunch with Chef Matt!

January 21, 2017 – Chili Warm-Up Saturday with Matt Shy register

During this hands-on class, Matt Shy of Mellow Mushroom will share his extreme passion for cooking along with his chili madness! With the cold weather of January at hand, you can warm up your kitchen and your family with some great new chili recipes! Matt will keep you warm with his ultimate spicy chili, an amazing white chili and a unique and delicious grilled veggie chili. Spice up your Saturday and join us in the warmth of the teaching kitchen!

January 30, 2017 – Super Bowl Entertaining with Pzazz~Chef John Seymore, Mojo’s Trailside Cafe register

Are you tired of serving the same unhealthy Super Bowl snacks out of a bag or pizza box? Chef John Seymore, owner of Mojo’s Trailside Café will demonstrate how simple it is to create unique, delicious appetizers and snacks that will make your guests cheer! With Chef John’s Super Bowl class, there is sure to be a touchdown and your party will always be the winner!


February 11, 2016 – 4th Annual Great Winter Soup Cook-Off with the Soup Nazi! register


February 25, 2017 – Cajun Magic in the Kitchen: Celebrating Mardi Gras with Ellen Delatte register

Native Louisiana cook, Ellen Delatte will be back in the teaching kitchen to amaze you with her Cajun magic. Join in making some of her special family recipes for an extraordinary Mardi Gras lunch! Learn about all of the spices and ingredients that make Cajun cuisine so unique. As a grand finale, the class will bake a traditional Mardi Gras King Cake! Ellen will delight students with tales of growing up in Louisiana, touching on culture, traditions and of course, great recipe just in time for 2017 Mardi Gras! She always manages to surprise her class with festive decorations or comes to class sporting green and purple hair! “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” ….which means let the good times roll!



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