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.

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!

January 20, 9AM-12PM – The Perfect Brunch Class with Matt Henry register

It is time for Winter Warm Up Weekend! We are offering three classes on Saturday, January 20th. The Day will start at 9 am with Matt Henry from 128 Pecan teaching us all about how to cook up a perfect Winter time Brunch, complete with his special beverages. Matt will share some of his favorite brunch recipes as the class works together to create a special end of class brunch. Step into the warmth of the teaching kitchen for this special Warm Up Class!

January 20, 1:30PM-4:30PM – Stews from Around the World with Sheridan Nice register

The second class during our Winter Warm Up Weekend will take you a trip around the world with Sheridan Nice. What a perfect time to prepare some healthy, delicious stews when old man winter is knocking at our doors! Sheridan always has incredible stews to share at Mona Lisa’s, her popular restaurant, and now you will be able to add some of these fantastic new recipes to your own collection. The class will prepare together some of the most famous stews from different countries and enjoy learning about Sheridan’s famous slow-rise bread!

January 20, 6PM-9PM – Chili Madness Supper with Me and K’s register

We are thrilled to have Melissa Gleason from Me and K’s back in the teaching kitchen for another of the best chili classes ever!  Celebrate Winter at this special event from Winter Warm Up Weekend which will be a Chili Madness Supper!  A perfect time to step into the warmth of the teaching kitchen with a date or friend for a Saturday night special cooking class and dinner.  Melissa will be here along with all her energy and fun to educate the class on how to prepare perfect chilis that will wow your friends and family all winter long!   After preparing three of her chili favorites, the class will enjoy a buffet supper and beer pairing along with a special dessert.

 January 22, 6PM-9PM – Super Bowl Showdown in the Kitchen with Susie Buckner register

The Super Bowl Weekend is fast approaching. Now is the time to plan an extra special menu….ditch the fast food and the pizza and let Susie Buckner show you how to entertain friends and family in creative, healthy and delicious ways! Put up that bag of chips and store- bought dip and offer your crowd something new this year! Susie will bring her entertaining flair to the teaching kitchen with creative ideas and “rave review” recipes. Don’t miss sampling her Superbowl punch…perfect for any sized crowd.

January 27, 9AM-12PM – Youth Cake Decorating 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 spend a fun and educational morning in the kitchen with Chef Nancy Goolsby of Nancy’s Fancy’s!

During this three hour class, kids ages 9-14 will learn basic cake decorating techniques as well as learn how to pipe properly. The class will have fun decorating their own cupcakes as they experiment with different tips and techniques. Each student will take home their own creatively decorated cookie cake.



Youth Holiday Cake Decorating Class ages 9-14. TBA


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