Culinary Program


Are you Hungry to Learn something new this Fall? We invite you to check out our adult and youth culinary classes for Fall 2015! We have a great line-up of classes scheduled on Monday nights as well as Saturday mornings. Our book club cooking class is scheduled for Thursday, October 1st. These hands-on classes will provide delicious new recipes and secret tips from some of our area’s most outstanding chefs and culinary experts who will work with you to hone your skills and show you new techniques. Tie up your apron strings and join us in the teaching kitchen this fall! We know you will find the perfect classes to suit your tastes!

Want to have a unique private party in the teaching kitchen? You can now rent the space and we can help you arrange a cooking class to suit your taste. What a unique way to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary or bridesmaid luncheon by cooking and enjoying the food together! Clubs and groups may like to consider sharing the time spent cooking together. And what better way for your company to have a team building experience! Check with us for more details.

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 a Higher Education Center 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 and mailed directly to you or the recipient. 276 619-4300

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Basic Cake Decorating 101
Monday, September 28, 2015
Francine Ivery, Baker/Caterer

Experience how easy cake decorating can be as Francine Ivery shares her expertise in the kitchen!  Learn proper techniques for icing layer cakes and next, move on to easy cake decorating techniques and use of a pastry bag and tips.  This class is for both learners and seasoned bakers and students will take home their cakes to show off! 

Cooking From the Book #3
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Sheridan Nice, Mona Lisa’s

More Home Cooking: A Writer’s Return to the Kitchen. is a five star expression of Laurie Colwin’s lifelong passion for cuisine. In this delightful mix of recipes, advice, and anecdotes, she writes about often-overlooked food items such as beets, pears, black beans, and chutney. With down-to-earth charm and wit, Colwin also discusses the many pleasures and problems of cooking at home in essays including “Desserts That Quiver,” “Turkey Angst,” and “Catering on One Dollar a Head.” As informative as it is entertaining, More Home Cooking is a delicious treat for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. ” One reviewer has called this book, ” Literary Comfort Food. Highly Nutritious for the Soul”. Add this to your summer reading list and then join Sheridan in the kitchen for a lively book discussion and cooking class using her favorite picks!

Uncorking Charlottesville Excursion 2015
October 6, 7, 2015
Hostess Katherine Rose

Come and uncork Charlottesvlle with us on our annual two day trip along the Monticello Wine Trail with hostess, Katherine Rose of Katbird’s Wine and Gourmet. Traveling by luxury motor coach, Katherine will present a detailed program on the art of tasting wine, as well as fill us in on the history of the vineyards we are visiting.  Enjoy educational tours and tastings at 3 outstanding vineyards and a popular Cidery. Private lunches at Trump Vineyards and Barboursville’s Palladio Restaurant as well as an appetizer and wine pairing at the popular Travinia will be featured activities.  Accommodations at the lovely Hyatt Place at Stonefield will include a full gourmet breakfast, free wifi, fitness center and more.  Enjoy an evening of leisure for dinner and/or shopping at the world-famous Stonefields.

Wine Brochure

Payment and Cancellation Polices for Charlottesville trip: 

Payment due in full at registration. 
Assumption of risk forms must be signed and returned with registration. 

Registration deadline: September 25, 2015 
No refunds after September 1, 2015. If you have to cancel after this date, you may find a substitute to take your reservation. If we have a waiting list and we can fill your spot from this, we will be glad to help. If no substitute can be found, you will be responsible for reservation after this date. 

Advanced Knife Skills and Food Flair!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Jennifer Raichlin, Healing Meals

In this hands-on advanced knife skills class instructed by Raw Culinary Associate Chef, Jennifer Raichlin, review the skills learned in our Knife Skills 101 class and take it to the next level learning the basics of culinary art garnishes.  Since the eyes open the invitation to the need for flavor satiety we often “eat with our eyes” first.  In this class we will explore, learn and practice the art of making food look good, including onion flowers, radish mushrooms, and tomato roses.  We will also explore the use of a few handy and valuable kitchen gadgets.  Though completing our Knife Skills 101 class first is recommended it is not essential if you have a comfortable grasp on your kitchen knife skills.  A paring knife and a small 5’ or 6” serrated knife is suggested for this class.

Making Soup with The Tavern
Monday, October 12, 2015
Joe Fugo, The Tavern

Soup season is upon us once again and this year we are pleased to have Joe Fugo, from The Tavern in the teaching kitchen!  Joe created the Great Winter Soup Cook Off Number 1 soup last year.  The class will join together in making his award-winning Asparagus Bisque with Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream and Orange Balsamic reduction as well as more of his soul warming favorites.  Joe will talk about how to prepare stocks as well as share some great tips on using fresh spices, herbs and other flavorings that will make your soups the talk of town.  Soup’s on in the Teaching Kitchen…join us to learn how to keep your family and friends happy and healthy this winter!

Preparing An Ethiopian Meal
Monday, October 26, 2015
Danielle Bussone, Veggin’ Out and About!

Ethiopian food is among the healthiest on the planet. It is comprised of fresh vegetables, legumes and healthy spices in wonderfully flavorful stews. Ethiopians have a natural vegetarian component to their diet. Ethiopian Cuisine is very flavorful and delicious. Some of the dishes are quite spicy and others are mild. The level of heat can be adjusted to suit individual preferences. We will be preparing a traditional spicy dish called Misser Wat, which is comprised of red lentils and onions cooked with an Ethiopian spice blend, Berbere. We will also prepare Fasolia, a green bean and carrot dish, Aterkik Alecha, a mild stew of yellow split-peas, as well as Key Sir, a warm or cold dish of potatoes and beets. Additionally we will  prepare a tomato-based stew of cabbage and carrots (Atikilt Wat) and a lemony salad of tomatoes and lettuce called Timatim Selata, which also serves as a palate cleanser between bites of the savory stews. I will also be teaching you how to make the Injera flatbread from my own foolproof recipe.

Chili Madness
Monday, November 9, 2015
Melissa Gleason, Me & K’s

She’s back! Just in time to get you ready for cold weather by heating the kitchen up a few notches with her chili madness. Join Melissa Gleason in making some of her favorite meaty chilies as well as an amazing new vegetarian recipe that will satisfy any palate. Learn how to choose the correct spices and the perfect types of peppers to bring on just the right amount of heat! “Fresh and Healthy” is her motto and you will see first hand how this can lead to the perfect chili!

Thanksgiving Feast with the Harvest Table
Monday, November 16, 2015
Phillip Newton, The Harvest Table

Philip Newton has been the Executive Chef for the Harvest Table Restaurant since the doors opened nearly eight years ago. His decision to cook only with local, in-season foods can be a challenge, but it has also inspired him to be extremely creative. During Thanksgiving, the land provides a bountiful harvest! Philip will prepare seasonal, healthy side dishes that are perfect for Thanksgiving and holiday feasts. His creative recipes will incorporate unique local ingredients for flavorful twists to the traditional Thanksgiving fare!

Holiday Festive Fare with Flair
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sheridan Nice, Mona Lisa’s

Sheridan will be back to get you going with ideas for the holidays. The class will join in creating an array of appetizers and finger desserts that will be perfect of entertaining friends and family. Her recipes will be simple, healthy and please both the palate and the eye. They are sure to be the talk of any holiday gathering. Sheridan will share entertaining tips as well as suggestions about how to garnish and create beautiful, festive plates. Sign up early! Last year’s class was a huge hit!

Gifts from the Kitchen with Kids
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Kelli Mehl, Mehl’s Bakery

Kelli is back for another Gifts from the Kitchen Class and this time it is for kids 9-14.  What better way than to let your children get creative than by spending a morning with Kelli to make some really unique and delicious holiday gourmet gifts! Kelli will work with the class to make beautiful cookie trees, homemade fudge and a special gift surprise!  Children will complete three projects to bring home, while mom and dad enjoy a free morning to shop and get ready for Christmas!