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.

September 19 – Tailgating with Susie Buckner – register

Today, tailgating has become a huge industry with fans trying to outdo each other with their fancy cooking, specialty machines and decorations. Join Susie Buckner as she shares some of her favorite portable tailgating recipes that will wow your family and friends. The class will prepare dishes together and learn about many options to make your tailgating or picnicking experience perfect. Susie will share information on what to pack, how to plan a menu, safety for storing and transporting foods cold and hot foods, easy clean-up and more!
Get your game face on and join us in the teaching kitchen before the football season begins! Go Team Susie!

September 26 – Big Green Egg Cookery: Healthy and Versatile with Becky Nelms – register

“The Big Green Egg stands alone as the highest quality and most versatile outdoor cooking product available today.” Grill, bake , barbeque, roast, smoke and even make pizza as you learn all about this perfect cooking system. Join Becky Nelms of Alfresco Lifestyles for a night of cooking on The Big Green Egg. The class will prepare and cook together some of her outstanding dishes and enjoy taking home some fabulous recipes. Come and experience first -hand the amazing tastes and rewarding health benefits reaped from this phenomenal year-round cooker.


October 3 – Vietnamese Street Food with Sheridan Nice – register

The Vietnamese culinary traditions revolve around using the freshest ingredients available. Unlike Chinese and Japanese foods that use many fermented products, Vietnamese pull freshness and flavor to the foreground. Food stalls are everywhere in Saigon and you can never go wrong at any of them. In fact, Vietnam has become a foodie’s paradise of late. Sheridan will touch on several of the traditional and popular street foods during this class, including the Banh Mi which is a personal baguette stuffed with all kinds of delicious fillings. The class will join in preparing a beautiful Vietnamese soup as well as learning about traditional noodle dishes and other typical foods from the area.

October 10 – Classic Indian with Vik Vatrana – register

Chef Vik will be back in the kitchen with new dishes to share.  The Class will learn about the unique flavors of India and focus on the aromatic spices are used.  Food plays an important part in Indian culture and the celebrations and special events center around preparing and enjoying a feast.  Chef Vik will take you a culinary tour of the world of Indian cuisine as you prepare and sample some of the favorite dishes from his well-known restaurant, Sahib.

October 17 – Cucina Rustica: Italy Revisited with Susan Lachmann – register

Bring on the marscapone and stir up the ricotta! This is a lively, interactive and taste-tester approved culinary class designed to enliven and entertain with good-for-you-foods and stories. Cucina Rustica brings a palate full of fantastic fall colors and flavors. Enjoy this make and taste class menu including Eggplant Rollatini, Lemon Basil Risotto and Hazelnut Fruit Tart…..all from start to finish! Mangia!

October 24 – Classic German Cuisine with The Tavern – register

November 7 – Indoor Grilling with Matt Shy – register

November 14 – Colors and Flavors of the Feast with Matt Henry – register

November 28 – Healthy and Hearty Main Dish Soups with Shaun Crookshank – 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!

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