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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A Day of Canning with the Slaughters

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Kristi and Kevin Slaughter

Because of the many requests, the Slaughters have agreed to do a day of canning this summer!

What do you do with all those delicious vegetables from your garden and the farmer’s market? Join Kristi Slaughter, the Gluten Free Guru and her husband, Kevin for a day in the kitchen featuring summer canning techniques.  Take one taste of their secret family recipe for homemade sauce and you will never want to purchase tomato sauce again!  You will also learn the techniques of home canning as well as learn the art of canning the perfect green beans and putting a kick into zesty salsa.  Those who are new to canning preservation, as well as seasoned veterans, will learn somethiing new with a gluten free approach to home canning.  Particpants will take home a jar of each of the recipes featured and will be served a light lunch featuring the items prepared in class.

Cooking From the Book #3
October 1, 2015
6-9 pm
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.  Accomodations 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.

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