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!

2018 COOKING CLASSES-Classes will be held on Mondays 6-9 pm and some Saturdays. Class prices will vary. Most classes are currently 35.00. Classes that pair wine or beer with the menu will have higher fees. Our January and February events are listed below. A complete listing of Spring Classes will be available by January 20, 2018. Registration for the Soup Cook Off on February 10, as well as tickets for cook off events are available on this site via Eventbrite link.


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.

It is time for the 5th annual Great Winter Soup Cook Off on February 10, 2018.

This popular  soul-warming community event benefits the educational programs at HEC.  Enjoy a day tasting soups provided by local chefs, caterers and food culinary experts. Free classes and demos will be offered plus a Cook Off Cafe that will provide delicious foods and beverages from local vendors.

We are excited about our newest addition to the cook off event:   Dueling Ladles, a live face-off between 6 area chefs will take place at  10 am prior to the cook off.  The chefs will have 1 hour to complete soups with designated secret ingredients.  Limited seating for this event.

Ticket price for Great Winter Soup Cook Off is $10 and  allows ten (10) tastings, personal embossed tasting spoon and admission to cafe and classes plus door prize registrations and Best in Show vote. Children under 5 are admitted free.  Extra Soup tasting tickets can be purchased during the event.

Special Soup Cook off and Dueling Ladle Ticket Package  $18  Allow admission to soup cook off and private seating for Dueling Ladles pre- cook off event.  Only 40 of these combination tickets will be available. Ticket holders will be able to taste the six chefs’ soups at end of the face-off.

Buy Your Dueling Ladles and Soup Cook-Off tickets here

If you would like to PARTICIPATE in the 2018 Soup Cook-Off register here

Soup Cook Off Rules


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