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  Cooking Along the Crooked Road

  Cooking Classes

Fall And Winter Classes in the Teaching Kitchen!

What better time than fall to tie up your apron strings and start getting creative in the kitchen! The season is changing and with it comes new recipes and holiday dishes. Join us to learn new skills and techniques and add wonderful new recipes to your collection. .

“Cooking Along the Crooked Road” classes offer children, teens, and adults a hands-on, creative experience that can transform mere nourishment into a culinary adventure. Students of all ages acquire valuable life-long skills, taught by local chefs and other accomplished, imaginative cooks. From Classic German to Holiday Pie Making; Youth Party Planning to Soups of the Season; and Gluten free baking to healthy cooking styles, there is something for everyone in the warmth of the teaching kitchen! We are offering over 12 new classes to choose from on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Don’t forget that gift certificates for “Cooking Along the Crooked Road” could be the perfect his-and-hers gift for a wedding or anniversary! Of course, a gift certificate may also be a fun and educational Christmas , birthday, wedding or shower gift. Single-class certificates can be purchased by phone…or click the link right here on our website!

Did you know that our culinary kitchen is available to rent for special events? Groups up to 20 can create their own special hands-on cooking class and meal. Want to have a unique party for that upcoming shower or birthday? What about a girl or guy’s night out? A bridesmaids’ luncheon or special anniversary? We can help plan this and steer you to the perfect culinary teacher. For more information on room rental rates, contact conference services. Non-profit rates available.


Uncorking Charlottesville Tour

Travel in comfort and style by luxury coach line as you sample some of Virginia’s finest wines along the Monticello Wine Trail. We are proud to present our special fall winery excursion to the beautiful Albemarle County countryside with an overnight stay in downtown Charlottesville. Our hostess, Katherine Rose, owner of Katbird’s Wine and Gourmet will educate us along the way as she presents a power point program on the art of tasting wine. She will focus on the three vineyards we are visiting, their history and the wines they feature.

Enjoy educational tours at the vineyards as the wine makers share their pride in Virginia’s wine-making heritage and treat you to a variety of their most outstanding wines. As a very special treat, one of our lunches will be at Barboursville’s renowned Palladio restaurant. In addition the winery stops, you will enjoy a special late afternoon foodie walking tour to 5 unique eateries in downtown Charlottesville. Afterwards, spend a delightful evening of leisure on the downtown mall while lodging at the beautiful Omni Hotel.

Come and uncork Charlottesville with us October 1 and 2, 2014. We promise you two wonderful days full of good tastes and good times!

Price: $425.00 per person double occupancy (single occupancy available at extra cost $90) Deadline for registration: September 10, 2014. Payment in full due at registration. All fees are non refundable after September 1, 2014.

October 1
6:30 am departure for Charlottesville via Luxury Motor Coach ( muffins and coffee, tea)
11:00 am King Family Vineyard tour/tasting with box lunches on the patio
2:30 pm Charlottesville, Omni Hotel
3:30 pm Taste of Virginia private Foodie Tour, historic Charlottesville
Evening at Leisure on downtown mall
Optional trip to The Shops at Stonefield (home of Trader Joe’s)
October 2
10:00 am Barboursville Winery tour/tasting
11:30 am: Private lunch at Palladio Restaurant
3:00 pm: Veritas Vineyard, tasting
Depart for Abingdon, Virginia


Fall Classes

Let's Chop: Knife Skills 101 | September 8, 6 - 9 pm | $35.00

The Art of Jam and Jelly Making
| Septemeber 15, 6 - 9 pm | $35.00

Cooking Fresh with Rivermyst Farm | September 22 , 6-9 pm | $35.00

Beginning Beer and Wine Making | September 27, 9 am - 12 pm | $24.00

Cooking From the Book | October 6, 6-9 pm | $35.00

Let the Kids Do it: Youth Party Planning Class | October 11, 10 am - 12:30 pm | $24.00

The Jewels of Fall: Amazing Vegetables | October 13, 6-9pm | $35.00

Classic German | October 20, 6-9 pm | $35.00

Soup Season Begins! | October 27, 6-9 pm | $35.00

Cooking Raw: Beginnings and Endings | November 3, 6-9 pm | $35.00

Gluten Free Holiday Baking | November 8, 9 am - 12 pm | $35.00

Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Pies for the Holidays | November 17, 6 - 9 pm | $35.00

Holiday Bazaar: Gifts from the Kitchen | December 1, 6 - 9 pm | $35.00

Festive and Healthy Holiday Appetizers
| December 8, 6 - 9 pm | $35.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center reserves the right to cancel any class or make any other changes it deems necessary. Course fees will be refunded in full when the Higher Education Center cancels a course.

We also recognize that you may occasionally need to cancel your registration. You will receive a full refund for a Monday Class if you cancel your class by noon on Wednesday prior to the day of the class and a full refund for a Saturday Class if you cancel your class by noon on Monday prior to the day of class. It must be at least five days prior to the class. The chefs and cooks need to order their food and supplies several days ahead. If you fail to show up for a class, no refund will be made. You may allow someone to come in your place if you notify us by noon on the day of the class.

If you do need to cancel prior to the cancellation deadline, you may apply your payment to a future class. If you request a refund, you will be required to register as a vendor with the University of Virginia. This is a simple process that takes only a few minutes and may be done online by going to and choosing the Vendor Registration Form link.

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Comments about recent classes:

Summertime Grill and Chill: Both instructors and staff were great and very professional! Elizabeth

Cooking Along the Mediterranean Class: Wonderful class, great food and nice facilities! Thanks Laura

Cooking Along the Mediterranean Class: Amine was awesome and so enthusiastic. He answered any questions we had. I can’t wait to come back! Barbara

Low Country Boil class with Shawn Crookshank/Tim Arnold: This was a wonderful class. Please offer more opportunities like this. I enjoyed relaxing on the patio for a meal! Jeoff

The Julia Child Class was fabulous. Sheridan was so calm, prepared, efficient and made it all look so easy and taste so good! Judi

I cannot suggest one thing to make the Julia Child class more perfect. Hannah

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For additional information regarding Cooking Classes, contact the information desk.

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