Culinary Classes

Experience culinary like you've never experienced it before. We've selected a variety of fun, culinary classes sure to challenge the chef in you. Register for one or more of these classes and bring a friend! All classes are held at UCA Downtown. Contact us for more information 501.450.3118 or outreach@uca.edu.

Cake Decorating for Kids

Due to its popularity last year, we decided to bring this class back as well. Kids will join Patti Stobaugh, owner of Patticakes Bakery, in decorating a 6" round cake for Mother's Day. Patti will share techniques such as how to use Russian tips to make cool flowers and also use edible plaques for kids to write a note to mom. This evening will be a special experience for kids and a sweet treat for mom!

Regular Fee: $20

Fri, May 11 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

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Cooking Conquests: Rubs, Marinades & Sauces

Sometimes, the difference between a good dish and a great dish is the sauce! Join Teresa as she teaches you how to make your own sauces, pickling spice rubs and marinades with only 2-3 ingredients. Make and take home smoky ancho chili marinade & rub, bacon onion jam, sriracha honey sauce and pickled veggies. You'll love learning all the new ways to liven up your dishes!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, May 19 -

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Demo-style class, samples included

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Teresa Conquest

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Chocolate Wonderland

Chefs will be in a chocolate wonderland for 3 hours! Cubs, ages 7-12, will get the opportunity to incorporate the use of chocolate in savory and sweet dishes. There is one prerequisite for this class. You must love chocolate!!!

Regular Fee: $35

Wed, July 11 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-on class, ages 7-12 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Cooking from the Heart – Toddler Edition

Food is love....food is ART. In this class, the little chefs will have the opportunity to explore their creative sides while preparing several varieties of edible art. They'll never look at food the same way when you allow them to cook from the heart. This class is intended for toddlers ages 3-6 to work alongside their favorite grownup. Allow your child's creative side to bud and develop as they also get to enjoy tasty treats!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 28 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 3-6 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cubs in the Kitchen – Culinary Camp

This three-day culinary camp for kids ages 8-12 years old is back by popular demand! Junior chefs will work in small groups to prepare a dish that will incorporate a surprise atypical food ingredient. Each day of the camp, chefs will explore a different cooking focus resulting in an exciting culinary experience. Day 1: Appetizers with a surprise ingredient Day 2: Entrée with a surprise ingredient Day 3: Desserts with a surprise ingredient This three-day "chopped junior" style camp will teach young chefs cooking skills that are sure to tap into their creative talents. In addition to being exposed to a "surprise' food ingredient each day, chefs will also take a closer look at the food items and how to incorporate them into meals at home. Note: The 2018 camp will be a repeat of the 2017 camp program & menus.

Regular Fee: $125

Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 26 - June 28

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-on camp, ages 8-12 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cucina Italiana

If you know anything about traditional Italian cooking, you know that a lot of time and thought go into each prepared dish. Then, after the meal is prepared, it's about enjoying the food and the time with family and friends. Certified sous chef Michelle Canulla will take you and a partner or friend through the Italian dining experience from beginning to end in this hands-on course. Trained in traditional Italian cooking by Mamma Canulla from the old country, Michelle will lead you through the process of making homemade pasta with a seasonal sauce. You will also prepare a fresh summer salad with a homemade Italian vinaigrette. Italian bread will be served as well. End the evening Italian-style as everyone will gather at the table to dine heartily, drink Italian wine and enjoy some quality time together. Register with a friend and join us! Age 21 and up. This is a hands-on-style class and participants will work in pairs.

Regular Fee: $90 per couple

Fri, June 1 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hands-on class -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Michelle Canulla

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Culinary Team Building Challenge

Get out of the office and into the kitchen with a unique and fun team-building opportunity through UCA Outreach! The secret ingredients to a highly effective team are cooperation, communication and creativity. UCA Outreach will work with your organization to customize a program and menu that accomplishes your team building goals. This culinary challenge allows organizations to take team building to a new level! The culinary exercises allow groups to explore their creative side by making delicious dishes, but most of all teams will (1) enhance communication, (2) increase creative thinking, (3) improve time management and productivity, (4) build teamwork and trust and (5) strengthen collaboration and planning skills. Re-energize your team today! Click the register button to fill out the Culinary Team Building Challenge Interest Form.

Regular Fee: To Be Determined

April 1 - August 31

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Call 501-450-5275 or email sealy@uca.edu for more details.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Dr. Shaneil Ealy

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Knife Skills with Chef Brandon

SURPRISE! Due to the feedback that we have received from our culinary patrons, we've decided to POP-UP with a new version of our Knife Skills class. Executive Chef Brandon Douglas will cover the fundamentals of slicing, dicing, mincing and peeling using Chef's knives, paring knives and peelers. Chef Brandon will also guide participants step-by-step through the process of fabricating a chicken. Lastly, so that all of the knife handiwork isn't in vein, participants will prepare a delicious dish from the previously cut vegetables and chicken. Build your culinary repertoire by learning these fundamental skills and add some pep to your food prep!

Regular Fee: $35

Wed, April 18 - April 18

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

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Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures: Summertime Favorites

Join Marvin as he shares his favorite summertime drinks, including purple rain lemonade and more. Also, no summer party is complete without ice cream! Marvin will show you how to easily make your own ice cream with flavors such as butter pecan and banana pudding. No ice cream maker is needed. He will demonstrate how he creates his infamous "Cake of Many Colors." You will leave inspired and ready to impress your guests at your next summer party!

Regular Fee: $35

Fri, July 20 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-style class, samples included

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