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.

Bistro Favorites: Midday Meals

If it's a Pam Trent class, then yes, the white cheddar dill soup will be featured once again. However, Pam has another Oak Street Bistro favorite that she wants to share: the Hot Crab Sandwich! Join Pam at lunchtime in this hands-on class as she takes you through the process of creating both of these wonderfully tasty dishes. This will fill up fast...register online today!

Regular Fee: $45

Tues, February 27 -

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hands-on class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Pam Trent

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Bistro Favorites with Pam Trent

This class was so popular that we had to bring it back! Oak Street Bistro founder and executive chef Pam Trent is back with another edition of her bistro favorites. Join Pam as she prepares menu favorites from the restaurant. The white cheddar dill soup will be the focus and Pam will also show you how to prepare homemade spinach dip and fresh pita chips.

Regular Fee: $45

Tues, March 27 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Pam Trent

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Cake Decorating Phase 1

Stop paying for custom cakes and learn to create beautiful cakes at home! You will learn the fundamentals of baking cakes and cake decorating in this fun, hands-on course. You will use a variety of tools to make six (6) different buttercream icing flowers, transfer images to a cake and more. A supply list will be provided. A Wilton certificate of completion will be awarded.

Regular Fee: $79

Mon, January 29 - February 19

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost of course includes Wilton course kit and book.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Cake Decorating Phase 2

You can make your cakes bloom with button flowers, pansies, rose centers, apple blossoms, primroses, and other flowers! In this class, you will learn new skills, including the principles of cake design, gum paste, and fondant 101. A supply list will be provided. A Wilton certificate of completion will be awarded.

Regular Fee: $79

Mon, February 26 - March 26

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exclude March 19. Cost of course includes Wilton course kit and book.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Cake Decorating Phase 3

You’re only a few skills away from creating magazine-worthy cakes in this advanced course! You will learn how to assemble a bow with ease, tint gum paste and fondant, and practice the principles of floral cake design. Supply list will be provided. A Wilton certificate of completion will be awarded.

Regular Fee: $79

Mon, April 2 - April 23

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost of course includes Wilton course kit and book.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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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

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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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Cooking Conquests: Tuscan Farmhouse

No houses to rent in Tuscany? Don't worry; let Teresa bring a taste of Tuscany to you! Teresa Conquest will show you how to make Tuscan-inspired dishes such as layered cheese torte, grilled spring vegetables with balsamic glaze, baked feta with roasted peppers and olives, and basil chicken salad tarts. You may not be able to take that dream Italian vacation, but by the end of this class, you'll be shouting "Delizioso!"

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 14 -

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: Bunny Hop Brunch II

In this class, cubs will create an easy Easter Brunch casserole and Spring Confetti bars that will impress all of their friends and family. Also, Tiffany will have a special Easter Brunch drink for cubs to make on their own. Hop on in for a good time!

Regular Fee: $40

Sat, March 10 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Cooking from the Heart

Food is love....food is ART. In this class, young chefs will 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 open to junior chefs between the ages of 7-12. Let your cubs come out of culinary hibernation to sharpen their culinary skills and develop their creativity!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, February 17 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 7-12

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

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

Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 26 - June 28

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-on camp, ages 8-12

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Michelle Canulla

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Date Night: Hot Havana Nights!

Through this class is in February, prepare yourselves for a hot night with Cuban flair! Upon arrival, you and your loved one will be treated to tapas, drinks and a Rumba dance lesson from Fred and Cathy Fisher legendary dance instructors with over 20 years experience. After your dance lesson, Chef Brandon Douglas will make several Cuban inspired dishes that will leave your taste buds sizzlin'. After dinner, you and your mate can dance the night away! This will definitely be a Valentine's night to remember!

Regular Fee: $150 per couple

Sat, February 10 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hands-on class

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Hey You, Let’s Brew!

Join Jon and Trina Mitchell from Zetêo Coffee as they demonstrate how to brew coffee! You will learn the traditional French press method, the Clever pour-over method and the more recently established AeroPress method. The class will be broken into small groups so that everyone will have a chance to enjoy this experience. Expand your morning joe knowledge and come brew with the Zetêo crew!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 7 -

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hands-on class

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Marvin Williams’ Cooking Adventures: Leftover Remix

"Leftovers again!" Leave it up to Marvin to put a new spin on your day-old dishes. Marvin Williams will show you how to flip the script on your leftovers by turning them into tasty meals. In this class, he will demonstrate how to remix one of his favorite meals, "The Sloppy Marvin." Watch as he transforms the Sloppy Marvin into a beefy brown rice dish and a cornbread casserole. End the evening by learning how Marvin puts a spin on classic banana pudding.

Regular Fee: $35

Fri, March 2 -

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

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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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