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.

*SOLD OUT* Asian Cuisine

Love Asian food but scared to try making it at home? Chef Jason Knapp will show you how! You'll learn how to make that perfect Chinese fried rice, Korean barbeque and pad thai! Chef Knapp will introduce you to Asian spices and share what you need to master the art of creating Asian dishes at home. CLICK ON THE REGISTER BUTTON TO PLACE YOUR NAME ON THE WAITING LIST.

Regular Fee: $25

Sat, December 2 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-Style Class, Samples Included

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Chef Jason Knapp

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*SOLD OUT* Bistro Favorites with Pam Trent

Do ​you ​remember ​when ​Oak ​Street ​Bistro ​was ​a ​popular ​restaurant ​favorite ​in ​Conway? ​ ​Wouldn’t ​you ​love ​to ​get ​another ​taste ​of ​their ​famous ​White ​Cheddar ​Dill ​Soup? ​ ​Well, ​dream ​no ​more! ​ ​Join ​Oak ​Street ​Bistro ​founder ​and ​executive ​chef ​Pam ​Trent ​in ​this ​hands-on ​class ​in ​which ​you ​will ​get ​to ​prepare ​menu ​favorites ​from ​the ​restaurant. ​ ​Pam ​will ​share ​her ​methods ​in ​preparing ​her ​popular ​soup ​dish ​as ​well ​as ​take ​you ​step-by-step ​through ​the ​making ​of ​her ​spinach ​dip ​and ​pita ​chips. ​ ​Don’t ​let ​the ​opportunity ​to ​secure ​these ​recipes ​pass ​you ​by. ​ ​Sign ​up ​now! ​ ​Your ​taste ​buds ​will ​thank ​you ​for ​it.

Regular Fee: $45

Thurs, November 30 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-On Class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Pam Trent

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*SOLD OUT* Brand Your Brownie: Toddler Edition

Little chefs get to work alongside their favorite grownup to create their own unique brownie. You and your little chef will start by preparing a delicious homemade brownie batter, then you will "brand" your brownie by mixing in special ingredients, some unconventional. The little chefs will create a name for their brownie and share with the group.

Regular Fee: $30 per couple

Sat, October 14 -

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-On Class, Ages 3-6

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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*SOLD OUT* But First, Coffee

Calling all coffee enthusiasts! If you enjoy a great cup of java at your local café and have always wanted to know how to make it taste the same at home, this class is for you! Join Zetêo owners Jon and Trina for this interactive demo as they guide you through coffee origins, from seed to cup, and share different brew methods and techniques. You will have the opportunity to sample different brews and create your favorite cup of java using the mobile bar.

Regular Fee: $20

Tues, September 19 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-Style Class, Samples Included

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, September 11 - October 12

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, October 9 - October 30

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 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, November 6 - November 27

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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Cooking Conquests: Arkansas Alfresco

From ​the ​back ​porch ​to ​the ​patio ​or ​from ​a ​tailgate ​to ​a ​cabin, ​let ​Teresa ​show ​you ​her ​tips ​and ​tricks ​on ​dining ​outdoors! ​ ​Teresa ​will ​prepare ​a ​savory ​chive ​mini ​pancake ​topped ​with ​ ​ancho ​spice ​rubbed ​pork ​tenderloin ​and ​roasted ​onion ​jam, ​bacon ​wrapped ​dates ​stuffed ​with ​smoked ​mozzarella, ​and ​rustic ​tomato ​and ​asparagus ​tarts ​that ​can ​all ​be ​prepared ​outside ​using ​various ​cooking ​techniques. ​ ​You ​will ​learn ​how ​to ​prep ​ahead, ​use ​recipes ​for ​10-100, ​properly ​present ​with ​a ​sample ​table ​set, ​and ​how ​to ​transport ​food ​to ​a ​tailgate, ​camp ​or ​outdoor ​wedding. ​ ​Whether ​you ​are ​a ​glamper ​or ​true ​camper, ​you ​can ​conquer ​these ​outdoor ​dining ​tips ​and ​be ​on ​your ​way ​to ​a ​more ​enjoyable ​outdoor ​eating ​experience ​in ​The ​Natural ​State. ​ ​

Regular Fee: $25

Fri, September 29 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-Style Class, Samples Included

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Teresa Conquest

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*SOLD OUT* Creepy Cookies

Cubs will join Tiffany for a spook-tacular cooking experience as she shares how to create wickedly good cookies. Kids will design and decorate their very own creepy cookies. Recipes will be fun and easy to make, but ghostly good! It would be a grave mistake to miss this event!

Regular Fee: $25

Sat, October 28 -

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-On Class, Ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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*SOLD OUT* Date Night in Rome

Rome, ​If ​You ​Want ​To….and ​yes ​you ​want ​to! ​Chef ​Knapp ​will ​assist ​you ​and ​your ​companion ​in ​creating ​an ​exquisite ​Italian ​meal ​to ​include ​seafood ​risotto, ​cannolis ​and ​more! ​Romance ​your ​honey ​and ​your ​taste ​buds ​in ​a ​date ​night ​that ​will ​be ​unforgettable. ​Experience ​the ​taste ​of ​Rome ​at ​UCA ​Downtown!

Regular Fee: $150 per couple

Fri, October 20 -

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hands-On Class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Chef Jason Knapp

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Entertaining with Petit Jean Meats

​Did ​you ​know ​you ​can ​cook ​your ​Petit ​Jean ​ham ​in ​your ​dishwasher? ​We ​will ​show ​you ​how! ​Join ​Chef ​Knapp ​as ​he ​shares ​how ​you ​can ​entertain ​during ​the ​holidays ​using ​your ​favorite ​Petit ​Jean ​Meats. ​Chef ​will ​show ​you ​how ​to ​create ​a ​bacon ​bourbon ​jam, ​sausage ​entrees ​and ​several ​ways ​to ​cook ​and ​serve ​the ​infamous ​Petit ​Jean ​ham ​(and ​how ​to ​repurpose ​the ​leftovers). ​Come ​and ​taste ​all ​of ​the ​new ​Petit ​Jean ​products ​and ​leave ​ready ​to ​entertain ​with ​the ​Arkansas ​favorite. ​Petit ​Jean ​Meats, ​Taste ​the ​Difference!

Regular Fee: $25

Tues, November 14 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-Style Class, Samples Included

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Chef Jason Knapp

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*SOLD OUT* Macarons & Divinity

​If ​you’re ​seeking ​to ​make ​some ​fresh, ​new ​treats ​for ​the ​family ​this ​year ​then ​this ​class ​is ​for ​you. ​ ​Patti ​Stobaugh, ​owner, ​and ​Gerald ​Burnstone, ​pastry ​chef, ​of ​Patticakes ​Bakery, ​will ​introduce ​you ​to ​the ​preparation ​of ​a ​macaron ​(not ​to ​be ​confused ​with ​its ​nearly ​identical ​cousin, ​the ​macaroon.) ​ ​The ​macaron ​is ​a ​meringue-based ​cookie ​made ​with ​almond ​flour, ​egg ​whites ​and ​sugar. ​ ​Instructors ​will ​take ​you ​through ​the ​entire ​process ​from ​whipping ​the ​egg ​whites ​to ​consistency ​to ​its ​“softball” ​stage ​of ​candy ​and ​also ​share ​the ​many ​flavors ​and ​fillings ​used ​in ​macarons ​while ​also ​showing ​you ​the ​many ​ways ​it ​can ​be ​decorated. ​ ​Get ​ready ​for ​more ​sweet ​treats ​as ​you ​will ​partake ​in ​the ​making ​of ​divinity ​candy ​as ​well. ​ ​Two ​hours ​immersed ​in ​these ​sweet ​treats ​will ​be ​nothing ​less ​than ​a ​heavenly ​experience! ​ ​

Regular Fee: $25

Tues, October 24 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-On Class

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*SOLD OUT* Marvin Williams’ Holiday Cooking Adventures

Another holiday season is approaching, and yes, everyone in your family expects you to cook. You enjoy hosting family, and you love to cook for them; however, you're starting to feel overwhelmed from all of your other holiday duties . . . Never fear, MARVIN IS HERE! Cooking superhero Marvin Williams is ready to lighten your load by demonstrating a few shortcuts in preparing some of your holiday favorites. Chicken and cornbread dressing will be the featured item along with brandy buttered brown sugar Brussels sprouts. Marvin will top off the evening with some tips on preparing his world-famous pecan pie pound cake! (Disclaimer: Your annual holiday weight gain officially began while reading this description.)

Regular Fee: $25

Fri, November 10 -

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

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Teen Cuisine

Move over, the teens are taking over the kitchen! In this introductory class, teens will learn basic cooking skills including kitchen safety while working alongside their fellow teen chefs to prepare a hearty homemade soup and decadent gourmet sandwich.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, November 18 -

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hands-On Class, Ages 12-17

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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