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.

Asian Cooking Techniques – NEW DATE LISTED BELOW

UPDATE: The date listed in the booklet is incorrect. The date of this class has been moved from Oct. 9th to TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th. Dr. ​Yuen ​Chan, ​a ​native ​of ​Malaysia ​and ​UCA ​professor, ​wants ​you ​to ​know ​that ​Asian ​cooking ​is ​not ​as ​complicated ​as ​you ​think ​it ​might ​be. ​In ​this ​demonstration-style ​class, ​Dr. ​Chan ​will ​show ​you ​how ​to ​add ​some ​flare ​to ​a ​few ​simple ​Asian ​entrees. ​He ​will ​introduce ​you ​to ​the ​types ​of ​ingredients ​that ​you ​will ​need ​to ​get ​the ​taste ​that ​you ​want. ​Trust ​us, ​when ​it ​comes ​to ​Asian-style ​cooking, ​Dr. ​Chan ​is ​your ​man!

Regular Fee: $35

Tues, November 13 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Demo-Style Class, Samples Included (Please note the new date listed above.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Yuen Chan

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Date Night in Greece

Why ​travel ​over ​5,000 ​miles ​when ​you ​can ​get ​a ​taste ​of ​Greece ​right ​here ​in ​downtown ​Conway?! ​Chef ​Brandon ​will ​send ​your ​tastebuds ​overseas ​as ​he ​leads ​you ​through ​various ​courses ​of ​fine ​Greek/Mediterranean ​cuisine. ​Begin ​the ​evening ​with ​pita ​chips ​with ​hummus ​and ​baked ​feta ​along ​with ​melitzanes ​papoutsakia ​(stuffed ​eggplant). ​Your ​entree ​will ​consist ​of ​Greek ​Isle ​chicken ​kabobs ​with ​tzatziki ​suace. ​The ​evening ​will ​be ​topped ​off ​with ​yiaouropia ​(Greek ​yogurt ​cake). ​The ​menu ​may ​be ​all ​Greek ​to ​you, ​but ​by ​the ​end ​of ​the ​evening ​you ​will ​understand ​that ​you've ​had ​an ​exquisitely ​exotic ​meal!

Regular Fee: $150 per couple

Sat, October 13 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hands-On Class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Chef Brandon Douglas

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Sheet Pan Meals

"I ​would ​love ​to ​cook ​at ​home ​more ​often, ​but ​I ​just ​don't ​have ​the ​time." ​Well, ​say ​no ​more! ​This ​is ​just ​the ​class ​that ​you ​need! ​Connie ​Tipton ​has ​eight ​quick ​and ​easy ​recipes ​that ​need ​only ​a ​short ​time ​to ​prepare ​and ​each ​of ​our ​cooking ​stations ​will ​feature ​one ​of ​these ​tasty ​dishes: ​margarita ​pizza ​tart, ​parmesan ​portobello ​with ​yellow ​squash, ​salmon ​roasted ​caesar ​salad, ​stuffed ​acorn ​squash, ​spicy ​bangers ​& ​smash, ​Mexican ​stuffed ​peppers ​w/ ​chipotle ​sweet ​potatoes, ​sheet ​pan ​shrimp ​boil ​and ​sheet ​pan ​chicken ​fajitas.

Regular Fee: $49

Wed, October 17 -

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

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Spooktacular Sweets (Lil’ Cubs)

This ​hands-on ​class ​will ​be ​perfect ​as ​the ​lil' ​cubs ​work ​with ​their ​favorite ​big ​bear ​to ​learn ​how ​to ​create ​a ​variety ​of ​yummy ​Halloween ​sweets. ​Ms. ​Tiffany ​will ​share ​clever ​techniques ​to ​decorating ​cookies ​and ​other ​spooktacular ​delights! ​Treat ​your ​young ​chef ​to ​a ​fun ​and ​unforgettable ​cooking ​experience.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, October 20 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-On Class, Ages 3-6

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Thanksgiving Upgrade!

Thanksgiving ​is ​a ​time ​for ​family ​and ​good ​food. ​Now, ​we ​can't ​do ​anything ​about ​your ​uncle's ​bad ​jokes, ​but ​when ​it ​comes ​to ​the ​food ​part, ​we're ​here ​to ​help. ​Join ​Chef ​Brandon ​as ​he ​shows ​you ​how ​to ​prepare ​a ​Thanksgiving ​dinner ​that's ​both ​healthy ​and ​hassle ​free. ​You ​will ​make ​Thanksgiving ​classics ​such ​as ​reduced ​sodium ​roasted ​turkey, ​dressing, ​mashed ​potatoes, ​gravy, ​green ​beans ​and ​sweet ​potato ​pecan ​pie. ​No ​need ​to ​rush ​to ​the ​gym ​or ​to ​starve ​yourself ​after ​this ​holiday ​season!

Regular Fee: $35

Tues, October 23 -

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Chef Brandon Douglas

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Bistro Desserts with Pam Trent

Tired ​of ​making ​that ​same ​old ​fruit ​cake ​for ​every ​holiday ​gathering? ​In ​this ​demonstration-style ​class, ​Pam ​Trent ​will ​lead ​you ​through ​the ​process ​of ​making ​her ​tasty ​homemade ​brownies. ​Also, ​you'll ​be ​led ​through ​the ​process ​of ​preparing ​her ​pleasantly ​palatable ​silk ​pie. ​As ​if ​that ​isn't ​enough, ​Pam ​will ​demonstrate ​the ​method ​of ​making ​chocolate ​ganache, ​a ​tasty ​topping ​for ​both ​treats! ​This ​holiday ​season ​your ​friends ​and ​family ​will ​be ​begging ​for ​more. ​Sign ​up ​today ​to ​get ​these ​recipes ​and ​to ​enjoy ​these ​amazing ​sweets!

Regular Fee: $35

Tues, October 30 -

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Pam Trent

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Cake Decorating Phase 3

You will learn advanced skills like Tiered cakes, Gum Paste and Fondant 101, Bow Loops, assembling a Bow, Tinting Gum Paste and Fondant, Basic Principles of Floral Cake Design, Elements of Fondant Cake Design, Using Cut-Outs, Overlays, and Inlays, Ruffle, and Ball Borders. If you do not have basic fondant/cake decorating tools, these can be purchased at local hobby and craft stores. Instructor will provide supply list for each class.

Regular Fee: $55

Mon, November 5 - November 26

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Healthy & Delish Meal Prep

Pete ​Nguyen ​brings ​a ​taste ​of ​the ​#1 ​Meal ​Prep ​service ​in ​Central ​Arkansas ​directly ​to ​UCA ​Downtown. ​At ​the ​Healthy ​Chew ​in ​Little ​Rock, ​Pete ​has ​mastered ​the ​art ​of ​healthy, ​easy ​and ​(most ​importantly) ​delicious ​meal ​preparation. ​Pete ​will ​lead ​the ​class ​in ​preparing ​vegan ​curry ​and ​spring ​rolls ​along ​with ​a ​Vietnamese ​sweet ​chili ​veggie ​side ​dish. ​Take ​this ​class ​with ​Pete, ​and ​we ​guarantee ​that, ​in ​more ​ways ​than ​one, ​you'll ​be ​in ​for ​a ​delicious ​treat! ​

Regular Fee: $49

Thurs, November 8 -

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Pete Nguyen | Healthy Chew

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Cooking for a Cause

Food ​and ​cooking ​are ​powerful ​ways ​of ​bringing ​people ​together ​to ​create ​community, ​and ​that ​is ​what ​this ​class ​is ​all ​about. ​The ​young ​chefs ​will ​work ​together ​to ​create ​a ​delicious ​meal ​that ​will ​be ​donated ​to ​a ​local ​non-profit ​organization. ​The ​chefs ​will ​sample ​some ​of ​their ​creations ​as ​well. ​Helping ​others ​always ​brings ​people ​together!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, December 1 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-On Class, Ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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The Heirloom Table

In ​Teresa ​Conquest's ​family, ​cooking ​has ​been ​a ​family-bonding ​activity. ​Many ​recipes ​and ​other ​cooking ​secrets ​have ​been ​passed ​down ​from ​generation ​to ​generation. ​The ​level ​at ​which ​she ​cherishes ​these ​recipes ​is ​the ​level ​at ​which ​she ​would ​love ​to ​share ​them ​with ​the ​world. ​Come ​join ​her ​in ​this ​hands-on ​class ​to ​make ​from ​scratch ​homemade ​butter ​including ​flavored ​butters, ​buttermilk ​biscuits ​and ​cream ​gravy. ​Take ​this ​class ​and ​start ​your ​own ​family ​cooking ​traditions!

Regular Fee: $49

Sat, December 8 -

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hands-On Class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Teresa Conquest

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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: Customized Training Service - cost to be determined

August 1 - December 7

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Call 501-450-5266 or email sealy@uca.edu for more details.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Dr. Shaneil Ealy

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