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.

Perfectly Plant Based

Back by popular demand, chef Michael Qandah of Happy Bear Cooking joins us again for a highly informative vegan cooking class. A former butcher turned vegan chef, Michael's expertise lies in bridging the gap between meat eaters and vegans. Michael will guide you to prepare crispy rice bowls and a decadent dessert. Whether your're simply curious or looking up to your game, this class will prove that plant-based recipes can pack quite a punch!

Regular Fee: $49

Thurs, September 5 - September 5

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Michael Qandah | Happy Bear Cooking

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Cake Decorating: Phase One

This introductory course will cover topics such as fundamentals in baking a cake, making icing and using a decorating bag. From there you will use a variety of variety of decorating tips to make starts, borders, flowers and pipe messages. No prior experience is required. You will need basic cake decorating tools, which can be purchased at local hobby or craft stores. A supply list will be provided.

Regular Fee: $59

Mon, September 9 - September 30

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Brunch Basics

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay has said that one of the most difficult skills to master is, surprisingly, cooking eggs. What makes this kitchen staple so challenging? Spend some time with Chef Brandon to perfect the art of the egg. This introductory culinary course will focus on cooking basics in the scope of a breathtaking brunch. Tasty toast and excellent eggs, what could be better?

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, September 10 - September 10

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Brandon Douglas

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Huzzah for Hamburgers!

Who doesn't like a good burger? In this class, young chefs will learn juicy hamburger cooking techniques. Then, they will get the chance to let their imagination roam free and jazz up the classic hamburger any way they want. Asian, Indian, African inspired? The possibilities are endless! This class will be fun and tasty.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, September 14 - September 14

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Introduction to Pastries

Although considered one of the more difficult skills to master in the kitchen, pastry making does not have to be intimidating! This fall, you will have the chance to learn more about pastry making from one of the best. Join award winning pastry chef Zara Abbasi at UCA Downtown for expert instruction on basic techniques. Novices rejoice! Now you can begin to master the art of the pastry.

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, September 17 - September 17

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Zara Abbasi | Zara Made It

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Beginning Breadmaking

If you have always wanted to learn to make homemade bread, or have made bread before but want to increase your skills, this class is for you. You will learn techniques for making bread using sourdough starter as well as commercial yeast. In class, you will make dough to take home to proof overnight and bake into a finished loaf the following morning. Additionally, you'll get the chance to make your own sourdough starter that will be ready to use in about a week's time. And if that wasn't enough, you will learn many ways to use your extra dough to make crackers, focaccia, pizza crust or easy treats that can be whipped up effortlessly!

Sat, September 28 - September 28

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hands-on class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Kristen Spickard

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Cake Decorating: Phase Two

It's time to up your game! You will build on techniques covered in Phase 1. You will learn to make simple, pretty flowers, enhanced piping skills and work with royal icing. Other skills include Basic Principles of Cake Design, Reverse Shell and the Rose. You will need basic decorating tools, which can be purchased at local hobby or craft stores. A supply list will be provided.

Regular Fee: $59

Mon, October 7 - October 28

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Date Night: Jamaican Paradise

While you may associate Jamaica with beautiful island scenery, the cuisine of the area must not be missed! A fusion of flavors from various parts of the globe makes Jamaican food so spectacular and unique. Bring your sweetie for a fabulous night at UCA Downtown! Cook along with Chef Brandon as he leads you through the creation of a three-course meal, highlighting the distinct tastes and traditions of the island. It's a romantic trip around the world, and you don't even have to leave town!

Regular Fee: $150 per couple

Sat, October 12 - October 12

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Brandon Douglas

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Tricky Treats

Come join us for a spooky cooking spectacular! Kiddos will be mixing and baking all sorts of "Tricky Treats." Come dressed in your Halloween best! Get ready for a creepy time. Don't be scared! We promise, it will be delicious.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, October 19 - October 19

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Pierogies & Panna Cotta with WunderHaus

Conway restaurant WunderHaus was established with the idea of keeping community at the core while highlighting traditional European fare. Now is your chance to cook alongside the WunderHaus crew! Under the instruction of Jacqueline Smith, you will learn how to prepare pierogies, panna cotta and hear more about the restaurant's core values, like working closely with the community to produce dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, October 29 - October 29

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Jacqueline Smith | WunderHaus

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Flavors of the Southwest

cooking class

Spice up your kitchen with flavors form the Southwest! Learn how to prep ahead and make easy Marinated Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa, Sour Creme Chicken Enchiladas and an easy delicious Chocolate and Caramel Dipping Sauces for your dessert table.

Regular Fee: $49

Sat, November 2 - November 2

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hands-on class

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Cake Decorating: Phase Three

Take your cake decorating skills to the next level and learn advanced skills like tiered cakes, Gum Paste and Fondant 101, Basic Principles for floral Cake Design and more! You will need basic fondant/cake decorating tools, which can be purchased at local hobby and craft stores. A supply list will be provided.

Regular Fee: $59

Mon, November 4 - November 25

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Marieda Priest

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Easy as Pumpkin Pie

For baby bears! Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You and your bear cub are invited to create some pumpkin filled treats sure to delight the whole family on Turkey Day. Spending time in the kitchen, cooking with your baby bear, eating delicious treats... there's so much to be thankful for!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, November 9 - November 9

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ages 3-6, with accompanying parent/adult

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Zouppa with Zara

Most requested! Fall is perfect for comforting meals, like hearty soups. This hands-on class, led by fan favorite Zara Abbasi, will equip you with helpful tips and spectacular soup recipes. Zara will guide you in the preparation of multiple autumnal soups and a quick but delicious dinner roll. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Regular Fee: $49

Tues, November 12 - November 12

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Zara Abbasi | Zara Made It

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Indulgent (but Healthy) Italian

Italian food has developed a reputation for being unhealthy or not diet friendly. Brandon Douglas is ready to bust that myth! This is a class for the health conscious ... or curious! Learn more about Italian food and how it can fit your healthy lifestyle. You will never look at alfredo sauce the same!

Regular Fee: $49

Thurs, November 14 - November 14

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

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Brandon Douglas

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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. That's what this class is all about. The little chefs will work together to create a delicious meal that will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Cubs will also get an opportunity to sample some of their creations. Additionally, we will be hosting a toy drive! Helping others always brings people together!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, December 7 - December 7

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ages 7-12

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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