Corporate Learning - Culinary/Hospitality

Culinary Arts

Personal Enrichment Course Descriptions

Chef Lou's Bayou Party:

When was the last time you have a great bowl of gumbo? How about some authentic Creole shrimp and spaghetti?  If you have a taste for Cajun and Creole then this is your class. Come and join our chef as he creates a wonderful banquet of Louisiana inspired dishes that will take you right down to Bourbon street.

 

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Fresh From the Garden; the Essential Herbs and Seasonings:

Every year the farmers markets are filled with fresh herbs at great prices but who knows what to do with them all. I this class we will touch, smell, taste, and cook with a wide variety of herbs  and spices that will add loads of flavor and interest to your menus. Throw in some fresh from the market produce and you have a class you will not want to miss.

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The Sandwich Board:

From Clubs to Monte Cristos, sandwiches are an American classic. Come take a trip down sandwich lane as we re-create some of our favorites from the Rueben to a hoagie. Does a Pacific Smoked Salmon Club with Applewood Bacon sound good?    So whether it be open faced or closed, hot or cold single or stacked if you like sandwiches then this is the class for you.

 

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BBQ & Grilling with the Pro's:

If you like the smell of charcoal and smoke on your food then we have the class for you. Our professional BBQ team will treat you to a day of grilling and smoking from salmon to brisket, all the sides and a bunch of others tasty treats thrown in. We will cover basic principles that will help the home grill master turn out some great food. This class will also cover some advanced techniques for the semi pro in the house.

 

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A Taste of Thai:

There is nothing like the smell of lemon grass, star anise and ginger to get the taste buds jumping. Our Taste of Thai class will introduce the many basic flavors that make up this magical cuisine and demonstrate how you can put out a tasty Thai meal in your own home. From Pad Thai to Thai tea we will cover the classics that can easily be re-made at home

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Cookies to the Rescue:

Need a quick and easy dessert for the family? Did the kids forget to tell you that it's your day to bring the treats for class? Just don't feel like making a big mess but you still want something sweet that is easy and quick to make? "Cookies to the Rescue" are the answer for you. Join our talented pastry chefs for a tour of cookie land and pick up some great cookie recipes that will become easy family favorites.

 

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Soups, Stews, & Chowders:

The fall is a great time for hearty, rich soups and stews. We will be making a dozen different offerings from a not so classic French onion, to a wonderful duck chowder.

If you're looking for something new and different or just some ideas to spice up your own pot of chili then this is the class for you.

 

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Thanksgiving Makeover:

Want something new and different this year to spice up the traditional Thanksgiving meal? Looking to turn out a dinner they will remember till next year? Come join us for an afternoon of wonderful fall food smells and tastes as we take Tom turkey to a new level. Make sure to save room for the pumpkin ginger cheesecake

 

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Quick Bread & Muffins:

Love the smell of fresh baked breads but can't seem to find the time? Then quick breads may be just the thing for you. Come learn the basics that will turn you into a great home baker popping out treat the whole family will enjoy. From Chocolate chip oatmeal muffins to Cranberry walnut bread we will show you the tips and tricks that will make home baking a breeze.

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Party Foods & Planning:

Looking to dazzle your guests this year with fabulous new food ideas? This class will offer a dozen tasty, quick and easy party foods that will make your event the talk of the season. This hands-on class will give you the opportunity to add your own touch to some of our dishes so bring your imagination and an appetite.

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Healthy Cooking in the New Year:

We all know that eating healthier is important to us but with so many conflicting plans, programs, diets and promos how do you figure out the best system for you? And just as important is how to make it all taste good at the same time.

This class will discuss some of the more common myths and misperceptions when it comes to enjoying a healthy diet. We will cover issues from cooking for diabetics to low salt and low fat. You will never believe how good eating better can be.

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Cooking for a Gluten Free Life:

Celiac disease is a very prevalent issue in our area. This class will help the home cook to make delicious entrees snacks and even desserts without wheat gluten. We will also explore how gluten is found in some uncommon places and how to avoid pre-made items that can lead to trouble

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Classic Italian Cuisine:

Join us as we explore the tastes and traditions of classic Italian cuisine. We will explore many regional favorites that will show off the bests of the various regions of Italy. From the influences of the Swiss in the North to the African flavors in Sicily, A tour of Italy is like a trip around the world.

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Breakfast & Brunch Made Easy:

No meal of the day offers as much potential excitement as the morning meal. Also with our tips and tricks you can become a morning meal gourmet without having to wake up early to do it. Come tray our baked French toast with homemade pecan syrup or our baked eggs Florentine and you may never eat breakfast out again.

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Taste of the Caribbean:

Love the sun, sand and surf but just can't get away? Our taste of the Caribbean class will transport you right to the islands and offer you a slice of authentic food from the tropics. From Jerk Chicken, a Jamaican favorite to conch chowder and festivals which is one of the best breads you will ever try we have something for every beachcomber.

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Small Plates from the Mediterranean:

Hummus, baba ganoush and falafels with taziki are just a sampling of the foods we will be making during this class. Using traditional ingredients which can all be found locally we will open the door to amazingly tasty and easy to make dishes from across the Mediterranean to enrich your daily menus. Can't you just taste the baklava now?

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Out of the Water & Onto the Plate; Simple Seafood:

We all hear how eating more seafood is good for us but who now how to cook it at home? This class will offer a primer on how to select, purchase, store and most importantly cook delicious, healthy and simple seafood in your own home. Recipes will include salmon with fresh spring vegetables in paper, pan seared scallops with polenta and bacon and many others.

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The Noodle Bowl:

Do you love Asian food but just have no idea on how to make it at home? If so, this is the class for you. We will explore the foods of Korea, China, Japan and Thailand and show just how different each one of these cuisines are from each other. Using basic ingredients that can all be found locally we will show you just how easy it is to become an Asian gourmet in your own home.

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Curries from Around the World:

Our Curry class will explore the many varieties of curry that are available and consumed by millions around the world. From the English and Indian yellow curries to the sweet, red Panangs of Thailand there is a world of difference in flavors and uses. So if you have never tried any style of curry before or looking to expand your horizons with new flavors then this class would be for you.

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Vegetarian for Everyone:

Gone are the days of the steamed vegetable plate and in are dishes like portabella with goat cheese and mushrooms and vegetable strudel with roasted red pepper coulis. If you're trying to cut back on your traditional protein intake then come and see what we have in our vegetarian kitchen. Using lots of fresh veggies and some vegetarian staples like tofu our chef will bring the vegetable to the top of the table.

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Farmer's Market Day:

Joins us for a trip to one of the local farmers markets where we will explore some of the farm fresh items available to us through the summer months. After making our selections we take a trip back to the kitchens for cutting, cooking and eating our picks of the day.

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Big Bowl of Salads

Salads come in variety of shapes colors, textures and flavors and make a wonderful centerpiece or addition to any meal of the day. Tired of that plain old iceberg wedge staring back at you? Then how about a bloody Mary tomato salad to compliment that Sunday brunch or a fruity and creamy Caribbean slaw to go with some slow roasted pork loin? Even if you want to learn the proper way to make the best tossed salad and homemade dressing this is the class for you.

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Secrets of the Grill

Attention all backyard grillers. Want to learn a few new tips and tricks to take your grill to the next level? Come join us as we explore every aspect of the outdoor grill from grill types, charcoal selection, woods for smoking and ways to turn the average grill into an every meal cooking tool.

 

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Knife Skills 101

One of the most requested training class ever. This class will start with the basics including knife selection, how to hold the knife, proper cutting techniques and knife do's and don'ts. Got a drawer full of dull older knives at home? Bring in that favorite old knife from home and we will show you how to give it a little sharpness back too.

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Sauces 101

One of the most requested classes of all time. Our sauce class will begin with the classics of Béchamel, Hollandaise and butter sauces and follow through to modern day offerings such as red pepper coulis and lighter and healthier offerings. We will also discuss how to know what sauce is appropriate with what dish. This course will make a saucier out of everyone.

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What's for Dinner; Developing Your Own Recipe

How many times have you come home from a hard day and stared blankly into the loaded fridge and having no clue as to what's for dinner? This class will demonstrate and explore basic ideas of food combinations and different techniques that will have you putting together glorious dinners on the run that everyone will love.

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After School Baking for Kids

After School Baking is the perfect class for that budding baker in your house. We teach the basics of kitchen safety, measuring and proper baking techniques all planned just for the junior baker in the kitchen. From cookies to muffins to tasty cereal bar treats this is a great beginner class. Don't worry that have lots to bring home and share too.

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Tapas Party - Small Plates Galore

Tapas are the "in way" to eat these days. It's Also a favorite trend for the restaurant scene. Learn to make small appetizer style foods that add up to big flavor and big fun in the kitchen. If you're looking for lots of variety and lots of taste then Tapas cooking is for you.

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The Family Kitchen

What better way to spend time as a family than by cooking as a team. We have picked out some great recipes and the plan is to turn meal night into family fun night. So, if you're looking for a little family night team building, then this is the perfect class for you. Best of all, we do the clean-up!

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Julia Child - Best of the French Chef - Volume 1

You have seen her on TV and seen the movie, now live her life in the kitchen. Join us as we celebrate Julia and her contributions to the kitchen. Using recipes from her book "The French Chef", we will recreate some of her most classic dishes. For any fan of Julia's or of French cuisine, this is the class for you.

 

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Julia Child - Best of the French Chef - Volume 2

Come join us as we continue to follow in the flour covered footsteps of one of the first and greatest of the celebrity chefs. Using recipes from her book "The French Chef", we will continue to recreate some of her most classic dishes. For any fan of Julia's or of French cuisine, this is the class for you.

 

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Vegetarian for Everyone

Gone are the days of the steamed vegetable plate and "in" are dishes like portabella mushrooms with goat cheese and vegetable strudel with roasted red pepper coulis. If you're trying to cut back on your traditional protein intake then come and see what we have in our vegetarian kitchen. Using lots of fresh veggies and some vegetarian staples like tofu, our chef will bring the vegetable to the top of the table.

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Cake and Cake Decorating

This is a beginning course that will introduce the student to the basics of cakes, cake baking, and cake decorating. The class will cover the best tools to use when baking and decorating, types of cakes from angel food to genoise, and baking and decorating basics. Students will also learn where to obtain supplies for home baking and decorating. The class includes both lecture and plenty of hands on instruction, so come ready to bake and decorate.

 

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Cookies to the Rescue

Gone are the days of the steamed vegetable plate and "in" are dishes like portabella mushrooms with goat cheese and vegetable strudel with roasted red pepper coulis. If you're trying to cut back on your traditional protein intake then come and see what we have in our vegetarian kitchen. Using lots of fresh veggies and some vegetarian staples like tofu, our chef will bring the vegetable to the top of the table

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The Classics in the Kitchen

What has happened to the classic continental fare we used to see in the kitchens? Dishes like Classic French onion Soup, Crab Louie and Beef Wellington are wonderful foods but have sadly fallen out of favor. Join us as we bring these classics and others back to the table for a wonderful and fun filled meal.

 

 

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Classic Desserts

How about Baked Alaska, Crepe Suzettes’, Tiramisu, crème brulee or Chocolate Mousse for dessert tonight? Think these classics are only left to the professional pastry chefs? Not anymore, as we teach you the secrets of these famous desserts and others. After this class you will wonder why you haven’t been making theses treats for years.

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Advanced Cake Decorating

You asked for it and now we are offing a great one. This class will cover the advanced decorating techniques of fondant, specialty butter creams and whipped frostings as well as flower and special decorating tips from the pros. '

 

 

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Breakfast and Brunch

If you like breakfast then you will love our Breakfast and Brunch class offerings. From the Italian early morning classic Spaghetti Carbonara to German pancakes with homemade pecan syrup we have a little bit of everything. So whether you like them poached, over easy, sunny side up or scrambled we have the dish for you.

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Creole and Cajun Flavors

When was the last time you had a great bowl of gumbo? How about some authentic Creole shrimp and spaghetti?  If you have a taste for Cajun and Creole, then this is your class.  Come and join our chef as he creates a wonderful banquet of Louisiana inspired dishes that will take you right down Bourbon Street.

 

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Classic Pastries and Baking

How about Baked Alaska, Crepe Suzettes', Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, or Chocolate Mousse for dessert tonight?  Think these classics are only left to the professional pastry chefs?  Not anymore, as we teach you the secrets of these famous desserts and others.  After this class you will wonder why you haven't been making these treats for years.

 

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Asian Sampler

There is nothing like the smell of lemon grass, star anise, and ginger to get the taste buds jumping.  This class will introduce the many basic flavors that make up this magical cuisine and demonstrate how you can put a taste of Asian in your own home.  From Pad Thai to Steamed Dumplings, we will cover the classics that can easily be re-made at home.

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Baking Basics

Who doesn't love the smell of fresh baked goods coming from the kitchen?  However, it's pretty tough to learn the basics in baking from cookbooks because so much of being a good baker is learning to recognize texture, visual, and taste clues to what makes a good baked good.  With our Baking Basics class we will teach you all the tools needed to become an accomplished home baker.  From cookies to French bread, this class will cover it all.

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