Cooking Classes

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Continuing Education Department offers a variety of cooking classes. Most classes take place at the college’s West Davenport Center, 2950 N. Fairmount St. Cost for most of the hands-on classes is $19. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available.

August

Build a Better Burger

From choosing the right meat to the perfect bun and everything in between, prepare a perfect burger for your next barbeque!

Wednesday, August 5
6 - 9 p.m.
#153156

Far North Chicago Food Scene

Visit some Ethnic and some unique GASTRONAUT destinations. Wear your walking shoes and bring your cell phone and a cooler for your purchases. Cost: $79

Thursday, August 6
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
#153078
Kimberly Center-Alternative

A British Sunday Lunch

Authentically British.

Thursday, August 6
6 - 9 p.m.
#153681

Crepes

Crepes may be intimidating to some, but this class will conquer that fear and show that crepes are simple and delicious in both sweet and savory applications. Highlighting this class will be basic crepe batter, chicken, artichoke and sun-dried tomato crepes, and a delicious Crepes Suzette for dessert.

Monday, August 10
6 - 9 p.m.
#153138

Potatoes with Panache

Get off the couch and into the kitchen! Learn the essentials of perfect mashed potatoes, silky baked potatoes, as well as some other methods to put the spud in the spotlight!

Tuesday, August 11
6 - 9 p.m.
#153145

I Don't Have Time to Cook

Prepare fast and easy delicious meals for a busy
life.

Wednesday, August 12
6 - 9 p.m.
153683

Cookies

Featured in this class will be Lemon Ricotta cookies, Mudslide cookies, and kicked up Chocolate Chip cookies.
 
Thursday, August 13
6 - 9 p.m.
#153151

Pies

In this class, we will learn a versatile pie dough recipe that can be used for sweet or savory dishes. Included in this class will be a stunning quiche, apple pie and peach pie, perfect for your summer table!

Monday, August 17
6 - 9 p.m.
#153136

Soy Lovers/Your Japanese Kitchen

The Soy plant is an important food for creating healthy living in Japan. Japanese people eat tofu, edamame beans, miso past and more to take protein in their diet. Would you like to discover new soy meals for your diet? In this class, we will make fresh tofu, several foods, and desserts with soy. Please bring containers for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 18
6 - 9 p.m.
#153402

Budget Friendly Date Night

You could spend big bucks at a trendy restaurant, but true romantics know that feasting doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This money-saving menu takes less than an hour to prepare and comes straight from the heart. Highlighted in this class will be Beef Medallions with a simple pan sauce, a stunning wedge salad, and Molten Chocolate Lava cake.

Wednesday, August 19
6 - 9 p.m.
#153144

Run for the Border

Discover new twists in Mexican cookery and fill the tortillas you make with your creation.
Thursday, August 20
6 - 9 p.m.
#153685

Lasagna Dinner

We will make an awesome Italian salad, homemade lasagna, garlic bread and Cannoli’s.

Monday, August 24
6 - 9 p.m.
#153368

Noodle Lovers/Your Japanese Kitchen

Eating noodles is a daily thing in Japan. The noodles are as important as cooked rice. In this class, we will make Udon noodles and cook different noodle dishes using Japanese noodles. After this class, you will be able to have your own cookout with Japanese noodles. Please bring containers for leftovers. Ingredients will contain Soba noodles (buckwheat).

Tuesday, August 25
6 - 9 p.m.
#153403

Gourmet on a Dime

Low cost elegant entertaining.

Wednesday, August 26
6 - 9 p.m.
#153686

A Feast For Your Eyes

Have you ever wondered how food looks so good in the magazines? Learn some secrets of food photography from a pro! In this class, participants will learn the secrets to cooking, plating, and photographing beautiful food. No professional photography equipment required! *students must provide their own camera (smart phone, point and shoot, or DSLR.)

Thursday, August 27
6 - 9 p.m.
#153159

Knead Some Dough?

Not money but bread! Have fun raising what you knead to make meals complete.

Monday, August 31
6 - 9 p.m.
#153688

 

September

Thick, Succulent Tomato Sauce

Locally grown and home made from start to finish. Cost: $24

Wednesday, September 9
6 - 9 p.m.
#159683

Ethnic & Gourmet Destinations/Chicago

Have a day of culinary adventure in Chicago with Stephanie. Wear your walking shoes and bring your cell phone and a cooler with ice for your perishable purchases. Cost: $79

Thursday, September 10
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
#159087
Kimberly Center-Alternative

Tres Leches

Savor this creamy Three Milk Cake, Tres Leches, that will melt in your mouth. Three types of milk make this traditional cake of Latin origin an excellent way to impress your guests! Cost: $24

Thursday, September 10
6 - 9 p.m.
#159751

Canning 101

Have you ever wanted to learn how to can? We will go into the do’s and don’ts of canning so you can preserve nutritious, local food safely. We will discuss boiling water baths, pressure canning, jars, lids and all sorts of equipment. Bring your questions.... and who knows, you may take something special home with you! Cost: $24

Monday, September 14
6 - 9 p.m.
#159335

Cool, Calm & Refreshed

A selection of refreshing drinks which can easily be made either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Cost: $24

Tuesday, September 15
6 - 9 p.m.
#159696

Mixology

What to stock, how to shake, stir and serve like a pro. Learn how to make a better drink for yourself and your friends and become a more discerning consumer when you are enjoying spirits and cocktails. You will be introduced to the essential tools of bartending, the proper techniques and preparation methods. Once you know these basics you will be prepared to tackle any drink recipe, experiment with your own original cocktails and plan a cocktail party. Cost: $89

4 Wks Tuesday, Begins September 15
6 - 8:30 p.m.
#158600
The Outing Club

Homemade Pasta

Prepare fresh homemade pasta: spinach, tomato and other garden fresh vegetables. Cost: $24

Wednesday, September 16
6 - 9 p.m.
#159336

Smoked Pork Shoulder

The Pork Shoulder/Butt is one of the tastiest and most versatile cuts of pork. Learn to prepare and then smoke a Pork Shoulder (Pork Butt) using a variety of methods and techniques. This cut of pork is made up of several complex muscle groups and is extremely well suited to the smoking process whether you prefer to serve it sliced as a roast or pulled/chopped. We will discuss the pros and cons of different methods of preparing the meat for smoking using dry rubs, injections and marinating. And will demonstrate the different methods of preparing and serving the smoked pork shoulder, including an entrée known as Southern Dixie. To complement the entrée we will also prepare; Kale & Artichoke Dip (an appetizer), Coleslaw, Corn muffins and Cinnamon Bun Apple Cobbler for dessert! Cost: $24

Thursday, September 17
6 - 9 p.m.
#159687

Salsa Camp

Just like a quilting party but with tortilla chips!! Let’s get together and combine our chopping ability and make a great salsa to enjoy all winter. We will have a couple of canners running.... and everyone should get to take home several jars of salsa. This is totally hands on! Wear your apron ... cuz the tomatoes will be flying! Bring a box to help carry the hot jars home. Cost: $24

Monday, September 21
6 - 9 p.m.
#159351

Doctor Up Your Cake Mix

Learn to take your boxed cake from ordinary to extraordinary; simple cake decorating ideas will be shared and practiced. Cost: $24

Tuesday, September 22
6 - 9 p.m.
#159090

Pies/Pie Crust

Pie Crust - How to make, keep and freeze. Then we’ll make a pie. Hmmm... Cost: $24

Wednesday, September 23
6 - 9 p.m.
#159126

If You Knew Sushi is Back Again

Have fun making sushi; we promise that by the end of the class you will be rocking and rolling. Cost: $24

Thursday, September 24
6 - 9 p.m.
#159688

Pickles

Pickle a variety of home grown vegetables including; green beans, zucchini, cucumbers and a corn relish. Cost: $24

Monday, September 28
6 - 9 p.m.
#159639

All Things Chocolate ...

Poured Chocolate Ganache’: Take your cake to the next level with this gourmet cake icing, learn how to make molding chocolate and the art of chocolate roses. Cost: $24

Tuesday, September 29
6 - 9 p.m.
#159088

Thai Dinner

A Favorite Thai Dinner: Shrimp with a Peanut sauce and a cucumber salad. Cost: $24

Wednesday, September 30
6 - 9 p.m.
#159334

 

October

Autumn Pasta

Pasta with squash and tomatoes in rich deep flavored sauces. Cost: $24

Thursday, October 1
6 - 9 p.m.
#159790

Cheesecakes

Make cheesecakes from scratch; plain, chocolate, vanilla and berry. This hands-on training will give you experience in blending the ingredients and how to decorate, garnish and top cheesecakes that look fabulous. Cost: $24

Monday, October 5
6 - 9 p.m.
#159223

Farmer's/Gourmet Markets Chicago

Have a day of culinary adventure in Chicago with Stephanie Godke. Wear your walking shoes and bring a cooler for your purchases. We will start the dat at the farmer’s market and progress to some of Chicago’s best gourmet stores. Cost: $79

Tuesday, October 6
7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
#159183
Kimberly Center Alternative

Make Your Own Wedding Cake

Learn to bake, level and simply decorate a two tier wedding cake. It is easier than it looks! Cost: $24

Tuesday, October 6
6 - 9 p.m.
#159186

Quick, Easy & Fast

Not a romance novel but easy & nutritious dishes. Cost: $24

Wednesday, October 7
6 - 9 p.m.
#159691

Give Me Five Minutes A Day ....

Want to bake your own bread but you think you don’t have the time? I will share the wonders of the Artesian Bread in 5 minutes a Day. We will be making many different baked items out of one dough. You must bring a 5-6 qts plastic storage container with lid.......... an ice cream bucket is perfect! You will want to take this dough home!!! Cost: $24

Thursday, October 8
6 - 9 p.m.
#159181

Gluten-Free Baking Secrets

Secrets to successful GF baking. Make an easy muffin mix for when you want muffins in a hurry and a flour blend for quick cooking of all kinds. Using tried and true techniques of GF baking, we will make savory crackers and bake a cake plus old fashioned Southern biscuits. Cost: $24

Monday, October 12
6 - 9 p.m.
#159184

Rolled Fondant & Buttercream

Learn how to make and use rolled fondant and how to take basic flavored buttercream to the next level. Cost: $24

Tuesday, October 13
6 - 9 p.m.
#159216

MMMMMAVELLOUS MMMMMUFFINS

Some new twists on some old favorites. Cost: $24

Wednesday, October 14
6 - 9 p.m.
#159693

Entree Pies

Pies aren’t only for dessert. Prepare main dish pies including Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie and a yummy Beef Pie with a puff pastry crust. Cost: $24

Thursday, October 15
6 - 9 p.m.
#159180

Homemade Breads & Rolls

Learn how to make bread & rolls from scratch. Cost: $24

Monday, October 19
6 - 9 p.m.
#159224

Cake Pops & Truffles

What’s cuter than a cupcake? A cake pop! Cake pops are cake crumbs and icing or chocolate styled as a lollipop. Learn to shape the cake into a form and decorate it. Plus truffles the perfect indulgence for that sweet tooth. Cost: $24

Tuesday, October 20
6 - 9 p.m.
#159220

Mac the Knife

You won’t win a knife fight but you will learn knife skills and how to debone a chicken breast. Cost: $24

Wednesday, October 21
6 - 9 p.m.
#159692

Heart Healthy Meals

Keep the great taste. Yes, you can have it both ways - great taste and healthy! Learn to modify your favorite recipes to reduce fat, sodium and calories. Cost: $24

Thursday, October 22
6 - 9 p.m.
#159788

Halloween Cookies - Parent/Child

Witches, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns can all be pretty scary... unless they’re cookies! Grab a kiddo and come bake and decorate some Halloween themed cookies with the help of the ladies from 2 Mamas Baking. Don’t forget to bring a cookie sheet to transport wet cookies. Cost: $24

Sat. October 24
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#159686

Cream Puffs

Ever wonder how to make those tender hollow little cream puff shells? Join us to find out! Learn the history and basic techniques of creating sweet and savory pastries from Pate Choux (pot-a-shoo) dough. You will make your own dough and create éclairs and cream puffs. We’ll also make pastry cream, whipped cream, and chocolate Ganache in class to fill your puffs. Cost: $24

Monday, October 26
6 - 9 p.m.
#159277

Crazy About Cupcakes

Learn the tricks of great moist cupcakes, gourmet flavors and simple but eye catching decorations. Cost: $24

Tuesday, October 27
6 - 9 p.m.
#159091

House of the Rising Buns

Basic roll and bread making. Cost: $24

Wednesday, October 28
6 - 9 p.m.
#159690

Winter Soups

Corn chowder, French onion soup, Creamy wild rice and mushroom. Cost: $24

Thursday, October 29
6 - 9 p.m.
#159182