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 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.



Vegan Entrees

Have you considered the health benefits of a Plant-Based Diet? We will be experimenting with severa different combinations of food, including beans and legumes, vegetables, and alternate sources of protein such as Quinoa and Tofu. We will make Lentil Stuffed Mushrooms, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, Hummus Veggie pizza and Vegan Alfredo sauce. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Tuesday, May 19
6 - 9 p.m.

Smoked Turkey Breast Dinner

Learn how to brine and then smoke a turkey breast. This is the juiciest turkey we have ever eaten. We will also prepare party potatoes, fresh green beans and apple dumplings for dessert.

Wednesday, May 20
6 - 9 p.m.


The versatile egg. Learn to make Challah (a European egg bread) to use to make decadent French toast. Master the skill of poaching eggs and make a rich Eggs Benedict, Quiche and round out your egg mastery with an easy Pavlova (meringue dessert from Australia).

Thursday, May 21
6 - 9 p.m.

OPAH! A Greek Festival

In this fun class, you will learn how to make mini Baklava, Spanikopita (spinach pie), Triopitas (cheese triangles), flatbread, and Keftedes (Greek meatballs).

Tuesday, May 26
6 - 9 p.m.

The Best Burgers You Will Ever Eat

From Sliders, to thick juicy gourmet burgers, you will learn there is more to a hamburger than just a beef patty and some ketchup and mustard. Featured in this class will be Thyme scented sliders, Chipotle Pork cheeseburgers, and Hawaiian inspired teriyaki burgers.

Wednesday, May 27
6 - 9 p.m.

Entertaining Made Easy

Gone are the days of breaking the bank on a party. Prepare picture-perfect meat and cheese trays, vibrant vegetable crudités platters, dips galore, and other fun hors d’oeuvres for your next soirée.

Thursday, May 28
6 - 9 p.m.



Pizza on the Grill

With this easy flatbread recipe, you’ll never order out again! These pizzas are ideal on the grill, but can easily be made in your oven as well. We’ll show you how to make these delicious pizzas at home for a fraction of the cost of take out.

Monday, June 1
6 - 9 p.m.

Tent Sale/Woodbridge, IL

A popular event for cake decorators and crafters. This year’s Wilton Tent Sale offers amazing deals on a wide selection of Wilton Cake decorating and baking supplies as well as kitchen and paper craft products from Copco, EK Success Brands and K & Company. Next stop - Wilton Retail Store and School. Next stop Lunch! Then onto IKEA, The Container Store and Whole Foods! Grab something to much on the eay home. Bring your cell phone and a cooler with Ice for perishable purchases.

Tuesday, June 2
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kimberly Center-Alternative Ed

Matcha Green Tea Lovers

Matcha is a fine-ground, powdered, high quality green tea. The tea is used in the Japanese Tea ceremony. In this class, we will make several foods, desserts and beverages with tea. At the end of this class, you will have a Japanese tea delicacy box filled with Japanese food. If you have your own tea bowl and a tea whisk, please bring them to class. This is not required to attend the class.

Tuesday, June 2
6 - 9 p.m.

Orient Express

Take a fast, nutritious and tasty route to terrific Chinese cuisine.

Wednesday, June 3
6 - 9 p.m.

Progressive Dinner

A fun way to entertain and share hosting. Join the fun from appetizers, soup, salad, entrée to dessert.

Thursday, June 4
6 - 9 p.m.

BBQ Ribs

A flavorful, smoky homemade BBQ sauce highlights these delicious BBQ Ribs.

Monday, June 8
6 - 9 p.m.

Summers in Tuscany/Italian Cooking

You read the book. You saw the movie. Now come and learn how to make some Tuscan dishes.

Tuesday, June 9
6 - 9 p.m.

Sunday Brunch

Host a care-free Sunday brunch to impress! Learn to make some essential brunch fare including the perfect Mimosa, a fancy quiche, as well as some other fun and flavorful selections!

Wednesday, June 10
6 - 9 p.m.


Never buy dried pasta again. This fresh pasta class will teach you the basics of making pasta, and then will offer up different uses, including Ravioli and Fettuccini.
Thursday, June 11
6 - 9 p.m.

Steak Night

Learn the secrets the restaurants don’t want you to know. This class is all about the beef. Rounding off this amazing meal will be steakhouse favorites such as hash brown casserole and grilled vegetables.

Monday, June 15
6 - 9 p.m.

South & West Chicago Culinary Tour

Join Stephanie for a culinary tour of the South and West Sides of Chicago. Wear your walking shoes and bring your cell phone and a cooler with ice for your perishable purchases. Cost: $79

Tuesday, June 16
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kimberly Center-Alternative

Italy Awaits

Let Chef John be your guide as you make some of your old and new favorite Italian recipes.

Tuesday, June 16
6 - 9 p.m.

Summer Spaghetti Dinner

We will make homemade Italian salad, Bruschetta, Summer Spaghetti in the microwave and learn the secret to a moist and easy iced cake.
Wednesday, June 17
6 - 9 p.m.

Fresh, Fun Healthy Salad

Learn to create a variety of salads and dressings to inspire freshness on your table!

Thursday, June 18
6 - 9 p.m.

Quick Breads

In this class we are going to take your all-time favorites such as Banana bread, and kick them up a notch. Cheesecake stuffed banana bread, Lemon Zucchini bread, and Apple Snackin’ bread will be featured.

Monday, June 22
6 - 9 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, June 23
6 - 9 p.m.

Breakfast for Dinner

Everyone loves breakfast for dinner, but this class will teach you to take it to another level. Simple yet delicious kicked up French toast with fresh fruit compote and homemade breakfast sausage will be highlighted in this class.

Wednesday, June 24
6 - 9 p.m.

Middle Eastern Mezze and More

Homemade Hummus: Gone are the days of hosting a party and opening up a tub of that store-bought stuff! Learn how to make your own rich, creamy Hummus from scratch - You’ll never go back to the tub! Shakshuka (Tunisian Eggs): And you thought you knew every way to make an egg. A Middle Eastern delicacy, Shakshuka is a classic breakfast dish made with a bold tomato sauce with eggs delicately cooked inside. Revamp your next brunch with this unique dish! Roasted Eggplant with T’hina: Eggplants are a staple in Middle Eastern kitchens. Prepare a simple, yet sophisticated side dish (or vegetarian entree) using a few simple ingredients. Israeli Chopped Salad: Cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions come together in a crisp, refreshing salad!!!

Thursday, June 25
6 - 9 p.m.

Not Your Mama's Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love an ooey, gooey grilled cheese? Featured in this class will be the French classics, Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, and an adult grilled cheese that’s sure to become a family favorite. Bring a cast iron skillet if you have one.

Monday, June 29
6 - 9 p.m.

Gluten-Free Chinese

If you are avoiding Chinese restaurants because you are avoiding gluten, then this is the class for you. Come make Orange Beef and Broccoli, Ginger-Lime Beef stir fry with rice noodles, Five Spice Grilled Chicken thighs with blackberry glaze and yellow rice with spring peas. Who needs to eat out when you can enjoy all this in the comfort of your home?

Tuesday, June 30
6 - 9 p.m.



Fearless Cooking Under Pressure

Learn the versatility of the pressure cooker! This misunderstood and useful kitchen tool makes meals quick, tasty and hot!

Wednesday, July 1
6 - 9 p.m.

Grandma's Fried Chicken Dinner

Do you ever want to make a meal from start to finish and not sure what to put together? We are going to prepare your Grandma’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and individual peach cobblers.

Tuesday, July 7
6 - 9 p.m.

Spice of Life

Not just heat, but added flavor.
Wednesday, July 8
6 - 9 p.m.

Summer Soups

Hot and cold summer soups. Included in this class will be chilled Avocado and Ginger soup, and a creamy Carrot-Leek soup.

Thursday, July 9
6 - 9 p.m.

Flavors of the Caribbean

The highlight of this class will be the world famous Jamaican Jerk chicken, Conch fritters, and Puerto Rican Tostones with a spicy garlic dipping sauce.

Monday, July 13
6 - 9 p.m.

Summer Sippers

This class will equip you with an arsenal of thirst-quenching beverages for the dog days of Summer! Perfect for a lazy day by the pool or for an evening of entertaining friends. Come up with your perfect signature drink that will keep you cool and refreshed.

Tuesday, July 14
6 - 9 p.m.

The Art of Presentation

As the old saying goes, we eat with our eyes first. Learn the secrets of the pros! This class will give you the knowledge to make those drab ordinary plates have appeal and look delicious.

Wednesday, July 15
6 - 9 p.m.

What's Up Grill Friend?

More than Burgers and Brats.
Thursday, July 16
6 - 9 p.m.

Pho Heaven's Sake!

Take an exciting culinary tour of Vietnam with this flavorful soup. In this class, we will explore different regions of Vietnam with different variations of this delicious soup and noodle dish.

Monday, July 20
6 - 9 p.m.

Individual Meatloaf Dinner

We are going to make individual meatloaves, made your way! We will have several different ingredients for you to choose from to put in your personal meatloaf. Beer Dip for our appetizer, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, vegetable and Mom’s Apple crisp.

Tuesday, July 21
6 - 9 p.m.

Mystically Moroccan

Learn how easy it is to make dishes from Morocco and the Middle East.
Wednesday, July 22
6 - 9 p.m.

Russian Flavors

Cold Borsch: Traditional cold beetroot soup. It’s cooler than Gazpacho. Pelmeni: It’s like Russian ravioli, super tasty! Russian Baked Apples: It’s warm, comforting and delicious with a big scoop of ice cream.
Thursday, July 23
6 - 9 p.m.

Hawaiian Luau

You don’t need to visit the islands to have great island food. Featured in this class will be Ahi Poke, Coconut-Lime Shrimp skewers, and Lau Lau’s. (Pork, chicken and butterfish bundles).
Monday, July 27
6 - 9 p.m.


More than Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Tuesday, July 28
6 - 9 p.m.


Who says real men don’t eat quiche? Learn some simple yet satisfying quiche recipes in this class... the secret ingredient? One word...Vodka.

Wednesday, July 29
6 - 9 p.m.

Pork Chops in Gravy Dinner

My family’s favorite way to enjoy pork chops. We will brown the pork chops and let simmer in gravy while we make mashed potatoes, a vegetable and deep dish peach pie.

Thursday, July 30
6 - 9 p.m.



Custards & Puddings

After learning just how easy it is to make these dessert favorites, you’ll never have to buy them again! Featured in this class will be classic Crème Brûlée, chocolate pudding, and Mexican flan.

Monday, August 3
6 - 9 p.m.

Beer Can Chicken on the Grill

Learn how to season the chicken and the beer, Tortellini salad and awesome brownies! And a delicious corn dip appetizer.

Tuesday, August 4
6 - 9 p.m.

Build a Better Burger

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

Wednesday, August 5
6 - 9 p.m.

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.
Kimberly Center-Alternative

A British Sunday Lunch

Authentically British.

Thursday, August 6
6 - 9 p.m.


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.

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.

I Don't Have Time to Cook

Prepare fast and easy delicious meals for a busy

Wednesday, August 12
6 - 9 p.m.


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

Lasagna Dinner

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

Monday, August 24
6 - 9 p.m.

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.

Gourmet on a Dime

Low cost elegant entertaining.

Wednesday, August 26
6 - 9 p.m.

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.

Knead Some Dough?

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

Monday, August 31
6 - 9 p.m.