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Culinary

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | Online | Off-Site

Get cooking! Our Culinary Arts classes are brimming with flavor from instructors who will share their knowledge, techniques and tips with you, giving you the confidence you need to make cooking a simple, fun and creative experience! Explore areas like Baker’s Delight, International Flavors, the Main Event, Appetizers and Sides, and Tips and Tricks.

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314-984-7777

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Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

Healthy Frying With Your Air Fryer

Enjoy fried foods the healthier way and learn to use your air fryer like a pro. Enjoy the A-to-Zs of air frying, from apple fritters to zucchini fries. Come hungry!
FOOD-722 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F02 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Aug. 29 | Culinary Arts House
F01 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Sept. 26 | Culinary Arts House

What’s in Your Spice Cabinet? An Exploration of Spices From A to Z

Have you ever wanted to make dinner menus more exciting, but felt lost as to which spices to use for which recipe? Pull out your spices and discover everything from Anise to Turmeric, where each comes from and how to identify high quality varieties. Explore each spice’s look, taste, smell and best pairings. Email CookingwithMichelleM@gmail.com two weeks in advance for your course packet. At your request, you’ll be mailed mini samples of up to four spices so you can experience them for yourself (or try them in one of the spice-focused recipes in your class packet!)
FOOD-747 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F01 W 6-9:30 p.m. | Michelle Melton
Sept. 1 | Online

Cooking With Your Instant Pot

From applesauce to zucchini bread, it’s amazing what can be cooked in an Instant Pot. Learn how to prep food ahead of time and ways to prepare meals from frozen food. Lessen your stress and get dinner on the table quickly with a little pre-planning. Please bring containers.
FOOD-765 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Sept. 12 | Culinary Arts House

Roast Your Own Coffee

Warning: This class will spoil your taste buds for delicious coffee! Roasting coffee is easier than it sounds and you can do it right in your own home. Learn the process of roasting your own coffee, the different methods of roasting, and the advantages and disadvantages, the characteristics of different green coffees (and where you can find them!) and how to grind your own coffee. There is an entire sub-culture of people roasting their own coffee; become part of it and enjoy your coffee even more. Bring a container to take home your own roasted coffee.
FOOD-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F03 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Roy Lenox
Sept. 21 | Kirkwood High School
F04 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Roy Lenox
Nov. 2 | Kirkwood High School

NEW! Kombucha 101

Kombucha has recently become a trendy drink in the U.S., but this fermented tea has roots that go back to ancient Asian culture. Discover the potential health benefits and learn about the brewing process in this informational, introductory class. Leave feeling empowered to introduce kombucha into your kitchen and wellness routine! Students will not brew in class.
FOOD-765 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F05 W 7-9 p.m. | William Pauley
Sept. 22 | MC-SW 106

Introduction to Food Photography

Do you want to take better photos of your food to improve your blog or elevate your tasty business? This class has the recipe to get you there! Through hands-on, interactive projects, learn photography fundamentals, composition, styling and editing. By the end of this course, identify your niche and personal photography style, grow a beautiful backdrop and prop collection and develop a portfolio. Supplies required include digital camera or smartphone camera (preferred) and laptop; list of additional supplies will be sent.
FOOD-722 | 4 sessions | $119.50 AGE 60+ | $149 REG
F04 M 6-9 p.m. | Deva Williamson
Oct. 4-25 | MC-BA 118

What Else Can Your Waffle Maker Do?

One-use appliances can feel like an inconvenience or a waste of space. Maximize the usage of your waffle maker and discover new ideas to transform this appliance from its boring breakfast identity into one of your kitchen’s superstars!
FOOD-722 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F03 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Oct. 10 | Culinary Arts House

NEW! Plant-Based Diet 101: Getting Started

Plant-based eating has health benefits that contribute to longevity. Discover easy solutions to begin a plant-based diet. Learn which foods you should consider eating more of, and how to prepare them with flavor and feel satiated. Dispel common myths about healthy fats, plant-based protein, budgeting, and techniques for handling social situations. Class includes a cooking demo as well as easy recipe suggestions to get you started.
FOOD-765 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F07 W 6:30-8:30 | Monica Stoutenborough
Nov. 10 | Online

Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives

Most people agree: giving up cheese can be the biggest challenge when switching to a plant-based diet. Discover why it’s so challenging and how you can easily make the switch. You’ll learn a very simple cheese sauce recipe that doesn’t require complicated equipment or expensive ingredients. Get recipes for diary alternatives including cheese sauce, making your own milk, and creamy salad dressing.
FOOD-765 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F06 W 6:30-8:30 | Monica Stoutenborough
Dec. 15 | Online

NEW! Fall Meals

Learn to cook two delectable meals that are perfect for autumn, taught at a slower pace with one-on-one assistance for easy-level skill development. During the first session, you’ll prepare spaghetti with meat sauce, homestyle green beans, garlic bread and homemade peanut butter cups. The next week, you’ll make cheesy chicken broccoli bake, mashed potatoes and apple crisp. Bring take-home containers.
FOOD-723 | 2 sessions | $46 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
F01 M 6-9 p.m. | Latoya Chauncey
Sept. 13-20 | Culinary Arts House

Indian Appetizers for Entertaining

Serve a few or serve a crowd! Appetizers can be a fun starter for a party or a full meal for your family. Recipe selections will include spicy shrimp cutlets with mint sauce, vegetable Galouti kebab (made with taro root and rajma) with yogurt sauce, chicken kebab and vegetable momo (steamed dumpling) with sesame and tomato chutney.
FOOD-734 | 1 session | $66.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
F01 F 6-9 p.m. | Phraba Pergadia
Sept. 17 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Moroccan Tagine

Moroccan cuisine reflects its cultural influences (Berber, Arab and French) while utilizing the rich Mediterranean agriculture. Explore the culinary pleasures of Morocco with authentic recipes straight from the Moroccan kitchen. The menu for this hands-on class includes meat and vegetable tagines, hot and cold salads, as well as traditional mint tea and fresh bread. Learn how Moroccan chefs use spices and herbs, an essential component to this style. Please bring a container.
FOOD-734 | 1 session | $55 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
F03 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lisa Payne
Oct. 2 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Comfort Foods

Learn to cook two comforting meals that are great for sharing and taught at a slower pace with one-on-one assistance for easy level skill development. During the first session, you’ll prepare chicken pot pie, garden salad and cherry-chocolate pudge pie. The next week, create pizza mac and cheese, lemon pepper spinach and strawberry icebox cake. Bring take-home containers.
FOOD-723 | 2 sessions | $46 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
F02 M 6-9 p.m. | Latoya Chauncey
Oct. 11-18 | Culinary Arts House

Modern Day Sauce Masters: Conquering Pan Sauce While Making Chicken Madeira or Chicken Marsala at Home

Become a modern day sauce master. Learn how to make pan sauces from scratch using modern day ingredients paired with classic techniques. Make a basic pan sauce thickened with a corn starch slurry as you follow along with the instructor step-by-step from the comfort of your own kitchen. Make your choice of Chicken Madeira or Chicken Marsala along with perfectly cooked al dente pasta. Then, enjoy your dinner as you hear how to create your own pan sauces. Email CookingwithMichelleM@gmail.com prior to the class for the shopping list and class packet.
FOOD-747 | 1 session | $55 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
F02 W 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Michelle Melton
Oct. 13 | Online

Coastal Mexican Cuisine

Seafood plays a major role in Mexican cuisine. The nutrient rich waters bordering more than half of Mexico provide an abundance of seafood, and the flavors of the country are a perfect complement to seafood. Coctel de Camarones or a shrimp cocktail with avocado dressing and a delicious seafood stew from Tampico will set the stage for the start of a beautiful meal. Pescado a la Veracruzana is a famous fish dish that combines chiles and tomatoes from the New World and a very Spanish addition of capers and olives. From the city of Acapulco you have fish filets baked in foil with tomatoes, cilantro and red onions. Arroz al Estilo Costeño or rice cooked coastal style will accompany the fish dishes. This class is part demonstration and part hands-on. Please bring a container for food to take home.
FOOD-734 | 1 session | $66.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
F04 Sa 6-9 p.m. | Phraba Pergadia
Oct. 16 | Culinary Arts House

NEW! The Art of Charcuterie

Create a perfect charcuterie board in this hands-on session. Perfect for gatherings of friends and family, these boards are bound to impress. Learn about spacing, savory versus sweet flavor combos, and take home your very own completed board. Gluten-free options available. All supplies, including board, are included in class cost.
FOOD-714 | 1 session | $43 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F01 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Amanda Miller
Oct. 23 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Irresistible Vegetables: Who Knew? (First Edition)

Are you tired of cooking corn, broccoli, carrots, and peas the same way every night? Rediscover the wonders of veggies through simple, often quick recipes that will leave your family coming back for more. Explore cooking techniques and preparation tricks for 18 different veggie recipes including Chinese green beans, Marsala Brussels sprouts, Parmesan zucchini chips, chocolate zucchini bread and cauliflower au gratin. Email CookingwithMichelleM@gmail.com in advance for the class packet.
FOOD-735 | 1 session | $51.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 W 7-9:30 p.m. | Michelle Melton
Nov. 3 | Online

Brunch at Tiffany’s: Holiday Brunch

Whether you are entertaining at home or taking a dish to family and friends, delicious brunch recipe ideas during the holidays are a perfect gift. Learn how to make puff pastry mini quiches (an at-home version of your favorite bakery-cafe egg soufflés), eggnog French toast with bananas Foster sauce, oven-roasted herb potatoes and a layered cheesecake fruit trifle. Also, learn how to make an easy croissant brittle for gift giving that is perfect with your favorite coffee drink.
FOOD-725 | 1 session | $51.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Tiffany Smith
Nov. 6 | Online

Mezze on the Mezzanine! Middle Eastern Small Plates

Are you looking for ideas for your holiday entertaining? Just put together a mezze platter! It is simple, elegant and delicious, perfect for cocktail parties with friends or for your traditional holiday meal. In the Middle East, meze or mezze are small plates similar to Spanish tapas, served hot or cold, spicy or savory, and are generally accompanied by wine, beer or other alcoholic drink. Recipes for this class include salmon and bulgur tartare with olive and preserved lemon salsa, grilled eggplant pate, marinated peppers with buffalo mozzarella, cauliflower and cumin fritters with yogurt sauce, bulgur salad, beet borani or roasted beets with yogurt sauce and fried onion, and cardamom and rosewater poached pears. Please bring containers.
FOOD-734 | 1 session | $66.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
F02 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Phraba Pergadia
Dec. 4 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Introduction to Cake Decorating

Have you fallen in love with the art of cake decorating but don’t know where to start developing your skills? Learn the basics of buttercream, ganache and fondant to get started, and gain hands-on experience assembling flawless tiers. Practice leveling cake layers, filling and icing a cake with sharp edges. Familiarize yourself with the most commonly used piping tips for writing with icing and adding decorative borders and flowers. First class is fun and informational, and class supply list will be given. Supplies extra.
FOOD-701 | 4 sessions | $119.50 AGE 60+ | $149 REG
F03 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Deva Williamson
Nov. 2-23 | Online

Cake Decorating for Fun or Profit: Beginning and Intermediate

Unleash your creativity with cake decorating! Start with instruction and practice using basic tools to torte, fill and ice your cakes. Decorate them with flowers, writing and borders to make your cakes creative, casual, elegant or romantic. Then, enhance your artistic skills and creative abilities with techniques like striped buttercream, ruffle rosettes, royal icing and fondant embellishments, figure piping and cupcake design. Learn for fun or for the reward of starting your own business. First class is informational and a supply list will be given. Supplies extra.
FOOD-701 | 8 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $189 REG
F04 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Carla Soll
Sept. 14-Nov. 9 | FV-Private Dining Room A
• NOTE: No class Oct. 5.

Cake Decorating in a Day

Unleash your creativity with cake decorating! Gain instruction and practice using basic tools to torte, fill and ice your cakes. Decorate them with flowers, writing, and borders to make your cakes creative, casual, elegant or romantic. Learn for fun or for the reward of starting your own business. Supplies are included.
FOOD-701 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Dec. 12 | Culinary Arts House

Advanced Cake Decorating

Use buttercream, ganache and fondant to make beautiful and creative cakes. Assemble flawless tiers, practice leveling layers and filling, and ice cakes with sharp edges. Expand your use of piping tips for writing with icing and add decorative borders and flowers. First class is fun and informational, and class supply list will be given. Supplies extra.
FOOD-703 | 3 sessions | $127 AGE 60+ | $149 REG
F01 Th 6-9 p.m. | Deva Williamson
Sept. 2-16 | Online

NEW! Autumn Cakes and Buttercream Flowers

Capture the beautiful colors of autumn in your next delectable delight! Learn to sculpt and pipe elaborate buttercream flowers, and master insider tips and tricks. Discover how to pipe swoon-worthy flowers, make an authentic buttercream, and balance color buttercream colors to capture an autumn aesthetic. Class supply list will be given. Supplies extra.
FOOD-701 | 3 sessions | $93 AGE 60+ | $115 REG
F02 Th 6-9 p.m. | Deva Williamson
Oct. 14-28 | Online

NEW! Iced and Decorated Sugar Cookies: Halloween

Impress your guests through the art of cookie decorating! Get tips and tricks to create flat, pretty cookies perfect for holidays and special events. Your cookies are sure to delight family and friends. Bring a cookie sheet with sides to take your creations home.
FOOD-708 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F01 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Oct. 24 | Culinary Arts House

Iced and Decorated Sugar Cookies: Shapes of Autumn

Impress your guests through the art of cookie decorating! Get tips and tricks to create flat, pretty cookies perfect for holidays and special events. Your cookies are sure to delight family and friends. Bring a cookie sheet with sides to take your creations home.
FOOD-708 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F02 Su 1-4 p.m. | Teri Wiley
Nov. 14 | Culinary Arts House


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