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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Culinary Community Education

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College’s Community Education Program offers a variety of hands-on, non-credit culinary classes that are open to the public year around. Customized courses, private, and company-only courses are also available. Contact Kristin Howell at (501) 907-6670 ext. 3407 or email [email protected] for pricing and details.

Wednesday, March 13

Perfect Pasta

There is nothing more delicious than fresh pasta, and making it yourself is much easier than you might think. Join Chef Hall as he shows you how to create the perfect pasta dough by hand, which can be the base for endless variations and shapes. Then, you will create flavorful, complementary sauces to pair with your handmade noodles. Renew your passion for pasta by learning the skills for making it from scratch and create flavorsome and satisfying new dishes.
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Robert Hall


Wednesday, March 13

Wine and Food Pairings

Wine and food pairing: an art or a science? It’s both! Join Wine Educator Lorri Hambuchen in an interactive course that allows you to discover why some marriages are magical, and others...not so much. You will explore how to identify, evaluate and make the most of the unique flavors, textures and aromas of a variety of wines and foods. Most important, you’ll leave with the confidence you need to create satisfying – and oftentimes surprising – matches either for dinner, your next party, a grill out or just effortless enjoyment.
Cost: $75
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Lorri Hambuchen


Thursday, March 14

Sugar Cookie Decorating

Sugar Cookie Decorating Create your own personalized cookies! In this class, Chef Lea will take you through a step-by-step journey of how to make and decorate the perfect sugar cookie. During the class you will learn tricks for cookie baking, decorating, icing preparation, and marble designs. You will leave the class with 8 cookies and copies of recipes.
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Confectionery Lab
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Saturday, March 16

Caking It With Kids (Ages 6-10)

Session 3: Buttercream Piping
Each student will take home 12 chocolate cupcakes topped with piped buttercream cactus and floral decorations that they made.
Cost: $60 per class or $200 for the four class series
When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Jan Lewandowski


Tuesday, March 26

Bake Like A Pro: Simple Yeast Breads

A loaf of homemade bread is a beautiful thing. Soft, springy, and fresh — it’s perfect for slathering with some nut butter or turning into amazing sandwiches. Bread baking is a craft for sure, but something you certainly can (and should try to) do at home. It might take you some time to develop your bread-baking techniques, but it does not have to be scary or seem unachievable. Consider the time it takes to measure, knead, and proof as moments of calm and comfort rather than stress. Let’s get to it!
Cost: $75
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Billy Ginocchio


Wednesday, March 27

Gnocchi!

Gnocchi helped power the Roman Legions as the empire expanded across the European continent centuries ago. In this skill-driven class celebrating this timeless pasta, Chef Hall will show you exactly how to prepare from scratch these light dumplings perfectly every time. Students will learn to pair their creations with different sauces, from traditional potato gnocchi with tomato sauce to sweet potato gnocchi in brown butter sauce, with fresh sage, these dishes are sure to please even your hungriest guests.
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Robert Hall


Wednesday, April 3

Wine Tasting 101

With over 5,000 different wine grape varieties growing around the world, only about a dozen have risen to a status of being considered amazingly great. During this class, you’ll explore the basic profile of some of the world’s finest grapes and learn why some grapes make better wine than others. You will also learn the common tasting techniques used by winemakers, sommeliers, critics and other professionals. Join Wine Educator Lorri Hambuchen for an evening of enjoyment and exploration! You’ll taste like a pro in no time flat.
Cost: $75
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Lorri Hambuchen


Wednesday, April 17

Wine and Food Pairings

Wine and food pairing: an art or a science? It’s both! Join Wine Educator Lorri Hambuchen in an interactive course that allows you to discover why some marriages are magical, and others...not so much. You will explore how to identify, evaluate and make the most of the unique flavors, textures and aromas of a variety of wines and foods. Most important, you’ll leave with the confidence you need to create satisfying – and oftentimes surprising – matches either for dinner, your next party, a grill out or just effortless enjoyment.
Cost: $75
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Lorri Hambuchen


Thursday, April 18

Classic French Macarons

Impress your friends and family with delicate, delectable macarons right from your own kitchen. These quintessentially French cookies can be tricky to make. Chef Chocla Lea will walk you through every step of the process. We’ll cover the essentials from meringue making to macronage, piping with precision to achieving the perfect pied (foot).
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Bake Shop
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Saturday, April 20

Caking It With Kids (Ages 6-10)

Session 4: Fondant and Gum Paste
Each student will take home a 6" round coconut cake for Easter. We will be making the Easter Bunny - Covering cakes with fondant, making wired gum paste decorations and modeling characters. Vanilla cake available upon request.
Cost: $60 per class or $200 for the four class series
When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Jan Lewandowski


Tuesday, April 23

French Croissant Workshop

Let Chef Wendy Schay teach you how to make buttery, layered French croissants. This hands-on class will cover every step of croissant making including mixing, shaping, proofing, and baking. You will bake beautiful plain, chocolate-filled, and savory ham and cheese croissants. After class, you will have produced a dozen croissants to take home, plus all the recipes used, to impress your friends and family.

Cost: $75
When: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Gold Lab
Instructor: Wendy Schay


Tuesday, April 23

Art of the Sandwich

In theory, a perfectly balanced meal includes some protein, but not too much; a vegetable or two; some fruit and a carbohydrate. Such a meal also should balance tastes — savory, a little sour or bitter maybe, perhaps some sweet and salt — and textures, from chewy to succulent to crisp. Let's go a step further and propose that this meal also can conveniently be eaten with one hand, while playing cards. Come to this hands-on class and explore the Art of the Sandwich.
Cost: $75
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Gold Lab
Instructor: Billy Ginocchio


Thursday, April 25

Petit Fours

These bite-sized cakes are full of flavor! Learn how to layer these petite morsels with a variety of buttercreams, jams, and chocolate. Each participant with cut, dip, decorate, and take home delicious petit fours.
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $65
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Confectionery Lab
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Wednesday, May 1

Advanced Wine Tasting – Discover Your Wine Style

Once you understand Tasting 101 you are ready to discover the thousands of possibilities of wines to enjoy. There are over 10,000 possible flavors in wine. There are over 500 bottles in the average wine shop. When you pick up a bottle of wine, do you know if you are really going to like it? Have you bought an expensive bottle only to be disappointed? If so, you are not alone. This is an issue that has plagued wine lovers for centuries. Each and every one of us has ever so slightly different sense of taste, which means that not all wines are going to appeal to all people.
Join Wine Educator Lorri Hambuchen on an exploration to enjoy wine to the fullest. You don’t need to know every single wine style in the world. You don’t need to memorize every wine grape and every wine region. All you really need to start your journey into knowing YOUR wine style.

Cost: $75
When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Lorri Hambuchen


Thursday, May 2

Sugar Cookie Decorating

Sugar Cookie Decorating Create your own personalized cookies! In this class, Chef Lea will take you through a step-by-step journey of how to make and decorate the perfect sugar cookie. During the class you will learn tricks for cookie baking, decorating, icing preparation, and marble designs. You will leave the class with 8 cookies and copies of recipes.
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Confectionery Lab
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Tuesday, May 7

French Croissant Workshop

Let Chef Wendy Schay teach you how to make buttery, layered French croissants. This hands-on class will cover every step of croissant making including mixing, shaping, proofing, and baking. You will bake beautiful plain, chocolate-filled, and savory ham and cheese croissants. After class, you will have produced a dozen croissants to take home, plus all the recipes used, to impress your friends and family.

Cost: $75
When: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Bake Shop
Instructor: Wendy Schay


Tuesday, May 14

Cinnamon Rolls

Your friends and family won't forget waking up to the sweet smells of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar permeating through the house from your fresh baked cinnamon rolls! Want to know how it is done? Join Chef Chocla Lea in the kitchen to find out! During class you will learn the basic techniques of creating a sweet dough which include mixing, kneading, rolling, hand shaping your rolls, and properly proofing. You will also see a demonstration on how to make pecan sticky buns. Wait until you taste these warm treats straight out of the oven! Take home a half dozen big cinnamon rolls that you bake, recipes, and the knowledge to recreate these sweet treats at home.
Cost: $65
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Bake Shop
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Tuesday, May 21

Petit Fours

These bite-sized cakes are full of flavor! Learn how to layer these petite morsels with a variety of buttercreams, jams, and chocolate. Each participant with cut, dip, decorate, and take home delicious petit fours.
When: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $65
Where: UA-Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Confectionery Lab
Instructor: Chocla Lea