by Alana J. Mauger
Whether you’re a seasoned cook looking for exciting new meal ideas, or you’re a beginner in the kitchen, Montgomery County Community College invites you to enroll in its fall series of Culinary Enthusiast classes at the brand new Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) in Lansdale.
The two-hour demonstration classes cost $79 each and are offered on select Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and select Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. throughout October, November and December.
Classes are taught by experienced chef instructors, and small class sizes and video technology ensure that participants can follow every move while networking in a relaxed and fun environment. In addition, non-alcoholic beverages and food samples will be served during the classes, and participants will each leave with a goodie bag that includes the demonstrated recipes.
For a full list of classes and registration info, visit mc3.edu/culinary. You can also learn more about the Culinary Arts Institute’s credit and non-credit programs during an Open House on Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m.
The fall schedule begins with the basics – “How to Boil Water” – on Oct. 2, during which students will learn basic knife and other culinary techniques. Other October courses cover topics that include weeknight meals, gnocchi, baking bread, soups and stews, cooking with beer, sushi and wedding cake design.
“Football Foods” starts off the November course schedule on Nov. 6, and anyone who’s cooking Thanksgiving dinner won’t want to miss “Everything but the Turkey” with CAI Director Chef Francine Marz on Nov. 16. Other November topics include holiday cookies, poultry and Spanish cuisine.
December course topics include pastas and sauces, gingerbread house design, hors d’oeuvres, and holiday brunch ideas.
Culinary Enthusiast classes are held in the state-of-the-art demo kitchen on the first floor of MCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute, located in the Towamencin Town Square complex, 1374 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale. To learn more, visit mc3.edu/culinary or call 267-646-5970.