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Allergen-free Baking — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-05$65— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Eating a healthy diet does not mean giving up your favorite breakfast breads or going without a tasty wrap for your tacos or burritos! Learn how to make muffins, scones, and tortillas that are totally allergen-free. All recipes in this class contain no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or nuts! You will use whole foods and whole flours that pack in iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber that are usually missing from commercial brands. These delights are tasty and easy to make. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class. Mature children age 13+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666787
Amazing Apples!— 2019-09-26 through  2019-09-26$79— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 254. Fall means APPLES! Michigan is one of the leading apple producers, so take advantage of the harvest! Gain knowledge about which variety of apples make the best appetizers, salads, main dishes and desserts. Explore new ways to use apples in all kinds of meal planning. From a meal starter of savory apple crostini to a finish of sweet apple roses, with apple pizza in-between! Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666794
Course ClosedCajun-Creole Cuisine— 2019-10-16 through  2019-10-16$79— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Laissez les bons temps rouler…let the good times roll! In this hands-on class, taught by Chef Geoffrey Jones of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, you will explore the flavors of Louisiana-style cooking. Learn the subtle differences between Cajun and Creole cooking styles as well as where they blend together. Prepare authentic dishes while learning about regional ingredients and techniques. Share a family meal. Basic kitchen skills will also be discussed and demonstrated by Chef Geoff. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667027
Cookie Decorating with Royal Icing— 2019-12-12 through  2019-12-12$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Decorated cookies make a colorful accent to an ordinary cookie tray. Gain tips for working with the dough and learn how to decorate beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. This smooth, hard-drying icing is perfect for making cookies you can stack, freeze or mail without disturbing the decorations. Discover piping techniques and designs using colored royal icing, colored sugars, and other decorative items. Leave with new ideas and skills to use for the holidays. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667202
Crepes Francaises Authentiques— 2019-11-12 through  2019-11-12$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. There is nothing more French than a crêpe except, perhaps, Chef Vanessa Grasset at Crêpes and Co. In this class, Chef Vanessa shares the secret to mixing and making perfectly airy, paper-thin crêpes that elevate everything they enfold. They are quick to prepare and can be served any time of day. Try her French-style crêpe plate and learn to make crêpes with the equipment you already have at home. Prepare sweet and savory fillings for a complete crêpe-making experience. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667232
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult & child age 8 and up)— 2019-10-24 through  2019-10-24$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Celebrate the season with a decorating party! Learn how to create beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. You and your favorite child will have fun making edible delights in whimsical, seasonal designs. October class: apple, pumpkin, turkey and more. December class: snowflake, present and more. Discover piping and flooding techniques using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and other decorative items. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided. Register the adult-only; cost includes one adult and one child age 8 or older.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668025
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult & child age 8 and up)— 2019-12-05 through  2019-12-05$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Celebrate the season with a decorating party! Learn how to create beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. You and your favorite child will have fun making edible delights in whimsical, seasonal designs. October class: apple, pumpkin, turkey and more. December class: snowflake, present and more. Discover piping and flooding techniques using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and other decorative items. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided. Register the adult-only; cost includes one adult and one child age 8 or older.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668034
Course ClosedLife Changing Foods— 2019-10-15 through  2019-10-15$65— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Every meal is an opportunity to feel your best. Does your energy wander off at 3 p.m. and leave you reaching for coffee and cookies just to stay awake? Are you ready to increase your energy and transform your health with a nutrient-packed meal plan? Join registered dietitian Carol Bell to learn how to create easy, colorful and delicious meals that harness the healing power of food. You will find the inspiration and tools to shift from eating processed foods to an anti-inflammatory meal plan that doctors are recommending. We will create and sample tasty foods that connect cooking to health. Discover the energizing power of the top 10 foods that can change the way your body functions. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669478
Pumpkin: Beyond Pie— 2019-10-22 through  2019-10-22$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 254. It is the season for pumpkins and time to discover they are not just for carving or pie anymore. Pumpkin is low in calories and incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins. It is also finding its way into every course on the menu. Learn how to puree, bake and marinate pumpkins while you create a five-course meal. Recipes include curried pumpkin bisque, pumpkin quesadillas, a pumpkin and pasta gratin, and a cold black bean and pumpkin marinated salad. End the evening savoring pumpkin cake with sage glaze. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668558
Course ClosedSheet Pan Dinners — 2019-10-29 through  2019-10-29$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Sheet pan dinners can be easy to assemble and a snap to clean up. These all-in-one dinners will become your new family favorite. Learn how to cook a healthy and family-friendly meal by using a single sheet pan. Recipes include Sheet Pan Fajitas, Steak with Blistered Veggies, Chicken with Salsa, Olives and Lime, and Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwiches. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668459
Soup: Comfort in a Bowl — 2019-11-19 through  2019-11-19$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. The change of seasons from Summer to Fall is the perfect time of year to create soup recipes for comforting meals. Soups not only satisfy, but they make it easy to get in your 5-6 servings of vegetables in a day! You will learn to make scrumptious soups from scratch without a recipe. Join Chef Linda Szarkowski, raw food specialist, business owner, and microgreen farmer, in this plant-based course that is sure to add healthy and hearty meals to your winter table. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668420
Sushi Rolls— 2019-10-26 through  2019-10-26$79— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Learn to create great authentic sushi for your next eating event. Three kinds of sushi are featured: Japanese traditional, California style, and hand-rolled (Temaki-zushi). Chef Misaeng, a native of Japan, guides this hands-on class including tips on ingredient selection, preparation, and serving ideas. Leave with new skills, samples you prepared in class and your own sushi mat to make sushi at home. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668359
Taming the Sugar Monster: Sugar-Free Bootcamp and Support Group— 2019-10-23 through  2019-11-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus Rm. 251. Is it hard for you to say no to sweets, or stop when you already have had one serving? This sugar-free bootcamp and support group is designed to decrease your desire for sweets. Registered Dietitian Kristel Wiesner will lead and support you in a reduced carbohydrate, whole foods eating plan. This class incorporates tastings but is not taught in the kitchen. Although you may lose weight, this is not a calorie-restricted diet, and you need not be hungry. While we will all restrict sugar, you will choose your level of participation based on your goals and current diet. Text, meal plans and recipes are provided. Taming the sugar monster is difficult, but most people find it easier in a supportive group setting. This course is not suitable for a person with an eating disorder. If you are on medication that affects your blood sugar, please inform your doctor you are taking this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668330
Whole Foods Workshop— 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-10$75— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Would you like to get quick, nutritious meals on the table each night? Join Chef Ali Lopez, health and cooking coach, to learn the basics of a whole foods lifestyle and a demonstration of some of her favorite recipes including kale salad and magical Dal! Learn how to reduce your dependence on processed foods, find out how to choose seasonal ingredients, and recognize nutrient-rich foods. Explore ways to navigate the market or produce aisle, stock a healthy pantry, and discover the secrets of batch cooking. Demonstration, discussion, and tasting.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669790
Whole Foods Workshop— 2019-11-07 through  2019-11-07$75— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Would you like to get quick, nutritious meals on the table each night? Join Chef Ali Lopez, health and cooking coach, to learn the basics of a whole foods lifestyle and a demonstration of some of her favorite recipes including kale salad and magical Dal! Learn how to reduce your dependence on processed foods, find out how to choose seasonal ingredients, and recognize nutrient-rich foods. Explore ways to navigate the market or produce aisle, stock a healthy pantry, and discover the secrets of batch cooking. Demonstration, discussion, and tasting.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669785
Amazing Apples!— 2019-09-26 through  2019-09-26$79— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 254. Fall means APPLES! Michigan is one of the leading apple producers, so take advantage of the harvest! Gain knowledge about which variety of apples make the best appetizers, salads, main dishes and desserts. Explore new ways to use apples in all kinds of meal planning. From a meal starter of savory apple crostini to a finish of sweet apple roses, with apple pizza in-between! Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666794
Whole Foods Workshop— 2019-10-10 through  2019-10-10$75— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Would you like to get quick, nutritious meals on the table each night? Join Chef Ali Lopez, health and cooking coach, to learn the basics of a whole foods lifestyle and a demonstration of some of her favorite recipes including kale salad and magical Dal! Learn how to reduce your dependence on processed foods, find out how to choose seasonal ingredients, and recognize nutrient-rich foods. Explore ways to navigate the market or produce aisle, stock a healthy pantry, and discover the secrets of batch cooking. Demonstration, discussion, and tasting.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669790
Course ClosedLife Changing Foods— 2019-10-15 through  2019-10-15$65— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Every meal is an opportunity to feel your best. Does your energy wander off at 3 p.m. and leave you reaching for coffee and cookies just to stay awake? Are you ready to increase your energy and transform your health with a nutrient-packed meal plan? Join registered dietitian Carol Bell to learn how to create easy, colorful and delicious meals that harness the healing power of food. You will find the inspiration and tools to shift from eating processed foods to an anti-inflammatory meal plan that doctors are recommending. We will create and sample tasty foods that connect cooking to health. Discover the energizing power of the top 10 foods that can change the way your body functions. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669478
Course ClosedCajun-Creole Cuisine— 2019-10-16 through  2019-10-16$79— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Laissez les bons temps rouler…let the good times roll! In this hands-on class, taught by Chef Geoffrey Jones of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, you will explore the flavors of Louisiana-style cooking. Learn the subtle differences between Cajun and Creole cooking styles as well as where they blend together. Prepare authentic dishes while learning about regional ingredients and techniques. Share a family meal. Basic kitchen skills will also be discussed and demonstrated by Chef Geoff. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667027
Pumpkin: Beyond Pie— 2019-10-22 through  2019-10-22$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 254. It is the season for pumpkins and time to discover they are not just for carving or pie anymore. Pumpkin is low in calories and incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins. It is also finding its way into every course on the menu. Learn how to puree, bake and marinate pumpkins while you create a five-course meal. Recipes include curried pumpkin bisque, pumpkin quesadillas, a pumpkin and pasta gratin, and a cold black bean and pumpkin marinated salad. End the evening savoring pumpkin cake with sage glaze. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668558
Taming the Sugar Monster: Sugar-Free Bootcamp and Support Group— 2019-10-23 through  2019-11-13$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus Rm. 251. Is it hard for you to say no to sweets, or stop when you already have had one serving? This sugar-free bootcamp and support group is designed to decrease your desire for sweets. Registered Dietitian Kristel Wiesner will lead and support you in a reduced carbohydrate, whole foods eating plan. This class incorporates tastings but is not taught in the kitchen. Although you may lose weight, this is not a calorie-restricted diet, and you need not be hungry. While we will all restrict sugar, you will choose your level of participation based on your goals and current diet. Text, meal plans and recipes are provided. Taming the sugar monster is difficult, but most people find it easier in a supportive group setting. This course is not suitable for a person with an eating disorder. If you are on medication that affects your blood sugar, please inform your doctor you are taking this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668330
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult & child age 8 and up)— 2019-10-24 through  2019-10-24$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Celebrate the season with a decorating party! Learn how to create beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. You and your favorite child will have fun making edible delights in whimsical, seasonal designs. October class: apple, pumpkin, turkey and more. December class: snowflake, present and more. Discover piping and flooding techniques using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and other decorative items. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided. Register the adult-only; cost includes one adult and one child age 8 or older.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668025
Sushi Rolls— 2019-10-26 through  2019-10-26$79— Face to FaceView Details

Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Learn to create great authentic sushi for your next eating event. Three kinds of sushi are featured: Japanese traditional, California style, and hand-rolled (Temaki-zushi). Chef Misaeng, a native of Japan, guides this hands-on class including tips on ingredient selection, preparation, and serving ideas. Leave with new skills, samples you prepared in class and your own sushi mat to make sushi at home. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668359
Course ClosedSheet Pan Dinners — 2019-10-29 through  2019-10-29$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Sheet pan dinners can be easy to assemble and a snap to clean up. These all-in-one dinners will become your new family favorite. Learn how to cook a healthy and family-friendly meal by using a single sheet pan. Recipes include Sheet Pan Fajitas, Steak with Blistered Veggies, Chicken with Salsa, Olives and Lime, and Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwiches. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668459
Allergen-free Baking — 2019-11-05 through  2019-11-05$65— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Eating a healthy diet does not mean giving up your favorite breakfast breads or going without a tasty wrap for your tacos or burritos! Learn how to make muffins, scones, and tortillas that are totally allergen-free. All recipes in this class contain no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or nuts! You will use whole foods and whole flours that pack in iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber that are usually missing from commercial brands. These delights are tasty and easy to make. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class. Mature children age 13+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363666787
Whole Foods Workshop— 2019-11-07 through  2019-11-07$75— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Would you like to get quick, nutritious meals on the table each night? Join Chef Ali Lopez, health and cooking coach, to learn the basics of a whole foods lifestyle and a demonstration of some of her favorite recipes including kale salad and magical Dal! Learn how to reduce your dependence on processed foods, find out how to choose seasonal ingredients, and recognize nutrient-rich foods. Explore ways to navigate the market or produce aisle, stock a healthy pantry, and discover the secrets of batch cooking. Demonstration, discussion, and tasting.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363669785
Crepes Francaises Authentiques— 2019-11-12 through  2019-11-12$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. There is nothing more French than a crêpe except, perhaps, Chef Vanessa Grasset at Crêpes and Co. In this class, Chef Vanessa shares the secret to mixing and making perfectly airy, paper-thin crêpes that elevate everything they enfold. They are quick to prepare and can be served any time of day. Try her French-style crêpe plate and learn to make crêpes with the equipment you already have at home. Prepare sweet and savory fillings for a complete crêpe-making experience. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667232
Soup: Comfort in a Bowl — 2019-11-19 through  2019-11-19$79— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. The change of seasons from Summer to Fall is the perfect time of year to create soup recipes for comforting meals. Soups not only satisfy, but they make it easy to get in your 5-6 servings of vegetables in a day! You will learn to make scrumptious soups from scratch without a recipe. Join Chef Linda Szarkowski, raw food specialist, business owner, and microgreen farmer, in this plant-based course that is sure to add healthy and hearty meals to your winter table. Bring a container to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668420
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult & child age 8 and up)— 2019-12-05 through  2019-12-05$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Celebrate the season with a decorating party! Learn how to create beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. You and your favorite child will have fun making edible delights in whimsical, seasonal designs. October class: apple, pumpkin, turkey and more. December class: snowflake, present and more. Discover piping and flooding techniques using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and other decorative items. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided. Register the adult-only; cost includes one adult and one child age 8 or older.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363668034
Cookie Decorating with Royal Icing— 2019-12-12 through  2019-12-12$69— Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen Rm. 251. Decorated cookies make a colorful accent to an ordinary cookie tray. Gain tips for working with the dough and learn how to decorate beautiful, professional-looking cookies using royal icing. This smooth, hard-drying icing is perfect for making cookies you can stack, freeze or mail without disturbing the decorations. Discover piping techniques and designs using colored royal icing, colored sugars, and other decorative items. Leave with new ideas and skills to use for the holidays. Cookies, take-home container and all other materials are provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 363667202
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