Cooking/Culinary

New this fall! All culinary classes meet at NMC's Great Lakes Culinary Institute (715 E Front St.)
If the class you want is already full, call (231) 995-1700 to be added to a waiting list. 

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Call (231) 995-1700 to registerAmazing Apples!—2018-09-27 through 2018-09-27$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus 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 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885124
Course ClosedBuche de Noel--Holiday Yule Log Cake—2018-12-06 through 2018-12-06$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Buche de Noel or Yule Log is another form of a jelly roll. Learn how to make this beautiful iconic holiday cake. Get the secrets of the special homemade buttercream frosting and raspberry jam filling that glues this sculpture dessert. Discover the proper process for rolling the cake, make a delicious chocolate frosting and finally get creative by decorating your log with fun techniques. Bring a 10x14-inch cake pan or baking sheet to carry home your creation.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885425
Course ClosedCookie Decorating with Royal Icing—2018-12-01 through 2018-12-01$49—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 10 am - Noon, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. 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. 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 =312885417
Cooking Mushrooms: More than Morels—2018-10-23 through 2018-10-23$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. Join outdoor enthusiasts, Jill and Aaron Grenchik for a hands-on culinary experience featuring wild foraged mushrooms beyond the morel! Discover the five recognized sauces and learn how to incorporate your own wild mushroom finds. Get ready to prepare a seasonal wild mushroom béchamel sauce which goes great over pasta, fish, poultry or vegetables. 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 =312885166
Course ClosedDinner with A Gentleman in Moscow —2018-10-18 through 2018-10-18$89—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. The Count, in the New York Times best-seller, A Gentleman in Moscow, savored delicious stews served to him during his many years of house arrest in the Metropol Hotel. Prepare some of those he enjoyed, such as Osso Bucco, Latvian Stew and a classic Bouillabaisse. Then impress your book-loving friends and family when you prepare them at home. 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 =312885159
DIY Probiotics: Artisan Sauerkraut and Gingered Carrot—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-04$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-8:30 pm, Great Lakes Campus Rm 254. Create your own probiotics through a safe and simple fermentation process. Learn how to turn vegetables into flavorful superfoods that contain highly absorbable nutrients and beneficial bacteria that enhance your digestion and immunity. You will create your own sauerkraut blend by choosing from a variety of vegetables and seasonings suited to your own taste. You will also learn the vegetable brining technique and make a jar of Gingered Garlic Carrots.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885136
Gnocchi -- the Pudgy Pasta—2018-10-16 through 2018-10-16$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Who can resist fresh, handmade gnocchi? Discover new dinner recipes featuring this versatile bite accompanied by scrumptious sauces. Chef de Cuisine of Mission Table/Jolly Pumpkin, Adam Raupp will demonstrate different methods for making potato, flour and gnocchi. Find out how to properly roll and cook these classic dumplings. Create delicious simple recipes built around this adaptable starch that are sure to satisfy. Bring an appetite and a container for any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885156
Course ClosedHarvest Tarts—2018-10-02 through 2018-10-02$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Rm 254. Embrace sweet and savory fall tarts -- luscious flaky shells filled with warm and sweet-smelling fillings appropriate for bakers at all skill levels. Prepare a variety of flaky shells with a mélange of fresh vegetables. Enjoy an Italian inspired creation, Tomato and Mozzarella in a Parmesan crust. Learn how to incorporate Italian Plums in a Walnut Crust. And a Rustic Onion Olive Caper Tart filled with diverse flavors makes for a playful presentation. Versatile tarts are great as the main event or an appetizer served at room temperature or straight from the oven. 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 =312885133
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult and child age 8 and up)—2018-10-25 through 2018-10-25$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 5:30-7:30 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. 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 =312885170
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult and child age 8 and up)—2018-12-01 through 2018-12-01$59—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 1-3 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. 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 =312885177
It Is All Greek to Me—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Enjoy a night of traditional Greek cooking with Nikki Lennox sharing techniques of her ancestors. Start by making an appetizer of Tzatziki, the yogurt dip served with pita bread. A demonstration on making pita bread is included. Work with phyllo dough to create Spanakopita, the classic layered spinach and cheese pie. Homemade Souviaki marinade tops your grilled shish ka bobs. A honey-walnut cake is your final creation before you sit back to enjoy it all. Bring containers 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 =312885144
Modernist Cuisine—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-08$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Sous Vide? Foams? Spherification? What do these mean? Modernist Cuisine! Get a glimpse into the den of the White Rabbit. Learn and explore the newest techniques in cooking. Develop a basic understanding of Modernist Cuisine and how its scientific approach and applications are forever changing the way we look at food. Modernize your culinary skills with new methods in this demo and hands-on cooking class! Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885414
Pumpkin: Beyond Pie—2018-10-30 through 2018-10-30$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, 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 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885307
Simple Puff Pastry—2018-11-06 through 2018-11-06$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Does the thought of using puff pastry intimidate you? Worry no more! Discover how to make restaurant-looking appetizers, main dishes and desserts using pre-made puff pastry dough. Begin with making an asparagus, goat cheese and bacon tart. Impress your guests with a delicious Pork Wellington. Discover ways to make decorative finishing touches for any recipe. Top off an evening with simple apple roses. Gain confidence to try these new recipes and techniques with your own favorite ingredients. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885407
Course ClosedSushi Rolls—2018-10-27 through 2018-10-27$79—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 11 am - 2 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885180
Course ClosedYeah Paella—2018-10-11 through 2018-10-11$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Discover the history and flavor of this authentic dish of Spain! Bring paella home as you discover three tasty variations, featuring delicious flavors and its signature saffron hue: Valencia Vegetable Paella, Chorizo Paella and Seafood Paella. Learn how to prepare the sofrito (flavor base) for paella and the secrets for perfectly cooked rice. 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 =312885149
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerAmazing Apples!—2018-09-27 through 2018-09-27$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus 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 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885124
Course ClosedHarvest Tarts—2018-10-02 through 2018-10-02$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Rm 254. Embrace sweet and savory fall tarts -- luscious flaky shells filled with warm and sweet-smelling fillings appropriate for bakers at all skill levels. Prepare a variety of flaky shells with a mélange of fresh vegetables. Enjoy an Italian inspired creation, Tomato and Mozzarella in a Parmesan crust. Learn how to incorporate Italian Plums in a Walnut Crust. And a Rustic Onion Olive Caper Tart filled with diverse flavors makes for a playful presentation. Versatile tarts are great as the main event or an appetizer served at room temperature or straight from the oven. 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 =312885133
DIY Probiotics: Artisan Sauerkraut and Gingered Carrot—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-04$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-8:30 pm, Great Lakes Campus Rm 254. Create your own probiotics through a safe and simple fermentation process. Learn how to turn vegetables into flavorful superfoods that contain highly absorbable nutrients and beneficial bacteria that enhance your digestion and immunity. You will create your own sauerkraut blend by choosing from a variety of vegetables and seasonings suited to your own taste. You will also learn the vegetable brining technique and make a jar of Gingered Garlic Carrots.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885136
It Is All Greek to Me—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Enjoy a night of traditional Greek cooking with Nikki Lennox sharing techniques of her ancestors. Start by making an appetizer of Tzatziki, the yogurt dip served with pita bread. A demonstration on making pita bread is included. Work with phyllo dough to create Spanakopita, the classic layered spinach and cheese pie. Homemade Souviaki marinade tops your grilled shish ka bobs. A honey-walnut cake is your final creation before you sit back to enjoy it all. Bring containers 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 =312885144
Course ClosedYeah Paella—2018-10-11 through 2018-10-11$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Discover the history and flavor of this authentic dish of Spain! Bring paella home as you discover three tasty variations, featuring delicious flavors and its signature saffron hue: Valencia Vegetable Paella, Chorizo Paella and Seafood Paella. Learn how to prepare the sofrito (flavor base) for paella and the secrets for perfectly cooked rice. 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 =312885149
Gnocchi -- the Pudgy Pasta—2018-10-16 through 2018-10-16$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Who can resist fresh, handmade gnocchi? Discover new dinner recipes featuring this versatile bite accompanied by scrumptious sauces. Chef de Cuisine of Mission Table/Jolly Pumpkin, Adam Raupp will demonstrate different methods for making potato, flour and gnocchi. Find out how to properly roll and cook these classic dumplings. Create delicious simple recipes built around this adaptable starch that are sure to satisfy. Bring an appetite and a container for any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885156
Course ClosedDinner with A Gentleman in Moscow —2018-10-18 through 2018-10-18$89—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. The Count, in the New York Times best-seller, A Gentleman in Moscow, savored delicious stews served to him during his many years of house arrest in the Metropol Hotel. Prepare some of those he enjoyed, such as Osso Bucco, Latvian Stew and a classic Bouillabaisse. Then impress your book-loving friends and family when you prepare them at home. 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 =312885159
Cooking Mushrooms: More than Morels—2018-10-23 through 2018-10-23$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. Join outdoor enthusiasts, Jill and Aaron Grenchik for a hands-on culinary experience featuring wild foraged mushrooms beyond the morel! Discover the five recognized sauces and learn how to incorporate your own wild mushroom finds. Get ready to prepare a seasonal wild mushroom béchamel sauce which goes great over pasta, fish, poultry or vegetables. 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 =312885166
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult and child age 8 and up)—2018-10-25 through 2018-10-25$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 5:30-7:30 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. 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 =312885170
Course ClosedSushi Rolls—2018-10-27 through 2018-10-27$79—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 11 am - 2 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885180
Pumpkin: Beyond Pie—2018-10-30 through 2018-10-30$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, 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 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885307
Simple Puff Pastry—2018-11-06 through 2018-11-06$79—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Does the thought of using puff pastry intimidate you? Worry no more! Discover how to make restaurant-looking appetizers, main dishes and desserts using pre-made puff pastry dough. Begin with making an asparagus, goat cheese and bacon tart. Impress your guests with a delicious Pork Wellington. Discover ways to make decorative finishing touches for any recipe. Top off an evening with simple apple roses. Gain confidence to try these new recipes and techniques with your own favorite ingredients. Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885407
Modernist Cuisine—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-08$79—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Sous Vide? Foams? Spherification? What do these mean? Modernist Cuisine! Get a glimpse into the den of the White Rabbit. Learn and explore the newest techniques in cooking. Develop a basic understanding of Modernist Cuisine and how its scientific approach and applications are forever changing the way we look at food. Modernize your culinary skills with new methods in this demo and hands-on cooking class! Bring containers to take home any creations you do not sample in class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885414
Course ClosedHoliday Cookie Decorating with Kids (For adult and child age 8 and up)—2018-12-01 through 2018-12-01$59—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 1-3 pm, Great Lakes Campus, Kitchen rm 254. 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 =312885177
Course ClosedCookie Decorating with Royal Icing—2018-12-01 through 2018-12-01$49—Face to FaceView Details

Sat, 10 am - Noon, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. 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. 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 =312885417
Course ClosedBuche de Noel--Holiday Yule Log Cake—2018-12-06 through 2018-12-06$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-9 pm, Great Lakes Campus Kitchen Rm 254. Buche de Noel or Yule Log is another form of a jelly roll. Learn how to make this beautiful iconic holiday cake. Get the secrets of the special homemade buttercream frosting and raspberry jam filling that glues this sculpture dessert. Discover the proper process for rolling the cake, make a delicious chocolate frosting and finally get creative by decorating your log with fun techniques. Bring a 10x14-inch cake pan or baking sheet to carry home your creation.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Great Lakes  — Maps
  • Course ID =312885425
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