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Friday, January 21, 2022

Culinary Community Education

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College’s Community Education Program offers a variety of hands-on, non-credit culinary classes offered at the college's state-of-the-art Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) 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.

Community Education Policies

Registration Requirements: Registration is required for all Community Education classes. To begin registration please click on the class title. To register by phone, please call Kristin Howell at (501) 907-6670 ext. 3407

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if canceled at least 7 days before the class date. Cancellations occurring within 7 days of the class date will only receive a refund only if the class spot can be sold.

Community Education Class Enrollment Minimum Policy: In order to use teaching resources to their fullest, a Class Enrollment Minimum Policy is used to ensure that courses offered have a minimum number of enrolled students. Such a policy allows students to engage with a sufficient number of other learners in the classroom and also efficiently uses instructor time, thus facilitating the research and service portions of instructor obligations. In the event that a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will receive a full refund.


Thursday, January 20

Cinnamon Rolls (SOLD OUT)

What’s Saturday morning without fresh cinnamon rolls? Yeast and proofing and cutting might seem daunting but Chef Kelli Marks shows you how to make it easy. Learn how to make classic cinnamon rolls, carrot cake rolls and orange iced rolls. Leave with pans of rolls to bake at home.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Thursday, January 27

XOXO Sugar Cookie Decorating

Decorate with love in this Valentine's Day-themed Sugar Cookie Decorating class. From start to finish, Chef Kelli Marks breaks down how to bake the perfect sugar cookie and make icing using a variety of techniques. Learn about icing, sprinkles, and everything you need to create edible works of art. Leave with a dozen holiday-themed decorated cookies.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, January 31

The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces: Béchamel

Class 1. Béchamel - Learning to make velvety béchamel is a cornerstone of any culinary school education, but don’t let this simple white sauce recipe intimidate you. Once you’ve got it down, it can be incorporated into any number of indulgent showstoppers.

The Series: Bechamel. Veloute. Espgnole. Tomato. Hollandaise.

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless other delicious dishes. Students will take home recipes and all food made in this hands-on cooking series.

Cost: $75 per class or $325 for complete series | Register for the series
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Thursday, February 10

XOXO Sugar Cookie Decorating

Decorate with love in this Valentine's Day-themed Sugar Cookie Decorating class. From start to finish, Chef Kelli Marks breaks down how to bake the perfect sugar cookie and make icing using a variety of techniques. Learn about icing, sprinkles, and everything you need to create edible works of art. Leave with a dozen holiday-themed decorated cookies.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Friday, February 11

Couples Cooking: Risotto

It is date night! Grab the one you want to be with and join Chef Adrienne Rogers in the kitchen as she teaches you how to make scallop risotto from scratch! Work together with your partner to make a delicious homemade dinner that tastes amazing and brings you closer together. You will leave class with fun memories, leftovers, and all recipes.

Cost: $130 per couple
Time: 6-9 PM
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Adrienne Rogers

Tuesday, February 15

Basic Butchery and Knife Skills

The first lesson in a cook's training is to learn to select, handle and maintain knives. Each knife has a specific purpose for which it is best suited. Learning to use each knife confidently and accurately takes a great deal of practice.
In this hands-on class, Chef Zack Thomas will teach you, which knife to use - and how to use it - as you bone a whole chicken, then, make delicious southern fried chicken with classic macaroni and cheese.

You’ll go home with a new set of skills, recipes, and all food prepared.

Cost: $75
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Zack Thomas

Thursday, February 24

Classic French Macarons

Dare to dream of pillowy macarons?

These cute sandwich cookies are daunting, but Chef Kelli Marks shows you how to make them easy, fun, and full of flavors. Take home recipes and everything baked.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, February 28

The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces: Veloute

Class 2. Veloute - A veloute sauce features a white stock thickened with a blond roux, resulting in a velvety, smooth texture. While the most common type of veloute uses chicken stock as a base, you can make it with fish stock or veal stock, depending on the protein in your final dish. Learn how to make this staple sauce then how to transform it into more complex sauces.

The Series: Bechamel. Veloute. Espgnole. Tomato. Hollandaise.

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless other delicious dishes. Students will take home recipes and all food made in this hands-on cooking series.

Cost: $75 per class or $325 for complete series | Register for the series
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Thursday, March 10

Sugar Cookie Decorating: Spring

Spring showers and flower power rule in this Spring-themed Sugar Cookie Decorating class. From start to finish, Chef Kelli Marks breaks down how to bake the perfect sugar cookie and make icing using a variety of techniques. Learn about icing, sprinkles, and everything you need to create edible works of art Leave with a dozen holiday-themed decorated cookies.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, March 14

Vinaigrettes

What is a Vinaigrette? In its simplest form, it is a mix of oil and vinegar—something to dip our bread in or toss as dressing in our salads. Typically, a vinaigrette has a ratio of three-part oil to one-part vinegar. However, they can be made with myriad ingredients, and put to nearly endless uses. In this class, students will study the versatility and variations of vinaigrettes and learn how to toss out the rules and make flavorful and tasty vinaigrettes with some common, and some surprising ingredients.

Cost: $55
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Monday, March 28

The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces: Espangole

Class 3. Espangole - A basic brown roux that originated in Spain in the late nineteenth century. It is the base for sauces such as Demi-Glace and Sauce Bourguignonne.

The Series: Bechamel. Veloute. Espgnole. Tomato. Hollandaise.

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless other delicious dishes. Students will take home recipes and all food made in this hands-on cooking series.

Cost: $75 per class or $325 for complete series | Register for the series
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Thursday, March 31

Introduction to Stacked Cakes

Cakes don't just need to be pretty and delicious, they also need to be stable!

Join Chef Kelli Marks as she teaches you how to create a 2-tier cake with proper supports inside. Finish with some decorating tips including how to get your frosting smooth or add decorative texture. Use this same information to create multi-tier cakes at home. Attendees will leave with a 2-tier (6" and 8") cake.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Thursday, April 7

Bake the Book: Easy One-Bowl Baking

Chef Kelli Marks has published her first cookbook, “Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods” and she shows even the most novice baker how to bake like a pro. Class attendees will receive a copy of the book and take home what they bake.

Cost: $75
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, April 11

Making Mozzarella

Get cheesy and have fun with Chef Angela Nix! In this hands-on class, make fresh mozzarella just like an expert cheesemaker. Learn about mozzarella origins, variations, proper storage, aging, and cooking the final product. Best of all you get to take home the cheese you make!

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Thursday, April 21

Classic French Macarons

Dare to dream of pillowy macarons?

These cute sandwich cookies are daunting, but Chef Kelli Marks shows you how to make them easy, fun, and full of flavors. Take home recipes and everything baked.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, April 25

The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces: Tomato

Class 4. Tomato - Made by cooking tomatoes in a base of pork fat, aromatics, and stock until it reduces into a thick sauce. One thing that separates this sauce from the rest is its use of pork. Serve it over pasta or as a flavorful base. Other sauces that can be made from this sauce include Creole, Spanish, and Portuguese sauce.

The Series: Bechamel. Veloute. Espgnole. Tomato. Hollandaise.

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless other delicious dishes. Students will take home recipes and all food made in this hands-on cooking series.

Cost: $75 per class or $325 for complete series | Register for the series
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Tuesday, May 3

Family Cooking Night

Celebrate the person or people in your life that champion you through thick and thin!

Join Chef Zack Thomas as he teaches your family or group how to make spaghetti with handmade meatballs, garlic bread, salad with vinaigrette, and dessert from scratch! You don’t have to look too far for a gift that’ll make everyone smile!

Attendees will leave with fun memories, recipes, and all food made. This all-inclusive class is focused on bringing together kids and their champions of choice; moms, dads, mentors, guardians, families, or friends. The price of this class is for two students. Add up to three additional students for $25 each.

Cost: $90 per pair; Add up to three more people for $25 each
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Zack Thomas

Thursday, May 5

Cinnamon Rolls

What’s Saturday morning without fresh cinnamon rolls? Yeast and proofing and cutting might seem daunting but Chef Kelli Marks shows you how to make it easy. Learn how to make classic cinnamon rolls, carrot cake rolls and orange iced rolls. Leave with pans of rolls to bake at home.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

Monday, May 9

The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces: Hollandaise

Class 5. Hollandaise - An egg yolk mixture emulsified with unsalted butter and an acid like fresh lemon juice or vinegar. It's a delicate sauce that is pale yellow in color, smooth, and creamy. Hollandaise can be used to make a range of sauces or served on its own as a finishing sauce for eggs Benedict, poached fish, and asparagus.

The Series: Bechamel. Veloute. Espgnole. Tomato. Hollandaise.

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless other delicious dishes. Students will take home recipes and all food made in this hands-on cooking series.

Cost: $75 per class or $325 for complete series | Register for the series
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Angela Nix

Thursday, May 12

Sugar Cookie Decorating: Spring

Spring showers and flower power rule in this Spring-themed Sugar Cookie Decorating class. From start to finish, Chef Kelli Marks breaks down how to bake the perfect sugar cookie and make icing using a variety of techniques. Learn about icing, sprinkles, and everything you need to create edible works of art Leave with a dozen holiday-themed decorated cookies.

Cost: $65
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, AR 72210
Instructor: Kelli Marks

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