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Culinary

Friday, May 24, 2019

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.

Tuesday, May 21

Petit Fours REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

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.

Cost: $65
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Road Little Rock, AR 72210
Room: Confectionery Lab
Instructor: Chocla Lea

Summer Wine Series at UA – Pulaski Tech’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute

The Summer Wine Series explores places and personalities behind the label. We investigate the physical world of the vineyard along with the culture and traditions of the region. Most importantly, we have fun getting to know these wines of place.

Summer Wine Series Bundle (All classes for $300)

To purchase individual classes for $65 each, click the course title below.

Tuesday, May 21  

The Wine Families of Australia 

The wine industry of Australia has seen a transformation as conglomerate wine producers, whose vineyard holdings are massive, have conceded market share to generational wine families who for decades have worked regional vineyard plots producing excellent wines.

In this session, we will explore the wines of Western Australia, McLaren Vale, Victoria, and the Barossa Valley.

What are the unique features of landscape and climate behind these unique  viticultural  areas and the wine styles that have emerged to redefine the modern Australian wine?

Session includes a selection of hors d’ oeuvres inspired by Aussie BBQ.

Cost: $65 per class; $300 for the complete 5 class series 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute 
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Ken Lipsmeyer 


Tuesday, June 4  

Wines of Spain: Diversity and Style

Organized wine production has taken place in the area of Spain for millennia and yet in this millennium, we have seen the regions of Spain continue to innovate, improve and evolve as the  vingnerons  of the country help to help define modern wine styles.  

In this session, we  take a look  at the ‘countries’ of Spain, working our way from the cooler wine regions of ‘Green Spain’, to the scorched sands and  albrizia  soils of Andalucía in the hot, dry south.

We will explore the regions of Rias  Baixas , Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda,  Valdepenas ,  Priorat , and Jerez as we follow a key factor in wine style, climate.

To accompany our tasting, we will also enjoy a selection of Tapas prepared by CAHMI chefs.

Cost: $65 per class; $300 for the complete 5 class series 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute 
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Ken Lipsmeyer

Monday, June 10

Cookin’ Creole: Crawfish Etouffe

Join Louisiana native, Chef Mindy Mitchell in the kitchen for this four part, hands-on, cooking series, where the most delicious elements of Creole cuisine will be explored. For the first class, students will make a Creole classic; Crawfish Etouffe! Etouffe comes from the French word “to smother”. It’s basically a thick stew served over rice with plenty of crawfish and Creole seasonings. Students will learn how to build a base using the Holy Trinity of Creole and Cajun cuisine – onions, celery, and bell peppers. Then, it is time to make the perfect roux! Chef Mindy will walk students through the step-by-step process, in creating a delicious Crawfish Etouffe that will wow friends and family for years to come. Leave class with your delicious creations and recipes.

Cost: $75 per class; $260 for the complete 4 class series
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Mindy Mitchell

Cookin’ Creole Bundle (All classes for $260)


Monday, June 17

Kids Only! Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookie Decorating (Ages 10 – 17)

Join the Little Rock leaders in Gluten-Free baking, Dempsey Bakery, for a magical and heroic night in the kitchen! A celebration of unicorns and super heroes! Students will learn to make delicious, gluten-free, shortbread cookies. Then, with royal icing, will transform them into delicious, enchanted, and superhuman treats!

Cost: $65
Ages: 10 – 17 years old
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Paula Dempsey and Sam Clement 


Tuesday, June 18  

Wines of France 

When we consider classic wines of the world, no country is better represented than France. To many, wine regions of this country represent a standard of quality and style by which the noble grapes are defined. Wine producers around the world look here to understand potential wine styles and quality.

In this session, we will explore noble grapes and classic regions from which they come. Students will learn the factors that help to understand the apex of grape selection, site, and climate that come together in a concept known as Terroir. These factors will help students understand the connection between climate and site selection to wine style. This understanding will help promote confidence when choosing wine from a list or wine shop. Students will also learn strategies for selecting wines that will improve with age to build a personal wine collection.

This session will include a selection of hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cuisine of the South of France.

Cost: $65 per class; $300 for the complete 5 class series 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute 
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Ken Lipsmeyer


Monday, June 24

Cookin’ Creole: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Compound Butter

Learn how to make delicious spaghetti and meatballs with a Creole twist. This dish can be made spicy or mild. It is simple to make and a little can go a long way, especially if you have a tight budget.

Cost: $75 per class; $260 for the complete 4 class series
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Mindy Mitchell

Cookin’ Creole Bundle (All classes for $260)


Thursday, June 27

Plant Based Cooking: Plant-Powered Wellness

Learn what to cook and how to cook it from plant-based wellness expert, Dr. Tionna Jenkins. This hands-on course will have you cooking wonderful plant-based recipes with the skill level of a budding professional chef. All students will leave with their amazing dishes and recipes to keep creating and cooking healthy AND delicious food at home.

Cost: $60
When: 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Dr. Tionna Jenkins


Monday, July 8

Cookin’ Creole: Jambalaya and White Chocolate Bread Pudding

No dish quite embodies the spirit of New Orleans like Jambalaya. This legendary Creole dish has its origins in Spanish and French culture that has so defined The Big Easy. In this classic Creole Jambalaya cooking class, Chef Mindy Mitchell will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating traditional New Orleans Jambalaya.

Nothing goes better with Jambalaya than a delicious White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert! Students will learn to make this decadent treat and then will get to take it home with them. Sweet dreams!

Cost: $75 per class; $260 for the complete 4 class series
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Mindy Mitchell

Cookin’ Creole Bundle (All classes for $260)


Tuesday, July 9

Custards and Creams

Make crave-worthy custard from scratch with guidance of Chef Chocla Lea. First, get tips for making egg-thickened custards. Then, transform your custard into versatile treats like crème anglaise and ice cream. Discover the secrets to surprisingly simple crème brûlée, guaranteed to become a signature dish the first time it's served. Wow your family and friends with these delicious creamy, dreamy desserts and treats.

Cost: $65
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Bake Shop
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Tuesday, July 9  

Important Regions of Italy

With an astounding array of styles, the wines of Italy can be as confusing as they are amazing and diverse. Following  a number of  important wine regions spreading out from the hills of Piedmont in the far north to the slopes of Etna below the southern tip of the iconic boot, we will explore what role mountain and sea may play on these distinctive regions.

This session will feature wines from the Piedmont, Veneto, Trentino, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Basilicata, and Sicily.

We will learn how to read the Italian wine label along with a few tricks on how to predict wine style based on climate and grape.  

This session will also feature a selection of hors d’oeuvres representing flavors of the regions.

Cost: $65 per class; $300 for the complete 5 class series 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute 
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Ken Lipsmeyer 


Thursday, July 11

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 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Bake Shop
Instructor: Chocla Lea


Monday, July 15

Gluten-Free Fruit Pies

Dempsey Bakery is back! Learn how to make and roll dough by hand, creating a delicious gluten-free pie crust. Then, acquire the knowledge of how to choose great tasting seasonal fruit, and how to make a filling for just about any fruit pie. These pies will make a great addition to your next summer party!

Cost: $65
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Paula Dempsey and Sam Clement


Monday, July 22

Cookin’ Creole: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Creole Potato Salad

Calling all gumbo lovers! Learn how to make authentic gumbo made with roux, the onion, bell pepper, chicken, and andouille sausage. Students will also make a creole potato salad that will become a hit at any Summer BBQ.

Cost: $75 per class; $260 for the complete 4 class series
When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Community Education Kitchen
Instructor: Mindy Mitchell

Cookin’ Creole Bundle (All classes for $260)


Tuesday, July 23  

Born in the USA: Wines of the West

The challenge of the US wine scene for consumers is the very diversity that we celebrate. In the ‘New World’, the winemaker is unconstrained by tradition and rules that define wine styles of a region. However, this freedom may come at a cost –uncertainty and confusion on the part of consumers who may have difficulty navigating the diversity of styles the New World offers.

In this session, we will explore the wines of the Western USA including Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley, Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, Central Coast, and Sierra Foothills.  We will explore factors that help to predict wine styles to help consumers select wines according to their palate and taste preference.

This session will also include selection of hors d’oeuvres inspired by West Coast cuisine.

Cost: $65 per class; $300 for the complete 5 class series 
When: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute 
Address: 13000 I-30 Frontage Rd. Little Rock, AR 72110
Room: Wine Studies Room
Instructor: Ken Lipsmeyer