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Wednesday, July 17, 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.

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.


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


Monday, July 29

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)


Thursday, August 15

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


Monday, August 26

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