Gluten-free eating and holiday treats among upcoming Ivy Tech non-credit classes

PERU, Ind.—With upcoming “just-for-fun” non-credit classes offered by Ivy Tech Corporate College, participants have the opportunity to learn how to dine well with gluten-free food, create a splendid Thanksgiving feast and celebrate Christmas with spectacular desserts.  The three remaining classes scheduled for this year will be offered at Ivy Tech’s new culinary arts lab at the Peru Instructional Site, 425 W. Main St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on three upcoming Tuesdays.

Classes cost $95 each with discounts of two for $160 or four for $280.  For each class, enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Here’s what’s available:

Oct. 29 – Gluten Free:  Techniques and Information, with instructor Patty Pavey, life coach and consultant

In the seven years since Patty Pavey discovered her allergy to gluten (and chocolate!), she has developed recipes and written a cookbook to deal with her gluten problems.  She will share her knowledge in this class, teaching you how to read labels, handle social situations and substitute ingredients.  There will also be some sweet treats and recipes to share.

Nov. 5 – A Splendid Thanksgiving Feast, with instructors Noah Peconga, formerly a sous chef at the Grant Street Grill in Peru and an accomplished home cook, and Alayne Cook, coordinator of the non-credit culinary classes whose last name says it all.

The bird is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal and the bird will be the focus of this class.  Noah will teach you to deep fry the turkey, his favorite method, and Alayne will smoke her bird on a Weber Grill.  Noah will teach you to carve the beautifully done turkey… beautifully! There will be side dishes: garlic mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, scalloped oysters and cranberry salad along with at least one dessert.  A splendid feast!

Nov. 19 – A Christmas Dessert Celebration, with instructor Connie Cutler, curator of the Peru High School Art Gallery

Connie loves to make desserts, and in this class she will share recipes and techniques for some of her more spectacular favorites.  Imagine placing individual Baked Alaskas in front of your holiday guests!  The traditional English Trifle will be one of the recipes along with several other exciting offerings that will make your holiday celebration impressive.

Along with the non-credit classes like these, the Ivy Tech offers credit courses in the culinary arts lab. Students who enroll in credit classes can earn a culinarian certificate that transfers to several Ivy Tech regions that offer the complete Culinary Arts degree.

To register for the non-credit classes, contact Julie Byrd at 765-459-0561, ext. 288 or Jbyrd15@ivytech.edu . For more information about the new culinary arts program in Peru, or for any other questions, call the Peru Instructional Site at 765-473-7281.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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