Gift certificates for culinary classes? The perfect gift for one who ‘has everything’

PERU, Ind. – So, got someone on your Christmas list who’s just too hard to buy for? That person who “has everything”? How about giving a gift that offers a little adventure, a lot of fun and a tasty result? How about giving a gift certificate for one or more of the non-credit culinary classes being offered next semester by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region?

Eight classes are on the schedule, the second semester for Ivy Tech’s Corporate College continuing education program at the new culinary arts lab at the Peru Instructional Site. 425 W. Main St.  Special holiday gift discounts are being offered for a couples-only Valentine Menu event and for the purchase of a gift certificate for two or more classes.

To purchase a gift certificate by credit card, call Sarah Fawcett at 765-459-0561, ext. 285.  Purchasers will receive a gift certificate to present at Christmas along with a flyer detailing the class offerings and how to register.  Those receiving the gift are asked to register for the class(es) they choose by Jan. 15.

Gift certificates for A Romantic Valentine Menu, a couples-only event on Feb. 4, are $143.  Gift certificates for the remaining seven classes are priced as follows:

  • One class                                                                             $95
  • Two classes – 25% discount                                             $143
  • Four classes – 40% discount                                             $228
  • All seven individual classes – 50% discount                      $332

Here’s the complete list of culinary classes being offered during spring semester 2014:

Feb. 4, 6-8:30 p.m.             Love in the Air

A Romantic Valentine Menu – for couples only

Instructor:  Harry Kilmer, Old Kettle Saloon, Wabash

This will be a hands-on experience!  You and your significant other will learn from a master chef and create a three-course menu designed for the most romantic of days – Feb. 14.  Harry Kilmer, formerly the executive chef at the Honeywell Center in Wabash and now the owner and chef of the Old Kettle in Wabash, will guide you. The menu will be paired with appropriate wines for a complete gourmet experience.  Enroll now, because the number of participants is limited to six couples.


Feb. 18, 6-8:30 p.m.           Hectic Schedule Alert!!

Enjoy healthy, tasty meals on those nights when there is no time to cook

Instructor:  Amy Black, Main Occasions, Kokomo         

You recognize the situation — every member of the family has a different commitment tonight and only 45 minutes for dinner.  But you want something healthy and satisfying.  Amy Black to the rescue!!  In this class, Amy will teach you how to have a wonderful meal waiting in the freezer for just such a night.  The class will be a hands-on experience, and you will go home with a meal to put in your freezer and recipes for several more.


March 4, 6-8:30 p.m.          Sushi?? Oh, No, Not Sushi!!

Sushi: Learn to understand it – love it – make it

Instructor: Fen, manager of Taku Japanese Steakhouse, Kokomo

Are you curious about Japanese cuisine?  Would you like to visit a sushi restaurant and be confident ordering from that long complex menu?  Are you adventurous enough to want to try creating sushi at home?  Then this is the class for you.  Fen, the manager of Taku, the new Japanese restaurant in Kokomo, will guide this class through several Japanese dishes, including an extensive survey of sushi.  A true international experience!


April 1, 6-8:30 p.m.                 Chicken 101

A class to explore that perennial meal time favorite – chicken!

Instructor:  Melanie Kiefer, FACS teacher, Peru High School

In this class, you will meet that bird head on – hands on!! Melanie will teach you to deconstruct a chicken and save a whole lot of money.  A whole bird is always less expensive that its parts.  Melanie will demonstrate using every part of that chicken.  There will be main dish entrees, chicken gravy and chicken stock for soup.  You will go home with the chicken that you cut up along with ideas and recipes that will become favorites in your kitchen.


April 15, 6-8:30 p.m.   Herbalicious!!

A conversation about herbs: Learn to cook with and grow them

Instructor:  Lynn Hauser, Master Gardener, Peru

An herb garden in your back yard – just what you’ve always wanted, right?  Of course, you will need to know how to use all of those lovely, fresh herbs in lots of new recipes.  Lynn Hauser will be giving information in this class to help you accomplish both of these goals.  A master gardener, Lynn has had a long-standing interest in growing and using herbs and she will share her expertise with you.


April 29, 6-8:30 p.m.          Grill like a Pro

Get out that grill and learn from a master

Instructor:  Noah Peconga, accomplished grillmaster, Indianapolis

Get ready for summer and the grilling season and learn a whole range of grill techniques with grillmaster Noah Peconga.  There will be Beer Can Chicken, different styles of barbecue, grilled vegetables and even a pizza on the grill.  You will also learn to smoke different meats using the charcoal grill.  The class will take place outside of the Ivy Tech kitchen. Dress for the weather that evening.


May 13, 6-8:30 p.m.           Seafood Ahoy!!

Seafood — Learn techniques from a pro!

Instructor:  Mathew Cary, manager, Passion Fish, Washington D.C.

Crab Cakes, Steamed Mussels, Trout Almondine and much more.  Chef Mathew will bring his knowledge and experience of handling and cooking seafood to this class.  Mathew is a manager of up-scale seafood restaurant Passion Fish, located in a suburb of Washington D.C.  He will work with seafood items that are available to Indiana cooks.  You will leave the class with confidence in bringing wonderful new seafood dishes to your family.


May 20, 6-8:30 p.m.    Bread – Quickly!

Quick Breads – the perfect finishing touch to any meal

Instructor:  Shelly Rust, Kokomo Area Career Center

Do you remember the flaky biscuits that your grandmother used to bake?  What about cornbread to go with your favorite bean soup recipe?  Fresh, homemade bread makes a meal seem so special. Shelly will teach the techniques to bake a variety of breads – quickly.  There will be the old standards, but look forward to learning some new tricks too.  Shelly will teach us to make our own English Muffins and scones.  Your family will love the results!


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
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