Ivy Tech’s noncredit culinary seminars combine food and fun

PERU, Ind. – What’s cookin’? At Ivy Tech Community College’s culinary arts lab in Peru, what’s cookin’ is food and fun during six “just for fun” non-credit culinary seminars planned between now and May.  There’s a range of options – from sushi to grilling, quick meals to quick bread, chicken classics to seafood specialties.

Classes cost $95 each with a 25 percent discount for two classes ($160) and a 40 percent discount for four classes ($228).  Classes, limited to 20 students, are held in the culinary arts lab in the Peru Instruction Site at 425 W. Main St.  For information and to register, contact Sarah Fawcett, sfawcett1@ivytech.edu, or call 800-459-0561, ext. 285.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of spring semester:

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 Gardner, 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; in fact, the seafood will be provided by Meijer.  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 Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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