Here’s the perfect gift for the ‘foodie’ on your list

Ivy Tech offering discounts for non-credit cooking classes at Peru culinary arts lab

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?

Seven classes are on the schedule for the 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 the purchase of a gift certificate for two or more classes.

To purchase a gift certificate by credit card, call Becky Burke at 765-459-0561, ext. 532. 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 are priced as follows:

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

Here’s the complete list of culinary classes being offered during spring semester 2015:

Tuesday, February 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Add Flare and Flavor with Wine and Spirits, featuring Chef Mike Dunivan

For this class, Chef Mike will take us on an adventure with alcohol. You will learn to add flavor and flare to your cooking repertoire. The drama of Cherries Jubilee or Café Diablo or the rich depth of the wine in a beef bourguignon are culinary classics that you can enjoy and share with family and friends. Expect to have the thrill of flaming a dish yourself, as Chef Mike demonstrates technique and shares great recipes. A fun evening will be the result.

Tuesday, February 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Learn to Love Your Food Processor, featuring Alayne Cook
The Cuisinart that lives in Alayne’s kitchen is her faithful companion for many culinary creations. In this class, she will share her enthusiasm for food processors and give you the techniques to use for all the blades and options for your machine. You’ll have several recipes to take home to use with your new skills. At the end of the evening, you, too, will love your food processor.

Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Passover – The History, Symbols and Food, featuring Jackie Frank and Becky and Jessica Mulis

The Passover Meal is an ancient Jewish ritual that dates back to the Israelites’ escape from Egypt. For this class, Jackie, Becky and Becky’s daughter Jessica will teach us the traditions and symbolism of the Seder and share some of their families’ favorite Passover foods. Included will be recipes to take home to create the dishes for our own families.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Easter – A Bountiful Holiday Brunch Menu, featuring Amy Black

With Easter just a week away, Amy will help us plan an exciting menu for your family’s celebration of this most important day in the Christian calendar. Amy will have some very traditional items on the menu, but will also have some ideas for new traditions for your celebration. With good things to taste and excellent recipes to take home, this class is a must.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Hands-On Pastry Techniques from an Expert, featuring Elizabeth Kirk

Does the idea of making a pie crust from scratch send you into a panic? Super Pastry Chef Liz Kirk to the rescue! In this hands-on class, Liz will teach you the art and science of pastry making. At the end of the class, you will take home a pie and the skills to make many more in the future. Won’t your friends and family be impressed?

Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Shrimp on the Barbie and other Seafood, too, featuring Noah Peconga

Noah continues sharing his grilling techniques with a morning devoted to seafood on the grill. Of course, there will be “Shrimp on the Barbie,” but, oh, so much more, including the secrets of creating a Seafood Paella. Other seafood items will include grilled salmon. With summer just around the corner, you will have some wonderful ideas for family gatherings on the deck or at the lake.

Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Italian by Italians, featuring Tish and David Soldi

The Soldis are part of a big Italian family and everyone loves to cook. Come spend a morning exploring the joys of Italian food prepared by Italians. Learn the techniques of making fresh pasta and ravioli, along with other Italian standards including an “all day pasta sauce.” Tish has vast wine expertise and will talk about pairing Italian wines with the foods that David will be preparing. A morning of learning and laughter for all!


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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