Grayson College just for fun cooking classes are under way for the spring semester. Desserts, steak and comfort foods are on the menu as Grayson College Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Center partners with its Center for Workplace Learning to offer seven recreational cooking classes for adults and children alike. Open to the public, classes take place at the Culinary Arts Center on Grayson College’s Main Campus in Denison, east of the Viking Dorm. Participants must be at least 16 years old to enroll in the classes, except where noted.
Taught by Grayson College’s chef instructors and guest chefs, courses provide hands-on training, demonstrations, and interactive learning in the college’s state-of-the-art facility. Participants experience cuisines, explore cooking methods, and learn disciplines and knife skills as they prepare and consume cuisine that ranges from the familiar to the unexpected. In some of the classes, participants prepare goodies to take home as well.
“Knife Skills” is designed for beginners who want to hone their skills while preparing a delicious family favorite: breaded chicken tenderloins, sweet potato fries and ranch dressing. Tuition is $29 per person. Class meets Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Steakhouse Favorites” offers tricks of the trade to cook a good steak to perfection. The menu features New York strip a la Oscar, roasted garlic whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus. Tuition is $39 per person. Class meets March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Easter Egg Dyeing Eggstravaganza” is a family-cooking class for children age 5 and above who are accompanied by an adult. Participants dye eggs in all kinds of colors and decorate with embellishments for fun and whimsy. Class meets March 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuition is $14 and covers one adult and one child.
“Spring Pie Class” continues GC culinary arts’ ever-popular pie series. Participants learn to make two perfect pies (crust, filling and decoration): coconut cream and key lime. Tuition is $39 per person. Class meets March 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Crazy Cupcakes” is a family-cooking class for children age 5 and above who are accompanied by an adult. Participants bake cupcakes and then improve their piping skills as they learn beautiful ways to decorate them. Class meets April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuition is $39 and covers one adult and one child.
“Cake Decorating: Buttercream” focuses on the various types of buttercream frosting, including American, Italian and Swiss. Participants take home their cake creations. Tuition is $39 per person. Class meets April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Comfort Food Favorites” features a classic menu that any southern cook would be proud to bring to the table. Buttermilk fried chicken, biscuits with whipped honey, and green bean casserole with fried onion strings are all made from scratch. Tuition is $29 per person. Class meets May 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
In addition to the spring cooking classes, private cooking classes and children’s birthday cooking classes are available as well. For more information or to register for the spring recreational and private classes, visit the GC Center for Workplace Learning website at www.cwlgcc.org. Registration may be completed online at www.cwlgcc.org, in person weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CWL on the college’s Main Campus in Denison, or by phone at 903-463-8765 if paying with MasterCard, Discover or Visa credit cards.