Classes help you bone up on cooking skills

October 05, 1994|By Jana Sanchez-Klein | Jana Sanchez-Klein,Contributing Writer

Are you trying to find imaginative ways to cook healthy food for your family, but need some inspiration? One of the many new cooking classes currently offered in neighborhoods all around Baltimore might provide some new ideas.

Les Petits Chefs in Columbia even has a program for children ages 4 and 5 that emphasizes recipes low in sugar, salt and fat.

Of course, if vegetarian, or low-fat cooking is not for you, other options include the finer points of classical French sauces or Viennese pastry.

Here are a few of the area's offerings listed in alphabetical order by organization.

* L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda offers many Saturday Morning Classes such as Tapas Texas Style, Creative Crepes and Cajun Food Festival. Classes are about $27 each for 2 hour courses. To register call (301) 986-9490.

* Earn one credit for the following Anne Arundel Community College courses: Food Styling; Restaurant Reality; Gourmet and Specialty Foods; and German Food and Culture. Class dates and times vary. Tuition is $58 for county residents and $108 for residents of other Maryland counties. Call (410) 541-2243 for registration information.

* The Baltimore International Culinary College's selection of mini-courses include subjects ranging from French Gastronomic Vegetarian Meal to Beef Cookery most days, Monday through Thursday. $10 each. (410) 752-4983.

* Enroll in classes as simple as basic cake decorating or as complex as truffle tree making at the Cake Cottage. Tuition ranges from no charge to $40. (410) 529-0200.

* Learn the art of selecting and preparing seafood in Carver Adult Education Center's four-session class Seafood Cooking, starting at 6 p.m., Oct. 25. $15 plus food fee. To register call (410) 887-4064.

* City Life Museums presents Sue Latini teaching participants to cook "Pumpkin -- Soup to Pie." It's an entire meal with each dish containing pumpkin prepared over an open hearth. $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

* Les Deux Gourmettes, Germaine Charretts and Anne Desaux present a series of three cooking courses from 6 p.m. to 9:30, today, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7. Each class is $25. Call (410) 366-0874.

* Dulaney Adult Education Center offers courses in bread making, healthy gourmet cooking, and gingerbread house decorating. Classes are $15 each plus food fees. Call (410) 887-4064 for registration information.

* Ecole at Stone Mill Bakery offers private courses, taught by Billy Himmelrich, for groups of 8 to 15 covering Classical French Cuisine, Low-fat Cooking or Working with Flour. $20 per person. Call (410) 821-1358 to schedule.

* Coffee Brewing with the Experts at Donna's Coffee Bar will be presented by Goucher College from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday. $24. (410) 337-6200.

* Health Awareness, in Cockeysville, offers Natural Cooking for Health and Energy taught by May Engles, nutrition educator, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, for six weeks beginning Oct. 12. Tuition is $20 per class or $110 for six-week session. (410) 560-6864.

* Heart Smart Classes, with instructor Pam Brown, show you how to make a full vegan (vegetarian without dairy products) meal with less than 10 grams of fat from soup to dessert. Taught from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays in October in Owings Mills. $20 per class. (410) 363-1851.

* Holistic Wellness Center in Catonsville presents Vegetarian Cooking for Busy People from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. $35. (410) 833-9237.

* Howard County Recreation Department offers Elegant Soups & Sauces at Hammond High School starting at 7 p.m., Oct. 12. Tuition is $21 for the three-week course. (410) 992-4800.

* Innovative Gourmet in Owings Mills, is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Cooking Class taught by Barry Fleischman, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 9, with a $35 fee. Call (410) 363-1317.

* The Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation will offer the National Food Safety Certification Program at Royal Farm Stores Training Center in Baltimore 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 15. $109.95. Call (410) 298-0011.

* Maya's Viennese Kitchen offers four hour courses in German, Austrian and Indian cuisine and pastries including tortes and creamed desserts in Phoenix. Taught by Maria Springer. Prices are $35 or $40 each. Make reservations by calling (410) 561-1157.

* Notre Dame Preparatory School classes include "Dolci Indulgienzia" (Sweet Indulgence), taught by caterer Mary Lou Naddeo Jefferson at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and Holiday Decorating, taught by floral designer Lisa Suit at 7 p.m. Nov. 30. $25 and $40. For registration information call (410) 583-8797.

* Holiday Cooking Classes by Take Five with Anne Grieves and Pam Meier will teach you to prepare complete meals for large groups and holiday gift baskets, beginning Oct. 26 at Somerset Place in Roland Park. $55 per class or $150 for 3 class series. (410) 235-6258.

* Taylor Royall Catering offers two series of classes -- Gourmet Cooking and Easy and Elegant Entertaining -- starting Oct. 19 and Nov. 15. $25 each. (410) 321-6872.

* Wilde Lake Community Association in Columbia presents Les Petits Chefs, a program for children ages 4 and 5. Nina Martin will demonstrate recipes low in sugar, salt and fat on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Oct. 24. $36 for 6 weeks. (410) 730-3987.

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