Courses

Are you living on your own for the first time or heading off to college and needing to hone your basic kitchen skills? If so, this class is for you. Spend the morning in this crash course on kitchen basics including sanitation, knife skills and essential cooking techniques. Learn to prepare easy meals and dishes sure to impress your friends and make you look like an expert.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join us in this demonstration and tasting class as you explore the basics of plant-based eating. Learn about nutrition as well as substitutes for butter, eggs and protein. The instructor will demonstrate several recipes for you to taste. All recipes will be high in protein, fiber and healthy fats but low in cholesterol, sodium, refined sugars and saturated fats.


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Discover the art of making flaky scones and biscuits by cutting butter into flour and handling the dough quickly and gently for a delicate, mouthwatering pastry. Explore tricks to make crumbly, moist and delicate muffins. Menu may include Sweet Potato Biscuits, Cheddar Herb Biscuits, Dried Cherry Almond Scones and Fruit Muffins.


Saturday, October 19, 2019, CUL 116
Be a winemaker for the day! This hands-on wine blending session explores the many different ways in which a bottle of wine can come to be. Learn the history and unique characteristics of different wine styles then blend your own to create a wine that appeals to your very own taste. At the end of class, each student will go home with their own uniquely blended bottle of wine. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


Monday, November 4, 2019, Geist Beerworks
Impress your friends and learn how to make those pricey, yet beautiful and delicious French cookies: Macarons and Madeleines dipped in chocolate.


Saturday, October 5, 2019, CUL 116
We often hear that we need to incorporate more whole grains into our diets. Learn about various whole grains and how to cook them so they taste great. In this hands-on class, students will create several different whole grain dishes using traditional ingredients as well as exciting new ones.


Sunday, October 20, 2019, CUL 117
Join professionally trained chef Candy Argondizza and learn to make some of Italy's classic regional dishes at home. In this 5-week series, Chef Candy will cover everything from the Venetian "Ossobuco" and Risotto Milanese to handcrafted Pappardelle Bolognese to Wood-Fired Pizzas and hand-pulled Mozzarella. Have fun while learning great techniques that will surely impress your friends and family.


October 19, 2019 to November 16, 2019, CUL 117
Weekday cooking doesn't need to be bland or difficult. Explore different vegetable recipes using four traditional curries (red, yellow, green, and orange). Each recipe is easily adaptable to mix and match with protein for an easy and delicious summer dinner.


Saturday, March 14, 2020, CUL 117
Welcome to COCC Continung Education Dinner Series. This term, students will get the opportunity to interact with Chef Candy as she demonstrates the technique of cooking La Paella in our state of the art demonstration classroom at Cascade Culinary Institute.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join Chef Candy as she demonstrates the technique of cooking risotto and zabaglione in our state-of-the-art demonstration classroom at the Cascade Culinary Institute. Learn secrets and techniques for creating the northern Italian creamy rice dish, paired with a traditional Italian custard dessert. At completion of class, students will enjoy the dishes and a glass of wine together.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019, CUL 118
Summer is a great time to explore cooking with plant-based proteins. This class will help you discover a completely new menu of flavor and nutrition to satisfy your palate. Chef Holly will demonstrate proper preparation and cooking techniques using plant-based protein sources.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Whether you're new to the vegan scene, and old veteran, or just curious about how to make easy, healthy desserts that taste amazing, this class is for you!  We'll explore easy, quick takes on fantastic desserts like Peanut Butter Pie, Chocolate Cupcakes, and Cranberry Bliss Truffles.


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Create a pie and a tart using delicious fall fruit. Learn how to make a flaky pie dough, caramel sauce, and caramelized pears to use in a beautiful upside down tart. Recipes will include Pumpkin Butternut Squash Pie with Pecan Topping and Pear Tart Tatine. Either of these delicious desserts would be a welcome addition to your holiday table!


Saturday, November 16, 2019, CUL 116
Join certified Fermentationist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Robbie Bianchi-Pray to learn about the exciting process of brewing traditional fermented Kombucha tea. All participants will go home with their own culture for lifelong brewing and the confidence to share their creations with friends! Bring $35.00 cash or check to class to pay instructor for starter kit (jar, starter culture and instructions).


Saturday, October 26, 2019, CUL 119
Whether you are avoiding gluten products to lose weight or you have a true intolerance, this class will give you the information you need to bake without gluten. Learn to make healthy gluten-free recipes, while understanding the nutritional benefits of gluten-free flours. The instructor will discuss strategies for stocking a gluten-free pantry as well as how to troubleshoot gluten-free baking challenges. This is a hands-on class so bring an apron and take-home containers. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A GLUTEN FREE CERTIFIED KITCHEN.



This course contains no sessions at this time.
Bring a world of flavor to your dinner table with easy gluten-free and dairy-free classic sauces. You will gain mastery in sauces of various ethnic traditions such as Mexican Mole Sauce, Thai Coconut Curry, Mediterranean Caper Sauce, and Spanish Romesco Sauce. These sauces are bursting with flavor while accommodating common dietary restrictions. Guaranteed to impress your family and dinner guests.


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Learn to create tasty gluten-free vegan Asian dishes with traditional Asian flavor. Recipes may include Sweet and Spicy Stir-Fry, Mushroom and Ginger Poststickers and a healthy, detoxifying Pho broth without using animal products.


Saturday, February 8, 2020, CUL 117
Freshen up your summer picnic and potluck recipes. Learn to create healthy new side dishes and desserts that are sure to impress. Each dish 'travels well' to your destination and won't go bad on a warm summer day.


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If your New Year's resolution includes eating healthier but you don't want to give up your classic comfort foods, join Chef Holly and learn to create classic dishes using surprisingly healthy ingredients. Recipes may include a Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip, Macaroni & Cheese, and Cookie Dough Dip. All recipes are vegan and can be made gluten-free.  THIS IS NOT A CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN.


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Autumn weather is the perfect invitation to create satisfying, rich stews for your family. In this class, students will use a variety of kitchen skills to create delicious stews hearty enough to be a full meal. Learn to make new stew recipes such as Tuscan White Bean, Kale and Pork, Oyster and Mexican Green Chile, and Chicken Stew.


Sunday, October 27, 2019, CUL 117
Join Chef Holly as she teaches you how to create delicious plant-based salads loaded with vegetables, protein, fiber and most importantly, flavor. These creative new salads will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied and your family will be asking for more.


Sunday, November 17, 2019, CUL 117
This class is just like a cookie exchange, except you get to make all the cookies and not mess up your kitchen! You will make a variety of holiday cookies to share with your family and friends including: Pecan Thumbprints filled with Ganache, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Checkerboard Icebox Cookies, and Gingerbread cutouts which you will learn piping and flooding techniques with royal icing for professional looking results.


Saturday, December 7, 2019, CUL 116
Chickpeas are among the hottest food trends of 2019. Packed with nutrition and fun, chickpeas are a versatile fare. Impress your family and friends by flaunting your trendiness with mastery of the following chickpea eats: Chickpea Fries, Hummus Shake, Snickerdoodle Hummus, and Green Chickpea Guacamole. All reciptes will be prepared gluten and dairy-free.


Saturday, November 16, 2019, CUL 119
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The winter series kicks off in the American South and brings a new twist to a favorite Sunday dinner. Learn to prepare Adobo Fried Chicken with Tasso Ham Macaroni & Cheese and Braised Greens with Bacon & Sweet Onions.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, CUL 117
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The second class in this winter series takes students on an exploration of French Country Cuisine. Learn French cooking techniques while preparing a delicious Sunday dinner of Coq Au Vin with Potatoes Anna and Haricots Verts.


Sunday, February 16, 2020, CUL 117
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The final class in this winter series visits the Mediterranean region. Students will prepare a traditional Greek Moussaka, Phyllo Crusted Spanakopita and a Tomato Feta Salad.


Sunday, March 15, 2020, CUL 117
Learn to bake pillowy-soft breads and buns using the Japanese method of bread-baking, Tangzhong  (milk bread). Discover why Tangzhong produces higher, lighter and fluffier breads that stay fresh longer. Do you have a favorite cinnamon bun recipe? Learn the simple formula for converting it to Tangzhong. Bring an apron and a container to take your baked goods home from this hands-on class. Bring an apron, sharp chef's knife and take-home containers.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn to handle your culinary knives like a pro and take the fear out of dicing and slicing. Practice cutting a variety of vegetables to create a salad that students will enjoy at the end of class. Chef Candy will discuss the difference between sharpening and honing.


Saturday, January 18, 2020, CUL 117
Tacos Al Pastor are a staple on the Mexico City street food scene. How did a Middle Eastern cooking technique end up in the heart of Mexico? Explore this fun fact while learning to cook this delicious street food. Class will also make Mexican grilled corn with chilies and lime, a trio of salsas and guacamole to accompany the Tacos Al Pastor. Enjoy a demonstration on how to make homemade corn tortillas.



Saturday, December 7, 2019, CUL 117
Nothing goes together quite like pizza and beer. The delicious combination of a cheesy, doughy pizza slice and a refreshing cold beer makes for a great casual meal. Students will spend the morning with Chef Candy creating the perfect pies to bake in an outside wood-fired oven. Enjoy your pizza with a sample of beers from Geist Beerworks of Redmond. Must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Poached salmon sounds fancy but it is actually quite easy to prepare. Learn this hassle-free technique that will impress your family and guests. Chef Candy will also teach you how to turn the poaching liquid into a delicious Vin Blanc (white wine) sauce. Plate the salmon next to a side of horseradish mashed potatoes and vegetables and you have a great new dish for holidays or Sunday family dinners.


Saturday, March 21, 2020, CUL 117
Current research suggests that what we eat may affect our overall mental health. In this hands-on class, learn about the nutritional aspects of healthy, tasty, and soothing food to boost mental health. Students will prepare, cook and eat several dishes that are commonly associated with the Mediterranean diet as well as the DASH diet. Learn lifestyle strategies to help you find the time and energy to enjoy your cooking time.


Saturday, March 7, 2020, CUL 117
Summer cooking doesn't need to be bland or difficult. Explore different vegetable recipes using four traditional curries (red, yellow, green, and orange). Each recipe is easily adaptable to mix and match with protein for an easy and delicious summer dinner. Bring an apron, sharp knife and take-home containers.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Just because you're vegan doesn't mean breakfast needs to be limited to smoothies, oatmeal or energy bars. Refresh your breakfast dishes and learn how to cook some favorite traditional foods, vegan-style including quiche, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and even vegan bacon. Make breakfast delicious and nutritious.


Saturday, October 19, 2019, CUL 119
All new recipes! Learn the simplicity and beauty of making handcrafted filled pastas. Chef Candy will teach you how to create traditional Italian pasta from scratch along with a number of delicious fillings and complimentary sauces. Menu may include butternut squash ravioli with brown sage butter, spinach and ricotta tortellini with marinara and orecchiette with sweet Italian sausage and broccoli rabe.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join Central Oregon's version of the popular Great British Bake Off television show. Meeting five times over the course of the term, students will learn a new baking, pastry or dessert making skill.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Fall vegetables can be roasted to sweet caramelized perfection and paired with a rich flavorful cheese and a flaky pastry to make a delicious savory pie. Pair with a salad or soup and you have a hearty winter meal. Learn to make your own custom tailored galette and turnovers with a variety of vegetables, cheeses, herbs and nuts.


Saturday, November 2, 2019, CUL 116
Make the shift from cool summer salads to warm winter salads packed with the greens and vegetables you love. In this hands-on class, you will make and sample three award-winning salads that will impress those at your table this winter. All salads will be prepared gluten and dairy-free. NOTE: This is not a Gluten-Free Certified Kitchen.


Saturday, October 12, 2019, CUL 117
This class takes a peek at two different varieties of grapes used to make two different styles of wine. Taste and explore the varieties of red and white wines created by different grapes grown in vineyards around the world. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


Monday, October 7, 2019, Geist Beerworks
This course is designed for those who like wine and want to know more about it, and for those who would like to enjoy wine and just don't know where to begin. Start with a tasting and analysis of the basic components of wine - sugar, acid, tannin, and alcohol, the foundation required to knowledgeably taste and analyze wines. Discover some of the most important wine grapes and wine regions by tasting, discussing, and scoring several wines. Students must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


Saturday, November 16, 2019, CUL 120
Intimidated by the thought of using winter squash, or tired of your same-old recipes? This class will explore various winter squash including how to skin, cut and deseed these hefty beauties. Learn how to cook them to create delicious winter dishes like Italian Spaghetti Squash with arugula and Kalamata olives, Cozy Kabocha Squash Curry, and Creamy Butternut Sage soup.  All recipes are vegan and gluten-free. THIS IS NOT A CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Have fun with your child/grandchild making holiday cookies. Learn to make a variety of holiday cookies to share with your family and friends. Recipes include Pecan Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Ganache, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, and Gingerbread cookies that you can "paint" and decorate. Registered adult may bring one child age 8-11 to class.


Sunday, December 8, 2019, CUL 116