Culinary Arts

A long-standing favorite of 577 students, our Culinary Arts class offerings have included cuisine from around the world, as well as classes with a focus on comfort foods, healthy options, vegetarian and vegan food, creative desserts, canning instruction, and more. Cooking classes are tailored to students who are looking to learn some kitchen basics, tips, and tricks, to those looking to broaden their culinary horizons. Class topics vary each month and are taught in the Cottage or House by local chefs and foodie enthusiasts.

Upcoming Classes

Seasonal Cooking: Colorado Green Chile
Monday, July 22 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday, July 23 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Summer brings an abundance of seasonal ingredients for flavorful cooking projects. Join us for a short walk around the gardens to harvest 577-grown veggies like peppers, tomatoes, and onions. We’ll also gather some purslane, the tasty and nutritious weed of summertime, and some edible flowers, for a purslane and sweet corn salad.

Back at the kitchen, we’ll roast our garden-fresh peppers in preparation for a Colorado-style pork green chile stew. We’ll end class enjoying our green chile, cornbread, and purslane and sweet corn salad together.

577 Staff Instructor: Samantha Day

Bon Appétit: A French Brunch Experience
Saturday, July 27 ~ 9am to 12pm

This French-themed brunch cooking experience promises to transport you to the heart of France, as we spend a delightful morning preparing and enjoying iconic French breakfast foods together. We’ll learn how to make Croque-Monsieur, showcased in croissants, coated in a béchamel, and baked into a casserole. We’ll also indulge in samplings from a French cheese plate and warm breakfast puffs while sipping French-pressed coffee or lemon water.

Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labors as we relax and savor this exquisite brunch together on the enclosed porch of Virginia’s House, finishing with a dessert course of pastries featuring cream cheese with fresh seasonal berries. Participants will each receive handouts including all the featured recipes. *Optional: come in chic or Parisian-inspired dress. Please note some samples/recipes contain milk, eggs, and wheat.

Bon Appétit!

Community Instructors: Jan Szalkowski and Wendy Steusloff

Cooking for Your Health: Herbs, Spices, & More II
Wednesday, July 31 ~ 3pm to 5pm

NEW SERIES! Join local family physician and certified culinary medicine specialist, Dr. Humaira Lateef, to learn the nutrition benefits of various foods and how to use them for taste, flavor, and better health.

Everyone is welcome to join us in this session to make and sample Vegetable Biryani and learn how the herb cilantro, along with cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, black peppers, and bay leaf spices can create an easy-to-make and delicious to eat meal that is healthy for our bodies. Participants will help to make one large pot and will take home recipes and any leftovers.

Community Instructor: Humaira Lateef, M.D. FAAFP, CCMS

Kombucha Home Brewing 101
Wednesday, August 7 ~ 6pm to 7:30pm

Kombucha is a fermented drink that has been brewed and enjoyed for centuries by families across the world. Whether you’re brand new to kombucha or you currently brew at home and want to fine-tune your ferments, our own local expert from Boochy Mama’s Kombucha will be on hand in this exciting workshop to guide you to successfully brew your own.

Each workshop participant will receive a SCOBY, 1-gallon glass jar and cover, reusable muslin tea pouch, starter tea, kombucha samples, typed instructions, and follow-up support.

Community Instructor: Stacy Jurich

Canning 101
Monday, August 19 ~ 6pm to 8pm
Monday, August 26 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Does having healthy, fresh, and economical foods (minus preservatives) on hand for easy meal prep appeal to you? Have you thought about canning but the whole process seems just too daunting? Let’s gather in Virginia’s House Kitchen while your instructors de-mystify hot water bath canning and give you the confidence to try it in your own home.

Hot water bath canning is the best entry-level method for first-time canners. Home-canned goods store easily, allow you to enjoy your garden or farm stand produce year-round, and make for wholesome and fun gift-giving. Jan and Wendy will demonstrate the process from start to finish. Participants will sample canned goods, learn about recommended supplies, and take home a half-pint jar of a canned product. Everyone will leave class with the knowledge to begin canning now and inspiration for using this method in the future.

Community Instructors: Jan Szalkowski and Wendy Steusloff

Class Locations & Parking Map

Signed up for a class and need help finding your classroom location and parking? Each class description lists its location. Click the button below to view a full map of the grounds and buildings with two lots available for easy and convenient parking. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

Photo & Video Release

Photos and videos may be taken during 577 classes and events for use on our website and other relevant media outlets and your attendance constitutes consent. View the full policy below including how you can opt-out of this release. 

Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, August 10, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.

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