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Noncredit Cooking Courses This Fall in Downtown Haverhill

Submitted by on August 30, 2021 – 6:27 pm


Chef Colby Bergeron will teach three non credit one-evening culinary courses at NECC this fall including empanadas and date nights with Italian and French themes.

Northern Essex Community College will offer a series of noncredit cooking courses in the new Lupoli Family Institute of Culinary Arts this fall. The series will begin September 13 and run through December, and each course will be one evening.

Most of the courses have an ethnic theme, exploring food from countries around the world, including China, India, Spain, France, Italy, and Thailand. Also offered are date nights for couples who want to cook together, food and wine pairing, and more.

All courses will be taught safely with masks required and limited numbers for social distancing.

Led by the instructors, all of whom are industry professionals, each class will help create a dish or dishes. Participants will leave with new skills and recipes.

Local chefs who will be teaching include Denis Boucher, Colby Bergeron, Phuong Lai-Matzker, Shilpi Ranjan, and Alison Hartung.

“These courses are for people who enjoy cooking and want to learn more about the culinary arts,” said Sandy Zappala, program coordinator. “The focus is on having fun while learning.”

Located in The Heights, a newly built 10-story luxury building on Merrimack Street with views of the Merrimack River, the institute includes classrooms, laboratories, and state-of-the art kitchens and offers noncredit community courses as well as credit programs in culinary arts and hospitality management.

The culinary institute had a soft opening in the fall of 2020 with noncredit courses. Credit courses followed in the spring.

To learn more about fall noncredit courses, visit the website or contact Sandy Zappala at

NECC’s Center for Corporate & Community Education offers noncredit business, professional, career, and personal development courses as well as professional certificates and computer training for individuals and companies looking for cutting-edge skills, by providing the training that is most needed in today’s workforce. For more information email or call 978-659-1200 or visit us online

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers approximately 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,000 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at or call 978-556-3700.