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Culinary Arts

Classes will be offered at the Haverhill Heights Building, 160 Merrimack St., Haverhill, 3rd floor (baking lab room 313, cooking lab room 308). We will be offering Culinary courses face to face this semester but in order to maintain social distancing, class size will be limited (4-6 per class). Early registration is highly recommended. Our public classes offer “hands on” and classroom learning by industry professionals. Culinary classes will adopt a “Learn it by doing it” approach to the skills you need to impress family and friends at your next gathering.  Other classes will offer detailed instruction and professional certifications to enhance your knowledge on a specific topic related to food, culinary arts and agriculture. As a new section of Northern Essex Community College’s Community Education, we welcome any suggestions and/or ideas for future classes that might interest you.

Please update your email/phone at time of registration.

Please contact Sandy Zappala with questions. szappala@necc.mass.edu

 

Register online or by calling Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700

New and/or interested instructors are encouraged to apply (follow link to online application, “Instructors Needed”)

 

Summer Herbs from Garden to Kitchen; NEW!

This class will provide you with a brief history of herbs. You will learn about preserving, drying, and freezing methods along with uses for fresh herbs. Learn recipes for fresh pesto, chimichurri and other international “green sauces” that will enhance your meals. Cooking demo, tasting, and recipes.

Instructor; Alison Hartung, owner of “Allie’s Home” which specializes in handcrafted herb and spice blends, jams, jellies and dip mixes.

Course Information

September 15, 2020
Dates/Time: 9/15/2020, Tuesday, one day, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:407  Course Number: CULN1068 Section: OWA

Rice and Beans (arroz y habichuelas)/Rice with Pigeon Peas (arroz con guandules) **Cancelled

Learn to make simple white rice and the delicious red beans in sauce, Dominican style.  Also, learn how to turn the same ingredients into a different dish.

Instructor: Angie Jimenez, Le Cordon Bleu Cambridge graduate with more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry, certified in Allergen awareness, Manager Certificate in Servsafe and Alcohol Servsafe

Course Information

October 1, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/1/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:455  Course Number: CULN1075 Section: OWA

Creating Charcuterie Boards for the Holidays: FULL!

Have you ever wondered how to prepare the trendy Charcuterie boards?  Look no further!  This class will foster your creativity for arranging a variety of specialty meats and cheeses that will be sure to impress your guests at your next gathering.  Presentation is everything!  Expect to have fun in this entertaining class.

Instructor: Cheryl Soriano, years of experience in the community, with a passion for cooking and entertaining.

Course Information

September 19, 2020

Dates/Time: 9/19/2020, Saturday, one day, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:609  Course Number: CULN1078 Section: OWB

October 3, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/3/2020, Saturday, one day, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:460  Course Number: CULN1078 Section: OWA

Summer Veggies from Garden to Grill  NEW!

There is a bounty of summer produce that gets better on a grill.  In this class you will learn how to create fast, healthy, easy and creative grilled summer vegetable dishes.  Anyone can be a gourmet griller once they master the basics!  Cooking demo, tasting, and recipes.

Instructor:  Alison Hartung, (see above for bio)

Course Information

October 7, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/7/2020, Wednesday, one day, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:408  Course Number: CULN1069 Section: OWA

Latin American Cuisine  *Cancelled

In this journey, you will learn the different cooking techniques and ingredients for the most emblematic Latin American countries.  Taste the flavors of the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, all the way to South and Central America.

Instructor:  Angie Jimenez, (see above for bio)

Course Information

October 8, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/8/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:456  Course Number: CULN1073 Section: OWA

Empanadas  FULL!

Learn how to make the dough from scratch, roll, stuff and shape your empanadas like a pro.  Make the stuffing with any leftover food in your refrigerator and learn frying techniques.

Instructor:  Angie Jimenez, (see above for bio)

Course Information

October 15, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/15/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:457  Course Number: CULN1074 Section: OWA

Make the Perfect Pernil (Pork Leg) and Sofrito  NEW!

We will marinate and bake the perfect pork leg to perfection and while it bakes, we will learn how to make the perfect sofrito.

Instructor:  Angie Jimenez, (see above for bio)

Course Information

October 22, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/22/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $54 + $15 material fee
CRN:458  Course Number: CULN1076 Section: OWA

The Best Flan  FULL!

A nice meal needs a sweet ending and, in Latin cuisine, flan is one of the most popular desserts.  Learn how to caramel the mold and unmold a perfect flan.  I will give you some tips to make different variations such as coconut, passion fruit and other tropical flavors.  Instructor:  Angie Jimenez, (see above for bio)

Course Information

October 29, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/29/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:459  Course Number: CULN1077 Section: OWA

Semi-Homemade  NEW!

Utilizing your pantry, you will learn food prep and do-ahead tips to make mealtimes easier.  With versatile recipes and time saving cooking techniques you will create delicious meals that you can call your own and tailor easily towards your dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes.  Cooking demo, tasting, and recipes.

Instructor: Alison Hartung, (see above for bio)

Course Information

November 12, 2020
Dates/Time: 11/12/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:409  Course Number: CULN1070 Section: OWA

Easy Skillet Meals  NEW!!

This class is all about making your life easier, especially when it comes to weeknight dinners.  Learn quick and easy skillet meals you can make in a flash.  You will be shown 1 or 2 pot recipes for skillet pastas, shrimp dishes, and frittatas.  Dinner is minutes away!  Cooking demo, tasting, recipes.

Instructor: Alison Hartung, (see above for bio)

Course Information

December 3 2020
Dates/Time: 12/3/2020, Thursday, one evening, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:410  Course Number: CULN1071 Section: OWA

Making Natural Skin & Body Care Products  NEW!!

Learn how to make your own natural skin and body care products.  In each class, we will make infused herbal oils, salves and creams along with bath soaks, masks and scrubs.

Instructor: Elene Arguropoulos has a BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Lowell and Dartmouth College. She is a New Hampshire Certified Landscape Professional as well as a Certified Herbalist. She has extensive garden center experience at the management level and 15+ years of experience designing and maintaining landscapes, as well as teaching garden classes on various topics.

Course Information

December 8, 2020 to December 22, 2020, 3 weeks
Dates/Time: 12/8 to 12/22, Tuesdays, 3 weeks, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $108 + $20 material fee
CRN:387  Course Number: CULN1067 Section: OWA

Organic Home Gardening  NEW!

This course is great if you would like to start your own organic garden, or have been trying to garden organically but have been struggling.  You will learn organic methods of growing, pest control, composting and soil amendment.

Instructor: Elene Arguropoulos, (see above for bio).

Course Information

December 12, 2020
Dates/Time: 12/12, Saturday, one day,  9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $108 + $20 material fee
CRN:385 Course Number: CULN1065 :Section OWA

Growing Herbs  NEW!

This class is for the beginner herb grower.  We will discuss how to grow, harvest, and use the herbs that should be in every herb garden!  Learn how to use herbs in cooking, teas, salads, and as medicinals.

Instructor: Elene Arguropoulos, (see above for bio)

Course Information

December 19, 2020
Dates/Time: 12/19, Saturday, one day, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $108 + $20 material fee
CRN:386  Course Number: CULN1066 Section: OWA

Introduction to Beekeeping

There is a growing awareness of the critical role bees perform in our food supply chain. And the movement toward natural foods has heightened the demand for honey, the most natural sweetener.  These factors, among others, are expanding the interest in backyard beekeeping as a hobby and as a business. Whether you are motivated to “save the bees”, pollinate your vegetable garden, or collect honey to consume or sell, this course is for you! This introduction to beekeeping will teach you all of the fundamentals needed to set up your own backyard apiary. The class will consist of classroom lectures and video presentations, equipment demonstrations, hands on practices of setting up and managing bee hives throughout the seasons, and harvesting honey.

Instructor: Spencer Lovette, President Merrimack Valley Bee Keepers Assoc.

Course Information

Will be offered Winter/Spring 2021, 6 weeks
Dates/Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: $219
CRNCourse Number: Section

ServSafe Certification-Food

Safe food handling is critical to keeping customers and co-workers safe. Offered in association with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ServSafe is a comprehensive eight-hour course that provides an overview of basic sanitation policies and procedures and prepares you to pass the ServSafe Certification exam given during the last class. Students who pass the exam will be awarded the ServSafe Certification by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Book (along with answer sheet)  must be purchased for the 1st day of class. Contact 1-866-394-1776, Paster Training, Inc. Mention Common Sense Food Safety to order.

Instructor: Mark Zagranis, certified ServSafe instructor for 15 years with 45 years of experience in the food service industry, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and owner of Common Sense Food Safety.

Course Information

September 28 to October 5, Mondays, 9:00 to 1:00 pm, 2 weeks
Dates/Time: Mondays, 9:00 to 1:00 pm, 2 weeks, 9/28/2020 to 10/5/2020
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $159
CRN: 411 Course Number: SVSF1004 Section: OWC

Cupcake Design; FULL!

n this class, you will learn how to take a basic cupcake & make it spectacular. You will learn various techniques so you can customize like a pro!  In this program, you will learn how to make cupcakes, buttercream frosting, whipped cream frosting, pretzel-hazelnut ‘pie’ crust, cream filling & chocolate ganache.

Instructor; Kristen V. Carbone,  owner of Carbone’s Kitchen LLC & Queen City Catering & graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Boston, certified in Allergen awareness & manager certificate in ServSafe

Course Information

October 13 & October 14, 2020

Dates/Time: 10/13 & 10/14, Tue/Wed, two evenings, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location:  Haverhill Heights
Cost: $79 + $15 material fee
CRN 430:  Course Number: CULN1050 Section: OWB

Cookie Decorating; FULL!

Elevate your cookie decorating skills to a new level! In this beginner class, you will learn how to create Fall and Winter themed works of art. We will provide you with cookie blanks and through the use of Royal Icing, you will learn color mixing, flooding, piping and finishing techniques.

Instructor: Virginia Fox, full time sugar artist & owner of Foxie Sugar.

Course Information

October 20, Tuesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening * FULL!
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening, 10/20/2020

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost:$54 + $18 material fee
CRN:510  Course Number: CULN1063 Section: OWB

Course Information

November 18, Wednesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening * FULL!
Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening, 11/18/2020

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost:$54 + $18 material fee
CRN:511  Course Number: CULN1063 Section: OWC

Course Information

December 15, Tuesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening *FULL!
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 1 evening, 12/15/2020

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost:$54 + $18 material fee
CRN:512 Course Number: CULN1063 Section: OWD

Cake Decorating; NEW!

In this course, you will learn basic cake decorating techniques as well as how to bake an 8” cake. You will learn how to layer and torte a cake in addition to basic decorating skills that will help you create a beautiful cake for any occasion. Please purchase the following for the first day of class: a 42 piece set of cake decorating tips, a small angled icing spatula and a bench scraper/chopper.

Instructor: Renee Terry, self-taught confections artist, owner of Sweet Cheeks by Renee, Amesbury

Course Information

Coming Winter 2021
Dates/Time:TBD

Location:Haverhill Heights
Cost:$108 + $18 material fee
CRNCourse Number: CULN1064 Section

Date Night in the Kitchen; Couples’ Cooking Classes; NEW!

Instead of making reservations at your usual spot, allow yourself and your date (or friend) a chance to cook together in pairs. You will learn from a professional chef while having fun in a creative and entertaining environment. You will enjoy hands-on cooking instruction as you learn how to prepare one of our expertly crafted meals from scratch. Cost is per person (separate registrations required for each individual).

 

Date Night; Intro to India

Course Information

For this date night course, you will cook a simple chicken Tikka Masala and Naan bowl. Enjoy the aromatic spices and exotic flavors of India. Instructor; Angie Jiminez

September 18

Dates/Time: 9/18, Friday, one evening, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $18 material fee, per person
CRN: 506  Course Number: CULN1058 Section: OWB

Date Night; Tastes of Italy, * Cancelled

Course Information

For this date night course, you will learn basic pasta preparation and simple marinara, meatballs and chicken parmigiana. Classic Italian comfort food!

October 16, 2020

Dates/Time: 10/16, Friday, one evening, 6:30 [pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $18 material fee, per person
CRN:507   Course Number: CULN1059 Section: OWB

Date Night; Rainy Day Stew Pot, FULL!

Course Information

For this date night course, you will create a mouth watering Beef Bourguignon, a classic French recipe, while learning the basics of braising. It sounds insanely difficult, but it’s not!!

November 20, 2020

Dates/Time: 11/20, Friday, one evening, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $18 material fee, per person
CRN:508   Course Number: CULN1060 Section: OWB

Date Night; Chicken or Veal Masala, FULL!

Course Information

For this date night course, you will learn that Italian chicken/veal masala is a simple, flavorful and easy meal to prepare. You will impress your friends and family with this delicious staple of Italian cuisine.

December 4, 2020

Dates/Time: 12/4, Friday, one evening, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $18 material fee, per person
CRN:509   Course Number: CULN1061 Section: OWB

 

Fresh Pasta, FULL!

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to create traditional Italian pasta from scratch. This class will also cover the pairing of different shaped pastas with the right sauces, as well as learning several different shapes you can easily make without special equipment

Instructor; Kristen V. Carbone,  owner of Carbone’s Kitchen LLC & Queen City Catering & graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Boston, certified in Allergen awareness & manager certificate in ServSafe

Course Information

November 17, 2020
Dates/Time: 11/17, Tuesday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $54 + $10 material fee
CRN:431  Course Number: CULN1051 Section: OWB

A Holistic View of Digestive Health; Cancelled

Digestion is the foundation of all health.  In this 3 week class, you will learn about the macrobiotic diet, chakra healing, and facial diagnosis to improve the gut and overall well being.  This includes two lectures and two cooking classes.  You will learn how food heals the body as well as tips, and home remedies for digestive disorders.

Instructor; Donna Clifford R.N., B.S.N. is a licensed massage therapist, certified in body centered meditation, transformational breathwork, a registered polarity practitioner and a Kushi Institute trained macrobiotic teacher.

Course Information

Cancelled, 3 weeks
Dates/Time:  6:00 pm-9:00 pm, 3 weeks
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $120 + $10 material fee
CRN: Course Number: Section

 

ASIAN FARE; NEW!

These classes will spoil your taste buds with delicious and healthy alternatives to your local take-out venue! Learn the techniques to make restaurant-quality Asian influenced meals with fresh ingredients. You will be introduced to Asian ingredients that you can find in your local market; fruits, vegetables, and herbs and spices that will allow you to experience authentic flavors and aromas. Please bring containers.

Instructor; Phuong Lai- Matzker, Traditionally trained Chinese cook taught by generations of family members, certified art teacher.

         Asian Fare; Chinese Lo Mein and Crab Rangoon, FULL!

          Course Information

November 18, 2020
Dates/Time: 11/18, Wednesday, one evening, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN:477  Course Number: CULN1049 Section: OWB

Asian Fare; Dumplings and More, FULL!

Course Information

December 2, 2020
Dates/Time: 12/2, Wednesday, one evening, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN: 478 Course Number: CULN1042 Section: OWB

 

Asian Fare; Chow Mein and Chicken Teriyaki

Course Information

December 12, 2020
Dates/Time: 12/12, Saturday, one day, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $15 material fee
CRN: 479 Course Number: CULN1079 Section: OWA

 

Food & Wine Pairing; Cancelled

Wine and food are natural partners, each with complex flavor profiles that change the other. We all know that white wine goes with fish and red wine goes with meat, but what else goes together? Learn what happens when you pair certain wines with certain foods and decide which pairings you enjoy most.

This class guides you through choosing the perfect pairings for any occasion as well as providing the key characteristics of grape varietals and the principles behind pairing them.  Learn why certain combinations work and some do not, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to develop successful food and wine pairings on your own.

You will be tasting food & wine in class, but this is not dinner. We suggest having something to eat before class. You must be at least 21 years old to take this class.

Instructor: Denis Boucher, Program Manager for the Hospitality and Culinary arts programs at Northern Essex Community College. Denis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management. He taught many of the wine classes at the New England Culinary Institute and has tasted his way through Napa and Sonoma valleys as well as the New York Finger Lakes wine country.

Course Information

November 5, 2020
Dates/Time: 11/5, Thursday, one evening, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Location:Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:424 Course Number: CULN1040 Section: OWB

Crowd Pleasing Appetizers; FULL!

Be the hit of your party by preparing tasty appetizers that are real crowd pleasers. The techniques and recipes in this course will go beyond the usual and into the realm of insanely delicious. A professional chef will show you how to create appetizers for any occasion that will leave your guests wanting more. The course will use a “hands-on” approach to learning the skills for great results when preparing these appetizers. Leave with the knowledge and recipes to recreate these appetizers in your own kitchen.

Instructor: Denis Boucher, Program Manager for the Hospitality and Culinary arts programs at Northern Essex Community College. Denis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management. Denis teaches many of the Culinary and Hospitality courses at NECC.

Course Information

November 13, 2020
Dates/Time: 11/13/2020, Friday, one evening, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $49 + $20 material fee
CRN:425  Course Number: CULN1041 Section: OWB

Sausage Making 101; NEW!

Learn basic techniques to make your own Italian sausage. From stuffing by hand or with an extruder, to twisting links and using recipes from around the world.

Instructor;  Kristen V. Carbone,  owner of Carbone’s Kitchen LLC & Queen City Catering & graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Boston, certified in Allergen awareness & manager certificate in ServSafe

Course Information

October 20, 2020 to October 27, 2020
Dates/Time: 10/20 to 10/27, Thursdays, 2 weeks, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $79 + $15 material fee
CRN: 432 Course Number: CULN1052 Section: OWB

Plant Based Cooking for Health and Vitality; FULL!

Are you interested in plant based living?  Wishing to prepare wholesome foods without refined flour and sugar?  This 2 week class will show you how to create delicious meals, snacks and desserts the whole family will love.  You will Sample the goodness of whole grains, beans, and vegetables in a balanced way according to yin and yang philosophy.  Adapting to a macrobiotic plant-based diet will change your health like you’ve never dreamed.  Thousands have reversed degenerative diseases following these principles.

Instructor; Donna Clifford; R.N., B.S.N. is a licensed massage therapist, certified in body centered meditation, transformational breathwork, a registered polarity practitioner and a Kushi Institute trained macrobiotic teacher.

Course Information

November 5 to November 12
Dates/Time:  2 weeks, Thursdays, 11/5 and 11/12, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Location: Haverhill Heights
Cost: $79 + $10 material fee
CRNCourse Number: CULN1072 Section: OWB

 

 

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