Cooking Classes

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Continuing Education Department offers a variety of cooking classes. Most classes take place at the college’s West Davenport Center, 2950 N. Fairmount St. Cost for most of the hands-on classes is $19. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available.



Grandma's Fried Chicken Dinner

Do you ever want to make a meal from start to finish and not sure what to put together? We are going to prepare your Grandma’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and individual peach cobblers.

Tuesday, July 7
6 - 9 p.m.

Spice of Life

Not just heat, but added flavor.
Wednesday, July 8
6 - 9 p.m.

Summer Soups

Hot and cold summer soups. Included in this class will be chilled Avocado and Ginger soup, and a creamy Carrot-Leek soup.

Thursday, July 9
6 - 9 p.m.

Flavors of the Caribbean

The highlight of this class will be the world famous Jamaican Jerk chicken, Conch fritters, and Puerto Rican Tostones with a spicy garlic dipping sauce.

Monday, July 13
6 - 9 p.m.

Summer Sippers

This class will equip you with an arsenal of thirst-quenching beverages for the dog days of Summer! Perfect for a lazy day by the pool or for an evening of entertaining friends. Come up with your perfect signature drink that will keep you cool and refreshed.

Tuesday, July 14
6 - 9 p.m.

The Art of Presentation

As the old saying goes, we eat with our eyes first. Learn the secrets of the pros! This class will give you the knowledge to make those drab ordinary plates have appeal and look delicious.

Wednesday, July 15
6 - 9 p.m.

What's Up Grill Friend?

More than Burgers and Brats.
Thursday, July 16
6 - 9 p.m.

Pho Heaven's Sake!

Take an exciting culinary tour of Vietnam with this flavorful soup. In this class, we will explore different regions of Vietnam with different variations of this delicious soup and noodle dish.

Monday, July 20
6 - 9 p.m.

Individual Meatloaf Dinner

We are going to make individual meatloaves, made your way! We will have several different ingredients for you to choose from to put in your personal meatloaf. Beer Dip for our appetizer, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, vegetable and Mom’s Apple crisp.

Tuesday, July 21
6 - 9 p.m.

Mystically Moroccan

Learn how easy it is to make dishes from Morocco and the Middle East.
Wednesday, July 22
6 - 9 p.m.

Russian Flavors

Cold Borsch: Traditional cold beetroot soup. It’s cooler than Gazpacho. Pelmeni: It’s like Russian ravioli, super tasty! Russian Baked Apples: It’s warm, comforting and delicious with a big scoop of ice cream.
Thursday, July 23
6 - 9 p.m.

Hawaiian Luau

You don’t need to visit the islands to have great island food. Featured in this class will be Ahi Poke, Coconut-Lime Shrimp skewers, and Lau Lau’s. (Pork, chicken and butterfish bundles).
Monday, July 27
6 - 9 p.m.


More than Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Tuesday, July 28
6 - 9 p.m.


Who says real men don’t eat quiche? Learn some simple yet satisfying quiche recipes in this class... the secret ingredient? One word...Vodka.

Wednesday, July 29
6 - 9 p.m.

Pork Chops in Gravy Dinner

My family’s favorite way to enjoy pork chops. We will brown the pork chops and let simmer in gravy while we make mashed potatoes, a vegetable and deep dish peach pie.

Thursday, July 30
6 - 9 p.m.



Custards & Puddings

After learning just how easy it is to make these dessert favorites, you’ll never have to buy them again! Featured in this class will be classic Crème Brûlée, chocolate pudding, and Mexican flan.

Monday, August 3
6 - 9 p.m.

Beer Can Chicken on the Grill

Learn how to season the chicken and the beer, Tortellini salad and awesome brownies! And a delicious corn dip appetizer.

Tuesday, August 4
6 - 9 p.m.

Build a Better Burger

From choosing the right meat to the perfect bun and everything in between, prepare a perfect burger for your next barbecue!

Wednesday, August 5
6 - 9 p.m.

Far North Chicago Food Scene

Visit some Ethnic and some unique GASTRONAUT destinations. Wear your walking shoes and bring your cell phone and a cooler for your purchases. Cost: $79

Thursday, August 6
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kimberly Center-Alternative

A British Sunday Lunch

Authentically British.

Thursday, August 6
6 - 9 p.m.


Crepes may be intimidating to some, but this class will conquer that fear and show that crepes are simple and delicious in both sweet and savory applications. Highlighting this class will be basic crepe batter, chicken, artichoke and sun-dried tomato crepes, and a delicious Crepes Suzette for dessert.

Monday, August 10
6 - 9 p.m.

Potatoes with Panache

Get off the couch and into the kitchen! Learn the essentials of perfect mashed potatoes, silky baked potatoes, as well as some other methods to put the spud in the spotlight!

Tuesday, August 11
6 - 9 p.m.

I Don't Have Time to Cook

Prepare fast and easy delicious meals for a busy

Wednesday, August 12
6 - 9 p.m.


Featured in this class will be Lemon Ricotta cookies, Mudslide cookies, and kicked up Chocolate Chip cookies.
Thursday, August 13
6 - 9 p.m.


In this class, we will learn a versatile pie dough recipe that can be used for sweet or savory dishes. Included in this class will be a stunning quiche, apple pie and peach pie, perfect for your summer table!

Monday, August 17
6 - 9 p.m.

Soy Lovers/Your Japanese Kitchen

The Soy plant is an important food for creating healthy living in Japan. Japanese people eat tofu, edamame beans, miso past and more to take protein in their diet. Would you like to discover new soy meals for your diet? In this class, we will make fresh tofu, several foods, and desserts with soy. Please bring containers for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 18
6 - 9 p.m.

Budget Friendly Date Night

You could spend big bucks at a trendy restaurant, but true romantics know that feasting doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This money-saving menu takes less than an hour to prepare and comes straight from the heart. Highlighted in this class will be Beef Medallions with a simple pan sauce, a stunning wedge salad, and Molten Chocolate Lava cake.

Wednesday, August 19
6 - 9 p.m.

Run for the Border

Discover new twists in Mexican cookery and fill the tortillas you make with your creation.
Thursday, August 20
6 - 9 p.m.

Lasagna Dinner

We will make an awesome Italian salad, homemade lasagna, garlic bread and Cannoli’s.

Monday, August 24
6 - 9 p.m.

Noodle Lovers/Your Japanese Kitchen

Eating noodles is a daily thing in Japan. The noodles are as important as cooked rice. In this class, we will make Udon noodles and cook different noodle dishes using Japanese noodles. After this class, you will be able to have your own cookout with Japanese noodles. Please bring containers for leftovers. Ingredients will contain Soba noodles (buckwheat).

Tuesday, August 25
6 - 9 p.m.

Gourmet on a Dime

Low cost elegant entertaining.

Wednesday, August 26
6 - 9 p.m.

A Feast For Your Eyes

Have you ever wondered how food looks so good in the magazines? Learn some secrets of food photography from a pro! In this class, participants will learn the secrets to cooking, plating, and photographing beautiful food. No professional photography equipment required! *students must provide their own camera (smart phone, point and shoot, or DSLR.)

Thursday, August 27
6 - 9 p.m.

Knead Some Dough?

Not money but bread! Have fun raising what you knead to make meals complete.

Monday, August 31
6 - 9 p.m.