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 $24. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available. Classes are from 6 - 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Register online or call the college’s Registration Center at 563-441-4100 or 1-888-336-3907.   


Tuiles Fortune Cookies

Learn the art of making and forming this thin pastry cookie into fun fortune cookies. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, August 21
Instructor Cunningham

All Things Meringue!

Cookies, kisses, crusts and pies - learn the secrets of this great light and fluffy dessert! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 22
Instructor Cunningham

Iron Man

Recipes using Cast Iron Cookware will be prepared. Bring your cast iron cookware and learn how to season your cast iron pans.

Wednesday, August 23
Instructor LaBella

Plant Based/Gluten Free Sweets  & Treats

A fun evening of baking, tasting, and recipes for those interested in gluten free and/or exploring plant based recipes - so good you would never know.

Thursday, August 24
Instructor Zaputil

Master a Cake Roll

Ever wonder how to make a cake roll, this class is for you! Learn the tips and tricks of cake rolls and a variety of ways to fill and decorate this versatile dessert! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, August 28
Instructor Cunningham

The Mystery of Pound Cake

When we think of cakes we mostly think of light and fluffy....learn how to make and garnish a delicious homemade pound cake. During this class we will also explore ways to doctor up this recipe with a variety of fruits, chocolate and nuts! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 29
Instructor Cunningham

Pho All Seasons

Learn how to make Pho and other Vietnamese dishes.

Wednesday, August 30
Instructor LaBella

Crostatas, Galettes and Casual Crusts

Learn to make easy and delicious rustic crusts - make a cheese and tomato galettes to start your meal and a fruit crostata to complete it. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Thursday, August 31
Instructor Zaputil


What to Do With All the Garden Produce?

Whether your produce comes from your garden or the Farmer's Market, now is the time to take advantage of the season's bounty. We will prepare stuffed Zucchini Boats, Creamy Cucumber Dip, Italian Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes, Parmesan Zucchini Pancakes, Garden Gazpacho, Cucumber Bisque and other great seasonal recipes. As a bonus - great ideas of what to do with those herbs now and for this winter.

Wednesday, September 6
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
DeWitt High School
Instructor Betz

If You Knew Sushi Is Back Again

Have fun making sushi; we promise that by the end of the class you will be rocking and rolling. Cost: $39

Thursday, September 7
Instructor LaBella

Salads for All Seasons

Fall Greens, Vegies and Fruit Salads, fresh from the garden.

Monday, September 11
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

Dry Rubs & Marinades

Infuse flavor into almost anything with dry rubs and marinades.

Tuesday, September 12
Instructor True

If You Love Pears

Using this much loved fruit in many ways, from salads, smoothies, bread and side dishes to main dish offerings. If you love pears, you'll love this class. Recipes and tasting.

Thursday, September 14
Instructor Zaputil

Canning 101

Have you ever wanted to learn how to can? We will go into the do's and don'ts of canning so you can preserve nutritious, local food safely. We will discuss boiling water baths, pressure canning, jars, lids and all sorts of equipment. Bring your questions .... and who knows, you may take something special home with you!

Monday, September 18
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

Crazy About Cupcakers

Learn the tricks of great moist cupcakes, gourmet flavors and simple but eye catching decorations. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, September 19
Instructor Cunningham

You're A Saucy One

Learn the secrets of making great sauces that will transform your meals from ordinary to WOW!

Thursday, September 21
Instructor LaBella

Salsa Camp

Just like a quilting party but with tortilla chips!! Lets get together and combine our chopping ability and make a great salsa to enjoy all winter. We will have a couple of canners running .... and everyone should get to take home several jars of salsa. This is totally hands on! Wear your apron ... cuz the tomatoes will be flying! Bring a box to help carry the hot jars home.

Monday, September 25
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz


Prepare 2 or 3 different versions of this creamy rice dish.

Tuesday, September 26
West Liberty Center
Instructor Alberti

Fun with Phyllo

Bring in the dough - Recipes for each course, from appetizer through dessert. Please bring a container for leftovers. Cost: $24

Tuesday, September 26
Instructor Cunningham

Incredible Plant Based Soups

More inventive soups to make your Fall cozy and healthy. If you took this class last Fall, we'll be creating all new recipes. Cooking, recipes and sampling.

Thursday, September 28
Instructor Zaputil



Gluten Free Vegetarian Indian Meal

Ever wanted to learn how to cook an Indian meal? Come find out and satisfy your hunger with some Indian vegetarian classics like Dal (lentil soup) and Papad (fried lentil chip).

Monday, October 2
Instructor Gunaseelan

Scallops & Mussels

Learn how to handle and prepare these salt water gems. Prepare a pan seared scallop dish and mussels in a Saffron broth. Learn how timing is everything when it comes to the Mollusk. Cost: $39

Tuesday, October 3
Instructor True


What to stock, how to shake, stir and serve like a pro. Learn how to make a better drink for yourself and your friends and become a more discerning consumer when you are enjoying spirits and cocktails. You will be introduced to the essential tools of bartending, the proper techniques and preparation methods. Once you know these basics you will be prepared to tackle any drink recipe, experiment with your own original cocktails and plan a cocktail party. Cost: $89

4 Wks Tuesday
Begins October 3
6 - 8:30 p.m.
The Outing Club
Instructor Brauner, Jr.

Basics of Home Brewed Beer

Explore the world of home brewing while learning the basics to produce quality beer. Learn what goes into making beer from a standard recipe kit, how to use basic equipment, and how to bottle homemade beer for future enjoyment. You will have the opportunity to use basic beer making equipment, learn about different beer styles, and tour a local brewery. This course includes all informational material, and at the conclusion you take home beer made during the class! (Participants must be 21 years of age) Cost: $79

4 Wks Wednesday
Begins October 4
CCC Main Campus
Instructor Welch

Canned Seasoned Tomatoes

Italian, Cajun and Mexican Tomatoes will be prepared and canned. Perfect for instant meals. Recipes will be tasted in a prepared dish.

Thursday, October 5
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Making pasta from scratch and add a twist to make it special. Plus, making sauces to complete the pasta dish.

Fri. October 6
West Liberty Center
Instructor Alberti

A Beautiful Fall English Tea

More fun baking and tea sampling, but with a Fall theme. Come and join us for a seasonal tea party! Recipes and sampling.

Monday, October 9
Instructor Zaputil

October Fest

Experience and learn to prepare authentic German fare. Jaeger Schnitzel, Red Cabbage and Spatzle. (Boneless Pork Chop in Mushroom Gravy, Homemade Red Cabbage and homemade noodles.) Cost: $39

Tuesday, October 10
Instructor Dean

Introduction/ Craft Beer Style

Ever wonder what the difference is between a lager and a stout? Have you ever been curious as to what IPA stands for and how it is different from other pale ales? Explore some of the differences among basic styles of beer that are in the craft beer market. Learn about the ingredients that go into different styles, as well as taste samples from a variety of craft breweries. (Participants must be 21 years of age) Cost: $15

Wednesday, October 11
7 - 9 p.m.
Hy Vee Market Grill, Clinton
Instructor Welch

Party Foods & Appetizers

Prepare appetizers or party food that would be great for entertaining, game day, snacks, or tailgating. Such as Swedish Meatballs, Chicken Wings, Brie Leek Tartlets, Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers or others.

Thursday, October 12
West Liberty Center
Instructor Alberti


Make your own dairy products and simple cheese. We will make sour cream, buttermilk, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and cottage cheese.

Thursday, October 12
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

Love Creme Brulee

Learn how to make a Creme Brulee cake that will have your family and guests coming back for more. (Please bring a container for leftovers)

Monday, October 16
Instructor Cunningham

Not So Slow Cooked Ribs

In a rush and still want those fall off the bone ribs? Cut your cooking time and still have tasty ribs that are sure to impress. Cost: $39

Tuesday, October 17
Instructor True

"Souper" Night

We'll have a "Souper Night" when you make and taste Bouillabaisse from Franco, Italian Minestrone, Borscht (Russian Beet Soup) and Classic Chicken Noodle. Please bring your own containers for leftovers.

Wednesday, October 18
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
DeWitt High School
Instructor Betz

5 Ingredients or Less

Prepare lunch, dinner, or even appetizers with 5 ingredients or less. Mushroom Pork Chops, Swedish Meatballs, Pesto Cheesy Chicken Roll, Oven Baked Parsley Red Potatoes. Cost: $39

Thursday, October 19
West Liberty Center
Instructor Alberti

Give Me Five Minutes a Day....

Want to bake your own bread but you think you don't have the time? I will share the wonders of the "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day". We will be making many different baked items out of one dough. You must bring a 5-6 qts plastic storage container with lid.......... an ice cream bucket is perfect! You will want to take this dough home!!!

Thursday, October 19
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

Thai One On

Explore Thai cooking, exotic and tasty.

Monday, October 23
Instructor LaBella

Celebrate the Pumpkin

Delicious and fun pumpkin based recipes, from main dish to dessert.

Tuesday, October 24
Instructor Zaputil

Fun with Frosting

Just in time for Halloween! Learn first-hand from an expert cake decorator how to decorate cupcakes and cookies with frosting you can make at home. You even get to take some goodies home! All supplies and recipes included. Supplies fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at time of class. Cost: $15

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
CCC Maquoketa Center
Instructor Bachus

Chinese Cookery

Prepare some of your favorite Chinese dishes at home. Such as Rangoon, Asian Honey Chicken, & Beef Lo Mein. Cost: $39

Thursday, October 26
West Liberty Center
Instructor Alberti

Pizza!! Pizza!

Nothing is better than a great healthy pizza. We will be making gourmet pizza, using herb and whole wheat flour crusts. And you can make fresh mozzarella cheese in your own kitchen using ingredients right from the grocery store. I'll demonstrate and show you techniques and tips that I have learned. Only equipment you need is a colander and a thermometer! We will finish off that hot and delicious pizza while discussing making your own sauces and different toppings you can use. And yes, I will talk with my mouth full!!!!

Thursday, October 26
Instructor Linker-Lafrenz

All Things Meringue!

Cookies, kisses, crusts and pies - learn the secrets of this great light and fluffy dessert! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, October 30
Instructor Cunningham

Cast Iron Cookery

See how versatile these classic pans really are as we prepare an oven chicken and Peach Cobbler. Learn how to properly season your cast iron pans for easy maintenance. (If you have a cast iron pan that needs to be seasoned, please bring it to class). Cost: $39

Tuesday, October 31
Instructor True