With a full-size commercial kitchen, and talented chefs in the neighborhood, cooking classes are a natural offering from the DCA. Classes vary with the seasons; most recently we offered two introductory cooking skills classes: “Braising and Baking” and “Grilling and Poaching.”
Cooking Essentials series with Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein
The DCA is delighted to present this series of 10 cooking classes, designed to teach key skills that help you - the home chef - create meals without a cookbook. Learn to cook with confidence and breath new life into your everyday cooking. Class format includes lecture, demonstrations, and tastings. Learn the how and why behind cooking methods and techniques, as well as how to buy, store, prepare, and serve food. Students will receive a handout covering all topics and recipes demonstrated in class.
Classes are designed to build upon previous sessions, so for example stocks created in Stocks I are used to make sauces in Sauces I. However, store-bought items can replace those not made from scratch, and will be included in class suggestions. Class size will be kept to 18 to ensure plenty of room and time for questions; a minimum of 10 students is required to run a class.
Upcoming ‘Cooking Essentials series’ cooking classes
Learn this delicious cooking technique for roasting meats and vegetables in clay and earthenware – beautiful for oven-to-table serving, but this method offers other benefits too. (Yes – cooking methods and recipes used in this class can also be applied to metal and glass cookware.) Handouts will include all material and recipes presented in class. Class ends with a group discussion, bonus recipes, and homework; students will also receive a 10% discount for Cooks Nook in Norwalk. Prepayment for this class is required; registration has been extended to midnight on November 18th.
Remaining classes in this series (dates to be advised):
Sautéing & Frying
Grill, Broil & Smoke
Boil, Poach, Blanch & Steam
Salads – Main Course and Sides
Other upcoming cooking classes with Paula Nusslein
Just in time! Paula has picked some of her holiday favorites that are both crowd pleasers and easy to make: cranberry cake, British sticky toffee pudding, warm chocolate brownie cups, rum Bundt cake and more! Handouts will include all material and recipes presented in class. Class ends with a group discussion, bonus recipes, and homework; students will also receive a 10% discount for Cooks Nook in Norwalk. Prepayment for this class is required by noon on Monday, December 16th. Minimum enrollment applies.
Instructor Paula Nusslein obtained her professional training through various cooking schools on the west coast, including the California Culinary Institute. After completing one year of professional training and an internship to become a cooking instructor, she then worked as an instructor for “HomeChef,” a San Francisco-based cooking school and kitchen store designed exclusively for the home chef. In a professional cooking school environment, Paula led students in cooking workshops and classes, as well as through a “Cooking Essentials” series, focusing on bringing both culinary techniques and food preparation skills to those cooking at home. Paula, a 14-year Darien resident, now brings her version of Cooking Essentials to us.
Cooking classes with Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
Take a break from your busy holiday schedule to learn how to make delicious gifts from the kitchen. Learn to make flavored salts, cookie-dough-to-go and other sweet treats that are the perfect way to say “Happy Holidays.” Attendees will take home a few gifts of their own from class. Prepayment for this class is required; registration closes at noon on Tuesday, December 10th. Minimum enrollment applies.
Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning’s cooking classes will be led by Nicole Straight, past owner of “Time to Eat!” cooking school. Author of two cookbooks, Nicole has appeared on numerous cooking shows including “Rocco’s Dinner Party” on Bravo. Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning is the exclusive caterer for the DCA.
Register for DCA cooking classes through the links above, or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or email@example.com. To be notified of our next cooking classes, please complete the email subscription form through this link, and select at a minimum the “cooking” option. Registration and prepayment is required for all cooking classes.