Cooking classes

With a full-sized commercial kitchen, and talented chefs in the neighborhood, cooking classes are a natural offering from the DCA. Classes vary with the seasons; for example, the most recent class focused on using spices easily found in winter, to make tasty, healthy and light dishes.

Cooking Essentials
Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein delivers skills-based training, to help “home chefs cook without a cookbook.” These “Cooking Essentials” classes are 2 hours, during which time Paula will demonstrate basic to advanced cooking techniques, including essential cooking methods and tools. Through tastings, lecture, and group discussion, students will expand their food knowledge, learn about cooking with fresh ingredients, and pick up new tips to make-it-light, make-it-ahead, and make-it-quick substitutions. Students will receive a handout covering all topics from class.

Upcoming Cooking classes

We are planning for Paula’s return to the DCA in late fall.

Recent Cooking classes

Cooking Healthy & Light: The Americas will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at the DCACooking Healthy & Light: The Americas
with Paula Nusslein

Tuesday, May 19th





Coooking Healthy & Light: Asia and Europe will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at the DCACooking Healthy & Light: Asia and Europe
with Paula Nusslein

Tuesday, May 26th






Our instructor

Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein offers her “Cooking Essentials” cooking classes at the DCA.Instructor and Certified Home Chef 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 for “HomeChef,” a San Francisco-based cooking school and kitchen store designed 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.


Contact us

Register for DCA cooking classes through the links above, or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or 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.