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, most recently we offered ”Salads: Main Course or Sides.”

Cooking Essentials with Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein
Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein teaches the Cooking Essentials cooking classes at the DCA.The DCA is delighted to present these classes, designed to teach key skills that help you - the home chef - create meals without a cookbook. Learn to cook with confidence and breathe 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, so classes can be taken individually. Class size will be kept to 18 to ensure plenty of room and time for questions; a minimum of 6 students is required to run a class.

Upcoming ‘Cooking Essentials’ cooking classes

DCA cooking classes will resume in the fall of 2014.

Prepayment for DCA cooking classes is required prior to class. A minimum of 6 prepaid students is required in order to run a class.

Our instructor

Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein offers her “Cooking Essentials” cooking classes at the DCA.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.

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.