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Demonstration courses: Students observe the instructor prepare recipes and demonstrate techniques. The course provides tastings and take-home recipes.

Hands-on courses: Students actively participate in practicing techniques, preparing recipes and tasting the prepared food. Recipes are provided for all dishes.

Students who withdraw two business days or less before the start date may receive a refund less the supply fee.
 


Cooking

 

NEW! Italian Breads

Cold winter winds and warm bread just go together. Discover the heart of Italian cuisine and the soul of comfort food, good bread. Practice making focaccia, ciabatta and other traditional Italian breads to round out your winter table. Hands-on course. Instructor: Greg Hutsell

Total Cost: $69 (includes $69 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-050-A4
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 - 23, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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Spring Cupcake Bouquet

Create a sweet cupcake bouquet with the kids to celebrate spring. Practice using a piping bag and other frosting techniques to make flower designs on premade cupcakes. Design sunflowers, rosettes and other fantasy flowers from your imagination. Top them off with your homemade edible butterflies. Finish off this fun class by turning all your beautiful creations into a lovely cupcake bouquet to enjoy yourself or give away. Instructor: Marilyn Higgins

One adult/one child
Total Cost: $52 (includes $52 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-063-A4
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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One adult/two children
Total Cost: $74 (includes $74 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-063-B4
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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Seriously Seafood: Fish

Bored with the same old grilling and baking? Jazz up your repertoire with new recipes and ways to cook fish. Learn tips for purchasing fresh fish and practice new methods of cooking fresh seafood such as poaching and searing and discover the best cooking methods for a variety of flat and round fresh fish. Hands-on course culminating with tasting. Instructor: Tim Norwood

Cost: $70 (includes $70 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-033-A4
Thursdays, May 1 and 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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Seriously Seafood: Shellfish

Classic to exotic, simple do-ahead shellfish dishes make your weeknight meals or weekend entertaining an impressive no-brainer. Learn tips for purchasing shellfish and practice various preparation approaches that maintain the integrity of the delicate shellfish. Hands-on course culminating with tasting. Instructor: Greg Hutsell

Cost: $70 (includes $70 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-034-A4
Thursdays, May 15 and 22, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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Wine

 

Wine Appreciation 101

Demystify your experience of wine while exploring and tasting a variety of wines from around the world including the U.S. West Coast and Maryland. Learn about the wines, the grapes and the regions as well as how to taste and evaluate wine. Leave with a sense of what makes wines different and a better understanding of what you like. Students must be 21 years of age. Instructor: Bernie Vogel

Total Cost: $140 (includes $140 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-003-A4
Wednesdays, April 30 - May 21, 7 - 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Harry’s Main Street Grille, Westminster
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The Many Places and Faces of Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape and revered white wine on the planet, yet they all taste different! Apples, pears, tropical, mineral, oaky and buttery. We will look at the impact of place and the winemaker’s hand in crafting the many different styles of this noble white wine. Instructor: Bernie Vogel

Total Cost: $88 (includes $88 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-060-A4
Wednesdays, June 18 and 25, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)
Harry’s Main Street Grille, Westminster
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Spring and Summer Wines

From picnic fare to patio entertaining, join us as we explore wines that complement the flavors of spring and summer menus. After all, there is life after Cabernet and Chardonnay! Instructor: Bernie Vogel

Total Cost: $59 (includes $59 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-045-A4
Wednesday, June 4, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Maggie’s Restaurant, Westminster
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Wine and Cheese Paring

Milk and cookies. Crabs and beer. Wine and cheese! Why do certain foods just taste better when enjoyed together? Come along on a “think global - drink global - eat global” adventure and explore the delicious world of wine and cheese, as well as rules and tips for buying, serving and matching. Instructor: Bernie Vogel

Total Cost: $59 (includes $59 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XCO-061-A1
Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Register online

 

Instructors

Marilyn Higgins has been teaching and crafting with adults and kids since 2000. Her varied experiences make her a wonderful instructor. Whether she is planning a party or teaching cookie decorating, her energy and enthusiasm is obvious. See her creative occasions at facebook.com/whateverwhimsy.

Greg Hutsell has been cooking all his life. Using fresh local ingredients he has developed his own classic style. His classes are tailored to students of all skill levels and students can look forward to hands-on experiences with a delicious tasting at the end.

Chef Tim Norwood, a graduate of the Baltimore Culinary Institute, has been teaching culinary arts at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center since 1997. A sought after teacher, he brings his exuberance and expertise to the classroom. Norwood enjoys creating unique dishes using basic techniques and then experimenting with the flavors of authentic ethnic ingredients and combining them with bounty found in local grocery stores.

Bernie Vogel began his wine education while in the restaurant business in the late 70’s. He has been in professional fine wine sales and distribution for over 20 years and is currently a Fine Wine Specialist with the Republic National Distributing Company.
 

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