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Culinary Classes

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Culinary Classes

These workshops offer an opportunity to test out and develop new skills and techniques in hands-on cooking.

Saturday Chef Series: Cooking Series

Looking to brush up on basic cooking methods and techniques? Then the new Saturday Chef Series is for you. These three-hour classes combine demonstration and hands-on cooking with themes like:

  • Hot Breakfast
  • Pasta, Pasta
  • The Cheaper Chicken
  • Holiday Desserts and Confections

Classes start at 10 a.m. and cost $45 per person. Registration closes the Sunday before each class.

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April 8, 2017 - 04.08.17 Regional Italian Cuisine

Chef: Alan Dierks

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April 22, 2017 - 04.22.17 Italian Pasta

Chef: Jason Knapp

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May 13, 2017 - 05.13.17 Fresh Fish

Chef: Brandon Douglas

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May 20, 2017 - 05.20.17 Going Global II

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 17, 2017 - 06.17.17 A Single Serving

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 24, 2017 - 06.24.17 Simplified Asian

Chef: Jason Knapp

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July 15, 2017 - 07.15.17 I have Diabetes, and It's Delicious

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 29, 2017 - 07.29.17 Summer Grillin'

Chef: Brandon Douglas

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August 12, 2017 - 08.12.17 Going Global III

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 19, 2017 - 08.19.17 Campfire Cooking

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 9, 2017 - 09.09.17 It's Not Easy Being Cheesy

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 16, 2017 - 09.16.17 A Wild Beast Feast

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 14, 2017 - 10.14.17 The Smokehouse

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 21, 2017 - 10.21.17 Holiday Cookie Swap

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 4, 2017 - 11.04.17 A Healthier Holiday Table

Chef: Brandon Douglas

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November 18, 2017 - 11.18.17 Going Global IV

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 2, 2017 - 12.02.17 American Steakhouse

Chef: Jason Knapp

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Made From Scratch: Cooking Series

Pack away the dread of attempting to create the perfect homemade dish. Through our Made from Scratch classes, Executive Chef Robert Hall shows participants that cooking “from scratch” can be fast, easy, healthy … and just a lot of culinary fun. These demonstration-only classes allow participants a chance to witness and soak in the best culinary practices and techniques required to truly put a delicious dish or dessert together from pure, simple ingredients. Classes cost $15 and are held Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. Registration closes the Sunday before each class.

 

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March 27, 2017 - 03.27.17 One Pot Meals

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 4, 2017 - 04.04.17 Simple Sauces

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 10, 2017 - 04.10.17 Simple Sauces

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 18, 2017 - 04.18.17 Mexican

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 24, 2017 - 04.24.17 Mexican

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 2, 2017 - 05.02.17 Pie

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 8, 2017 - 05.08.17 Pie

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 16, 2017 - 05.16.17 Campfire Cooking

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 22, 2017 - 05.22.17 Campfire Cooking

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 30, 2017 - 05.30.17 Dutch Oven

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 5, 2017 - 06.05.17 Dutch Oven

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 13, 2017 - 06.13.17 BBQ

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 19, 2017 - 06.19.17 BBQ

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 27, 2017 - 06.27.17 Knife Skills

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 11, 2017 - 07.11.17 Cajun

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 17, 2017 - 07.17.17 Cajun

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 25, 2017 - 07.25.17 Brunch

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 31, 2017 - 07.31.17 Brunch

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 1, 2017 - 08.01.17 Smoking

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 7, 2017 - 08.07.17 Smoking

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 15, 2017 - 08.15.17 Brazilian

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 21, 2017 - 08.21.17 Brazilian

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 29, 2017 - 08.29.17 Creative Casseroles

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 12, 2017 - 09.12.17 Pizza

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 18, 2017 - 09.18.17 Pizza

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 26, 2017 - 09.26.17 Brownies

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 2, 2017 - 10.02.17 Brownies

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 10, 2017 - 10.10.17 Crock Pot Freezer Meals

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 16, 2017 - 10.16.17 Crock Pot Freezer Meals

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 24, 2017 - 10.24.17 Cookies

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 30, 2017 - 10.30.17 Cookies

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 7, 2017 - 11.7.17 Holiday Confections (6-8pm)

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 13, 2017 - 11.13.17 Holiday Confections

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 21, 2017 - 11.21.17 Sourdough

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 27, 2017 - 11.27.17 Sourdough

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 5, 2017 - 12.5.17 Restaurant Copycat

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 11, 2017 - 12.11.17 Restaurant Copycat

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 19, 2017 - 12.19.17 Using Leftovers

Chef: Robert Hall

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Taste Test: Cooking Series

Each Taste Test program will focus on one culinary element to allow participants to experience the wide variety of foods the world has to offer, from the many types of tomatoes grown in Arkansas to the various barbecue sauces from around the country to the different olive oils produced around the world.

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March 30, 2017 - 3.30.17 Taste Test: Mushrooms

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 20, 2017 - 4.20.17 Taste Test: Cheese

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 18, 2017 - 5.18.17 Taste Test: BBQ Sauce

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 15, 2017 - 6.15.17 Taste Test: Artisan Breads

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 29, 2017 - 6.29.17 Taste Test: Tomatoes

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 20, 2017 - 7.20.17 Taste Test: Ice Cream

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 17, 2017 - 8.17.17 Taste Test: Chilies

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 31, 2017 - 8.31.17 Taste Test: Peanut Butter

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 21, 2017 - 9.21.17 Taste Test: Herbs

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 19, 2017 - 10.19.17 Taste Test: Apples

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 16, 2017 - 11.16.17 Taste Test: Bacon

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 30, 2017 - 11.30.17 Taste Test: Soy Sauce

Chef: Robert Hall

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Special Culinary Events: Cooking Series

Special event dinners will feature several culinary courses built around special themes. Each course will be $125.00 not including alcohol.

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April 28, 2017 - Titanic

Chef: Robert Hall

A recreation of the final first-class dinner, served the night the Titanic sank (black tie optional).

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June 9, 2017 - Going Global

Chef: Robert Hall

Experience the flavors and textures of dishes from all over the world!

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October 28, 2017 - Murder Mystery

Chef: Robert Hall

Solve the murder; conduct your investigation while dining on a delicious multi-course meal.

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December 15, 2017 - A Christmas Carol

Chef: Robert Hall

Based on the writings of Charles Dickens, enjoy a holiday feast from Victorian England.

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Table for Two

Table for Two: Cooking Series

Break out of the ordinary date night routine with the Table for Two culinary classes. Executive Chef Robert Hall will demonstrate how to cook the night’s entrée while you and your significant other enjoy a freshly prepared appetizer. After the demonstration, you will step up to the stove together and practice your new skills under Chef Hall’s guidance. Your newly created entrée will be enjoyed at a candlelit table for two followed by a decadent dessert from the Institute's kitchen. After dinner, you'll enjoy an overnight stay at the Institute, followed by a continental breakfast the following morning.

Classes will be held on Friday (and sometimes Saturday) nights beginning at 5 o'clock. Pricing is $250 per couple (includes instruction, dinner, recipe cards, lodging and breakfast) Advance registration is required. Registration closes the Sunday before each class.

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March 31, 2017 - 03.31.17 Smoked Gouda & Bacon Stuffed Pork Chop

Chef: Robert Hall

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April 7, 2017 - 04.07.17 Creamy Grilled Chicken Picatta

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 12, 2017 - 05.12.17 Filet Mignon w/ Porcini Compound Butter

Chef: Robert Hall

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May 26, 2017 - 05.26.17 Lasagna Rolls

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 16, 2017 - 06.16.17 Grilled Lobster w/ Cilantro-Lime Chili Butter

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 23, 2017 - 06.23.17 Beef Filet Diane

Chef: Robert Hall

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June 30, 2017 - 06.30.17 Crispy Coconut Chicken w/ Coconut Rice

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 14, 2017 - 07.14.17 London Broil

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 21, 2017 - 07.21.17 Chicken Monterey

Chef: Robert Hall

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July 28, 2017 - 07.28.17 Pork Tenderloin w/ Cognac Dijon Sauce

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 11, 2017 - 08.11.17 Filet au Poivre

Chef: Robert Hall

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August 25, 2017 - 08.25.17 Garlic Shrimp & Linguini w/ Tomato Cream

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 8, 2017 - 09.08.17 Chinese Garlic Shrimp

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 15, 2017 - 09.15.17 Beef Filet Oscar

Chef: Robert Hall

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September 29, 2017 - 09.29.17 Lemon Risotto w/ Butter Poached Lobster

Chef: Robert Hall

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October 13, 2017 - 10.13.17 Seared NY Strip w/ Chipotle Shrimp

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 3, 2017 - 11.03.17 Balsamic Glazed Chicken w/ Honey Bacon Sauce

Chef: Robert Hall

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November 17, 2017 - 11.17.17 Lobster Colorado

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 1, 2017 - 12.1.17 Rosemary Chicken w/ Portabella Mushrooms

Chef: Robert Hall

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December 8, 2017 - 12.8.17 Surf & Turf Filet w/ Scallops

Chef: Robert Hall

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