Learn to Cook for $25

Students at SWTC taste test their food. – Journal File Photo

Southwest Technical College is offering community cooking classes conducted by Andrew Nehrenz. The cooking classes are an addition to their list of community classes, including computer and marketing courses. The courses are all two hours long and cost $25 per course.

Nehrenz is teaching three different culinary courses currently, and just barely finished the two hour courses “Halloween Confections” and “Canning & Preserving” which were both in time for the season. The course list currently includes the seasonal courses “Turkey Day Prep” and “The Perfect Pie” which will be conducted this next month for all community members to attend and learn about the best way to create their Thanksgiving fare like a professional.

The courses are also cycling through various culturally themed dishes, having previously offered “Sushi 101,” “Homemade Pasta 101” and “The Perfect Steak.” Currently, the course “Taste of Spain/Tapas” is being offered on Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m. The courses “Sushi 101” and “The Perfect Steak” will likely be offered again next year, as there was significant interest in the both of them.

Cordelle Morris, marketing director at SWTC, said, “The perfect steak has probably gotten the biggest reaction. It’d probably rival with sushi; (sushi)’s a pretty unique thing to prepare.”

In regard to the popularity of the classes, Morris said, “So far, they’ve been extremely popular. Those I talk to when I go say they love it. Partly because it’s fairly inexpensive, [the price] includes the food, and you get to eat (the food) once you are finished. Some have said that it’s a fun date night.”

New cooking classes are announced on SWTC’s Facebook page. To sign up for a class, visit their website here.


Story by
Matthew House for SUU News