THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Culinary Classes

Cook Like a Pro

Get up to speed on the newest tastes and latest cooking methods with Chef Katie. All culinary classes focus on using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Each class begins at 5:30 pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and take-home materials.

Private classes for groups are available, too. Contact us to find out more details: 515.243.7063 or Deborah Boyer.

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Spring 2017 Culinary Classes

$35/person at the Country Life Center, $40/person at the Wallace House, unless noted otherwise.

Cooking with Eggs:  Learn new and tasty ways to cook with this staple!  We’ll be making Sauce Gribiche with Roasted Asparagus, Vegetable Frittatas, Cured Egg Yolks, and Spinach Salad with Fried Egg. Monday, April 3 at Wallace House.

Other classes TBA

Register for any culinary class by selecting the class from the list below or call 515.243.7063.

About Chef Katie

Chef Katie Porter has always enjoyed food and cooking. Originally from Mount Ayr, Iowa, she ventured to Keystone, CO where she attended the American Culinary Federation of Colorado Mountain College. Katie has traveled the country and beyond during her career, holding cooking positions at fine dining restaurants in Colorado, North Carolina, and Chicago; in the Caribbean and Europe; and most recently at CSA farms in Wisconsin. Katie enjoys exploring the farming aspect of the culinary world and the importance of knowing how and where food is grown. As Chef and Food Programs Manager, Katie oversees Farm to Table Dinners at the Wallace House, seasonal culinary classes, WCI’s Real Food summer camp for teens, and One Step at a Time, a value-added food program for area growers. Katie has appeared in numerous television, radio and print interviews.



756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)