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 our chefs: Katie Porter at the Wallace House and Amy Sivadge at the Country Life Center. 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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Fall 2017 Culinary Classes

$40/person at the Wallace House

Dinner Party for 6:  Make this your go-to menu for your next dinner party: Roasted Chicken, Fall Greens Salad with Vinaigrette, Rosemary Fall Vegetables and Fruit Tarts. Learn how to break down a whole chicken, whip up the vinaigrette, different techniques in cooking vegetables, and assembling the tarts. Monday, October 9

Holiday Appetizers and Decorating Tips: Enjoy your party more with these make-ahead appetizers and festive decor ideas. Monday, November 6

Hearty Winter Meals: These satisfying meals will fit easily into your meal rotation during the coldest time of the year: Beef Stew with Dutch Oven Bread; Italian Sausage with White Beans, Kale and Tomatoes; Winter Vegetable Coconut Curry. Monday, December 4.

$35/person at the Country Life Center

Hearty Homemade Soups: Soup can be that go-to meal in the fall and winter. Warm and satisfying, it can cook all day and be ready to devour when you get home from work and school. Tuesday, October 17

Thanksgiving Appetizer and Side: Too much tradition can be boring. Impress the relatives and try something new for your holiday table. Tuesday, November 14.

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)
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