THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

Culinary Classes

Summer Cooking Series for Kids

Summer Cooking Series for Kids: Cooking classes to assist young people on their culinary journey will be held this summer at both the Wallace House and the Country Life Center. Ten to 13 year olds are invited to take part in the three sessions covering baking, veggies and entrées.

Three fun sessions will engage students in good cooking practices that will last them a lifetime. The first session will be Easy and Tasty Entrées followed by Vegetables Made Delicious and then Baking: Satisfying the Sweet Tooth. Tasting food prepared by the students will conclude each day. All participants will receive a take-home binder with recipes and cooking tips. Classes are limited to 10 participants. This class is full.

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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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.

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)