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.

The classes will be offered three consecutive mornings, June 6, 7, and 8, and will include recipes, tastings, food discussions, an emphasis on fresh ingredients, food safety practices and an introduction to non-aerobic physical activity.  Each day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Classes at the Wallace House will be June 6-8, and July 10-12 at the Country Life Center.

The cost per student is $60 at the Wallace House. Thanks to a grant from the Greater Greenfield Community Foundation, cost per student is only $20 at the Country Life Center.

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.

To reserve a place in the Wallace House kitchen, please call 515.243.7063 or email Deborah Boyer. Call 641.337.5019 or email Lisa Swanson at the Country Life Center.

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.

Make Your Reservation Now

Summer Cooking Series for Kids:

3 consecutive mornings, 9 am to 11:30 am: June 6-8 at Wallace House, July 10-12 at the Country Life Center

Session 1: Easy & Tasty Entrees

Session 2: Vegetables Made Delicious

Session 3: Baking: Satisfying the Sweet Tooth

$60/student at Wallace House

$20/student at Country Life Center (partial funding from the Greater Greenfield Community Foundation)

Call 515.243.7063 for Wallace House

Call 641.337.5019 for the Country Life Center

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)