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.

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.

About Chef Amy

A native of Corning, Iowa, Amy played NCAA Division 1 basketball and graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Exercise Science. A few culinary courses her final year sparked an interest in food and nutrition and how food goes hand in hand with exercise.  After graduation she coached collegiate women’s basketball for a year, then began working in the restaurant industry in Dallas, Texas.  After 8 years of working in kitchens, she moved back to Iowa and found herself part of The Wallace Centers of Iowa. Her work as a chef has provided her with a greater understanding of food and where it comes from and how to be a sustainable farm.  She works closely with WCI’s farmers every week to create a menu that showcases the fresh fruits and vegetables grown just steps from the kitchen door.


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2018 Culinary Classes at the Wallace House


Hearty Winter Meals: Held over from 2017 because of popular demand! 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, January 22 (this class has a wait list).

Spice It Up!: Create your own spice blends. Monday, April 23 Note: This class will be held during the day, 11 am to 2 pm.

Dessert? Yes!: Learn how to make adjustments to some of your favorite desserts and enjoy without the guilt. Monday, May 21

Fun and Flavorful Vegetarian Dishes: Going meatless doesn’t have to be dull and boring. Monday, June 11

In a Pickle: Learn how to make and use pickled and fermented veggies. Monday, July 23

Root to Stem: Get the most out of fresh produce by eating the whole plant. Monday, October 1

Holiday Appetizers & Decorating Tips: One of our most popular classes will help make entertaining easy this holiday season. Monday, November 5

2018 Culinary Classes at the Country Life Center


Classes will be announced soon



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