ABOUT OUR CLASSES & EVENTS.....
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PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
Please note that pre-registration for classes is required. "Walk-in" registration at the time and date of the class is available only for classes where it is specifically noted.
WHAT WILL I GET TO TASTE DURING A CLASS?
Tasting at the end of a class description means you will get to taste everything that is demonstrated or discussed in class. Keep in mind that our students rarely go away hungry! You may be served the tastings one at a time or all at one time at the end of class.
Lunch means you will be served a full lunch, seated at tables.
Dinner means you will be served a full dinner, seated at tables.
LEVEL OF "HANDS-ON" INVOLVEMENT:
Hands-On Classes are designated with a handprint symbol. These classes involve hands-on participation by students to a greater degree. Please check specific class descriptions for more information. Students must wear kitchen-safe clothing and shoes."Limited Hands-On Classes"are designated with a handprint symbol that is two-tone in color. These classes involve hands-on participation by students but to a more limited degree. Usually the student will be be involved in one or two cooking processes during the class. Please check specific class descriptions for more information.
Demonstration Only: Classes that have neither of the above designations are demonstration-only classes where students will learn from observing theinstructor.
CONFECTIONARY ARTS CLASSES: Classes designated with a "piece of cake" symbol is part of The Culinary Centers Confectionery Arts Program designed to give you fundamental knowledge in areas involving sweet treats such as candies, cakes, cookies, baking, etc.
MIDWEST BARBECUE INSTITUTE: Classes marked with the "MBQI" logo are part of The Culinary Centers Midwest Barbecue Institute which provides serious and comprehensive education in the art of barbecue and smoking.
COOKING FOR HEALTH CLASSES: Classes with an "apple" symbolare part of a continuously expanding program highlighting nutrition, health and wellness.
Life happens – we get it! Things come up that make it necessary for you to cancel your registration in one of our classes. Darn it anyway! If you do have to cancel for any reason, we will miss you … but know that we will gladly refund your class fee, or transfer you to another class, as long as your request is made more than 5 calendar days (the "Cancellation Date") prior to the class date (10 days for groups of 6 or more). Please note that such 5 day period includes the scheduled date of the class. For example, if your class is scheduled for the evening of January 10th you would need to cancel with us by 11:59 pm on January 5th. Wanna know the reason behind the 5 day cancellation policy? It’s because our awesome (and busy!) instructors need time to purchase product and prep for your class in order to give you the highest value for your class dollar! We also do a LOT of administrative prep for the class too. Please understand that no exceptions can be made to our policy as the instructors and the CCKC have already begun preparations for the class.
If it’s too late to cancel with a refund, then, for heaven’s sake, find someone to come in your place. (Hmmm….who do I owe a favor for feeding my cat when I was out of town? Who is special in my life and could use a little unexpected good juju in their lives? You get the drift. Someone needs to get this experience ya know?) So, if you are sending someone in your place though, be sure to let us know who you are sending so we can make them a nametag. It would be weird to make them wear your name all evening. Oh yes, please note that you can’t make a student substitution in any of the Professional Culinary Arts Series classes. Just can’t be done.
We reserve the right to cancel a class for any reason, including things like avalanches, pestilence, alien invasions and oh yes, low enrollment. In the rare case that we have to cancel a class you will (of course) be offered the choice of a full refund or a gift certificate for the amount you paid for that class. In the case of the latter, we would hope that you would take another class with us or use it to purchase cool kitchen items or Dinners on Demand frozen chef-prepared dishes from our Kitchen Shop.
Misssed Pro Series Class(es): Just a reminder that beginning 5 days PRIOR to the first day of any Pro Series, no cancellations will be accepted for any of the classes in the Series. In the event you miss a class, it will not be possible to send someone in your place or make up that class in a future Pro Series class. Each class in this series builds upon the prior class. In addition, part of the effectiveness of the class is the bonding and teamwork that is essential to this type of learning experience. Therefore we stress to you to be here for your class sessions in order to get the maximum out of your experience. We are sorry but no refunds will be allowed due to missed classes.
BAD WEATHER POLICY:
Like the postal service, neither rain, nor snow will keep us from the kitchen…well, actually, that’s a lie because sometimes weather DOES keep us from our kitchens! Bottom Line … unless you hear from us either via email or phone (see above), the class will be held.
Here’s the deal when there is inclement weather:
· We will make a determination no later than 2 hours prior to a class.
· When we make that determination, we will make every attempt to notify you using the information you provided to us upon registration. (Stop! Read that again….think about the phone number you have on your account with us. If it’s your land line and you don’t answer it, like hardly ever…(i.e.,it’s just there in case you lose power on your i-phone…or whatever) then it will be darned hard for us to let you know what the deal is with the class cancellation. If your email is ONLY used for communications with your foot therapist and your account with us, then chances are you’re not going to check it often.) If we do choose to notify everyone via phone and we are not able to speak with you in person, we will leave a message. We will assume that you listen to your phone messages on a regular basis.
· Email will be the preferred method of giving notice because we have the ability to email everyone in the class with a single email. So, ladies and gents, if the weather is icky…check your email often.
· Website Posting: you could also check the website calendar for an added note to your class description relating to class cancellation.
Whew…that was a lot of information but we want you to be informed!!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?: For hands-on classes, comfortable clothing and kitchen-safe shoes are required. For dinner classes, Bistro Dinners and special events, business casual is appropriate.
SUGGESTED ARRIVAL TIME: We recommend that you arrive about 10 to 15 minutes prior to the class or event start time listed on our schedule.
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: At the time of your reservation, please let us know if you are with another party so that you are seated together. If you don't let us know in advance, we can't guarantee that you'll be able to be seated together. We designate seats prior to student arrival.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: There are a minimum number of students required in order for a class to be held. Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible so that the class you desire isn't cancelled due to low enrollment.
MINIMUM AGE OF STUDENTS: There is a minimum age of 14 for our adult classes. Adult classes are those that do not specifically note the age range for which the class is designed. We regret that we cannot make exceptions. In order to make this a pleasant learning experience for all students, no young children or babies are allowed to accompany you in class.
CLASS LOCATION: We have two teaching kitchens in our facility: The Tuscan Kitchen and the Santa Fe Kitchen. Unless specifically noted on the class description on our website, we will direct you, upon your arrival, to the kitchen where your class or event will be held.You may enter through either our Foster entrance (7919 Foster) or our Santa Fe entrance (7920 Santa Fe).
REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
For Cooking Classes One complimentary glass of house wine or one beer is included in the price of each evening cooking class (unless alcoholic beverages are already included in the class menu in which case you may purchase additional items). At any class, additional glasses of house wine or beer may be purchased during class. No other alcoholic beverages may be brought into The Culinary Center.
See you in our kitchens!