Food & Drink

cake decorating

fine wines

wine appreciation class

Register for Food & Drink Mini Courses on the Norris Box Office!

Baking Fundamentals (6 weeks)

Instructor: Paula Evans

  • Mondays: 6:00 - 8:00PM, April 16 - May 21
  • Fee: $201 NU / $211

This fun and interactive series will introduce you to fundamental baking concepts, skills, and techniques that will boost your baking confidence. This workshop is "hands-on", and everyone will take part in practicing techniques and preparing recipes. Students will work side by side (or in teams), so you will benefit from everyone's shared passion for baking. Whether you are completely new to baking or are more experienced and looking for some new tips and tricks, you'll learn skills that will nurture your creativity and provide a lifetime of joy, for yourself and those you share it with.

Cake Decorating 101 (6 weeks)

Instructor: Paula Evans

  • Wednesdays: 6:00 - 8:00PM, April 18 - May 23
  • Fee: $201 NU / $211 Public

This course is perfect for the aspiring cake decorator looking to learn the basics of this fun and creative craft. In this beginner's course, you will be introduced to various frosting types as well as how to crumb coat a cake and how to frost a smooth cake with buttercream. You will learn how to prepare and fill a pastry bag and how to use a pastry bag, assorted icing tips and buttercream to pipe basic flowers, borders, shells and leaves. Each class will include demonstrations and plenty of practice time. Throughout the course, the instructor will demonstrate various tools that can make cake decorating easier and even more fun.

Mixology (5 weeks)

Instructor: Mark Gruber

  • Tuesdays: 9:15 - 10:15PM, April 24 - May 22
  • Fee: $111 NU / $121 Public

Hosting a cocktail party? Just trying to expand from the usual rum and coke? Mixology masters will teach you recipes and demonstrate the drink-mixing techniques you need to improve your creations. Students are encouraged to taste the drinks made by classroom assistants. Attendees must have a valid government-issued ID to enter each class meeting.

Wine Appreciation (5 weeks)

Instructor: Mark Gruber

  • Section A
    • Tuesdays: 7:30 - 9:00PM, April 24 - May 22
  • Section B
    • Thursdays: 7:30 - 9:00PM, April 26 - May 24 
  • Fee: $111 NU / $121 Public

In this five week class you will develop a working knowledge of six wines per class. The course includes wine tasting, grape variety, vintages, wine storage, and wine/food complements. Your course comes with a complimentary sampling of the wines. Please bring two wine glasses to class. Attendees must have a valid government-issued ID to enter each class meeting.

Wine O'Clock (5 weeks)

Instructor:  Mark Gruber

  • Thursdays: 9:15 - 10:15PM, April 26 - May 24
  • Fee: $111 NU / $121 Public

A follow-up to the Wine Appreciation class, this course will introduce students to newer and rarer labels. The course comes with complimentary sampling of the wines discussed. Please bring two wine glasses to class. Attendees must have a valid government-issued ID to enter each class meeting.