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Cooking Classes

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If you want to get better at cooking, think about signing up for one of the cooking classes below. Some are even FREE for students!

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SNAC Cooking Classes

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In-home cooking classes have been canceled until further notice. But they do have recipes and pre-recorded videos here.

Let us show you some of the basics, using your own supplies. We’ll come to your kitchen with the ingredients and show you and your friends how to make a simple, healthy meal.

  • Lessons are for 2–4 people. They start promptly at 5 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.
  • College Cooking 101 is free for full-time, degree-seeking UMN students who have paid the Student Services Fee.
  • You must live in one of these zip codes: 55455, 55414 or 55108, and have access to a full kitchen with a stove, fridge and range.
  • Sign up online here.

Cooking Matters Minnesota

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In-person cooking classes have been canceled until further notice.

  • Cooking Matters Minnesota empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals.
  • Cooking Matters specialized curricula cover practical nutrition information, hands-on food preparation, and food budgeting and shopping. All participants receive recipes and other educational materials from the lessons, and adult and teen participants take home a bag of groceries each week to practice what they've learned in class at home.

Cooking for Wellness Webinars (Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute)

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Cooking for Wellness - SPRING 2021 Webinar Series

Whether you are new to cooking or an accomplished cook looking for inspiration, there is something for everyone in these accessible, informative and fun webinars. Culinary nutrition educator, Robin Schow, will share tips, tricks, and recipes intended to help you incorporate more plant-derived food into your dietary pattern with a special focus will be on ways to utilize local & seasonal produce and ingredients from a well-stocked pantry. Each webinar includes an interactive cooking demonstration and will follow a specific theme, e.g., Savoring Fall Flavors, Soup-Making 101, Celebration Cooking.  

Register for the Fall 2020 Webinar Series

  • $10-15 per webinar
  • Each interactive webinar is 1.25 hours long and will include information about basic nutrition, ingredient substitution, cooking techniques, storage, cooking oils and more! 
  • ***Recipes and a list of kitchen tools needed to make the dish will be provided before each webinar. You will also receive links to useful resources to guide you on your home cooking journey.
  • Contact Education Program Director Robin Schow ([email protected] / 612-626-6425) for more information.

UMN For-credit Cooking Class: FSCN 2001

FSCN 2001 - Cooking for Health and the Environment: A Food Systems Approach (3 credits)

  • INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUR FOOD SYSTEM? FScN 2001 will provide students with the knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills necessary to make food choices based on nutritional, environmental, and local and global societal issues. Dive deeper into the complex issues inherent in our food system. Discuss issues of civic engagement, sustainability, and community health. Learn from a variety of faculty and community experts, hear them debate important issues and engage in the conversation yourself. This class also enables students to earn Service Learning Credits and provides Experiential Learning credit for Nutrition majors.
  •  FScN 2001 will only be offered fall semester

UMN For-credit Cooking Class: CSPH 5905

CSPH 5905 - Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends On It (1 credit)

Food Matters is an experiential-learning, applied nutrition & culinary skills course for health professional students.  The course addresses the role of food in specific health conditions and its function in health promotion and disease prevention.  The course guides future health professionals in the procurement, preparation and consumption of sustainably raised whole foods for self care and how this translates to patient care. 

Note: this course has an additional course fee. Please check here for more information.

Cooking for Wellbeing: Interactive Cooking Classes (Center for Spirituality & Healing)

In these three interactive cooking webinars hosted by experienced chef Jenny Breen, you will learn how to prepare simple, quick, seasonal, and affordable meals that work in balance with the “new normal” we are all experiencing. Novice cooks welcome!

Register for one or all webinars

5 to 6:30 p.m. Offered Online via Zoom.

  • Webinar #1: Building Your Pantry and Meal Planning (Thursday, October 15)
  • Webinar #2: The Importance of Sauces and Condiments (Monday, November 9)
  • Webinar #3: One Pot Meals Including Curries and Stews (Thursday, December 10)

Suggested registration fee: $30 (per webinar); sliding scale options available.