Winthrop Rockefeller Institute releases 2014 culinary lineup

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute has released its 2014 culinary calendar, which includes dates for its new Basic Training program, Made from Scratch events and popular Table for Two overnight events.

The Basic Training classes are demonstration-only and comprise a 12-week cooking workshop followed by a 10-week pastry workshop. Participants can sign up for an entire block of classes and receive a discount (i.e. sign up for all 12 cooking classes for the price of 10) or register for individual classes at $15 per class.

Basic Training classes, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, will thoroughly expose participants to a variety of presentations from basic knife skills and cooking methods (Jan. 22) to cooking poultry (Feb. 12) and sizzling up curry, stir fry and Asian noodles (March 12). Pastry classes also seek to expose participants to a variety of baking and desert-making methods. These classes start at the basics of pastry baking (April 30) and end with crafting pastry custards, semifreddos and ice cream (July 2).

“The culinary programs at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute are fun, interactive, engaging, as well as educational,” said Chef Robert Hall, WRI culinary director. “You will come away with new skills, greater appreciation for good food and some ideas that will help you in your own kitchen.”

Made from Scratch workshops are offered on a variety of culinary topics and allow participants to develop their culinary skills in hands-on cooking classes.

The classes are taught by Chef Hall or by a guest chef: Brandon Douglas, Jason Knapp or Alan Dierks. Classes are held on specified Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $80 per individual.

For couples searching for an overnight mountain getaway in addition to a culinary date night, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute offers its Table for Two events. It involves a cooking demonstration from Hall, who not only presents how to cook the night’s entrée but also allows couples a chance to sharpen their culinary skills under his guidance. Couples end their night by feasting on their newly created entrées at a candlelit table for two.

All Table for Two classes start at 5 p.m. on Friday nights and include overnight lodging and a continental breakfast for a price tag of only $200 per couple.

For a complete schedule or to register for these events, visit