Culinary Arts

A long-standing favorite of 577 students, our Culinary Arts class offerings have included cuisine from around the world, as well as classes with a focus on comfort foods, healthy options, vegetarian and vegan food, creative desserts, canning instruction, and more. Cooking classes are tailored to students who are looking to learn some kitchen basics, tips, and tricks, to those looking to broaden their culinary horizons. Class topics vary each month and are taught in the Cottage or House by local chefs and foodie enthusiasts.

Upcoming Classes

Quick Pickling 
Monday, May 13 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Learn the art of quick pickling and preserve fresh produce in close to 30 minutes. These tangy treats will brighten up your salads and sandwiches and add depth to taco bowls. You’ll learn how quick pickling differs from canning pickled products and how to get creative with an assortment of fruits and vegetables for short-term preservation.

Participants will sample products that make use of a variety of brines, herbs, and spices, and everyone will take home a small jar of a fresh pickled product and the basic recipe with many variations.

Community Instructors: Jan Szalkowski and Wendy Steusloff

Preserving Food: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks
Friday, May 31 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Learn a variety of food preservation techniques to make the most of summer’s harvest and increase your self-sufficiency. We will explore a range of methods, including dehydration, canning, freezing, pickling, freeze-drying, and fermenting, and discuss best practices for safety consideration and storage.

Enjoy sampling an assortment of simple preserved foods and learn how these methods can increase both your food security and independence while ensuring a supply of nutritious foods, regardless of the season or circumstances. Please note: some samples/recipes contain peanuts, wheat, or milk.

Community Instructors: Jan Szalkowski and Wendy Steusloff

Cooking for Your Health: Herbs, Spices, & More
Wednesday, June 19 ~ 3pm to 5pm

NEW SERIES! Join local family physician and certified culinary medicine specialist, Dr. Humaira Lateef, to learn the nutrition benefits of various foods and how to use them for taste, flavor, and better health. Together in this session, we will make and sample a Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, and learn how the herbs, basil and mint, along with garlic, cumin, and smoked paprika spices, can create an easy to make and delicious to eat meal that is healthy for our bodies. Participants will make a small batch of salad and take home recipes.

Community Instructor: Humaira Lateef, M.D. FAAFP, CCMS

Greek Spanakopita Pie
Monday, June 24 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Join us on a culinary journey to Greece, as we demonstrate the making of this iconic spinach pie. This beloved dish is cherished for its flaky phyllo leaves and filling of spinach, feta cheese, onions and herbs. Participants will learn the art of crafting this dish from scratch. Learn how to ensure a crisp flaky crust, layer the ingredients to achieve a harmonious balance of flavors and textures, and bake to a golden irresistible deep-dish pie.

Everyone will enjoy a serving of Greek spinach pie, a side of Greek salad, and a sample of Greek Honey Cake for dessert, and take home the recipes and knowledge to create each dish at home. Please note: some samples/recipes contain milk, eggs, tree nuts, and wheat.

Community Instructors: Jan Szalkowski and Wendy Steusloff

Class Locations & Parking Map

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

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Located at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, 577 is open daily, 9am to 5pm. Free admission to tour the gardens and grounds. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Monday ~ Saturday, 10am to 5pm.