Five culinary classes on the menu for summer

INA, Ill. (May 29, 2018) – Five culinary courses are scheduled for June and July through Rend Lake College’s Corporate and Community Education Division. Try your hand at outdoor cooking, wine tasting, and cooking for two with the help of the RLC Chefs.

Get an introduction to Grilling and Smoking by developing a variety of skills used in outdoor cooking. Instructors will utilize different equipment and give participants the chance to get hands-on. The three-day class also includes tasting and evaluating food products. The class costs $75 per person and will meet from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, and 19 in the Student Center.

Prepare for a unique date night with Italian Cooking for Couples. This class is perfect for couples who want more experience in the kitchen working together. With a focus on Italian foods, the class will prepare the meal and each couple will enjoy it together. The class costs $75 per couple and will meet from 5 – 9 p.m. Monday, July 9 in the Student Center.

RLC will also offer three courses centered on Exploring Wines. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. The classes cost $30 per session or $75 for all three sessions, and will meet in the Pat Kern Private Dining Area of the Student Center.

The first, Introduction to Wine, will focus on identifying characteristics between the five basic wine categories: white, red, blush, fortified, and sparkling. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to taste and evaluate wines. The class will meet from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

Next, participants can Explore the World of Wines by comparing wines from renowned regions from around the world, including Australia, California, France, and New Zealand. Instructors will focus on the differences in growing regions and wine-making styles. The class will meet from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

The final class, Food and Wine Pairing, will help ease the intimidation of ordering wine when out to dinner. Participants will learn about matching their favorite wines to the food they enjoy. The class will meet from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

To learn more about or to register for any of these classes, call RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Pre-registration may be required, and can be done in person, via phone call, or by emailing .

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