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Summer Culinary and Baking & Pastry Series

Summer Culinary and Baking & Pastry SeriesJoin our chefs to create new and amazing dishes in every class. You'll also learn little tips that you will use every time you cook! After preparation, there will be time to enjoy the meal you have prepared.

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Culinary Arts Camp for Adults

Culinary Arts Camp for AdultsWeek 1: July 14-18, 2014

Led by Chef Vincent Filippelli, Pastry Chef Gretchen Schwartz, and Wine Expert John Bourdage

Participants will prepare superb lunch meals with Chef Vincent Filippelli, while exploring various topics related to the culinary arts including culinary traditions and restaurant history, healthy food trends and international foods. Pastry Chef Gretchen Schwartz will help you discover the world of pastry making including demonstrations and hands on activities. Lastly, expert John Bourdage will explore party etiquette, entertaining with wine and the science of food and wine pairing.

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Wine Classes

Wine ClassesWhether you are a wine drinker, or just want to develop an appreciation for wine, these classes will cover everything you should know!

In our Food and Wine Pairing class you will build a taste profile, and learn about the art and chemistry of food and wine pairing.

In Entertaining with Wine, you will learn about the proper temperature of wine, proper wine service and wine glasses, planning your menu and wine list on a budget as well as ordering wine in restaurants.

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Wine Tastings, Baking and Cooking Demonstrations

Culinary and Baking DemonstrationsMeet our chefs and enjoy unique demonstrations. There will be an opportunity to discuss your culinary interests!

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Youth Programs

*Registration for any class/program closes 4 days before class date.

Are your children always asking to "help" in the kitchen? Do they ask you how to cook? Let us help your children learn to become a whiz in the kitchen. Niagara County Community College and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) are pleased to present our 2014 Summer Camps in Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts.

Your children can expect to learn to cook a variety of foods and desserts, while getting cooking tips and learning about kitchen safety under the instruction of our executive chef and cooking experts. We'll encourage them to let their culinary imagination run wild!

No need to send in boxed lunch!

Every camp runs for three days (T, W, Th) from 9-2pm.

Kids Summer Camps (age 8-12)

Kids Summer CampThe goal of Kids Camps is to help kids fall in love with new dishes incorporating some of their favorite foods with new twists of sophistication.

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Teen Summer Camps (age 13-17)

Teen Summer CampThe purpose of the Teen Camp is to build the essential skills a budding chef needs to conquer the kitchen. Your teen will learn the necessary skills to create impressive meals or pastry at home and provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and experimentation in the kitchen. It is a true hands-on experience!

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Group Tours / Private Classes

Group Tours

Group ToursThe Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is proud to offer guided tours of our state-of-the art facilities, culinary demonstrations with tastings, and various meal options to Group.

Please view our informational packet or call 716-210-2525.

Private Classes

Private ClassesThe Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is proud to offer private cooking, baking, wine classes and demonstrations at our state-of-the-art facilities.

Please view our informational packet or call 716-210-2525.

Kids & Teen Classes

Kids & Teen ClassesThe Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is proud to offer private cooking classes for kids at our state-of-the-art facilities. These private classes are ideal for Birthday Parties, Girl Scout Cooking Badges, or just to provide your group with a unique cooking experience.

Please view our informational packet or call 716-210-2525.

Booking Policies

  • Class fees can be paid by phone using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or in person with cash or a Niagara Falls Culinary Institute gift card.
  • Registration for classes closes one week prior to class date.
  • Class registration can be made by phone between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday – Friday, by calling 716-210-2525. Payment by credit card is due at the time the phone reservation is placed. A receipt of payment will be emailed once the payment is processed.
  • Reservations can be made beginning 60 days in advance of the class.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations less than one week in advance of the class. In the event of illness or incapacitation, exceptions to the refund policy made by made only if accompanied by a written doctor's recommendation.) Cancellations outside of one week in advance of the class will be given a full refund. Please note that decisions to run classes are based on enrollment numbers. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • Classes cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather or any circumstance beyond the individual’s control will be refunded completely in the form of payment originally made. Listen to major news outlets on the radio or TV for class cancellations in times of bad weather.
  • The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute reserves the right to change any menu or instructor, or to cancel any class at their discretion.
  • Classes are offered from ages 16 and up.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be made available for consumption in some classes. Class participants will be asked to present valid ID to prove they are of legal New York State drinking age and will be held responsible for limiting their consumption of alcohol to safe amounts.
  • A valid driver’s license or photo ID along with a copy of your receipt is required for checking in to class.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.

Hotel Packages

The GiacomoThe Giacomo luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Niagara Falls. Exemplary service, unparalleled luxury, all within walking distance of Niagara Falls. For information about Giacomo Gastronomes Unite package please visit:


The Barton Hill Hotel & SpaAt The Barton Hill Hotel & Spa guests will find luxurious accommodations and exceptional personal service at a great value. All of the elegantly appointed rooms and suites are decorated with an historic flair to reflect the heritage of the area, and each offers fireplace, beautiful views of the Gorge, and the most contemporary amenities. Barton Hill is set at the foot of the Niagara Gorge, just a few minutes away from Niagara Falls. For information about the "EAT.... STAY... LOVE... " package please visit: http://www.bartonhillhotel.com/packages.htm