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Classes, tours & events

Adult Programs

Fall Culinary Series

Fall Culinary SeriesJoin the chefs at NFCI to create new and amazing dishes in these hands-on classes. We'll also teach you kitchen tips that you will use every time you cook! After preparation, there will be time to enjoy the meal you have prepared. Non-alcohol beverages are included with these classes. Red or white wine selections will be available for purchase during class. Proper ID is required – must be 21 years of age.

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Youth Programs

Your children can expect to learn to cook a variety of foods while learning about kitchen safety, healthy foods and culinary careers. The goal is to help kids fall in love with new dishes incorporating some of their favorite foods with new twists of sophistication.

Teens (13-17 years old) in the Kitchen

Teen Summer Camp

$35 per person, Saturdays, 12 Noon – 3:00 PM

September 20 - Artisan Pizza w/choice of meats and vegetables

November 15 - Roll your own Sushi (California roll and Dragon Vegetable Roll) With dipping sauce.

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You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Kids (8-12 years old) in the Kitchen

Kids Summer Camp$35 per person, Saturdays, 12 Noon – 3:00 PM

October 18 - Enchalada Lasagna

December 20 - Chicken Finger Casserole

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.


Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

Professional Continuing Education

Managing Diversity in a Multicultural Workplace

Managing Diversity in a Multicultural WorkplaceNow more than ever, businesses need to prepare their service teams with the tools and strategies to successfully serve a culturally diverse clientele. The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to better understand cultural diversity and how to manage it effectively to improve workplace performance. This includes relationships, customer service and competitiveness.

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ServSafe Seminar & ServSafe Certification Exam Session

ServSafe SeminarAn interactive presentation with a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Food Code standards following the format of the ServSafe Essentials text published by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

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TIPSTIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving. TIPS provides training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. A test will be given at the end of the class and certificates are presented upon completion of training.

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Wine Tasting Room Sales Training

Wine Tasting Room Sales TrainingThe objective of this course is to give winery tasting room staff and management, as well as those interested in pursuing a tasting room career, the techniques needed to increase sales for the winery by making the tasting room experience memorable for their customers.

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Fundamentals of Wine

Fundamentals of WineEnjoy an introduction to a systematic approach to wine tasting. Learn how to: analyze a wine visually, aromatically and structurally. Taste a flight of eight major wine styles. Participants must be 21.

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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.

Peach Bakeoff Event

If you love the taste of fresh peaches, come out to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute this Saturday, September 27 from 1 to 3 PM and be a judge in our first annual peach bakeoff. NFCI’s baking & pastry arts students will delight your taste buds recreating the recipes from this year’s Lewiston Peach Festival. Each judge will receive a tasting sample of 10 different peach inspired desserts.

There is a $3 per person fee to be a judge and the judging is limited to the first 100 people who register. All proceeds from the judging will go to student scholarships at NFCI.

The day will also feature free demonstrations in NFCI’s Cannon Culinary theater and in the Barnes & Noble culinary themed bookstore. LaPatisserie, NFCI’s French inspired pastry café, will offer peach desserts for sale, including a special peach gelato.

The schedule of events is:

  • 1-2:30PM – judging of desserts
  • 1:30PM - Peach Dessert Demo in the Culinary theater
  • 2:00PM - Peach Dessert Demo in Barnes & Noble
  • 2:30PM - Peach Dessert Demo in the Culinary theater
  • 3:00PM – Presentation of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards
  • Call 716-210-2525 to pre-register to be a judge for the bakeoff.

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